About the Course
Brenda Burgess welcome students of all abilities to her ceramic sculpture workshops in some of the loveliest places. Clay is an amazing material and Brenda provides quality tuition in a relaxed and supportive environment to allow you to explore your creativity. Brenda truly welcomes students of all abilities to these session. Student numbers are limited to allow for plenty of tuition time. Friendly, supportive and fun sessions.
Suitable for unusual team builders and hendays. A very special day at Walmer), pain-free charity fund raisers (again please look at blog) and school visits (website, schools pages) Please email with any enquiries.
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What's included in the price?
All materials and tools are included. Teas, coffees cakes and biscuits included. Optional firing of finished sculpture for a small fee . Check with Brenda re cafes opening . Packed lunch advised.
Brenda is an excellent teacher . She was brilliant at explaining to me how to build my sculpture step by step and encouraged me throughout. She was helpful without being intrusive. She had provided not only the basic materials but many additional resources
The other people were friendly and the surroundings-we were at Godington House-beautiful.
I made a green man mask and every time I look at it it makes me happy.
Oh and there’s loads of cake and tea and coffee whenever you want.
Gillian Corrigan - - #22013
I attended the Green Man day at Walmer Castle on 2nd May, and found it inspirational! I have no talent with anything visual (or so I thought) but under Brenda's patient, warm and witty tutelage I came away with a Green Man portrait sculpture I am proud of, and the desire to make many more sculptures of all types. I will now be looking out for future courses run by Brenda and will be signing up whenever possible. I feel enthusiastic about getting the dirt under my fingernails and the creativity into the clay.
Tina Price-Johnson - - #21959
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Thanks so much for your lovely review. It was lovely to see you and Simon at Walmer and I look forward to seeing you both again soon
My daughter, my granddaughter of 21, teenage grandsons, and I have been on various courses run by Brenda, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Brenda's courses are for all ages and abilities. Between us, we have covered a wide range of subjects, including faces, Christmas and Autumn wreaths, pots, 3D heads and figures and, at this moment, two of us are looking forward to making The Green Man! Brenda is such a good teacher, so encouraging and positive. Her explanations and instructions are very detailed and clear so that even a beginner gains confidence under her tutelage. Her welcoming and lovely, calm manner makes everyone feel that they can succeed. But most of all, it is such fun!
Marion Thrower - - #21535
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Hello Marion,
Brenda’s workshops are an excellent introduction to ceramics. Brenda provides friendly and knowledgeable instruction so that you can explore your creativity and learn at the same time. Brenda’s classes are small and friendly and she quickly puts everyone at ease. I would recommend her classes to anyone who wants an instructive and fulfilling introduction to ceramics.
Amanda Button - - #21531
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Thank you so much for your really kind review Mandy . i always look forward to seeing you and your sister and always love seeing what you make ... and talking chickens!
A great introduction to working with clay, sculpture and just how much it takes to start this interest. Also an interesting introduction to sculpture of different kinds. Brenda is practical and encouraging. Although this was my first foray into sculpture, many of the other course participants were much more experienced and I was able to learn from them too. I thoroughly recommend the experience!
Gina Jennings - - #21412
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Hello Gina,
Having had no previous sculpture experience and considering myself to have no artistic ability, Brenda’s classes turned out to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things I have ever done! Brenda is a very gentle, intuitive and generous teacher and enables participants to create lovely personalised pieces in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I thoroughly recommend her courses.
Jane D - - #21365
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Thanks so much for your kind remarks Jane and I look forward very much to seeing you at Godinton very soon.
I have been to several of Brenda's clay sculpture workshops now and enjoyed each one of them immensely. I had not done any pottery or clay sculpture when I first went, but was soon hooked. Brenda has a knack of making even the most challenging projects possible to tackle with her calm manner and clear explanations of each step. At every workshop I attended I found a friendly atmosphere and came away with another creative object to liven up my home. My sons, aged 11 and 13, also did some clay sculpture with Brenda at a Walmer Castle event and were very proud of the results.
Katharine Rutherford - - #18559
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Thank you for the really kind review Katherine. It is always lovely to see you and your family and I look forward to seeing at our next session.
I don't consider myself at all artistic, but enjoy art in many forms as an observer. I was browsing the Goddington House website for something else entirely, noticed this course and thought 'why not?'. By break time, I was feeling rather hopeless to say the least, but with Brenda's encouragement, excellent teaching and help, by the end of the day I felt that I'd achieved something that, if it survives the kiln, I wouldn't mind showing to friends and would be happy to display at home. I'd certainly do the course again. Thank you Brenda.
Lalage Knight - - #17173
Response from Brenda Burgess Arts:Lalage, it was lovely to meet you and I am so pleased that you enjoyed our time together. Your finished piece is something to be proud of and I look forward very much to our next time .
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