On this fun filled and absorbing one day Hare Sculpture workshop you will sculpt your very own moon-gazing or ‘in motion’ hare to take home! No experience is needed as Jo guides you through every step.
We start with a steel stand and aluminium wire armature which has been pre-made for you (although later in the day we will make an armature together so you can understand the technique). You will move features of the armature to your own personalised ‘pose’, making every sculpture completely unique. At this stage you can also place a personal message into the heart of your hare (poignant for moon gazing hares), or you can include a lock of hair etc. Layers of plaster are then added, with a final coat of weather resistant colour and ‘kiss’ of gilding cream to bring your sculpture to life (the magic moment!).
Depending on the pose you have chosen, your sculpture will stand between 25 - 30 centimetres high and weigh about 1 kilo. The sculptures are weather resistant so pop your hare outside to moon-gazing or leap about your garden or patio! There may be a choice to upgrade the size of hare you make to a medium (50cm) or large (75cm) hare. See the photo on this page of them sitting under a pine tree to see the size difference. Details of upgrades available are provided closer to the workshop date.
We also run amazing Two Day Sculpture workshops where you can make your own design of sculpture. Often these are large and bespoke - check out the photos on the Jo Garden Art Two Day Sculpture here on Craft Course website. Press 'More From This Maker' button to see information!
Jo Garden Art's rural workshop is modern, spacious and bright, set in beautiful quiet countryside just outside the village of Hepworth on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. It's within easy reach of Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge for those of you having a break in the area. The Jo Garden Art sculpture kits to make at home or for gifts will be available to take away at discounted prices.
Our workshops are friendly, fun and relaxing aimed at all age groups from the age of 12 onwards (children from 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult).
If you cannot make any of the workshop dates and would like to create the same hare at home - please click on 'More from this Maker' button where you will see 'Hare Sculpture Kit' for £49. Or if you would like to make a full sized hare, there is the 'Full Sized Hare Sculpture Kit' for £89. A detailed YouTube video of Jo showing you each stage of making your hare is included for you to watch as many times as you wish 😄.
If you have any questions prior to booking, please make contact 👍
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials are included for your sculpture (please note there is a £5 surcharge payable on the day for the leaping or running hare versions).
Aprons are provided, but ware old clothes 😁.
Each student has access to their own set of tools (so no waiting for others to finish!).
Tea, coffee, water and snacks are available throughout the day.
Please bring your own packed lunch. Fridge space, microwave & toaster available.
We have three acres of grounds to stretch your legs (probably accompanied by our friendly Cockapoos).
1 day (9:15am to 4:30pm)
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I attended the one day workshop with a friend, upon arrival we were greeted by Jo and her wonderful dogs and made to feel like we were friends not clients, we had the most amazing day in beautiful surroundings.
Jo was very attentive, well organised and encouraging. The day just flew by and we came away with sculptures that we are proud to say we made.
Thank you, we will be back
Oh my goodness what an amazing day. I attended the one day workshop on Saturday 14 May with a friend. We had treated ourselves as a joint birthday treat. Travelling from the Midlands we were worried if it was worth it but wow it was. Jo was so welcoming, informative and joyous. I’ve done many a crafting course but this was the best. We loved every minute and left with a hare sculpture to be proud of. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sharon - so glad it was worth the journey and thank you for sending a photo of your lovely hare already sitting in your flower bed 🤗. It was worth doing the medium upgrade so he could see over the gorgeous flowers 😄. Jo x
Wow what a wonderful day I had!
I attended a one day workshop in April with 3 friends and enjoyed every minute. Jo's studio and garden are delightful, the perfect setting to feel inspired.
The day was so relaxing, Jo took us through every stage with easy to follow instructions and plenty of time to complete each task. She was there all the time to assist us and kept us going with numerous cups of tea, chocolate biscuits and encouragement.
At the end of a creative day we all had a completed hare to take home, each one unique and special to us.
Thank you Jo I would love to come back and make a big hare.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Diana - it was lovely having your group in the studio; lots of banter and laughter. Everyone made such individual hares 😊. It would be lovely to have you back to make a bigger one! Jo x
This is a great day, very relaxed and you end up with a great piece of work you have created yourself. Jo is an expert host and guide throughout the day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Janice - it was lovely having you and your daughters here 🤗. Great work all round! Jo x
A really enjoyable, fun day. Jo is an excellent teacher and the setting was beautiful, surrounded by her lovely garden and amazing sculptures. The resulting moongazing hare was so cleverly constructed and each one of us created a unique sculpture. I highly recommend this experience. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Nicky! So pleased you enjoyed the studio and surroundings as well as the day making your wonderful hare. Jo x
My husband and I attended this fantastic workshop on Sunday 1 May and we both had a fabulous time. Jo is an attentive, friendly and extremely well organised host. Her garden studio is wonderful, warm, cosy and well laid out. We both became totally immersed with our hare sculptures and creating something 3D with wonderfully tactile materials which was incredibly therapeutic. We would highly recommend this unique experience.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Alexese - so lovely to have you both here creating wonderful sculptures. I hope you enjoy making the kits you took away on the day. Jo x
There is only one way to describe the workshop day with Jo - FANTASTIC.
Beautiful location, modern workshop, superbly organised and prepped.
My ‘Hare’ sculpture which now resides in our garden will always remind me of this special day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Jason! Really enjoyed your company at the workshop and I hope your hare is 'rusting' well. Jo x
A very relaxing day, very well structured and paced, and I am really pleased with my end result.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Linda 😊 Lovely having you all at last Sunday's workshop and was super impressed with your hare sculptures! Jo x
I spent an amazing day with Jo learning how to make a hare. Jo is a wonderful and patient teacher who gave me confidence in my skills to make a beautiful hare! The studio is set in Jo’s beautiful garden a lovely setting for some of her work, and a perfect place to learn an art skill. I am so proud of my moon gazing hare and look forward to returning to make other items with Jo. Thank you for a perfect day
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angie 😃 We had a lovely day in the studio and well done on your fabby moon gazing hare 🙌🙌🙌 Jo x
I spent a fabulous Easter Monday with Jo and a lovely group of ladies learning a new skill… I never would have imagined being capable of unleashing my inner creativity and going home at the end of a fun day the proud owner of a running hare!
Jo (and her husband) were the perfect hosts and Jo is a highly skilled teacher of her art, making each of the steps involved in making the sculptures easy to understand.
I would recommend this course to anyone of any age who wants to spend a lovely day in beautiful surroundings learning to create something original and beautiful 😍
Thank you Jo!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Angela 😊 Your running hare was fab and I understand took a tour to your local pub for much deserved praise! Enjoy creating the kit you took home as well 🙌 Jo x
Such a beautiful location for Jo’s workshop. I had so much fun, relaxed and learnt so much throughout the day and now have an amazing hare sculpture to display in my garden. I came away with new skills and can now create my own sculptures starting with the kit I bought to make a seated yoga figure.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Trudy - really pleased you enjoyed the day and had time to relax. Enjoy making your yoga figure! Jo x
A fantastic day and really enjoyable. Jo had thought of everything and was so welcoming at her home and studio. I would recommend this to anybody, even those that did not think it for them as the end product was truly magnificent.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Nicky - fabulous hares made on Easter Monday! Jo x
I was very impressed with this course. Jo was a wonderful host, a calm and relaxed manner.
