Letter Carving in Stone 2 Day Introduction Courses at Northern Sculpture

Letter Carving in Stone 2 Day Introduction Courses at Northern Sculpture

Duration: 2 Days, 10am - 4.30pm

Price: £180

Run by: Tracey Micklethwaite
at Northern Sculpture


Northern Sculpture
4 Exchange Street
East Yorkshire
YO25 6LJ

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About the Course

Introduction to Letter Carving in Stone – Carving an Inscription

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. Our Introduction to Letter carving in Stone is designed to give students an experience of all the fundamental aspects of letter carving including the drawing and design of letters, text composition and the cutting of letters, giving an intensive and highly satisfying introduction to the ancient art.

On our course you will learn about the history of monumental inscription and how the design of lettering has evolved. You will then be taught how to draw the letters by hand and apply this to an overall design which can be cut into a beautiful piece of natural stone. The design will be a short line of text which could be a short extract from a line of poetry, a house name or Latin quote; it’s your choice! At the end of the course you will take home a piece of work which will make you justifiably proud. You don’t need any previous experience to be a student on this course and get full benefit from it – if you do have previous experience, it will be greatly reinforced by taking part.

Your tutors are Alan and 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.

Our centre is 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
Light refreshments throughout each day

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 5th July 2018

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