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California Sculptors Symposium

CSS is an annual, week-long program of workshops and demonstrations given by sculptors for sculptors.  Intimate hands-on sessions with expert instructors will improve your technique, inspire your designs and build your expertise.  Participants return to CSS year after year to share their passion for working with stone, wood, metal and clay.  It’s a place to learn, exchange ideas and recharge your creative batteries for both the novice and the seasoned artist.

The capstone of the symposium is a public art show & sale featuring works by all attending artists.  Visitors come from near and far to enjoy a BBQ lunch ($15 for the guests/visitors), tour the camp, meet the sculptors and shop the gallery.  The symposium also features exhibits by vendors of sculpture tools, materials and stone.  They generously attend to demonstrate their wares and answer your questions.

Camp Ocean Pines is a independent, non-profit camp and conference center, nestled in a pine forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the charming town of Cambria.  The camp features bunk-style cabins, tent camping sites and delicious meals served in the main lodge. The program will keep you busy, but still provides time to relax with friends, stroll on the beach and visit nearby attractions.

Whether you are returning or attending for the first time, we look forward to seeing you in April!

Instructors this year are: Matt Auvinen, Jonathan Bickart, Barbara Chesnut, Shari Tharp and Kazutaka Uchida.

Stephanie Robison - Symposium Director

Board of Directors— Ed Brooks, Shelley Johnson, Max Kelly, Francine Kirsch, Amy Kohl, LeeAnn Peterson, Stephanie Robison, and Jaime Teran.

For more information visit California Sculptors Symposium website.

Registration after March 1, 2019 has an increased fee.


  • Plan A – lodging, activities, meals, and all instruction for 7 nights - $ 995

  • Plan A (after March 1) - $ 1,025

  • Plan B – offsite lodging, all activities, meals plus all instruction for the full week - $ 890

  • Plan B (After March 1) - $ 920

  • Plan C – day rate includes 1 night's lodging, 3 meals and all instruction - $ 250

  • Plan C (after March 1) - $ 250

  • Plan D – student rate (9 units or more and must be approved by symposium director); lodging, meals, and all instruction for full week - $ 620

  • Plan D (after March 1) - $620

  • Plan E - day rate with no lodging - $150

Initial $200 deposit (except for Plan E - you must pay in full at time of registration) is required with registration and full payment is due by April 1, 2019.  There is a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel before April 1, 2019 and there are no refunds after April 1, 2019.  After your register,  you will be sent an information letter with details, which will help you prepare for the symposium.

Contact Luann Jackman for additional registration information, 805-924-4016

Visit director or email Stephanie at with questions about the program.

Sunday, April 21, 2019:  Check in begins at 1:00 pm, set up work areas followed by happy hour and dinner.

Last meal is breakfast on Sunday, April 28, 2019.


Earlier Event: March 7
Mosaic Garden Art Retreat
Later Event: May 30
California Songwriting Camp