She was very informative and helpful.
With the family pets around, it was a lovely atmosphere !
Very happy to take another course x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jane - your lovely ear scratching hare prompted two others to buy kits to replicate it at home 😁. Glad you liked having Mia, Tula and Olive interacting every now and then! Jo x
What a wonderful day! Jo is an excellent teacher, and the pace of the course was spot on. She encourages you, gives very helpful advice and guides you through the course with ease. The studio is set in wonderful surroundings, the whole feel of the day was so calm and therapeutic. Jo and her husband are wonderful hosts and make you feel so welcome. Thank you Jo. I loved it and you will be seeing me again, and again and again!!! Much love. Alison
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Alison - it was lovely to see you again in the studio - and well done on completely finishing your large upgrade hare! He was truly magnificent 🤗
What an excellent course! I'm hooked! I had a thoroughly enjoyable day learning the basics of the craft. Jo skilfully demonstrated the whole process from beginning to end before we started and, throughout, gave encouraging tuition knowledge and artistic skills in a gentle manner. The facilities are great, and it's a lovely relaxed environment in which to learn a new skill. Ample refreshment was provided throughout the day. I highly recommend Jo's sculpting course and I'm very keen to return!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mariza - so happy you enjoyed the day and now have a new craft to be hooked on! It's surprising what you can do with wire, foil & plaster 😆. Jo x
This was a really fantastic day. Jo, Andy and the dogs gave us a really warm welcome. We immediately felt at home and the relaxed feel continued through the day. Expert tuition in a creative space meant we all went home with amazing results. Too good for the garden! I’ll be back. Thank you, Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lisa! Really enjoyed having you here in the studio and looking forward to seeing you back for the two day workshop in October 😃. Just need to decide what you would like to make .... 🤗
Simply fabulous, loved every minute of it. Thank you Jo for a brilliant workshop, looking at dates for a 2 days one 🐇😃
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jane 😃 - really enjoyed having you both here. Am preparing for a two day workshop for this coming weekend, so there will be more photos of crazy, wonderful sculptures to see for inspiration. See you soon. Jo x
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Jo was most welcoming, a brilliant teacher who took time to help us all during the processes used. I was so happy with my finished sculpture.
Having regular tea and coffee all day was a welcome bonus!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Georgina Lovely having you and your sister at the workshop - many laughs were enjoyed 😆. Well done on both your hare sculptures. Jo x
Wow what a fabulous experience in the most wonderful of surroundings with lots of hares for inspiration.
Very relaxed and humorous at times.
Jo is an amazing tutor, friendly patient and extremely knowledgeable.
With step by step instructions and demonstrations it was easy to come away with a beautiful Leaping Hare that will take pride of place in my lounge.
I cant wait to return in the future to make a larger sitting hare for my garden.
Thanks for giving us all an amazing workshop/experience and keeping us hydrated throughout.
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Sue 🤗. So glad you enjoyed the day creating your lovely leaping hare. I look forward to seeing you again! Jo x
What an absolutely amazing day making hares!! The venue and location were both relaxing and allowed you to focus on your sculpture. Jo was very knowledgeable and explained things so simply. She was generous with both her time, tea and chocolates. I would recommend this course wholeheartedly AND you left with your hare at the end of the day. Horace is pride of place at home by the fire. Thank you Jo x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jackie 😀. Glad that Horace arrived home safely and is now settled in! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, Jo x
What a smashing day away from my busy life. Very well prepared and run, and in wonderful surroundings. I had great fun making my hare and learnt so much. Jo was so generous with her knowledge and sent us away with all the necessary information to carry on!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Canda 🤗 - so pleased you found the day fun. Fabulous hares made by everyone at the workshop. Jo xx
A very enjoyable day spent in Jo's workshop creating Harry Hare. The workshop space is fab and Jo is a very generous teacher both with her time, her materials and tea, coffee and chocolates🙂.
It was great to be able to come home with a fully completed project. I may have found a new hobby!!
Thank you so much Jo - you are an inspiration.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Yay for Harry Hare! I hope you do keep making sculpture Anne - it's surprising what you can do with some wire, foil and plaster 😆 Jo x
What a fantastic experience, I can't recommend Jo enough! A truly wonderful day!
Jo is a natural, patient teacher who offered advice throughout the day to ensure our finished sculptures looked fabulous. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful, making it a lovely, relaxed atmosphere.
‘Harriet’ hare takes pride and place in the garden and has been admired by many, but I couldn’t have made such a good job without Jo’s guidance.
I love being creative but have never done anything like this before and fell in love with it. I can’t wait to start on the kit I bought home with me.
Thanks Jo x
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Debbie. Harriet was lovely - and will I'm sure be a centre piece in your garden (along with your second!) for a long time to come. Enjoy making the kit and do not hesitate to come back to me if you have any questions. Jo x
Had a lovely day making my very wonky looking hare (down to me, not Jo). Incredibly well organised. All materials were pre-measured and pre-cut which really helped the day run smoothly. I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a great day and it has left me feeling inspired to do more. Even though I am a "materials nerd" I discovered new products which I hope to use in my own work as a puppeteer. Jo was an extremely welcoming, kind and encouraging teacher and I would highly recommend anyone to go on this course. Added bonus were her two lovely dogs!
Response from Jo Garden Art:😆😆😆 I loved your wonky crazy hare Andy! Thank you so much for your heart warming comments and hope you find the new material ideas useful for your fabulous puppets. Jo x
Jo hosted a brilliant workshop in her studio at the weekend. I actually made a hare sculpture that I am proud of and had never made anything like this before. I can’t wait to go to another one!
