Are you one of those people who longs to run your fingers over a stone sculpture - to appreciate the shape and texture with touch as well as sight? Do you have to hold back from embracing the cold carved contours of Moore, Epstein or Frink? Do you love wandering around the Yorkshire sculpture park? You can find a course to develop your own potential to create beauty in stone and other materials. Maybe you want to learn how an expert sharpens carving gouges or chooses just the right stone from which the imagined shape can be born. Most courses shown here are based in areas of stunning scenery - so why not have a go at stone-carving and be inspired by excellent teaching in a wonderful environment. Whether you are a total beginner or already accomplished you will find a course to suit your ability and enhance your skills.
Would you, your friends or your family enjoy a fun and informal session building a real dry stone wall in a stunning countryside setting?
Get out in the fresh air, be next to nature, and restore an important feature that defines the British landscape.
Dry stone walling is a positive and relaxing experience which promotes mindfulness and boosts wellbeing in an inspirational, natural environment.
Delivered by highly qualified craftsmen and instructors, these events span over...
About the Pebble Mosaic course:
Maximum number of 4 people per course at Olicana's workshop in central Ilkley, one of Yorkshire's most picturesque towns.
Learn how to create a stunning pebble mosaic that will provide a talking point for your garden from David James of Olicana Mosaics.
You will be taken through all the steps involved in creating a square or circular or shell shaped pebble mosaic measuring 45cm/18inch square or in diameter. This will...
3-day of personal tuition - enjoyable & instructive, tailored to suit beginners & experienced carvers. I'll show you how to work on your personal projects from masonry to completed artwork, and advise you on how to continue to develop your skills after the course. A maximum 3 students per course, which allows a great deal of specialised attention. Reduced fee for 2 or 3 bookings.
Tool skills & Carving techniques.
Working in 3-dimensions....
Stone letter carving in slate - taster workshop with Tom Perkins
An introduction to the technique of ‘V’ incising letters in slate, learning to carve component strokes , aiming towards carving a letter in a slate pebble as a finished piece to take home.
Friday 28th June 14.00-17.30
Saturday 29th June 14.00-17.30
Tom Perkins is a well-known letter-carver and lettering designer and author of the book 'The Art of Letter Carving in Stone' published in...
We are running a one day taster course in dry stone walling at Pensychnant near Conwy and also at Rhyd y Creuau Field Studies Centre near Betws y Coed in North Wales.
The aim of the course is to give participants a basic introduction to dry stone walling. Content varies but concentrates on placing stone on stone and letting you see if it is worth attending a two day course. It will include some or...
Weekly stone carving sessions on the beautiful Wales/Shropshire border.
Tuesdays 10 am 'til 2pm
I have been teaching stone carving for about 15 years ago and enjoy it immensely. I am flexible about what people want to do and make, whether it be relief, 3D or a specific idea for a sculpture.
The weekly sessions are suitable for all abilities - no age limits either! I have taught elderly people as well as lots of...
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Join Adam Beeston here for a day of cobbling. Adam is very experienced in both teaching and cobbling. This is a 'Hands On' day enabling you to learn the skills associated with traditional methods of laying cobbles (before the days of cement and vibrating compactors!)
This will be a relatively peaceful day with your square metre of ground in front of you...
One-day dry stone walling course.
A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !!
These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...
Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling Course - weekend in the Yorkshire Dales
The courses run from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm over Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the year. Please get in touch for dates.
During a training course you will:
- Learn the basic principles of dry stone walling
- Contribute to the conservation of our valuable local dry stone walls
- Enjoy working in the countryside in a structured but informal atmosphere
Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling
All of our courses are suitable for beginners and improvers and are run by qualified DSWA instructors.
We have courses planned throughout the year and can arrange more if there is the demand (a minimum of 6 trainees). Please get in touch for dates and details.
It starts at about 9.30 on the Saturday and finishes at about 4.00pm on Sunday.
Each course covers: - Health and safety
- Use of...