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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: Barbara Chesnut, Joanne Duby, Jason Arkles of the Sculptor’s Funeral podcast, Andrea Bacigalupo and Stephanie Metz.

Stephanie Robison - Symposium Director

Board of Directors— Ed Brooks, Shelley Johnson, Amy Kohl, LeeAnn Peterson, and Stephanie Robison.

For more information visit California Sculptors Symposium website.

Registration after March 1, 2020 has an increased fee.


  • Plan A – lodging, activities, meals, and all instruction for 7 nights - $ 1,095

  • Plan A (after March 1) - $ 1,140

  • Plan B – offsite lodging, all activities, meals plus all instruction for the full week - $ 990

  • Plan B (After March 1) - $ 1,035

  • Plan C – day rate includes 1 night's lodging, 3 meals and all instruction - $ 200 (no increase after March 1)

  • Plan D – day rate - offsite lodging, 3 meals and all instruction - $ 170 (no increase after March 1)

  • Plan E - work study rate with onsite lodging, all meals and activities - $ 688 (work study artists must be approved by symposium director Stephanie)

  • Plan F - work study rate with offsite lodging, all meals and activities - $688 (work study artists must be approved by symposium director Stephanie)

Initial $250 deposit (except for Plan C and D - you must pay in full at time of registration) is required with registration and full payment is due by April 1, 2020.  There is a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel before April 1, 2020 and there are no refunds after April 1, 2020.  After your register,  you will be sent an information letter with details, which will help you prepare for the symposium.

For additional information about Camp Ocean Pines or help with registration, please contact Luann at or call 805-924-4016.

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

On Sunday, April 19, 2020:  Check in begins at 1:00 pm, set up work areas followed by happy hour and dinner.

Last meal is breakfast on Sunday, April 26, 2020.