Be introduced to, or improve your skills in the fast growing art of fish carving. Since 1996, experienced fish carvers and novices alike, from across the continent, have taken advantage of Clark`s workshops and seminars with dramatic results. His students have gone on to win top awards throughout North America including both Best of Show in the Novice and Intermediate levels at the World Fish Carving Championships and also World Championship titles in both the Natural Finish and Miniature Divisions.
Clark`s studio, near Billings, Montana is located in a relaxed setting within a few hours drive of some of the most renowned trout streams in America including the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Boulder and Stillwater Rivers, all of which sustain healthy populations of Brown and Rainbow Trout. Also, less than 1 hour away is the Absaroka- Beartooth Wilderness area in the famous Beartooth Mountains which rise to an elevation well over 12,000 feet. These spectacular and scenic mountains hold hundreds of backcountry lakes and creeks that sustain large populations of Cutthroat, Golden, and Brook trout as well as Grayling. If you`ve never been to the Beartooths, you owe yourself a day or two of fishing and sightseeing in these fantastic mountains. They are truly spectacular and the late Charles Kurault labeled the Beartooth highway, "the most scenic drive in the Lower 48".
Clark's workshops may focus on all aspects of carving a fish. Individual preferences and
desires can be focused on such as:
Collecting References including Study Casts Fish Reference Photography
Anatomy Concepts and Accuracy Composition and Design Pattern Development and Design Selection of Woods Power carving with a flexible shaft carving unit and/or hi-speed carver with and explanation and demonstration of these power tools, bits, etc. Carving With Accuracy Color, Paint and Air Brush Techniques Advanced Finishing and Detailing Techniques Burning and Burnishing Techniques Habitat Carving and Construction Interpretive or Natural Finish Carving |Individual, One on One, "Hands On" fish carving workshops
are tailored for each individual's level of experience. Each step of the process is demonstrated and then the student will actually perform the task (carving his own fish, etc.) while having all questions plainly and thoroughly answered. These workshops can be scheduled for whatever time is convenient for Clark and yourself. The instruction can be directed at any area you wish to learn, including anatomy, habitat, casting, painting, etc
Usually in a five-day workshop, students will have the time to carve and paint an accurate fish of your choosing(fresh or saltwater)from start to finish. Fins can be carved out of the same block of wood as the body or for added strength (and when necessary) fins can be inserted using Clark`s blue ribbon "no fill" method of fin attachment. A large emphasis is placed on anatomical accuracy and how to correctly portray the "essence of the species" which brings the fish to life.
Texturing, scaling and airbrushing with acrylics will be covered along with how to make your own study casts. If carvers are not quite finished with their fish carving when it is time to paint, an optional carved fish casting will be available for painting and/or purchase. Again, the beauty of one-on-one instruction is the student has the ability to control and steer the focus of the workshop and depending on the difficulty of the project, a lot of other various areas can be demonstrated and/or discussed to fit his/her own area of interest. Feel free to let your desires be known. Travel
For those arriving by air, Billings has an international airport and transportation can be provided to and from the airport and a car will be provided for the student for the duration of their stay. For those driving in, Click Here for directions. Housing
For your convenience, in One-on-One workshops, Clark can provide housing, free of charge, in his log cabin studio and this includes the night before your workshop begins as well as the night after it finishes. The private room is furnished with shower, sink, refrigerator, TV, telephone and bed with linens. For group workshops your own accomodations need to be secured and major motels are located within 10 minutes of the studio. RV space is also available near the studio if desired. Food
Breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided and you're on your own for dinner. Many restaurants are within 10 minutes of the studio. Materials
All wood, paint, glass eyes, paint schedule, pattern, etc that is needed to do the agreed upon project will be provided by the instructor at no extra charge. Tools and Equipment
Upon registration for workshops, you will be sent a list of suggested tools, etc that you should bring, a list of items we provide and a detailed list of bits, burrs and paints. You may bring your own airbrush and/or test-drive one of Clark's Badger 100G's or the new Renegade Velocity's. "Woods and Waters" brand acrylic airbrush paints will be provided by Clark or you may bring your own as long as they are acrylic. Lacquer paints are not allowed for health and safety reasons. Available for Purchase at Clark's Studio
All carving bits and burrs used in the class
Fish paint schedules
Fish carving patterns
Fish carving study casts Pricing for One-on-One Workshops
1 day - $350
2 day - $640
3 day - $950
4 day - $1220
5 day - $1475 and additional days beyond 5 are $285 per day. Registration For One-On-One Workshops and Classes
To secure your dates and register for a one-on-one appointment with Clark, please call first and work out the dates that are convenient to both yourself and him. After agreeing on a time, please send a $50.00 deposit to Clark Schreibeis Wildlife Art. Upon receiving the registration deposit, an informational packet will be sent out along with a suggested bit and tool list. Balance is due on the first day of class. If you have any questions just let Clark know. These one-on-one workshops are first-come- first-serve, so please register early for the best dates.