Stonecarving Gloucestershire


Duration: Weekend

Price: £95

Run by: Sebastian
at Sebastian Rasch

07708002486

Dog Lane
Off Bentham Lane, Witcombe
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL3 4UG

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About the Course

Stonecarving for beginners and intermediates in the Cotswolds.

Two day affordable stone carving courses, held generally once or twice a month. See website for dates.

Materials and tools supplied. Held outdoors or in workshop. Beautiful location, in Gloucestershire, idylic rural setting in cotswold Area of outstanding natural beauty.
Please use the link to contact me from the website above for more details.
Taught in small groups, up to ten trainees

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?

Stone included, tuition and use of tools.


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Had a lovely weekend in a great setting - the geese definitely have some personality (don't worry, they're behind a fence, but will happily tell you they know you're there!). I really enjoyed learning the process and having the freedom to try out all the different tools to find the ones that suited me the most. Sebastian provides tutelage when you need it and you're able to work at your own pace. Highly recommended.

- - #15322

What a gem this course is! The venue was amazing (and so was the weather) and the tuition and support from Sebastian were perfect. Although rather tentative at first, I gained in confidence over the weekend and produced a piece of work that I am very proud of. I hope to book again in the future.

- - #15045

i just had a fantastic weekend on Sebastian's stone carving course, the location is fantastic, the course is informal and relaxed and completely hands on. Sebastian has a real passion for stone carving which is very inspiring. I would love to return and spend the weekend there again. A very enjoyable course.

- - #15044

The fact that I keep returning to Sebastian's sculpture courses speaks for itself I think. I enjoy the space, the company, the amount of input from Sebastian, which is never too much nor too little. He is always there if needed. He explains how all the stone he has on offer carves and details of its makeup, but most of all I love working in the open air (if it isn't raining or snowing!) creating, thinking, working out how to achieve the effect I am aiming for. Long may he continue to provide such pleasurable and constructive courses.

- - #15027

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- - #14842

A great two days in a beautiful back to nature setting. Simple facilities with sensitive skilled tuition combine to create a lovely sense of purposeful calm endeavour. Big blocks of stone became beautiful individual treasures by the end of our course. Highly recommended.

- - #14814

This is a very pleasant way to spend a weekend in beautiful surroundings and create a stone carving with the guidance of Sebastian who a great character and hugely knowledgeable.
I cannot recommend this enough.

- - #14428

What a great way to spend a weekend! Sebastian was a great tutor, balancing giving each person the autonomy to experiment with giving the required support / suggestions as and when required! The group had people of varied levels of prior experience of stone carving (some on their second or third workshop with Sebastian - which is quite a testimonial in itself!). I can see why people come back. Thoroughly enjoyed it and more than happy with my ‘creation’. Many thanks.

- - #14419

We had a fantastic two days. Sebastian is very knowledgeable but allows and encourages you to just play with the stone in a very unprescibed way which we really enjoyed and were delighted with the results. He is always there to advise when required but nicely relaxed and always encouraging.
I have already recommended the course to many friends and hope to be back.

- - #14343

The company was good, the teaching superb and the discovering of new skills exciting. We went home at the end of the course very satisfied and pleased with our sculptures.

- - #14120

This was an excellent introduction to stone-carving, providing an opportunity to get to use a wide range of hand-tools. The days were highly enjoyable and I met a really good bunch of people from widely different backgrounds. The course has resulted in my taking up carving in quite a serious way.

- - #13928

Really good fun, not a lot of tuition but Seb on hand to provide excellent advice to make your project magical. Everyone produced something beautiful on our course.

- - #13772

I had a fantastic weekend learning how to sculpt with limestone. After a warm welcome, a cup of coffee and introductions, we were shown what all the tools did and let loose on practice blocks. Once ready, Sebastian helped select the right stone for each project and was always there with help and advice. The time flew by and I couldn't wait to get back for day two. We were all very pleased with our finished results and the fact we can continue on them at home using easily obtainable tools. Its definitely a hobby I'm going to continue and I'm very grateful to Sebastian for offering such a great course.

