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About the Course

The choice of topic is yours! Make and animal, human figure or head or an abstract forms. The tutor Beatrice Hoffman employs an individualised approach to teaching, similar to art schools, with every student picking out their own project - and being inspired by the variety of other student's work.

This is an enjoyable weekly clay sculpture classes for adults, running mostly weekly throughout the term with seven to ten sessions per term:

Wednesday morning (10-1)

Newcomers are encouraged to first try two sessions one-off, to see if sculpture and my teaching style suits them, and if they are positive, they can book for the whole term, provided of course that there is space.

The sculpture teaching studio is idyllically situated in a conservatory surrounded by a sculpture garden, in a village just outside Oxford. The teaching space has been "Corona-proofed" by including an extra side room, stronger lighting, and socially distanced individual small tables. Corona-safety routines are in place - mask wearing and disinfecting of hands before entering the court yard.

Provided are some 100 realistic toy animals, many sculpture books , examples of sculptures ( by Beatrice and students) plaster teaching aids ( human head, facial features and figure ) and an extensive library of laminated images available for inspiration and instructions. The group size is kept small (5-7 students).

The tutor Beatrice Hoffman is a professional sculptor with over twenty years of teaching experience in schools, colleges , gallery courses and her own studio; she is a qualified art therapist, and partly trained as a teacher.

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What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee, biscuits
A large variety of tools to get to know and use
A well equipped studio with much stimulation and inspiration
A lovely sculpture garden to relax and look out onto.
Time away from your usual life in a creative space!

Clay and firing is paid for separately.

Contact

Beatrice Hoffman at Sculpture Workshops Oxford
Lime Tree Cottage
Garford
Abingdon, Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX13 5PF
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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Price:

£35

Duration:

3 hours (10:00am to 1:00pm)


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Reviews

In-person course
- - #27068

This term, I've been fortunate to find an occasional space on Beatrice's very popular sculpting course. This has been a fantastic, life-changing experience for me. Beatrice very quickly gets you started, and then guides you, not only in simple technique, but also in how to make your work appealing and beautiful. She never dictates to you, but offers advice from her years of being a wonderful sculptor herself. I really couldn't recommend her course enough - my only reticence comes from not wanting her to get too busy so I can still find space on her courses. I have so much to learn!

In-person course
- - #26958

I look forward to the weekly class with Beatrice from the moment it finishes when I return home exhilarated and exhausted. Beatrice is both a successful sculptor and an inspiring teacher. Our class embraces a variety of styles of sculpture and Beatrice both helps and extends our resulting achievements by her gentle but rigorous tuition. Our talk is not limited to our own efforts but Beatrice has references and examples from all ages to broaden our outlook. Her own work is assured and both wonderfully inventive and professional. We also have great fun and at 76 of age this is an elixir!
_Sue B._ November 2019

In-person course
- - #26961

I am a newly retired lady who is trying to tap into her creative side and I have really been able to let that flow in the sculpture classes run by Beatrice Hoffman.
Beatrice is inspirational , charming and so knowledgable. Beatrice takes the time to work with you to find out your inner passions which she then develops with you.
The classes are thought provoking and you are totally absorbed in your work. All the students are full of passion for their work, but it’s also fun and friendly.
I feel I have started to find a passion for sculpture that will develop more and more with each class. Thank you Beatrice I love being part of the Daventry group.

In-person course
- - #26957

As a person who has never been involved in Art Classes, it came as a pleasant surprise when I first went to Beatrice's sculpture class. Two lessons were bought for me as a present and what a surprise. The classes are a real pleasure to go to. The pupils have all gelled and there is always a lot of chat. One learns without realising it and Beatrice like the true professional makes the use of a tool look easy and yet she inspires. I would say to anyone give it a go! It's great fun and one begins to understand more clearly how brilliant the masters of the art were.

In-person course
- - #26814

I look forward to the weekly class with Beatrice from the moment it finishes when I return home exhilarated and exhausted. Beatrice is both a successful sculptor and an inspiring teacher . Our class embraces a variety of styles of sculpture and Beatrice both helps and extends our resulting achievements by her gentle but rigorous tuition. Our talk is not limited to out own efforts but Beatrice has references and examples from all ages to broaden our outlook . Her own work is assured and both wonderfully inventive and professional. We also have great fun and at 76 of age this is an elixir!
Sue B. November 2019

In-person course
- - #19959

My 11 year old son attended the February 2019 half term 2 day (mornings) sculpting course. He was a complete beginner and really enjoyed his first experience of working with clay and over the 2 days sculpted a cheetah, with which he is delighted! Beatrice was very approachable and the whole group clearly had a fun, and very productive , time!
Clara, Oxford, February 2019.

