About the Course
Sculpt your very own moon gazing or ‘in motion’ hare! No experience needed as Jo will demonstrate and guide you through every step.
We start with a steel stand and aluminium wire armature that 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). Layers of plaster are then added, with a final coat of paint 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 - 40 centimeters high and weigh about 1 kilo. A quick coat of matt lacquer applied after a few days will provide weather resistance if you wish to have your hare moon gazing or running about your garden!
The day runs from 9.30am – 4.30pm. There will be plenty of tea, coffee, water and biscuits available throughout the day. Lunch is an hour, please bring your own packed lunch or pop to the fabulous Hillcrest Deli & Café 5 minutes’ drive away.
Jo’s rural workshop is 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 weekend retreat. Two-day workshops are also available for larger pieces (full size hares, boxing hares, Giacometti inspired sculpture etc) and for those who have been on a one-day workshop and would like to do their own thing!
Our workshops are friendly, fun and relaxing. They are suitable for all abilities and age groups (children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Student numbers are minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 to allow a spacious and calm environment. Separate dates can be arranged for memorable hen days and positive team building events (please make contact for details).
There is lots more information on my website - just press on the 'Book Online' button to go to the website (no obligation to book when you press the button!).
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included for your sculpture.
Aprons are provided.
Each student has access to their own set of tools (so no waiting for others to finish!)
Tea, coffee, water and biscuits is available throughout the day
We have three acres of grounds to stretch your legs (probably accompanied by our friendly Cockapoos)
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.
Nicola - - #25044
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.
Lynn - - #24962
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).
Annette James - - #24957
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.
Sally Austin - - #24947
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.
Maggie - - #24132
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.
Yvonne Martin - - #24011
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.
Sarah - - #23969
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!
Rebecca Moulding - - #23963
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!
Pauline Prockter - - #23962
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.
Rachael - - #23961
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 ;-)
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