- - #13760

Really good introduction to stone carving. Helpful intervention and advice. Appreciated being allowed to express myself and my choices were supported. Truly relaxing weekend spent with some lovely people.

- - #13743

The setting was beautiful and i really liked the atmosphere and environment sebastien had created. He held the group very well and was attentive offering suggestions, tidying and ensuring we were comfortable working on our plinths. He created an inclusive laid back environment and it was relaxing to sit by the fire in a circle and have our breaks. The only thing i would have liked would have been more guidance on techniques. His teaching was very fluid and we just got on with our work but it may have been helpful for the first bit to have a more structured tutorial on technique. .
It was a good course and we learned through the experiential . good value for money. Sebastien was kind and thoughtful and created a harmonious relaxed atmosphere. Which was a lovely way to spend a wet weekend in January .
Thank you

- - #12829

Really enjoyed the weekend and surprised myself with my sculpture as I'm not very "arty". Tuition was informal, adopting a get stuck in and call if you need help, which suited me. Would recommend it, and I intend to have a go at another lump of stone at home.

- - #12817

I was on the 2 day course. Sebastian was friendly and made everyone feel at ease. We began with a brief introduction about stone carving and the tools we would be using, and then were given a piece of stone to practise upon, which was really helpful.

Once we felt ready, we were given our piece of stone and started our creations.

Sebastian was really helpful. He gave good, clear advice and was always ready to give guidance when it was needed but allowed you to 'do your own thing'.

It's helpful to have a picture or sketch of what you want to make, but there is a book you can use for inspiration if you haven't come with a plan.

I absolutely loved my time stone carving and will definitely be back again. Everyone one on the course had a lovely creation at the end of the weekend. Can't recommend highly enough!

- - #12808

I purchased this as a Yule present for my partner. The two day course was in a lovely setting and the studio was a good size with lots of room to work in. Sebastian was friendly and has a relaxed and informal approach to teaching but always on hand should you need him. It's amazing what you can achieve working with this soft bath stone even if, like me, you're not artistic! We were in a group of eight people who all seemed to enjoy their weekend and produced a little work of art!
Just a great weekend

- - #12779

It was a great course in a lovely location. I have always wanted to learn about stone carving and this course gave me the knowledge to start a new craft.
Many thanks for a wonderful weekend

- - #12775

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- - #12572

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend and a great way to try out stone sculpture.
Sebastian first asks you about your skills and aspirations for the weekend. There is then an explanation of the different types of stone and tools to be used. You have a trial piece of stone to experiment with the various tools before starting in earnest on your real sculpture. Sebastian offers advice and encouragement as you progress (and helps out if you are struggling or break off the wrong bit). The course is run in a lovely rural setting just below the Cotswold hills, it is quite inspiring to sculpt out in the open air (albeit a bit bracing in a cold January wind).

- - #12553

A group of 6 of us attended Sebastian's 2 day stone carving course. After a short intro' we were let loose with our blocks of stone; first a practice block to get to know the tools on and then onto the final piece. Having never carved stone or wood my hopes of creating anything artistic were quite low...but I was surprised by how soft and easy Bath stone is to cut...and pleased by the end result. It was an informative introductory course in a friendly environment - and above all it was fun!

Top Tip 1 - plan what it is you'd like to create. A sketch might help. And remember its just a weekend course - not enough time to create a replica of Michelangelo's David.

Top Tip 2 - This would be a great present for an art student to broaden their 3D work (for example for the portfolio of a student wanting to go onto a foundation art or degree course).

- - #12537

This was an immensely rewarding weekend, where I was free to explore the wonderful material of bath stone. There were a wide variety of interesting people who created some marvellous finished sculptures. I had requested a larger stone (3' x 2' x 1') to work with & was more than aware I would need to finish it off at home. I have since purchased tools and plan many more sculptures. Many thanks to Sebastian for the introduction to this material & for the numerous photos.

