Restoration Carving 2 day Introduction Courses at Northern Sculpture
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An Introduction to Restoration Stone Carving
The care and conservation of historic buildings and ancient monuments is now recognised as being of great importance in the preservation of our nation’s heritage. Carved stone sculpture is a prominent feature of many historic buildings, be they churches, Cathedrals, public buildings or stately homes. Over the centuries the actions of the weather, pollution and human intervention have taken a great toll many of these pieces of sculpture, many of which are works of art in their own right and of great cultural significance. Many Sculptors and stone carvers are involved with the conservation of historic monuments through the discipline of restoration stone carving, which demands a very particular set of skills, not least of which are humility and sensitivity, and an inquiring mind pitched somewhere between a detective and an artist.
Our Introduction to Restoration Stone Carving is a fascinating insight into an exacting and highly rewarding vocation. Although a two day course will not prepare you for a career, it can give you a platform from which start looking for the right training if you wish to pursue one. The course is based around a two day block of practical stone carving interspersed with a series of talks which introduce the history of stone as a material for architectural sculpture, the ethics and ethos of buildings conservation and the methodology of restoration stone carving. The bulk of the course will be the practical business of carving, and as such will teach you the fundamental techniques of carving stone no matter what subject you may wish to tackle in the future. You will be given a simple restoration carving project which will involve the copying of form, and also the recreation of missing elements. You don’t need any previous experience to be a participant on this course, and students may just wish to learn some basic stone carving techniques based within a fascinating historic buildings context. However, the course might also interest existing practitioners such as architects, conservators, artists or heritage professionals who have a particular interest in gaining an understanding of the subject.
The course tutor, Alan Micklethwaite has been a practising stone carver and conservator 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.
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.
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 carving
Light refreshments throughout the day
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