Response from Jo Garden Art:You made a wonderful hare Fay - I believe we thought he was a bit of a renegade 😄. Remarkable how the sculptures develop characters as the day progresses. Glad you enjoyed the experience. Jo x
I just want to say what a fantastic day the hare sculpting was, truly enjoyable and inspirational . As someone who has previously struggled with creative arts and crafts I was expecting to be a bit out of my comfort zone,fortunately I was completely proved wrong . Jo was an amazing tutor always on hand for help, advice and encouragement and the atmosphere in the studio peaceful and supportive. I am very proud of my sculpture which is now in pride of place and I cant wait to show it off to visitors or anyone I can drag off the street. I would definitely recommend the day to anyone and I will remember the experience for a long time and continue to smile.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lynne - I love the 'drag anyone off the street' comment 😆. Will watch out for newspaper headlines! You made a lovely sculpture - well done, and so pleased you enjoyed the studio space. Jo x
Thank you so much Jo for a wonderfully relaxing creative day in your studio yesterday. Although we managed to complete so much in the space of one day I never once felt hurried, and you were always on hand to offer advice and help when it was needed. You are a natural teacher and I loved the way you encouraged everyone to enjoy the creative process. I am so proud of my sculpture, especially after the surprised look on my daughter's face when she saw it and said 'actually that's pretty good!' I would recommend this course to everyone as in Jo's safe hands and welcoming studio your creativity will be encouraged - and in ways you may not expect it to!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Nicola 😊 - Love the comment about your daughter's surprised response 😆. We all have creativity hidden inside us. So pleased you enjoyed your day. Jo x
I had a really wonderful day yesterday creating my hare. The workshop took place in truly lovely surroundings and Jo was very welcoming. She is a natural teacher; making sure that everyone was comfortable at every stage, giving gentle encouragement and words of advice, or practical assistance if it was needed. I really did have so much fun learning a completely new skill and I am utterly besotted with with a few pieces of twisted wire that developed into the most characterful hare right in front of my eyes. I would absolutely recommend this workshop to others and can definitely see myself returning! Thank you so much Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Rachel! I'm always amazed at how individual each sculpture ends up, even though you start with the same 'twisted wire' 🤗. Excellent work 👍 Jo x
Had a fantastic day making my hare - watching it transform from wire to foil to plaster and then the paint finish all under the helpful calm tuition of Jo - thank you Jo for making me feel welcome and for your patience 'Hartley' Hare is in place in the garden already
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Diane - so glad Hartley is in his new home 😄. It's always interesting to see how everyone ends up with totally different sculptures even though they start with the same wire armature! Really happy you enjoyed the experience. Jo x
A brilliant day. I attended Jo's workshop with two friends and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Being a complete novice I had no idea what I was doing, but Jo guided us through every step to produce a wonderful garden ornament by the end of the day. Jo is a great tutor and her workshop is a very relaxing place to spend a few hours being creative! Plus there was an endless supply of coffee and biscuits! Thank you Jo for a lovely day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Carol 🤗 Lovely to see you and your friends sharing some craft time together. Your hare sculptures were gorgeous. Jo xx
What a fabulous day. Great welcome and very relaxed in beautiful surroundings. Course took place in Jo's Garden studio. It was well equipped, beautifully organised with good products. Her tuition was fun, informative and easy to follow with plenty of guidance to obtain the great results we had at the end. We were all so pleased with our hares and who knew we were so talented! Thank you Jo for a lovely day... It was just what I needed. ☺️
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sharon 🤗. It was great to restart the workshops after a few months absence. I loved your more chunky hare and hope the dark copper finish verdigris is developing nicely. Jo xxx
Came along with my 19 year old daughter as a gift from my husband for my birthday and we really enjoyed our day with Jo. Jo is so relaxed and easy to get on with, so enthusiastic and very organised. She does not sit down all day! The day is well paced and Jo makes sure everyone understands each step and offers her advice and help along the way. As complete novices we were amazed with the end result. Our leaping and moon-gazing hares have been receiving many compliments. Can totally recommend this craft course , the perfect day out. Thanks again Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Alison! Really pleased you both enjoyed your day together. Family creative time together is a privilege to facilitate. My legs always ache at the end of a workshop day - but nothing a deep bath and cold glass of wine cannot resolve ;-) Jo x
An amazing day creating a leaping hare with Jo.
Jo was incredibly knowledgeable and made you feel at ease learning this new skill. The day was paced well, where you felt you had time to work on each element before moving on. Jo makes you feel very welcome and at home within her beautiful studio and garden.
I purchased some of Jo's kits to do at home and have subsequently made two more sculptures following her comprehensive guides and the skills learned on the day.
Thank you Jo, it was totally worth travelling hundreds if miles to come and do this
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Harriet! And thank you also for sending me those wonderful photos of your racing greyhound and sitting spaniel made from your bespoke kits bought at the workshop. They were really good ;-) I am constantly humbled by how far people travel for my workshops and really happy you felt it was worthwhile. Hope to see you again! Jo x
One of the best days out!
I thought I wasn’t creative. How wrong was I!
I have the most beautiful leaping hare as a result of the most wonderful day.
Under Jo’s watchful eye, her easy manner and expert knowledge guided us through the process of creating what I can only describe as a masterpiece!
I met lovely people and came away fulfilled and dare I say rather smug with my fantastic hare sculpture.
Will definitely be doing another course. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you Jo and my fellow course mates.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sue ;-) We all have masterpieces buried inside us! Well done on your amazing leaping hare and I'm so happy you enjoyed the day. Jo xx
Had a fantastic day with a group of friends at one of Jo's workshops this week. Jo and her husband welcomed us into their home and the beautiful surroundings of Jo's workshop. The course was great fun and Jo led us patiently through each step so that we all came away with a hare sculpture that we had slowly fallen in love with during the day - each had it's own name by the time we left. Would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone, no previous experience needed at all. Our group will definitely be back for another day of fun with Jo in the near future.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Karen! The hares created seem to take on their own life as the day progresses - such a lovely process. Would love to see you back again in 2022! Jo x
What a great day - would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone. We had a lot of fun, learned some new skills and came away with a lovely reminder. Thanks Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Esther ;-) It's rare that anyone has created a sculpture in the way I've developed, so it's great fun showing everyone what they can do with that sequence of processes. Well done on your lovely hare ;-) Jo x
Just had a Fantastic day at this Hare workshop. Jo is amazing. I never thought I would be able to make something so lovely. I went with friends and we had such a fun day and all came away very proud of our creations. The studio is in the most beautiful setting and Jo and her husband made us feel so welcome. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Claire - we both really enjoy the workshops and love facilitating the day. Your hare was gorgeous - well done ;-) Jo x
What a fantastic day. Jo is an amazing teacher, we learnt so much and we are all delighted with our Hares. We laughed and giggled all the way through and Jo was so patient and kind with us.
I can't wait to come on another course...
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Gill! I so much enjoyed the day ;-) Well done on your Verdigris finished leaping hare! Jo xx
Absolutely brilliant day! Jo is an expert facilitator and a wonderful host. Great location. A really enjoyable and relaxing day - highly recommended!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you John! So glad you and Sam had a great day - I do believe your hare had record breaking length of ears ;-)
I had a brilliant day on Jo's workshop and took home a sculpture I'm incredibly proud of too. Jo put all of us on the course at ease and made the whole process so much fun as well as taking us through all the technicalities of producing the sculpture. I can't wait to go back and make something else! Thank you Jo 😊
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Dawn! I am writing this response just before my guests arrive for the second day of a two day workshop - we made some really interesting armatures for this one; a long leaping hare, a racing greyhound, an eagle owl and a man dancing on the earth with a moon in the background! Hope to see you at another workshop, Jo x
A full and most enjoyable day. Good pace, clear instructions and support when required. Purpose built studio was ideal.
A bonus is that all the hares from our group looked great, all individual characters from the same tuition.
