NEXT SCHOOL: SEPTEMBER 23-29, 2018
There will not be a 2017 School to give our organizers an opportunity rejuvenate and attend other Schools. We have booked Sorrento Centre to hold our next School in 2018. We hope you will join us then - please make a note of the date on your calendar! In the meantime, if you don't know where to go for other carving opportunities, we'll provide links and updates here as soon as possible, and as we find out about them.
WHAT IS THE SHUSWAP SCHOOL OF CARVING & ARTS?
The School consists of five days of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. classes during the last week of September. It was held annually for the first 10 years, but is now held every 2nd year (ie, 2014, 2016, 2018). There are 6 to 10 classes offered during the week, with usually a maximum of 10 students per class. Most classes involve some form of wood carving using hand or power tools or both -- for example, in-the-round birds, animals and marine life; relief carving; bark carving; northwest coast-style masks, rattles, etcetera; caricature carving. In the past several years, we've also offered a stone sculpture class for those who want to hone their carving skills using stone instead of wood. We also try to offer one or two non-carving classes (i.e. painting, drawing, basket weaving, quilting) to provide a possible option for travelling companions with different interests. Have a look at the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about the School and the classes offered in previous years.
SCHOOL ORGANIZERS - SHUSWAP CARVERS SOCIETY
The Shuswap School of Carving and Arts (originally called Shuswap School of Woodcarving) was founded in 2005 by a small group of like-minded hobby artists wanting to provide an opportunity for people like themselves to learn more about the art of carving from more skilled artists. Spearheaded by Mike Sykes, owner and operator of The Chip Bin, they soon decided the best way to handle the School was to operate as a non-profit Society. The purpose of the Society, as stated in its Constitution, is to "encourage an active interest in carving: (a) As a non-profit organization formed for the mutual aid of carvers; (b) By providing a forum to further members' carving skills; (c) By increasing public awareness and appreciation of carving." The Society found an ideal location to hold the School on the shores of beautiful Shuswap Lake in the small community of Sorrento, BC. The work of putting on the School is all done by volunteer members of the Shuswap Carvers Society. The 2015-2016 Board of Directors/Volunteers were: President Les Eliason (Kamloops, BC), Vice-President Gail Kopp (Lumby, BC), Treasurer/SSCA Coordinator Kathy Phoenix (Kamloops, BC), Recording Secretary Rose Grelson (Houston, BC), and Members-at-Large Vern Grelson (Houston, BC), Bill and Flo Thomson (Kamloops, BC), and Jim Begley (Kamloops, BC). At the September 2016 AGM new members Garth Mercer (Vernon, BC), Diane Mertz (Kamloops, BC), and Bruce Nelson (Chase, BC) were welcomed to the Board. If anyone would like to get in touch with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-573-2277.
SCHOOL LOCATION - SORRENTO CENTRE RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Nestled on the shores of Shuswap Lake in south central BC, Sorrento Centre has hosted our School since it began in 2005. It offers cafeteria-style dining, a variety of accommodation options (lodge rooms, apartments, cabanas, RV camping, tenting), classroom space, and other amenities well-suited to our needs. Shuswap Carvers Society rents this Anglican Church facility for the week, but the Carving School itself has no religious connotations. To learn more about Sorrento Centre, visit their website at www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca.