A new course focusing on relief carving in Portland Stone, We will be looking at insects and making a larger than life carving, (about 15cm square) of a beetle, bee or small creature of your choice.
The studio is well lit and spacious however due to distancing restrictions I will only be having a maximum of 4 students per workshop as always face masks will be available along with hand sanitiser.
Day one will begin with some simple carving exercises to learn technique then we will be planning the design on to the stone and working out the different layers of the relief carving before begining carving.
The afternoon will be spent carving and finding the form of our insect within the stone.
Day two will begin with more carving and refining of the form as well as developing the back ground texture. We will then be looking at finishing techniques, undercutting and polishing all of which will being Your insect to life.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tea and coffee, use of tools and materials are all included. Face masks and gloves if required. 10am till 5pm each day. Please bring a packed lunch.
The two of us on the course started with a block of limestone each and after two days (12hours ) of hard work we finished with very presentable garden planters with bird motifs.( Our choice). It was a thoroughly rewarding time and so stimulating that I have put in an offer on some stone tools! As a teacher Zoe was empathetic, encouraging, patient and always helpful. Lunch was included and included home made bread, soup, savoury items and puddings, which were delicious. The work was demanding in terms of concentration and both of us had aching wrists but it was most enjoyable and stimulating. Thank you Zoe for an absorbing experience which I would like to repeat, perhaps with a different stone. I'm hooked! Mike
What a wonderful experience this weekend course was.
The spacious studio allowed a comfortable working environment for beginner students and Zoe, a very thorough and helpful teacher, guided us to our hugely satisfying outcome. A lovely stone planter each.
We were made very welcome with teas and coffee and a delicious, home cooked lunch had in friendly company each day.
Hard work and a few aches have definitely not deterred my itch to keep going. I too, am researching tools and would love the opportunity to continue learning and practising stone carving.
Thank you so much Zoe.
I loved this course and I'm delighted with my stone planter. Zoe was positive and helpful throughout the course. The lunch was terrific. Thanks very much. I look forward to joining you again for another course in the future.
I booked the 2 day stone carving course for my mum's birthday. My husband liked the look of it too, so the 3 of us booked on the course in February.
What a great couple of days. It's funny how you can spend all day stood next to each, but hardly talk as you get so engrossed in what you're doing. When you start with a solid block of stone, you can't quite believe you'll have a completed piece by the end it, but we did and were really pleased with what we produced. Zoe was great at showing what needed to be done, ensuring everyone stayed on track and provided help where needed.
Zoe's workshop is in a great location, set up to run small group sessions. It was lovely to see some of her sculptures in the workshop too. A very talented lady :o)
We were very well fed and watered on both days. Zoe and Paul supplied great home cooked lunches along with tasty cakes and biscuits.
We all really enjoyed the weekend and would love to come back and try the letter carving course.