In-person course
- - #19937

My son has now attended two of Beatrice's holiday workshops and he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience; he has particularly liked the freedom he's been given to choose the subjects for his sculptures and it is clear he's learnt a lot from Beatrice in a really short space of time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these workshops and in fact I very much hope to be able to attend one myself at some point in the future!

Response from Sculpture Workshops Oxford:

Dear Anne, Many thanks for that wonderful review!!

In-person course
- - #16768

How fortunate we were to have been recommended to Beatrice's courses - the opportunity to learn from such a skilled sculptor who is also an arts educator and a therapist is rare!
My 14 year old daughter attended her second course with Beatrice summer 2018, (the previous one was 18 months ago), and once again she thoroughly enjoyed it & produced a beautiful sculpture. Beatrice allows the participants to choose what to make, but provides many ways to inspire her students with animal figures, photos & other student's sculptures. Beatrice is an amazing teacher, providing guidance, advice & helping the students to develop their techniques.

In-person course
- - #16584

Thanks for the really enjoyable course. My boys came away bouncing up and down saying 'can we do another session please?!'. I love your teaching approach with the children and it's such a lovely relaxed atmosphere

In-person course
- - #16582

A wonderful course. Learn-as-you-go in a relaxed atmosphere. Be inspired by Beatrice's works which are displayed everywhere and by the talent of fellow students. Beatrice is encouraging, straight talking, knowledgeable, patient and kind, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days and I learned so much. Highly recommend it. Alexandra '

In-person course
- - #16566

Following a break from making sculpture, Beatrice's 2 day course was the perfect way in which to 're immerse' myself back into making. Beatrice is incredibly attentive and helpful, offering constructive feedback in a supportive and encouraging way. The small group sizes also enable sufficient opportunity for one-to-one support and in depth conversations about the sculpture making process, as well as group discussion. Thank you very much - I am so glad I decided to attend the course and look forward to hopefully signing up for more!

In-person course
- - #8191

Beatrice manages to further her students’ skill sets while at the same time encouraging original work and growth of the individual’s imagination. This results in an enjoyable and fulfilling experience and there is even something to show for it when a project is finished!
Chris Cross

In-person course
- - #7358

I have really enjoyed your Sculpture Workshops, I have learnt such a lot. I know I have mainly made heads, but the wealth of knowledge you have is tremendous. You have put me right many times. It all goes in though and I remember it all.
The time goes really fast when we are in sessions. I look forward to making many more heads all a bit better than the last one, I look forward to the next term.

In-person course
- - #7357

I have been a student under the tutelage of Beatrice Hoffman for some years. She is a rigorous and empathetic teacher, bringing out the best in students with encouragement and vision. I have learnt so much and value her criticism and wide knowledge of her subject and art history.

In-person course
- - #7356

I have been attending Beatrice's workshops for a number of years and never fail to gain something from them each time. She has an unfailing eye for what works in a sculpture - her criticism and instruction allow you to make the most out of your ideas. If I worked in isolation at home I would not be pushing myself to the same extent nor be so happy that I was progressing.

In-person course
- - #7355

Beatrice manages to further her students’ skill sets while at the same time encouraging original work and growth of the individual’s imagination. This results in an enjoyable and fulfilling experience and there is even something to show for it when a project is finished!

In-person course
- - #7337

My child enjoyed the sculpture workshop immediately - it was a sociable
and informal atmosphere and he achieved real success in a very short time.
I would strongly recommend this course

In-person course
- - #7336

Izzy really enjoyed your sculpture workshop. She really liked the fact that she could be freely expressive but with lots of technical and moral support from you. She found you to be friendly and approachable and the class atmosphere both relaxed and fun. She also liked the fact that you had so many resources in the room that she could call on for inspiration.