Highly recommended for all.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Sandra ;-) I love my studio so much and it's been a blessing during the Covid months. I know where you are coming from about the individual characters of the hares - they all start out exactly the same, but morph during the day through the touch of their creators! Jo x
What a truly fantastic fun filled day. This was my 2nd workshop and it was as brilliant as the first. Jo and Andy are so welcoming and kind. The day flew past as we were guided gently, laughed lots and chatted continually. Home with a second amazing Hare full of personality that has brought smiles to so many already and each time I look at them, they bring back such warm memories. Thank you Jo and Andy for an inspirational experience. I will definitely be back xxxx
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Gillian - the workshop was so much fun and all of your hares were gorgeous ;-) So happy the second workshop was as good as the first for you - that means a huge amount to me. Jo x
Had a fabulous day for a friend’s special birthday, Jo made us feel so welcome. We all made amazing hare sculptures, thoroughly recommend a day with Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Amanda! Just loved yesterday's workshop - so glad you all enjoyed it ;-) Jo x
Well what a day, what a course!! Absolutely delighted (and amazed) with my sculpture. Not being a particularly arty type, the whole process was a revelation.
Lovely fun bunch of 5 other ladies and what a talented teacher Jo is. She started by describing the process, then demonstrated. We had a ‘go’ under her watchful eye and could ask for direction & help at any stage. Jo is....endlessly helpful, patient, kind and great fun.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a workshop like this, highly recommended and going again next month for a two day course 👏👏
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Trudi! I can't wait to see what you create on the two day workshop ;-) Plus you will have time to make a human sculpture on the second day! Really looking forward to seeing you back here, Jo x
What a fantastic day! A friend and I travelled and stayed overnight in order to do this course and it was well worth the overall eight hour drive.
You couldn't fail to enjoy spending a day in Jo's wonderful studio. Jo was very welcoming and is such fun. She is also a brilliant teacher and guided us every step of the way. There were a lovely group of ladies and we all came away very proud of our masterpieces. It was so interesting seeing a wire armature turn into a beautiful hare, as none of us could imagine we'd be able to create something like that! There was a completely relaxed atmosphere with plenty of tea, coffee and chocolate on hand and lots of laughs!
Would highly recommend this to anyone and would love to return again! Thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:wow - what a lovely review, thank you Helen! You did an amazing job managing to create your medium sized hare in the same time as the smaller ones - I was really impressed ;-) Thank you for travelling so far and would love to see you back here again. Jo x
The 'One Day Workshop' was given to me as a gift and what a fabulous gift too! A lovely day, relaxed, great location, lovely surroundings and amazing tuition from Jo. Going home with a hare sculpture that actually resembles a hare and that I will be very happy for others to see, can't wait to show him off. Can definitely recommend and looking forward to going back for the two day workshop next year.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Heidi! Saturday was a great day with great people. Looking forward to seeing what you will make on a 2 day workshop!!! Jo x
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was overjoyed with my finished running hare. A fantastic birthday gift!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Christine - a lovely day all round ;-) Well done on making your running hare which can be a bit fiddly in places, but turned out better than my version!!! Hope to see you again, Jo x
Did the one day course just over a week ago. Absolutely fantastic.
The course is easy to follow, all materials supplied, including chocolate and beverages.
I came home with my leaping hare and am so proud of it.
I am now going to book the two day course.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Yay! Thanks Gill - looking forward to seeing you at the end of October ;-) Jo x
What a fun day! I'd had no previous experience of sculpting and came home with a wonderful hare. Jo was great, very knowledgeable and was on hand throughout the day. Highly recommend.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mel! Really glad you enjoyed the day and was so pleased with everyone's gorgeous hares ;-) Jo xx
What a fantastic day we had last Sunday at Jo's Hare Workshop. I took my friend for her surprise 60th birthday present and could not have been more delighted with the experience. Jo and her lovely husband made us all feel so relaxed and welcome to their beautiful home. The studio is set in glorious gardens that provided all the inspiration one could hope for. Neither my friend nor I are creative souls and have no experience in art or sculpture making- so we were a little apprehensive at the possible outcome. We needn't have worried though! With expert yet gentle guidance Jo took us through each stage of the process fuelled by plenty of refreshments and encouragement from the other 4 participants. It was a magical day in every way and we got to take home two leaping hare sculptures that were beyond our expectations. I cannot recommend this experience more highly than to say that - if I could- I would do a workshop every month and try everything. My friend and I came away feeling as if we had created something wonderful- and we truly had. Thank you Jo
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Sue! I'm so glad we finally beat the Covid postponements and finally had your friends surprise birthday present. Trying something new is always daunting and the big thrill for me at the end of each workshop is seeing people achieve a little magic ;-) Thank you for recommending the workshop and it would be a pleasure seeing both of you back again! Perhaps on a 2 day workshop for a bigger challenge!!!!! Jo x
I had a fantastic day sitting side by side with my best friend, making a leaping hare! Jo was a superb tutor - giving clear and simple instructions, happy to repeat them when I wasn't listening(!) and showing us step-by-step how to create our individual sculptures. It was a wonderful experience, being "allowed" to make art again and encouraged to do so! Jo is a fabulous facilitator, appearing from nowhere with fresh paper for the tables, and bowls of clean water, brewing as much tea and coffee as you wish and always at hand to help and assist if we needed her. Beautiful studio set in very tranquil gardens which were full of interesting sculptures made by Jo. I HIGHLY recommend you book a workshop with Jo - it is art for the soul. I'm delighted with my leaping hare!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Wow Ann - what a lovely review, thank you so much. I love being busy, so juggling the processes throughout the day is fun for me and hopefully nice for everyone attending. You are right - Art is for the soul and anyone can enjoy some zen time in the studio. Hope to see you again! Jo x
Amazing relaxing day. Jo provided good clear instructions even a beginner could follow. Absolutely wonderful day in a beautiful setting.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ruth ;-) I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and found the instructions easy. I do work on refining the details to ensure absolute beginners do achieve a sculpture they are proud of. Hope to see you again, kind regards Jo x
Jo is a marvellous tutor. She guided us through the different stages and it was fantastic to see the hare sculpture emerge. Each one of our group created a different hare which reflected our personalities. I really enjoyed the day and hope to go back again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Chris ;-) I love watching the evolvement of the hares at each stage. I understand that when the class first look at their own wire hare armature, it seems impossible to imagine what the final outcome will be! And you are right - the hares do reflect personalities - I really enjoy seeing the outcomes ;-) Jo x
Had the most beautiful day making hares with Jo, she had the day planned perfectly. My sister has never made or even be able to draw stick men. With Jo's fabulous help and guidance she made a wonderful hare, she was totally shocked that she could create something so arty.
