Stone Carving Sculpture and Relief by Katherine Worthington
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About the Course
Led by multi award winning Katherine Worthington, specialising in stone carving since 1997.
With teaching experience since 2013 - figurative and sculptural stone carving to the 2nd year diploma students at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea, London. In 2015/16 she taught at the Art Academy, London Bridge.
Courses usually held - 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month (ongoing). 10.45am - 4.45pm in Crypt Room 1.
For beginners - advanced. Learn stone carving and how to carve a relief or sculpture in a class of 7 people*. Make something in 1 day or longer. This could make an ideal gift, or decorate your home/garden. Learn carving methods unchanged since medieval times. Group talks on the characteristics of stone and working in relief (raised or incised) and 3D. You may also get a chance to view some letter carving*
Relief carving/sculpture Ideas - carve a green man, face, animal, abstract/shape, part of a figure, hand, flower, architectural leaves/design, ornament, boat, house, landscape (see course photos below). There are no limits to a relief (incised) carving it is like drawing onto stone.
Making a clay model - or templates* on the first day as a visual aid for the stone sculpture (depending on time), students may omit this and carve straight from their mind/brought ideas*, or book an additional course for more time.
Discounts are offered in multiple bookings.
Bring your own - sketches, pictures and ideas* to be looked at or choose from the course inspiration*.
Stone is supplied to suit your design, timescale and whether you want to concentrate on learning technical skills, being creative, or both. Students will be asked this at the beginning of the course.
Creative learning - how to transfer your ideas onto the stone in an outline profile. Primarily the front face of the stone will be looked at for relief carving. For a sculpture the front, side, back and top will be looked at. This outline profile is then removed with tools and chiselling, for a relief the surrounding stone is dropped down leaving a raised profile protruding as a silhouette. For a sculpture large areas of 'negative space' are removed effectively working along lines, e.g. from front to back forming the silhouette. Detail is found and carved within the silhouettes, refining small forms, creating shadow and depth to make the carving come alive.
Technical control - of hammer and chisel will be taught individually and/or in a group. Learn correct use of hammer and chisels, carve a flat surface and effective removal of stone bulk. This is key to the successful progression of stone carving, often overlooked in other classes.
*Your brought ideas can be a sketch, printed pictures, books, magazines, Google internet. Objects to copy, such as ornaments, teddy bears, flowers, shells and leaves.
*Course Inspiration can be used as a visual aid for your clay model or templates. Choose portrait pictures, animal pictures, anatomical drawings/models, small animal toys. Life size human body casts, head/face, hands, fingers.
*Scaling your pictures to fit the stone and template - this is very effective and simple. There is a photocopying shop next door to the course where you can do this.
*Your Templates are an outline profile of the front, back, sides and top of the sculpture. If drawn onto card these can be traced onto the stone.
*Class size 7 (maximum) people. However on rare occasions due to booking process and allowing the teaching of letter carving* this figure may fluctuate.
Wear sturdy shoes or steel toe cap boots (are best). Safety glasses provided.
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?
All materials are included in course cost (there are no hidden costs). Small - medium stone of random size/type - is included in course cost.
Approx carving time 1-3 days.