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The Jo Garden Art two day sculpture workshop can be used to create your own unique piece of art. See the photos for ideas which include cats, dogs, large hares, Giacometti inspired pieces, or your own design. The two day workshops are limited to four per year, so please contact Jo for availability before purchasing a Craft Course voucher.
Although absolutely no previous experience is needed, we will be using most of the techniques used in the one day Hare Sculpture Workshop, so if you have attended one of those you will be in the best position to make the most of the weekend. We have some YouTube videos showing Jo making a typical 2 day sculpture - please go onto YouTube and search Jo Garden Art, or you can view it via my website, just press the 'view course organisers website' button (under the 'Ask a Question' button which is below the calendar).
We start with steel stands and build up the sculpture with wire armatures, Mod Roc, plaster or air drying clay. The size of the steel stand can be adapted to your ideas as these become the strength and 'backbone' of the piece. For bespoke stands I would need at least one month's notice to allow for welding etc. Please note there will be an extra charge if the steel work is large or complex (more information on my website). Please check they can fit into your vehicle!
I will discuss ideas prior to the workshop to ensure you can start immediately on your masterpiece.
We use products which are water resistant so your sculpture can be placed in your garden or on your patio, although we recommend you cover or take them inside for winter months.
Our workshops are friendly, fun and relaxing. They are suitable for all abilities and age groups (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).
Two day workshop numbers are kept to a maximum of 4 to allow for plenty of studio space and time with Jo.
To book a workshop, view the videos or see more information, go to the Jo Garden Art website by pressing on the 'view course organisers website' button (under the 'Ask a Question' button under the calendar). If you wish to discuss an idea prior to committing, please make contact.
See you soon! Jo ;-)
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
All materials are included for your sculpture (an additional charge will be made for steel/welding/materials on bespoke or larger projects - this will be discussed with you).
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 are available throughout the day
We have three acres of grounds to stretch your legs (probably accompanied by our friendly Cockapoos).
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2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)
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Attended the 2 day sculpture course along with my two sisters. Had an absolutely wonderful two days. Never knew I had it in me, being artistic that is! Well I think so anyway.
My cat has pride of place in my hallway. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, Jo is so patient and really encourages you to express yourself via your creative work. Worth every penny and was great bonding for me and my sisters. Next time I am going to try abstract art. Go on, give it a go, you wont regret it.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Sue! You made a fabulous cat complete with whiskers ;-) and I'm so pleased he has a new home in your hallway. It would be great to see you on an Abstract Art workshop! Jo x
Having done a one day workshop with Jo I teamed up with another student & came back to do a 2 day course this week.
Jo encourages and helps with whatever ideas you have; with this, two of us made Giacometti style figures that are as tall as we are and Helen made a delightful goat that was finished in clay.
We even had time to model a small clay hare to take home.
The studio is a relaxing place that encourages creativity & the freedom to explore your own talents.
I am already considering what to sculpt on my next visit.
Oh, and there is still as much chocolate available as in there is on the 1 day workshop.
Superb tutor & environment. Excellent welding skills from Andy too who prepared our armatures!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Terry! Your Giacometti inspired man will make a big statement in your garden ;-) Andy enjoyed the welding challenge of getting the body positioned just right. Looking forward to seeing you with the next challenge!!! Jo x
I had a fantastic two days and am thrilled with my handstand man. I can’t wait to find the right place in my garden for him. Join a relaxed and excellent tutor, everything was well organised and supportive and the group I was with were great fun. I’ll be back many thanks.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Sally ;-) - I loved your bronze version of 'Balance' - thank goodness you had a long vehicle to accommodate 7 feet 3 inches! I hope you enjoy seeing him in your garden & would love to work with you again in the future, Jo x
Wow what fun and who knew I had the artistic ability to produce a barn owl ! An absolutely great weekend in which I learnt new skills, met new friends and shared some time with my son who taught me being creative is a really wonderful way to escape the stress of work. Jo was an excellent teacher who provided a relaxed environment in which you had the freedom to make mistakes but also see results. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try something different - you will be really surprised just how much enjoyment you can get from wire, clay and paint. Loved it - thanks Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much for this great review Bob - I really enjoyed spending time with you and Elliot. You both produced really different sculptures and I'm so glad you managed to relax and switch off. Your owl was lovely ;-) Jo x
An excellent 2 days with Jo, a generous, skilful and knowledgeable teacher! Beautiful setting and lovely airy and spacious studio. Loved it!
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Linda ;-) We had a great weekend with everyone making really different sculptures. Let me have a picture of your finished boxing hares, they were shaping up beautifully! Jo x
What a wonderful weekend! In a beautiful setting with a well equipped studio, Jo provides a warm and welcoming environment and is incredibly generous with her time and expertise. She guided us all through the steps required to create our individual sculptures with simple instructions and clarity, offering help when needed but also allowing our own creative process to blossom. My leaping hare sculpture has exceeded my expectations and I am looking forward to placing it in my garden. Thanks also to Andy who helped pack it securely in my campervan!
I shall be recommending this course to friends and very much hope to do another one with Jo.
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you so much Francesca - and so pleased you and your beautiful hare had an uneventful journey back home in your gorgeous campervan ;-) I look forward to seeing you again and perhaps we can have a play with cold wax painting!
An absolutely brilliant weekend.
Having arrived with zero experience and a head full of dreams and aspirations, Jo and Andy literally encouraged, guided and gently taught me all the stages and techniques to realise and create a garden sculpture that has genuinely exceeded all expectations.
In a beautiful relaxed location and well equipped studio, they have created a warm, welcoming and the most friendly atmosphere, where all participants can not fail to be inspired.
Thank you so much. It's an experience I shall never forget.
I will remember my weekend of being a sculptor every time I look at my 'running man'. :-)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you for your lovely review Robert ;-) It was a pleasure working with you and your homage to the world record marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge was truly fabulous. I can't wait to see a picture of him in his final position in your garden!
Had great fun on both of Jo’s courses and produced some very pleasing sculptures. Lovely location and good company (inc the dogs!)
Response from Jo Garden Art:Thank you Peggy! Your tall Giacometti handstand man as re-inspired me to make another version myself for the front garden - much to Andy's horror it's likely to be over 6 feet tall and then put onto a high stand ;-) ;-) ;-)