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Holiday ceramic sculpture workshop for children 8+ (and adults)


About the Course

I teach children and teenagers above 8 years of age.
Holiday sculpture workshops are particularly addressed at the under18s - but they are family friendly, encouraging children and adults to share the studio. I feel everyone could benefit in the best case scenario: children learn to be more concentrated, persevering and calmer; adults are encouraged by the confidence of children to throw themselves into new projects.

I teach all topics for clay sculpture - animals, head, abstract, and imaginative or mythical creations, although I start children or teenagers often on "making an animal". I have got many sculpting teaching aids, like realistic Schleich toy animals, plaster casts and laminated images,iPad with google and books. Furthermore, there is much inspiration around the studio and garden with student's and my own sculptures being displayed .

The sculpture sessions are 3 hours long with a break in the middle; I ask students to come for a minimum of two sessions to achieve a finished sculpture, and learn both about handling wet clay (first session) and carving dry clay ( second session).

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What's included in the price?

Drinks and biscuits are included, but not the clay and its firing, as it varies in size.


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

  • Accommodation offered
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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- - #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

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- - #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.

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- - #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!!

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- - #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.

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- - #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

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- - #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

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- - #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.

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- - #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!

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- - #7313

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- - #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.”

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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!

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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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