About the Course
This is a 3+ day Stone Sculpture workshop with expert Simon Keeley Simon is a favourite tutor at the much acclaimed West Dean College and we are delighted he travels up from Surrey to take a course here every year, he says he loves teaching at this venue!
Greystoke Cycle Cafe walled Tea Garden in the north Lakes, a perfect tranquil location looking out over Greystoke Castle estate. Most students prefer to work in the garden in the sunshine, and we've plenty of shelter from gazebos & old barns if needed.
To sustain your carving you'll be treated to lovely 2 course Aga lunches, home baking and fresh coffees/teas. A perfect compliment to your slice of fresh air and downtime in which to lose yourself whilst learning from another 'master' of stone carving.
Starting late afternoon on Thursday 16th May 2019 - (choose your slot between 4.30pm & 7pm to 9pm) with Simon leading you through the process of drawing and then creating a 'maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen subject.
On the first morning ie Fri 17th May Simon will demonstrate the stone carving process. Over the next three full days working under his watchful eye, you will be guided through the world of the Stone carver working in three dimensions, sculpting your design in stone. This is the second year this course has taken place in May (previously March) meaning students may work outside either in their own space in the sunshine or under cover if drizzly. Alternatively the well lit Cyclists barn will be available - an old stone barn which is an unheated space. You will keep warm as you will generate plenty of heat!
Taking place in the environs of the walled Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, the course provides both absorption and relaxation - fresh air and absorption, ideal for anyone with enthusiasm and a little patience...Use of tools and etc. included. Stone will be charged extra depending on your choice.
You will be asked to bring an old sheet with you in the event you choose to work outside to gather your chippings as you work . All stone carving equipment is provided as well as the expertise from Simon and his apprentice.
Spaces are limited- please or email asap or call to book.
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?
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
Use of all equipment - there will be an additional materials charge depending on stone used.
Very many thanks, Simon, for the inspiring and immensely practical course. I had wanted to try stonecarving for years.
You will see me again at one of your future course if I am lucky!
Gill said she felt all of her 84 years as we staggered back to the car with our lumps of stone - and my muscles this morning tell me which ones I used yesterday.- but we had such a wonderful time.
Thank you again.
Simon Keeley - - #14221
Welcoming,rural setting with tasty,nutritious food.
Facilities are in renovated Cumbrian farm cottage and outbuildings -comfortable and spacious.
The venue is run very well by Annie.
Simon is an attentive tutor,whose skills in Stonecarving are amazing.
He is friendly and supportive - and manages to produce good works from his pupils by attentive and directed instruction. He makes the course very enjoyable and successful for all on this introduction to Stone carving.
Steve Reay - - #14100
Response from Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe:Many thanks for submitting feedback about your Quirky course, we appreciate the time and effort this involves. Hopefully, we will see you on another occasion at Greystoke... with best wishes Annie & co x
Really enjoyed the 3D Stone carving course; sitting around the kitchen table on the Friday night making our clay maquettes was an easygoing way to introduce ourselves and our ideas and I surprised myself with the end result. Well worth coming with some clear ideas about what you want to produce. Tuition throughout was friendly and informative; as we had all chosen different projects we had the chance to see lots of different techniques at different stages across the remaining 3 days. At times it was hard to think that my inner cockerel would ever emerge from my block of stone but he did; whilst not completely finished as I was a little overambitious I had enjoyed it enough to go on to buy my own tools on returning home and take my time to refine. It was amazing to see the progress across the whole group and the quality of what we had produced in so little time. The course has given me confidence to complete another couple of projects on my own and this year I've had a go at lettering. Thank you Simon and of course I can't finish without thanking Annie and her team for the food and hospitality.
Val Rosbrook - - #14064
Response from Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe:Dear Val
Dear Annie ... I wanted to thank you for organising such a great stone carving course last week. It was perfect in so many ways. Simon was inspirational and great fun, the folk on the course were friendly and fun too and as always the catering, venue and attention you gave were exemplary. Have planted the land cress too! Thank you so much for everything - kind regards Anna.
Anna M - - #13995
Amazing what you can achieve in a day with a good tutor and convivial surroundings. Completely from scratch, we managed to make a block pattern, print and make up a lampshade, and have some printed material to play with at home too. Brilliant day to get absorbed into a new craft and not have to worry about anything else. Thanks Georgia & Annie : )
Rachael Shreeve - - #1516
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