Sculpting in stone - Italy

Pietrasanta is a small town in North-West Italy. It is situated north of Lucca and Pisa en south of Carrara on a three kilometre stretch at de Mediterranean sea. It is surrounded on the east by the Apennines mountain range where marble is being excavated. [FOTO]


This is an ideal setting  due to an abundance of material, the knowledge of sculpting, the possibility to meet other sculptors, the nice climate, the beautiful scenery and the nearby towns of cultural interest such as Pisa, Lucca and of course Florence. All these factors make Pietrasanta and surrounding area, a very inspiring place for people who want to work in stone.


The Dutch sculptor Christiena Sielcken lives and works, after her completion of her studies at the St. Joost Academy in Breda and  the National Academy in Amsterdam, in Pietrasanta. There she sculpts monumental marble sculptures  who she regularly puts on exhibit in Italy, France and The Netherlands.
In The Netherlands she is connected to the following galleries:

  • Kunstzaal De Hoge Hees (Eersel)
  • Gallery Imago (Amsterdam)
  • Gallery De Beerenburght (Eck en Wiel)
  • Gallery Demedici (Nunspeet)
  • Gallery De Ploegh (Soest)

Several different aspects of sculpting will be discussed during the course for example: sketching, handling sculpting tools, how to chisel, ways to approach a form, composition and the final stages of the sculpting process such as polishing. She only tutors her students to sculpt with hand tools and not using the Martello (pneumatic hammer).

It is possible to work all day. Christiena will be at the studio during the morning to assist you with the certain aspects of sculpting. If possible, excursions will be undertaken to an artigian-studio or a marble quarry.

The student has to organise his or her own transportation, food & accommodation , insurance, etc.

You can reach Pietrasanta easily by:
•    Plane: Pisa, Florence and Bologna
•    Train: via Genua or Florence
•    Auto-train: Milan or Bologna
•    Bus: via Genua or Florence

The studio, station,  shops en restaurants in Pietrasanta are in walking distance of each other (max. 20 minutes). It is very enjoyable to cycle around and see the surrounding area

For further inquiries about hotel accommodation or apartments, you can contact Christien Sielcken.

Course reservations 

Reservations for a course have to be done in writing an Email.

The classes will take place in the months May till half August and September till October. All of the classes will be given individually. Each student can decide how long they want extend their participation of the classes. The course will at least be for the timeframe of one week. If less than three participans, the course won’t take place.



Course Start: please contact us for informations


First week
€ 280,-
Second week
€ 250,-
Each consecutive week
€ 180,-
End course dinner included  

Not included:

Tools: ± € 20,-
Stone: ± € 30,-
lunch in an italian trattoria ± € 10,-


For inquiries and reservations:

Christien Sielcken
via Arno 31 - 55045 (lu) Pietrasanta - Italy
Telephone nr 0039 0584 791906



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