- - #12531

Well what a great weekend. Think I've found a new hobby. Great people on the course with an excellent instructor. Sebastian gives enough guidance to enable your hidden artist to emerge and release your full potential. I can totally recommend this weekend.

- - #12483

A great weekend with an excellent instructor, highly recommended for anyone who wants to relax with a hammer and chisel!! and learn how to create something from nothing.

- - #11623

I thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian’s stone carving course. The workshop is located in a very natural and relaxing environment. Sebastian himself is a very skilled and intuitive teacher. I absolutely recommend this course.

- - #11614

A brilliant two days in bucolic Gloucestershire learning to carve stone. Great atmosphere and relaxing setting and one is quickly absorbed into the rhythm and feel of carving. The stone is soft and malleable which makes it easily responsive to creating something and the satisfaction of achievement at the end of two days. Being in a small group was great and Sebastian was a very encouraging teacher. Have definitely caught the stone-carving bug!

- - #11398

Sebastian was great fun and very helpful and attentive !
The whole experience was brilliant and we made a wonderful water feature together me and my husband !
Would definetley recommend a wonderful weekend
Thanks Sebastian

- - #11149

A great weekend! The course gave me the opportunity to do something totally different, to be creative and have time out in a lovely setting. Sebastian was always on hand for help and support when needed and he was encouraging and supportive of all our very different project ideas. I was amazed by what I had managed to produce as a complete novice by the end. I'd recommend this to anyone even someone who thinks they would never be able to do it.

- - #11088

I loved the place, the animals, the fields stretching out beyond, the simple technology and working in the fresh air. Sebastian was so good at creating a mellow peaceful atmosphere, taking us back to when time was spent making things to last.

- - #11083

Great weekend. Sebastian was really helpful and helped me create something I was really pleased with. Beautiful surroundings, plenty of tools and lots of tea!

- - #11058

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- - #10601

I had a fantastic weekend. The whole set-up is perfect for two days. Sebastian has got the balance just right; enabling a relaxed but highly productive atmosphere! I learnt so much but never felt overwhelmed. We were all very different students, with different approaches and confidence levels. Sebastian adapted to each of our needs very quickly and we all flourished. I will be doing this course again for sure. The setting is also beautiful.

- - #10496

I had done no stone carving before, but found I was able to produce a piece that I was really quite pleased with. On some art courses I have found tutors to be little too full of their own ability, and this has produced negative stress and a poor learning experience. Sebastian has a very light touch. He is always ready and willing to offer advice, but also happy to let you progress at your own pace and this certainly worked well for me.
The tools, materials and setting are all excellent and I enjoyed the whole experience very much.

- - #10488

Sebastian generates a very relaxed atmosphere, and managed to inspire all the people on the course to generate some really great sculptures. He was very knowledgeable and helpful, with practical and creative help provided with great charm. The venue was great, with views over the fields to the Birdlip escarpment.

- - #10486

I had a fantastic weekend. The whole set-up is perfect for two days. Sebastian has got the balance just right; enabling a relaxed but highly productive atmosphere! I learnt so much but never felt overwhelmed. We were all very different students, with different approaches and confidence levels. Sebastian adapted to each of our needs very quickly and we all flourished. I will be doing this course again for sure. The setting is also beautiful.

- - #10485

Great two day course, four of us went to Sebastian's weekend course in Saul near Frampton. I had never tried sculpture before but with tips from Sebastian soon got the hang of working with stone it's totally different working in 3D (I usually draw/paint).
I am now hooked on stone sculpturing, I can really recommend doing a course just for the fun of it, it was not expensive, you get good tuition and we all enjoyed the weekend.

Ian P

- - #10388

This was a really enjoyable course: relaxed friendly atmosphere, beautiful setting and skilled, patient teaching. I shall definitely be back for more!

- - #10325

What a tremendous weekend, blessed by wonderful weather and my own piece of art.
The location, off the Sharpness canal towpath, is perfect. Everything you need is provided, one of the best parts is the 'practice stone' which is to hack away at to see how it responds to the tools. No power tools, all work is done by hand.
Sebastian is a chilled chap, and instills confidence.
I think I'll be back.

