Stone Carving 2 day Introduction Courses at Northern Sculpture
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About the Course
These two day courses will suit people who are interested in learning to carve, those who wish to develop existing carving skills. Each courses explores a specific visual starting point for development into a finished piece of carving. Please visit our website to find out more about the range of subjects available.
Subjects for our currently scheduled courses are:
19-20 April 18 Exploring human form
11-12 May 18 Natural geometry
9-10 June 18 Carving an angel
Relief is the simplest and most direct form of carving, and the best introduction to the tools, techniques and methodology of stone carving for the beginner. It is also capable of carrying the full depth and sophistication of the sculptor’s art in its most developed forms. Our two day course introduces students to the principles of good preliminary design, selection of stone and execution of the design into the stone using traditional tools and techniques. 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.
As a participant you will be provided with a piece of good quality carving stone and all the tools and equipment you will need to create your first piece of carving. You will spend the first part of the day 1 designing a motif do cut into your stone, with guidance on how to produce a drawing from which to work and which fits the stone economically – we have plenty of source material to get inspiration from, but you may well come bursting with your own ideas! You will then get down to the business of carving your design into stone. Students will feel they have worked hard, but will be invigorated and inspired by the end of their two days, and will go home with a treasured stone carving, a product of their own creativity and newly acquired tool skills.
Your tutor, Alan Micklethwaite 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.
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 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, carving quality limestone
The use of all tools and equipment needed to produce a finished carving
Light refreshments throughout each day
An excellent introduction to stone carving - I'm hooked! I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend learning the basics of the craft. Alan skilfully demonstrated the use of the tools and after choosing a pattern for our relief we were soon onto creating our own piece. As an absolute beginner I was surprised at what I managed to achieve by the end of the weekend. Throughout Alan gave encouraging tuition and positive feedback with supportive input from Tracey. Alan and Tracey have created a learning space which combines gallery and teaching workshop most effectively. They have a warm, relaxed style and are impart their evident knowledge and artistic skills in a gentle manner. Ample refreshment was provided throughout the day. I highly recommend Northern Sculpture and I'm very keen to return!
Kristina Carr - - #11897
A fantastic introduction to stone carving! I attended the two-day "Carving Drapery" course, offered during the spring term (to be repeated this summer). We began with an informal discussion of our interests in sculpture and my goals for the weekend. Alan then presented an instructive slide lecture on different styles and historical techniques of drapery carving; we analyzed a few examples in depth, chiefly with an eye to the sequence of steps involved and the tools necessary to achieve forms. After this introduction, we settled on a design (I had pre-selected drapery patterns from late-Gothic sculpture), and it was off to the workshop to start carving. Alan took me through the whole process, from the initial transfer of my pattern to the limestone, to the intermediary definition of contours and shaping of volumes, to the final smoothing of the surface. Alan demonstrated all the tools as we went along and pointed me in the direction of where to cut next, but he also encouraged me to explore the material independently. I became more and more confident wielding the chisels and competent at parsing tool marks--after two days, I left with a more or less finished relief! Away from the workbench, Alan and Tracey were incredibly hospitable. Both were also keen to relate their prior artistic training and ongoing practices. Overall, Northern Sculpture was a supportive and stimulating place for a novice to try carving. I look forward to a return visit, especially as Alan and Tracey continue to develop this relatively new organization. Highly recommended!
RME - - #8021
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Course Start DatesFriday 11th May 2018
Saturday 9th June 2018
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