About the Course
This one day workshop is for those wanting to learn and find pleasure in discovering stone carving. You will start with an introduction to tools and types of stone, followed by direct carving to get the feeling of tools and material. You will also learn about preparation of designs and templates and how to rough-out for specific shapes. Techniques on finishing will also be covered and how tool marks can be used to enrich the quality of your final piece. Tools to work with on the day and materials are supplied as well as protective safety
glasses. If you get bitten by the stone carving bug, tool kits will be available to buy at the end of the session.
“Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop”. Michelangelo.
John Davey began his studies in Bournemouth, Dorset, where he completed his diploma in the Foundation of Art & Design, followed by three years at Brighton Polytechnic attaining a BA (with Hons). He worked as assistant to Phillip King PRA and Pierre Vivant, in the realization of site-related installations at the Tout Portland Sculpture Park, then went on to further hone his skills working in a French stone quarry.
John has taught workshops both in France and England, and most notably the Common Ground Project based in Dorset, sponsored by the Henry Moore and Calouste Gulbenkein Foundations, and also for the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its Pont du Gard project, a Roman stone bridge aqueduct. Now living in Dorset, John is inspired by the local land and seascapes. His work reflects nature’s geometric forms, curves, spirals and plays with abstract and figurative shapes.
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What's included in the price?
The cost of the course includes a light lunch plus read and coffee. Tools to work with on the day and materials are supplied as well as protective safety glasses.
My wife and I booked the course as a gift for Christmas. We thoroughly enjoyed the course on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised with the fruits of our labour!
John was a great teacher and pitched it at just the right level for us complete beginners...gently persuading us to push beyond our comfort zone! To give you some context on this, the last time I created anything noteworthy was a fire poker at school 33 years ago!
The whole experience was a wonderful day, the location perfect, the food delicious, and the company in our class was spot on.
We have been inspired by the course and hope to do more in the future.
Jason Ankers - - #19882
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Jason
I was gifted a place on John's one day beginners course at Sculpture by the Lakes as a complete novice. What a great experience in a magnificent setting. John is a patient and experienced teacher who brought the best out of all of our small and friendly group. We produced completely different compositions and outcomes under his excellent tutorage. We were so lucky to be able to work outside in the sunshine with all tools provided at individual work stations. An added bonus was lunch al fresco chosen from a very comprehensive menu provided by the on site restaurant.
Thank you John for a brilliant and successful day and Monique for being such a good facilitator !
Sally Guild - - #16694
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Sally - thank you for a lovely review and so glad you enjoyed your day with John at Sculpture by the Lakes and I will pass on your kind comments to the cafe staff. You all completed excellent work and I think you should all be very proud of yourselves!
Having never done anything like this before, I was full of trepidation but Jonh was great. I learned so much, I went from beginner to smug in just a few hours. John gave me the tools to crest a satisfying carving. I would recommend this course to anyone. Thank you.
Pauline Baldwin - - #15919
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Pauline, what a lovely review, thank you so much on behalf of John! If you are thinking of repeating your stone carving experience, he is teaching a one-day course here at Sculpture by the Lakes on Sunday 2nd September.
A great patient teacher , who passed on his knowledge of the tools used and type of stone to be carved , anyone can easily carve under johns instructions, a great way to spend a morning , well recommended *****
Matt rodney - - #15825
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Matt - thank you for your review of John's stone-carving course and so happy you had a good day. If you are ever thinking of joining another if his courses he will be here teaching on 2nd September.
I did the two hour workshop with John during Dorset Art Weeks and was so inspired that I signed up for the four hour course three weeks later. I now have two stone carvings in Portland stone which have pride of place in my garden. John is an excellent teacher who manages to get the best out of his students. I am really disappointed that I won't be able to do the one day course at Sculpture by the Lakes as I would really like to develop my technique. Here's hoping for more courses!
Sue Stow - - #15785
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Thank you so much for letting us know about your course with John and so glad you enjoyed it. Although you can't make his one day course on 2nd September, we will certainly be holding another stone carving day with him, so please do keep in touch with us via our website or through Craft Courses.
I really enjoyed my 2 hour stone carving session with John in Weymouth during Dorset Arts Weeks. He was happy to let me stay on an extra half hour to finish my Celtic design. I am very proud of my first attempt and definitely want to do more.
Jill Nicholas - - #15751
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Jill - so glad you enjoyed your course and that you would like to do more! John is here teaching a one-day course at Sculpture by the Lakes on Sunday 2nd September in case you are free... Thank you for your review.
I attended a half day with John in June and had a fantastic time. John is a great teacher really explains things well and had some great ideas. I was so pleased with my piece of stone I did it has pride of place in my garden!! If I can do it anyone can. Great fun and met some lovely people. Highly recommend.
Claire Summerhayes - - #15738
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Claire - so glad you enjoyed your course with John, he is a great teacher... If you are thinking of doing another course, he is at Sculpture by the Lakes for a one-day course on Sunday, 2nd September.
I did a workshop mid june in Weymouth and really enjoyed it. The workstation was laid out well for easy usage. John was inspirational and very helpful as this was my first time. I brought home a piece of work that im very proud of and my wife loves. This course is definitely worth doing and is worthwhile.
Sumon martin - - #15737
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:It's lovely to hear that had such a good day with John, he is a very good teacher, as everyone says! If you are interested in taking another course, he is at Sculpture by the Lakes for a one-day course on Sunday, 2nd September. Kind regards
I recently did a workshop with John, it was an amazing experience, John was so patient, and explained things in laymen terms. After two hours of chipping and Johns expert help I walked away with a beautiful yacht set in Portland stone. I can honestly say it’s probably one of the things I am most proud of. I defiantly will be going to another of Johns workshops.
Brenda Gibb - - #15736
Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:Dear Brenda - so glad you enjoyed your course with John and that you came away with such a great piece of work. If you are interested in taking another course with John, he will be doing a one-day workshop with us here at Sculpture by the Lakes on Sunday 2nd September. Kind regards
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