Such a well organised day in an amazing art room, set in even more amazing beautiful and tranquil setting. Highly recommended.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Teresa ;-) And thank you for being brave enough to try the new patinated copper finish! Are the blue & greens still developing?! The finish looked amazing - I popped that short video on to my Facebook page if you take a peep (thank you for letting me do that). Would love to see you back here one day, Jo xx
I booked for myself and my two sisters to do this course and I couldn't have had a better time, we all came away with beautiful Hare sculptures. Jo made the entire process fun and easy and we all came away with new skills to have a go at home or we may come back and have a go at a bigger sculpture, Jo showed us photos some of her other students had made and they were awesome. I purchased one of the bigger hare kits, it has lots in it and I cant wait to have a go. The studio setting is fabulous and a walk around the large garden was worth the visit alone with lots of sculptures to see. It was a really fun day too. I highly recommend this course, thank you Jo we had a wonderful day and came home with sculptures we are all proud of.
Response from Jo Garden Art:What a fabulous review - thank you Deborah ;-) I really enjoyed having you all in the studio together and seeing your various styles of hare sculptures develop throughout the day. Having a thunderstorm in the background whilst we made armatures together was a first for me! You managed to walk the paths cut through the grass just in time ;-) Would love to have you back for a two day workshop making a bigger sculpture! Enjoy the large hare kit. Jo x
Good fun day very helpful and instructive, and chuffed with my results😀 l would recommend for anyone to, lovely setting and studio, and Jo is a pleasure to learn from, also keeps you supplied with drinks and giggles 👍
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Neil!!! I think your wonderful whit was the cause of many giggles on Saturday. I was a pleasure having you and your son at the workshop. Your hares were great and I'm so happy you were pleased with your running hare (with large butt!!!!). Jo x
What a fantastic day! I absolutely loved the whole workshop, from start to finish. The setting is beautiful, Jo is a superb teacher, and I found the process totally absorbing and relaxing - and fun, too. I'm not particularly artistic, but I was delighted with the result and am more than happy to have 'Hercules' on display at home. I was even disappointed when we had finished, but I'm looking forward to getting the tin foil out to see if I can do anything vaguely successful with the kit I've brought home with me. Thanks also to Andy who played his part in making it a great day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Liz ;-) Really pleased you have Hercules on display at home! Have fun with making your dog out of the kit you took home - please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions at all! Jo x
Am amazing day. I am rubbish at these sorts of things - but with Jo's help I made a leaping hare and really enjoyed the whole process. The day was very well organised, in a beautiful setting and run by a very patient, kind and skilled teacher.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally! Really glad you enjoyed the day and I hope your leaping hare is settled at home . Lovely meeting you, Jo x
Thank you so much Jo - this was by far one of the best workshops I’ve been on and the first time I have tried Scuplture in any form. Everything from start to finish was perfectly organised from your pre-workshop comms, your warm welcome, the stunning setting, and the amazing preparation and tuition to allow me to make the most amazing large sitting hare. The weather was completely on our side but I was blown away but how much I was able to achieve with your help in one day. This was a perfect antidote for a days escapism from a busy life and pandemic living. Thank you! I hope to be back!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jane ;-) I could not believe you managed to make one of the large hares through to completion in just 1 day! The hot weather did help with allowing super fast drying, but you kept up with each stage the remainder of the group completed making the smaller hares. Bravo ! Would be delighted to see you back here for a two day workshop - what would you achieve on that!! Jo xx
A really great day. Everyone really enjoyed it and we all made hare sculptures to be proud of due to the first rate teaching and guidance.. Jo is a very welcoming host and the setting for the workshop is just stunning. Thank you for a lovely day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mary ;-) lovely company and gorgeous hares and not too hot weather! Am just preparing for today's workshop with a 31 degree forecast. Just as well I have air conditioning in the studio ;-) ;-) Jo x
We had such a good day! Jo was not only an amazing tutor and well organised but also so lovely! The atmosphere was fun and relaxing in her fab workshop. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Penny ;-) So glad you and Chris enjoyed the day. Still finding bits of tin foil ;-) ;-) ;-) xxx
My husband arranged for me to go on this course as a Christmas present (arranged several times due to Covid!) and I was so pleased to finally do it as it was brilliant! Jo’s expert planning and preparation meant that we all progressed through the different stages of making our hares at roughly the same rate and produced lovely finished products at the end of the day. We all felt very welcome in Jo’s studio, garden and home and the atmosphere was lovely. We also came away with all the information about what we had used in class and a small pot of paint and a brush for touching up - a very useful finishing touch.
I can unreservedly recommend Jo’s class to any ability because of the preparation and structure of the day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Glenis ;-) We finally met after re-arranging your surprise present 5 times! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and took home a kit for your husband to make a 'leaping hare' companion for your wonderful hare sculpture. I hope you do not need the 'touch-up' kit, but pleased you liked the provision just in case. Jo x
I came away from this 1 day workshop absolutely buzzing, what a fabulous day Jo is a brilliant tutor, her style of teaching is very clever, she immediately puts you at ease and yet she gets you to do an incredible amount of work in a very short space of time- so by the end of the day you go home with your very own mini masterpiece.
Jo and her husband turn their home over to the students for the day, both are very welcoming and their home is a peaceful haven - a joy to work in. Highly recommend this workshop to anyone whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for this heart warming review Lisa ;-) It was a pleasure having you at the workshop and also seeing your incredible pencil drawings; so talented! Glad to have activated another skill - please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like to chat over ideas. Jo x
Me and Mum went on this one day course to make the Hare's. It was honestly FANTASTIC and my cheeks actually hurt from smiling so much. Jo is a fabulous teacher - incredibly personable, kind and helpful and although this review sounds too good to be true, I genuinely had a great time. It surpassed all my expectations so thank you.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Oh Anna, thank you so much for this heart warming review after such a long absence of workshops ;-) I really enjoy having families on workshops as we have so many laughs. I'm so glad you both enjoyed the day and ended up with a lovely hare sculptures to take home. Jo x
Brilliant day making a Hare sculpture. I’d never done anything like this before & am not known for my artistic skills... It really was great fun, so rewarding to see ‘Bob’ come to life from twisted wire, foil & some messy stuff plus he looks like a hare too! Recommend this to anyone, Jo’s a lovely teacher just the right mix of helping & standing back, setting’s tranquil & welcoming, plenty of refreshments, a good way to spend a day!
Response from Jo Garden Art:'Bob' ! you have a name - nudge nudge, wink wink (sorry everyone, private joke!). So glad to help find your inner artist skills come to the surface ;-) It was a great day. Jo xx
Fantastic day making my hare sculpture , lovely surroundings and the workshop is light and airy with plenty of room to work . Met some lovely people to share the day with . Jo and her husband are very welcoming and made us feel at home straight away . Jo is a wonderful teacher and explained clearly every step for us to follow with great results. I think we were all surprised with our efforts and we all had a fabulous piece to take home . All in all an excellent experience and a fun day sculpting. Highly recommended.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Jane ;-) Such an enjoyable day - still smiling! I will post the photo of the finished hare sculptures sitting on the oak bench onto the Craft Course one day workshop photo booth. Jo xx
Attended a 1 day workshop with Jo yesterday. Fantastic day, Jo is an excellent teacher giving very clear hands on instruction at every stage of the process. Lovely bright studio to work in and lots of sculpture to be seen in the garden. Drinks, biscuits and ice-cream all freely given throughout the day. Very pleased with the results and will most likely book a 2 day workshop to make something bigger for the garden. Would thoroughly recommend .
