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Alabaster carving course in Italy - Volterra


Alabaster carving course in Italy in 2020 


Saturday 2 May – Saturday 09 May  and

Saturday 29 August - Saturtday 05 September


Our alabaster carving course in Italy is a creative holiday experience in Volterra. The course is aimed at both beginners and advanced students.

Group size will not exceed 12 and the course is taught in English and Dutch.

Participation in this course will bring you to the Tuscany hills, 65 km to t he southeast of Pisa. There you will find the Etruscan city of Volterra, the city famous for its alabaster!

Many alabaster quarries are found in the Volterra district. This is where the mining occurs of this pale, translucent stone, characterised by its bulbous appearance, ranging in diameter from 0.2 to 2 metres. The mineral may contain clay or other sediment impurities, which result in typical veining and give alabaster its unique character!



During the course we will stay in a historical villa which is over 400 years old: Villa Palagione. Students will be accommodated in rooms at the villa or in apartments in an adjacent building. Breakfast buffet and dinner are included. Lunch can also be taken at Villa Palagione, but is not included in the price.


Alabaster Carving Course

The course in these typically Tuscan surroundings is taught in Dutch by Arjen Knook of Atelier Breda.

All students will work with alabaster found in a nearby quarry. A number of tools will be used, especially hammers and tooth chisels, rasps and sandpaper. Depending on the stone you have picked, Arjen will help you create a beautiful, exciting sculpture to your satisfaction. It is all about composition, creativity and technique!



A one-week course costs 920 euros. This includes the sculpting course and a 7 nights’ stay in a shared double room on a half board basis. No drinks are included in the price, nor is lunch.

At additional cost a private or a luxury room can be booked. Bringing your partner who will not take the course is also possible for a special price. If you are interested, please contact us to find out more!



If you want to book this course, send an e-mail including your name and mobile phone number. You can also choose to fill in the enrolment form. Afterwards you will receive a confirmation of your enrolment. The course will have to be paid by bank transfer.


Webaddress Villa-Palagione



Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, e.g. about how to get to the course location!

We can be reached by phone or e-mail, or you can go and see Arjen at Atelierbreda.



Villa Palagione Centro Interculturale

Loc. Palagione

I-56048 Volterra PI


Villa Palagione Centro Interculturale
Loc. Palagione
I-56048 Volterra PI