Sculpture finds a special place in the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, since the Academy is indissolubly connected to marble processing, thanks especially to its territorial vocation. Moreover, our institution offers several educational paths, taking into account the different and articulated declinations of the considered discipline, which includes a vast formal universe ranging from three-dimensional works to installations, site-specific and environmental productions.
The School of Sculpture of the Academy of Carrara is at the same time place of ancient tradition and innovation, being the only school in Italy to possess a robotic system for the reproduction and realization of marble works. Located in the seat of Monterosso, the robotic area is used both for didactic activities and for the realisation of works commissioned by third parties.
The First-level Academic Diploma Courses aim to provide students the possibility to learn the various techniques that form the traditional language of sculpture through workshops of Sculpture, Marble and Hard Stone Techniques, Sculpture Techniques, Formation, Technology and Material Types, and Foundry Techniques. In addition to this teachings, the course aims to train qualified artists and professionals who are able to develop their own individual research both in the field of sculpture related to the traditional techniques, and in the elaboration and experimentation of new expressive languages, taking into account pluralism of languages and innovations in contemporary technology.
The Second-level Academic Diploma Courses offer a specialized learning through workshops and theoretical courses aimed at deepening some areas of the language of sculpture. Both first-level and second-level diplomas include internships, as established by the ministerial regulations, and the participation to educational projects, competitions and exhibitions promoted by the Academy or other institutions.
The robotic system of the Academy of Carrara consists of two three-dimensional light-structured scanners for the digitization of works to be reproduced. These scanners can also be used for scanning living models. Robotic processing is performed by a 6-axis anthropomorphic robot, fully controlled by computers. Among the jobs commissioned by third parties there are: The reproduction of 12 Lunigiana stele statues (9 in glossy cement, three in brownstone), in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of La Spezia; Marco Bagnoli’s Sound-making Vase, the Cavour Portrait painted by Fabio Viale and located in the Palace of the Quirinal in Rome, and Ettore Spalletti’s Lost For Love Column.