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lynn! What a lovely week it's been. So glad you enjoyed the day and it would be great to see you here again for a Two Day workshop ;-) Jo xx
Just spent an absolutely fabulous day with Jo in her beautiful garden studio making hares. My husband and I were holidaying with another couple and this was definitely the highlight of our holiday. Jo is a wonderful teacher, we all came home with unique hare sculptures that we are thrilled with. Can’t recommend highly enough. In fact we went back two days later and bought some more kits to do at home!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Carol! It was lovely having the studio filled with a group of friends - and great to see how different each hare turned out! I hope you have fabulous fun with the kits you took home with you. Jo x
I enjoyed this course so much, being with friends in a beautiful setting, being guided by an excellent tutor and coming away with something that is beautiful and that I made myself. I couldn't recommend it enough.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for choosing my Hare Sculpture workshop for you and your friends to enjoy together. A lovely day with lovely company and, as you say, everyone went home with a special memory. Jo x
Brilliant day &excellent course . Wonderful day .highly recommended . Great host and setting .
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Anne - it was a privilege being host to a long awaited friends craft day together! Jo x
I and some friends went to Jo’s very first hare sculpture day workshop back in 2019 and I put a review on at that time as we all enjoyed ourselves so much. Unfortunately my leaping hare was badly damaged in an accident so I contacted Jo to see if he could be repaired. Luckily I live fairly close to her studio and she took him in and did a ‘Repair Shop’ makeover, which she made a video of. My hare repair is now on youtube and he is famous! He is now back on my sideboard fully restored – thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:My pleasure Sarah ;-) That workshop seems an eternity ago! It was fun locating the photos I took of you making your hare which I included in the video - thank you again for letting me put them in. The video can be found on youtube and my website. Really pleased he is back on your sideboard. Jo x
Wow, such a relaxing yet motivating day making a hare. The setting and your practical demonstration really made the day a success for me! I came home with a wonderful sculpture as well as another to make at home.
Thank you for being so warm and welcoming to us all.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Chris ;-) I enjoy the day as much as people who are making the hares! Have fun making your sculpture at home - give me a buzz if you have any questions. Jo x
Thank you so much for brilliant workshop, the space and instruction given was spot on and plenty of tea which was great. We loved the final result of the hares and would highly recommend this experience to anyone. The house and setting was tranquil and beautiful. We felt welcomed and really spoilt.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Bev & James! So glad James enjoyed his surprise and well done keeping the secret so long ;-). So which hare has got pride of place at home?! Jo x
What an incredibly lovely day spent making a hare sculpture with Jo.
A joyful, creative experience. A chance to forget about the challenges of life for a few hours.
Easy to follow instructions - I was pleasantly surprised that someone with no previous knowledge like me could make something so gorgeous that I'm genuinely proud of my creation! Stunning location, calm, peaceful - the addition of constant tea, chocolate snack options, bananas and of course cute dogs to cuddle was a real bonus. Thank you Jo! :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for such a lovely review Lisa. I'm so glad you and your sister had time to relax and enjoy some 'zen' time as well as create fabulous hares. Hope to see you again, Jo x
I took the one day hare sculpture course - what a wonderful day with a super teacher - would highly recommend.
Thank you Jo!!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Paula ;-) Fabulous hares were made and a great group to work with! Hope all goes well with the kits you purchased (photos please ;-)) Jo x
I had an enjoyable and relaxing day creating a unique hare sculpture. I was made to feel very welcome and Jo is an excellent and helpful tutor. All materials were provided and it was great to come home with a finished hare at the end of the day. All stages were explained well and Jo was there to give advice and guidance when required. I enjoyed the day so much, I’ve booked to go on another of Jo’s workshops in a few weeks!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Bev ! Looking forward to working with you on your next sculpture! Jo ;-)
I really enjoyed my day with Jo. It was magical to see the hares we created develop throughout the day and take on different characters; one inquisitive, one graceful, one strong and fearless and one very fun-loving and perhaps a little naughty. Jo was an excellent tutor who made everyone feel very welcome. Would highly recommend.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you very much Stephanie ;-) I also love seeing how the hares develop - no two are ever the same! Really glad you enjoyed the day. Jo xx
Loved it. Would definitely do it again xxx
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Becky! Would love to have you back again. Now that you have done the hare, you are welcome to attend a 1 day hare sculpture workshop, but make a dog or cat! Jo xx
Had a wonderful day last Saturday making a moongazing hare. I had been waiting to do this since lockdown started and I was not disappointed. Jo was so helpful during the whole process and everyone produced wonderful hares. It was a very interesting and enjoyable course. Also she took great care to implement all safe covid measures. A great day really enjoyed.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Patti! So glad to see you after your long wait - as you mentioned the group created lovely hares. Hope to see you again, Jo ;-) x
A return trip to one of Jo's workshops was as much fun as the first time. Learnt lots and went home with a finished hare and more to do at home. Great tutor, setting and fellow students. I'll be back. Thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally - I so enjoy your company ;-) Loved your chunky hare & hope you have a great time creating a large hare out of the kit you took home. Thank you for the delicious cake - Tula is still disappointed she did not get to steal a piece as she did on the first workshop!!!
My husband brought a day course making a hare for me and I throughly enjoyed the whole experience.
From the moment I arrived Jo and her husband made me welcome and the day was great fun and I was very pleased with my hare.
I would recommend the course for everyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Diana! It was lovely meeting you and your husband and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas present in sunny (or perhaps not so sunny) August! Jo ;-)
I can't recommend this course enough. My 19 year old daughter and I were trying something completely new and didn't know what to expect as this was a joint birthday gift. In a lovely setting and with Jo's excellent tuition and gentle guidance we both left clutching hares to be proud of. The day was well planned and flowed smoothly, everything needed was always to hand. Jo's garden and studio provide a relaxing environment and we quickly lost track of time as we focused our newly discovered creative talents! Many thanks to Jo for a truly wonderful day.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Paul - it was lovely meeting you and your daughter. You both made fabulous sculptures. I'm looking forward to seeing photo's of the Dog and Huggy Hare you will be making at home using the armatures you made in the afternoon. Jo x
I had a wonderful experience constructing a hare under Jo's guidance. The one day course was structured, informative, well led and most of all, FUN. I came away satisfied and amazed at how much I had learned about a process completely new to me. Not only did I come away with a beautiful sculpture, Jo supplied a pack containing a felt base plus a small pot of paint and brush in case touch ups were needed. A complete package and good value. Thank you.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Diana ;-) Your hare's ears were fabulous! I love the way that no two people's sculptures end up anything the same - they are always individual and lovely. Thank you for appreciating the after-care kit! I look forward to seeing you & Karen at the Abstract Art workshop.
