Mission Statement

•To expose and promote the art of wood sculpture to the next generation of youth.

•Develop all students abilities through quality instruction and teaching aids to help them reach their artistic goals.

To support and advance the growth of woodcarving industry.

To help recognized and accepted in the art world as a fine art.


The Guge Institute was founded by Bob and Josh Guge in 2004.

The Guges have gained National recognition for winning World level competitions at prestigious sculpting competitions around the country.  Bob taught wood carving seminars for thirty years and was a five-time world champion bird carver.  In 2013, Bob passed after a year long battle with brain cancer. Josh now continues the family legacy of creating and promoting the arts.

Josh is a three-time world champion wood sculptor and art instructor. Over the last two decades, he has worked with thousands of students in over 25 states around the country.  He also teaches regular classes at his studio in Elgin, Illinois.  The Guges are known for simplifying this complex art form that incorporates; drawing, three dimensional design, sculpting and painting. 

The Guge Institute offers a variety of classes year round including: wood sculpture, drawing, painting, design, airbrush and more.  Check out the schedule to see which one fits your niche.