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.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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.
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Two full on days of carving and a great result to come home with. Zoe is a natural teacher and the workshop facilities are excellent. Now what can I do next?!!!!
Brilliant course, expertly run by Zoe. I would recommend highly.
A friend and I completed the Word Up course last weekend. We had a superb time, and with no prior experience took away two name plates that we were proud of. Zoe is an excellent teacher with a good combination of demonstrating what you need to do, and encouraging you to be confident. Covid safe with sensible measures, whilst maintaining a fun environment.
We are looking forward to our next carving challenge. Thank you Zoe
Thanks for a great weekend Zoe.
We are very pleased that we did this course. Your patience, positivity and encouragement were outstanding and a big part of our overall experience.
We loved looking at your beautiful pieces as we worked at our rocks - becoming more and more impressed by them.
I would happily recommend this course to others.
Really enjoyed the weekend. I think we all felt very well looked after, both in terms of sociability and teaching. Zoe was very good at imparting her knowledge to us all. She's an excellent instructor. Fully support everything that's been said by others above. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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