I attended a course with Jo (and Andy) on Sunday 12th July. The setting was tranquil and relaxing. Likewise, the activity was also fun and relaxing. Jo was clear, informative (and patient) and I am delighted that with her guidance I was able to produce a hare! Jo ensured that everyone felt comfortable (especially in regard to how things are at the present time). I would highly recommend this course... you don't have to have any experience and Jo will take you through everything... step by step.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for your review Jacqui ;-). It was a lovely day with great company! Fabulous hares were made. Hope to see you again soon, Jo x
Attended the 1 day course on Saturday 11 July for, what turned out to be a superbly informal and fun day! Jo & Andy are great hosts & very welcoming.
As the first class since ‘Covid’ restrictions have been lifted we were a small group of 3 working in a beautifully tranquil & airy studio.
The plan of the day is explained & then the fun begins. There is guidance at every stage & help if you need it.
I not only managed to consume a vast quantity of Jo’s chocolate supplies but came away with a lovely hare that will always remind me of the day.
We are all hoping to meet up again soon on a 2 day workshop with Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Terry ;-) It was lovely to work with you on my first day back after the Covid shutdown and I'm looking forward to seeing you again in August for an even bigger masterpiece! You did not quite clean out the chocolate supplies - I'm sitting here munching on Maltesers as I type, Jo x ;-)
What a wonderful experience in a relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. As someone with little artistic creativity, I am very pleased indeed with my moon-gazing hare and very grateful for Jo’s gentle guidance. A fabulous day with lovely people, I highly recommend it. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Helen! Everyone has a wisp of creativity and it was great working with you on your moon gazing hare with a lazy leg! Fabulous ;-)
I really enjoyed this course, Jo is generous with her home, her time and her knowledge. She was welcoming and friendly and set a lovely encouraging atmosphere for the day. I learnt a lot and am really pleased with my finished hare and look forward to tackling the home kit I brought away. I highly recommend this course to anyone.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sam ;-) Just remember your hare is watching you! Good luck with your dog sculpture, Jo x
Probably the most worthwhile course ever - am so happy with my hare and the kits to take home are taking shape. A very welcoming home and people - I am coming back one day!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Gayle ;-) I showed a photo of your full sized hare to a friend the other day and she loved him, said how serene and humble he looked. Glad your kit hare and cat are coming along - please send me a photo!
Thank you Jo for your wonderful sculpture day and hospitality. Very good communication prior to the day and directions made it easy to find the location, despite storm Dennis making his presence known. The day was a present for my birthday and I really could not have had a nicer day. Being a small group of six made for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the workshop was held in a spacious, modern garden studio within the beautiful gardens of the teacher’s home.
Jo is a warm and inspiring teacher who prepares well and explains every stage of the construction really well. I picked up lots of new sculpting techniques which I shall continue to develop at home.
Such an excellent day which felt like a day with the family. So pleased with my sculpture. Can’t think of a better way to spend a special day. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Elizabeth ;-) I did spend most of the Saturday night praying storm Dennis would not scupper our power supply! Really glad you enjoyed your birthday present and went away with some new techniques ... keep sculpting! Jo x
Myself and my friend Julie attended this course at the weekend. I have to say it was a delightful day in so many ways. We were part of a lovely group of fellow sculptors, with several laughs, amongst periods of deep concentration. Jo is a superb teacher and lovely host, and her husband and dear little dogs were equally welcoming (Olive the cat was a little more aloof , but gorgeous anyway).
All the hares produced on the day were magnificent !
Kim Haredashian now has pride of place on the bookcase .
Thanks so much Jo :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sandra - Kim Haredashian was bootylishish! So glad you and Julie had a great day. Olive has just had chicken for breakfast so is having 5 minutes of friendliness before the scowl returns ;-) xx
We did this workshop as a couple as it was bought as a birthday present for me. A perfect gift for so many reasons; a chance to explore a new form of art, to spend time together and to create great and lasting memories as well as a hare each. We both made a hare that we are very proud of and will cherish. In fact all 6 of us on the course made lovely hares... a testament to Jo’s teaching and enthusiasm.
A lovely warm welcome from all the family... including the four legged, furry ones. A good location too. Definitely recommend and excellent value for money. We were absolute beginners and we managed to make a pair of hares. Thank you Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Baz & Jacqui - so glad you enjoyed your birthday surprise! I will be posting a photo on my website of the fabulous scrolled designs you made on the side of your hare - a wonderful idea! Jo x
Really friendly and relaxed course with excellent, clear tuition and a lovely setting- easy to find.
Highly recommended. The six of us all produced a lovely Hare, all different but all attractive. Thank you Jo very inspiring.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Mary - as you say, every hare is different but always lovely! Jo x
Outstanding day on every level. Joni’s a fabulous teacher and knows her stuff - will book the two day next time for more practice!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Linda - you made a wonderful running hare ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again in the summer for the two day workshop. Jo x
My husband, brother in law, sister in law and myself spent a wonderful day making hares. My husband had booked the day as a birthday present for us all. Our hosts were faultless. Never ending cups of tea and coffee and biscuits. We took a picnic with us and were invited to eat in their kitchen, where they gladly heated what needed heating. The course itself was perfect. Great tuition in a lovely setting. Will definitely return. Thank you 😊
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Tracy! It was a real pleasure having your family birthday event at the studio. The banter was hugely entertaining ;-) and you all created wonderful hare mementos of the day. Would love to have you back. Jo x
I attended the Hare sculpture course in January.
A warm welcome upon arrival in a well equipped modern Art studio in beautiful surroundings.
The Tutor 'Jo' was very informative and supportive at every stage of the sculpture, which made me and other students feel confident and at ease.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was a very pleasant experience, which I would be happy to recommend to anyone at any level.
I am absolutely delighted with the Moon gazing hare sculpture I made, all thanks to Jo and her guidance.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Ann-Marie - and also for developing a technique for creating texture on the final plaster stage ;-) Lovely finish xxx
Simply great day. Jo is a fantastic teacher. Nothing was too much trouble. The sense of achievement was very satisfying and I came away feeling thoroughly chuffed with my running hare that looks authentic and convincing. The studio is beautiful and well equipped. All in all a great inspiring experience.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Angie! You chose the most fiddly pose to sculpt - the running hare - and created a wonderful result. Well done ;-)
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Jo in December. It was extremely well organised and we all came away with an excellent hare sculpture in differing poses. All the instructions were easy to follow and understand for all levels. It made me want to do more crafty activities, five stars from me! Thank you Jo!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Claire - I hope your lovely moon-gazing hare travelled safely with you back to the Shetland Isles and has been gazing up at the Northern Lights during these dark nights ;-)
I so enjoyed my day. Jo is obviously very experienced and knows how to put you at your ease. The studio is well-equipped and comfortable. All materials there waiting by our places. Taken step by step through a really interesting course, lots of fun and extremely satisfying. Much encouragement, laughing, and copious refreshments. I am well pleased with my hare. Gorgeous location too. I'll be doing it again in 2020. Excellent value!