In-person course
- - #7315

Beatrice has taught my daughter Emily , and has also taught many of her friends. I can speak for them all in saying that they love doing sculpture with Beatrice, and are incredibly proud of what they produce.Although the sessions are 3 hours in length I am always amazed by how enrapt they are in what they are doing when I arrive to collect them,
I have been very impressed by Emily’s progressing she’s started, I know from Emily that Beatrice is very good at teaching them the basic skills at the outset, and at encouraging them to develop their own ideas, and to have the confidence with their imagination and ways of expressing themselves.
She is a very kind and patient teacher who is passionate about what she dosed I would not hesitate to recommend her.

In-person course
- - #7314

Olly (18) and I SO enjoyed our morning with you yesterday and wanted to thank you very much!
It was a wonderfully relaxed, happy environment with just the right amount of help and supervision.
Bringing your gifts and knowledge of sculpting and teaching together meant that we benefitted greatly!

In-person course
- - #7313

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In-person course
- - #7312

Beatrice has been inspiring and teaching my son Tom for at least seven years. Free from the restrictions of the national curriculum, she has gently guided him through early steps, a very creative and abstract period, and on to some extremely accomplished pieces of sculpture. They adorn all the surfaces of my house, and are a real solid example of his developing mind and skill. He is now using what he learns with Beatrice for his GCSE work in school, and we hope that he will continue to be influenced by her as he moves on to A level. Several lucky family members and friends treasure pieces that he has made under Beatrice’s professional expertise and guidance. He has always really enjoyed his sculpture sessions, and continues to turn his vast imagination to what he will do with the next lump of clay. With her extensive knowledge, Beatrice has always managed to provide the practical information he needs to turn his ideas into art works. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor for him.”

In-person course
- - #7311

Our family (2 adults + children aged 9 and 11) attended 2 days of summer workshops and had the best time. Beatrice is an encouraging and patient teacher and we all learned a lot and created things we didn’t think we were capable of. And yes it was great fun for all ages! highly recommended

In-person course
- - #7310

My friend and I had a really enjoyable day. The group was small, about six of us ranging in age from about 14 to seventies, making for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We were all completely absorbed in our projects, with Beatrice on hand providing support, timely insights and technical advice whenever needed, all in the beautiful environment of her sculpture-filled garden. The time flew and I came away feeling completely inspired. A truly satisfying experience, which I would highly recommend. Thank you Beatrice, it was wonderful!

In-person course
- - #7309

These classes are brilliant , Beartrice is an excellent tutor , good fun, good learning and very good value for money ! I'm well and truly hooked , had never done sculpturing before until about 6 months ago

In-person course
- - #7308

We enjoyed a birthday sculpture workshop with another family to celebrate my son's 10th birthday. We were a cosy group of five people -2 adults and 3 kids - and it was the perfect size. A fantastic way to engage kids in purposeful activity under the encouragement and tuition of a skilled sculptor that is Beatrice Hoffman. Highly recommended to kids and adults who are interested in experiencing the joy of creating clay objects with their hands.

In-person course
- - #7289

My two daughters, aged 8 and 12 both thoroughly enjoyed the sculpture workshop over the school holiday. They wanted to go each morning and were both very pleased and proud of what they made under Beatrice's expert guidance.

In-person course
- - #7283

What a fantastic activity for children and adults alike. My daughter has loved the pottery mornings and wants to do more. Beatrice is always encouraging to pupils in their ideas while offering excellent advice on how to achieve success in sculpting.

In-person course
- - #7282

My 12 year old daughter has very much enjoyed this workshop and learnt a lot. Beatrice is very knowledgeable and relates well to children. She is patient but doesn't talk down to children and encourages them to reach their full potential. Would recommend any budding sculptors to try this workshop out!

In-person course
- - #7281

We enjoyed a birthday sculpture workshop with another family to celebrate my son's 10th birthday. We were a cosy group of five people -2 adults and 3 kids - and it was the perfect size. A fantastic way to engage kids in purposeful activity under the encouragement and tuition of a skilled sculptor that is Beatrice Hoffman. Highly recommended to kids and adults who are interested in experiencing the joy of creating clay objects with their hands.

In-person course
- - #7280

My 11 year old son and I did a two day workshop with Beatrice. She is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable, inspiring, encouraging and patient. She is also very intuitive in knowing how to provide the right support to get the best from an individual. The workshop is a lovely space to work in.

In-person course
- - #7279

Our family (2 adults + children aged 9 and 11) attended 2 days of summer workshops and had the best time. Beatrice is an encouraging and patient teacher and we all learned a lot and created things we didn't think we were capable of. And yes it was great fun for all ages! highly recommendedClaire

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