About the Course
We open our Studios on most Fridays during term time for those wishing to work and learn alongside us. With a feeling of being apprenticed in working artists studios, you can choose to come along for one day to get a feel of working with stone and complete a small carving project to take home with you, or you may wish to come to us on an ongoing basis (at intervals to suit your own needs) to undertake a longer term project of your choice.
Learning with us will suit people with a range of abilities and previous experience from beginner upwards. We teach relief stone carving, stone carving in the round, and letter carving in stone and you may choose to complete a carving project based on one of many starting points we provide, or we can help you to realise your own idea or design. So, on any apprentice Friday you may see a diverse range of carving projects in progress amongst your fellow learners as well as our own commissions in progress in our studios
We begin work at 10am and finish at 4pm each Friday, and as we keep our group sizes small (between one and five people) please get in touch with us to ensure a place is available (even the day before you wish to come if you suddenly have some space in your schedule to fill with carving!). Our tuition fee is £75 for a day of carving with us, plus the cost of a suitable piece of stone for your chosen carving project which we can supply (a piece of monumental stone suitable for a days carving project costs approximately £15). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day, and feel welcome to bring along your packed lunch or there are a variety of choices in Driffield for a spot of lunch.
Learning to letter carve with us for 1 day
The cut letter in stone has a unique place in the role of written text; it has the authority of the printed word and the intimacy of handwriting, carried by a timeless monumental material. During your day of tuition with us, we will be looking at using the techniques of letter carving to design and cut an inscription in stone, and is designed to give those interested in learning to cut an inscription into stone an immediate, intensive and highly satisfying introduction to the ancient art.
Participants will learn to mark up and cut an inscribed short inscription into a beautiful piece of natural stone, designed using one of a number of scripts we have available for you to choose from. At the end of the day you will take home a piece of work you will be justifiably proud of.
Your Tutors - Alan & Tracey Micklethwaite
Alan has been a practising stone carver for over twenty years, and has established his reputation as one of the country’s finest restoration carvers. Until turning freelance, he was Head carver at Lincoln Cathedral, and has taught many apprentices and students to carve over the years. Carving letters and inscription has been a significant part of his work over the years, and his inscription work appears on many monuments and plaques throughout the country. Alan’s teaching experience is well established; as well as the many years he has spent teaching stone carving to apprentices, he has spent time as a university lecturer, teaching both stone carving and architectural conservation and has taught countless workshops and classes to both beginners and more experienced craftspeople. In 2013, his book ‘Restoration Stone Carving’ was published, which has come to be regarded as a definitive work on the subject.
Tracey is a practicing Artist whose work is focused on the human body in the form of drawings, sculpture and installations. In contrast and as a compliment to her artistic practice, Tracey continues to explore the cut letter in stone with a particular interest in the poetic use of lettering and the combination of lettering with sculptural form. Since completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, Tracey has also followed a career as an art lecturer, and is a fully qualified teacher with a PGCE in Further Education. She has taught a wide range of art and design workshops to both children and adults in community settings, and in her years spent as an Art College lecturer she has taught across many artistic disciplines.
The Northern Sculpture Studios
Our studios are in the historic Market Town of Driffield, set in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. There is a good selection of local accommodation in the area if needed, and we provide a comprehensive list to all participants.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
High quality tuition
A piece of good, monumental carving stone
the use of all tools and equipment needed to produce a finished carved inscription
Tea, coffee and biscuits available throughout the day
What an excellent course. Extremely well taught, amiable and professional tuition in a great venue! It was a total surprise for my partner. Both of us novices. Love our finished pieces and can’t wait to book our next course. Thanks guys!
Lisa Empson - - #16501
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