Thank you Jo :)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Adrienne! Really happy you enjoyed the day - and experienced the 'magic' moment of the gilt cream final touch which bought your lovely hare to life ;-)
What a fabulous day! Jo is a very warm and welcoming lady and her studio is lovely. I had such a great day and brought home a leaping hare that I am very proud of! I would highly recommend this workshop, very well organised with all materials supplied and copious amounts of tea, coffee, biscuits and hula hoops 😊
Response from Jo Garden Art:Oh no! my hula hoop addiction is out ;-) !!! So glad you enjoyed the day Rachel xx
Really enjoyed this workshop. Jo is a great teacher and the facilities are fantastic. I have no artistic experience at all but the step by step instruction and easy to use materials made it a pleasure and I ended up with something I am very proud of. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Dawn ;-) Your leaping hare was lovely; so glad you enjoyed the workshop!
What a fun day! My Sister and I wanted to spend the day being creative with our 81 yr old Mum who hasn’t made any artwork in over 30 years. Jo gives great instruction, positivity and keeps things moving to create your sculpture. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and have been inspired to try the process at home.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Nikki! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and so glad your Mum enjoyed herself ;-) Can't believe your hare is now in Tuscany!
Jo is an enthusiastic & competent teacher very patient with absolute beginners like me! The location was lovely and everyone was friendly and supportive. I never thought I could create something artistic but Hepworth the Hare will take pride of place at home. My friends are planning to book on a course next spring and I will be back ! Thanks for a great day Jo ! X
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Carol! So glad 'Hepworth' managed the long journey home and now has views of canal boats going past your window ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Jo x
Had a lovely day yesterday on the one day Hare Workshop. Jo is a very patient teacher and full of encouragement for a total beginner! Jo leads you through each step with clear instruction and demonstration and provides lots of help when needed. A thoroughly enjoyable day, meeting new people and returning home with a sculpture I thought would have been well beyond my capabilities. I would love to do it again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your review Val! So pleased you enjoyed the day and are proud of your moongazing hare ;-)
What a brilliant day! Jo is an excellent tutor very patient and guides you through the project so well that everyone comes away with a really impressive hare even without any prior experience or skill. The environment is lovely and Jo and Andy are both so friendly and welcoming (Tula and Mia are gorgeous too). The information you get prior to the workshop is clear and informative and the day itself is very well organised. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your comments and really pleased you loved the day Nicola! You created wonderful detail on your moon gazing hare. ;-)
I treated myself and my husband Jeff to this one day course for our 19th anniversary (which is bronze, well only painted bronze but looks so good). Jo really is a brilliant, clear and friendly tutor who guided a completely non creative Jeff into a great hare artist ! We had a fantastic day, the dogs are so friendly and the studio is modern and bright. I recommend this day to everyone and I will send a few friends and family on it for unique Christmas and birthday gifts. Can’t wait to return and have started saving for a 2 day course.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Lynn! It was a pleasure having you and Jeff here on Saturday ;-) And didn't Jeff do well! I love it when someone say's they are not creative - then go on to pull a hidden talent out of the hat!
Without doubt one of the best courses I have ever been on and highly recommended. Jo's home and studio is beautiful and she is warm, welcoming and friendly - plus a great tutor too! She is brilliant at explaining what will happen, showing you what to do in bite size chunks and then encouraging you to do the work with the bare minimum of help.
I never thought I would turn a basic wire skeleton into such a lovely piece of art which has a memento of my late mum enclosed inside. It will forever have a special place in my garden.
All six of us were total beginners and we all did incredibly well. Would definitely be happy to go back and make something else another time. Thanks Jo (and Andy, Tula and Mia).
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for such a lovely review Annette. Your moon gazing hare is beautiful and I am so pleased it will have a special place in your garden xx
An absolutely wonderful day in a beautiful environment and led by Jo who is such a clever tutor. Jo made sure we all had the help we needed and 6 amazing sculptures were created by 6 people who had not a clue what we were doing at the start. A wonderful day with a special output.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for your review Sally! Everyone has an art genie just waiting to be tickled ;-) I'm sure your Mum will be thrilled with your stunning leaping hare. I'm looking forward to working with you on your full sized standing hare for your own garden.
Thoroughly enjoyable day. Jo was friendly and welcoming and provided easy to follow instructions and modelling. Everything was provided so all we brought was ourselves and some lunch.
I had great fun and lots of laughs with friends as we made our hares. Definitely will do this again as came away with a hare to give mum for Christmas and now want to make one to keep for myself.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Maggie! Really happy you made a wonderful hare for your Mum despite your injured shoulder ;-) Looking forward to seeing you again.
What a brilliant day! I have never attempted anything like this before and believed I didn’t have a flair for this type of art. Jo was a great instructor and with her step by step guide she explained and showed us the individual processes to achieve a good-looking hare! The modern studio we worked in was lovely, bright and airy with beautiful views overlooking the garden and fields.
A great day out whereby you can use your creative talents or in my case, learn a new skill.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thanks Yvonne! So glad you enjoyed the day and loved your very own masterpiece ;-) Very pleased you like my new studio - I'm as proud as punch with it and so lucky to have such a beautiful space to be creative in.
What a fabulous day in a fabulous setting. I really never expected to leave with such a wonderful hare that I am proud to display as I had told Jo, our teacher that she would have her work cut out with me!!! It is such a simple but effective technique that you can’t go wrong with. Jo was a great teacher, keeping an eye on us all, correcting us if needed but she will only give you as much or as little help as you want. The art studio is set in a wonderful and beautiful garden and Jo made us all feel so welcome.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your great review Sarah! It’s a privilege to be involved with someone discovering a hidden talent ;-)
The hare sculpture day was part of my mini-hen weekend. I wanted the weekend to leave us with a reminder (apart from Prosecco overload!), and wow what a result! We now all have our own funky hares as we decided to go a bit crazy with the designs – mine is called Beyonce as she has a rather generous posterior! I can’t wait to show her off! We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was so relaxing and fun. A great day out – I would definitely recommend it and Jo is a lovely teacher!
Response from Jo Garden Art:What a pleasure it was being part of your hen party weekend ;-). I loved the ‘funky hares’ and I’m sure they will ‘toasted’ to frequently. Have a wonderful wedding and I wish you every happiness for the future.
What a fantastic day! Not only did I come out of the workshop with a personalised sculpture which I would be happy to display in my home, I also learned how to design and develop a piece of artwork which was immensely satisfying. A great way to chill and socialise, and I now feel confident to try other artistic things. Would thoroughly recommend!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your comments Pauline, your running hare was fabulous!
I have just completed the Hare Workshop Day and it was amazing! I had so much fun creating my own masterpiece. It was a fun, relaxing atmosphere and who knew, with Jo’s guidance, I would be taking home my own Hare to display. I shall be booking again.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Rachael! So glad you had a great day and thank you also for sending me a photo of your hare in ‘pride of place’ on your sideboard ;-)