The Team


Steve Shaheen, Sculpture Instructor

Steve Shaheen is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He works in various media, with a specialization in sculpture.  He has trained and worked extensively in Italy as a stone carver, and earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005.  In 2002, he spearheaded an effort to create a 100-ton marble and granite memorial to the members of his community who were lost on 9/11. His awards include grants from the Ludwig Volgestein Foundation and La Fortuna Foundation, and a 2009-2010 residency at the Digital Stone Project.

Steve’s personal website is at



Piergiacomo Petrioli, Art Historian

Piergiacomo Petrioli, PhD, is an art historian residing in Siena. He holds a PhD from the University of Turin and a Specializzazione from the University of Siena. His fields of interest include Renaissance Art in Siena, Art criticism and collection of Tuscan Renaissance art in England and America, and 19th-Century art criticism and restoration in Siena. He has published several articles and books, including a textbook about the Renaissance in Central Italy for non-Italian students entitled Percorso dell’arte italiana da Firenze a Roma. Petrioli has taught History of Art Criticism at the University of Florence and Art History at the University of Siena, New York University/Florence, and Dartmouth College/Siena. He is currently teaching Renaissance Art History for CET and AHA Abroad Programs in Siena. His awards include scholarships from the Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University and a fellowship from the Roberto Longhi Foundation of Art History in Florence.

Alasdair Thomson, Assistant Sculpture Instructor

Alasdair Thomson is a stone sculptor living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2004 with a degree in History of Art, his experience of working in stone has been varied.  He has worked as an assistant carver to sculptor Mark Mennin, developing large scale granite landscape installations. He later restored buildings of historical significance in Scotland, such as Rosslyn Chapel, through a stone restoration firm. Alasdair went on to study stone carving in Italy, achieving his diploma in sculpture from the Scuola Edile in Siena in 2010

Since September 2010, Alasdair has maintained a studio practice in Edinburgh. He exhibits regularly, most recently in his first solo show, in February 2013.

Alasdair’s work can be viewed at

The Course
Learn about our intensive 2-week stone sculpture workshop on the beautiful Tuscan coast. Our next workshop runs from June 26-July 10, 2013. Read more »
The Team
Tuscany Study was founded by Stephen Shaheen to provide intensive and cost-effective workshops for artists. He is assisted today by expert instructors who love to teach their craft. Read more »
The Location
Poised on the scenic coastline where Tuscany meets Liguria, Carrara has been the source of the world's highest quality sculptural marble since pre-Roman times. Read more »