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Duration: 3 days (9.30 -4.30pm)

Price: £330

Run by: Annie Swarbrick
at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

01768 483984

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

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About the Course

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Introduction to 3D Sculpture in Stone Carving with Simon Keeley Suitable for all abilities

Simon will lead you through the process of first drawing and then creating this maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen subject. Teaching is then for three full days 9.30 -4pm each day.
Starting in slots between 4.30pm and 7pm on the first evening you will design on paper and then in clay your maquette with Simon's help and advice.

The following three days 9.30am to 4pm under the guidance of Simon and his student helper Jen you will learn the principles of 3D stone carving and create a beautiful sculpture in Stone.

We are delighted that award winning stone carver Simon Keeley MA from Surrey will be travelling north to Greystoke to take a 3+ day course. Simon has been carving in stone for some 20 years and teaching his craft to students of all abilities throughout the UK and abroad for the last ten.

During this exciting course you will be carving a 3D form of your choice, be it abstract and 'Moorish' or perhaps something more traditional for your garden or home.

Easy to work Portland limestone or similar will be used for this course. Working in stone is absorbing and creative and the workshop will give students a good grounding of first considerations for carving a 3D form in stone.

Simon has recently won awards for his work in the much acclaimed 'Craft and Design' publication. After one of his Gold awards, a judge commented;

'All the finalists show exceptional skill and creativity but for me the work of Simon Keeley takes my breath away. He is not just an immensely skilled stone carver, he has exceptional draftsmanship and the ability to adapt his skills to traditional and contemporary styles of work. Perhaps for me though, it is his desire to not just demonstrate his skills and have his work on view for all to see, but to pass on his skills through teaching at workshops and on courses that stands him out above the other finalists. All craft skills used today are based on those used for centuries by generations of master craftsmen and the passing on of these skills to future generations is vital to the survival of the skills and to enable our children and grandchildren to experience the joy that owning – and maybe creating - a skilfully made, beautiful piece of handcrafted work brings to our everyday lives.'

This course will highlight the importance of drawing in preparation for a carving.
Also the relevance of producing a maquette (model): before approaching the stone block. Subsequently you will learn how to transfer your design, from sketches on paper or in clay directly
onto the block before you begin the carving process.

About Simon Keeley
Simon Keeley is a Multi-Award winning Stone Carver with vast experience and skill. His first training was as a Stone Mason at York college and later working as a Stone Mason for Bowman and Sons in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He went on to train as a Stone Carver at the London City and Guilds Art School, focussing predominantly with historical and ornament carving. His inter-relational and design skills were pushed to new limits on the MA Art in Architecture course, at the University of East London. This gave him the confidence to go on to teach stone carving, in art colleges and privately.

He regularly takes commissions and also produces free flowing sculptural carving for ecclesiastical, gallery, garden, public art spaces and private individuals.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.

The stone to carve and clay for maquette will cost extra and these will be payable during the course. This will be between £20 to £40 per person depending on stone.

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Course Start Dates

Friday 11th January 2019

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