- - #10291

Fabulous location, excellent tuition, relaxed atmosphere and good fun all round

- - #10126

A wonderful experience of 2 days in a beautiful setting with a lovely, friendly small group of people. I learned a lot about stone sculpture and about myself in the process.
Sebastian was great and his sculptures are inspiring....

- - #10101

I just did a weekend stone sculpture course and I'd never done anything like it before. I found it a very good introduction, and in a wonderful setting, if very basic facilities. Sebastian gave good advice to each individual as their projects progressed. A great weekend. I'll definitely do more stone-carving in the future.

- - #10091

A perfectly absorbing two days in a beautiful space.
The course leader, Sebastian, allowed us time to 'play' before we began our projects which helped to overcome any anxiety we had and give us time to become familiar with the stone & tools. All abilities were catered for and Sebastian guided each person skillfully. He was relaxed, positive and sensitive to the needs of individuals in the group. The group was small (seven) and so we enjoyed finding out about each other over tea/lunch as well as enjoying the stillness that focused work engenders.
I unreservedly recommend the course to young and old, to those with an artistic background and to those who feel they have little creativity. Everyone in our group created an amazing sculpture to take home-all very different from each other. Lots of relaxed, proud faces at the end of the day.

- - #10037

I've just had 2 of the happiest days I can remember, stone carving (first time ever) by the banks of the river Severn. Who knew?! I was thoroughly absorbed in the whole process and delighted with my finished piece. Sebastion is on hand to guide and instruct and offer gentle encouragement. He also knows exactly the right time to put the kettle on. I really recommend this course and the location is an added treat.

- - #10017

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- - #9675

The "hack away at a practice stone" was a great way to start without feeling concerned about diving straight into the creation of the (ahem) masterpiece to take home.

One piece of advice: go with some idea(s) of what you want to create. Make sketches. I went with a complex idea for a sculpture in my head - far too ambitious!

"What's your name and where are you from?" session could have been a little shorter. Not a serious problem and there is no button for 4.9 stars. It was a great two days switching off.

- - #9660

A brilliant immersive introduction to stone sculpting. Sebastian is helpful, knows such a lot and gave just the right amount of guidance.
The setting is idyllic and we had gorgeous weather. It was a super weekend which I would thoroughly recommend.

- - #9627

Returned for another 2 days exploring my 'hidden talent.' Told in my school art class I had no artistic ability. Taken many years & finding this course to discover it is not true. Sebastian is encouraging to all to find what's waiting to be revealed in their stone. On all the courses I've attended with him, no one has left without creating something they're rightly very pleased with. Always great group of people too.

- - #9614

A glorious time in the Gloucestershire countryside with two full days of carving. Although there was a very pleasant introductory group 'get to know you' session, Sebastian didn't waste any time in letting us get hold of the tools and start engaging with the process. A test piece of stone was given to each, the tools were briefly explained and off we went. A really good way of learning, freedom to experiment and plenty of encouragement. It was as we went along Sebastian would share various comment and instruction. When we felt ready we shared our basic ideas with Sebastian, he found us an appropriate stone, and our work began. Two full days chipping away in the sun and shade. Completely addictive, a change and a challenge. Highly recommended.

- - #9600

I really enjoyed this 2-day course. Sebastian is a great instructor and the setting is lovely. I had no experience of stone sculpting or anything really artistic prior to the weekend, and I was amazed at what I and the other participants were able to create. After an initial overview we were given the tools and encouraged to try things out - first on some practice pieces and then we started work on our own sculptures, with Sebastian always available to answer questions or suggest next steps if we needed help. Overall a lovely relaxed weekend and I hope to be able to try some more sculpting at home now I know some of the basics.

- - #8810

It was a great course in lovely surroundings. Sebastian was a very good and encouraging teacher. I learned so much about using tools and stone and was really pleased with what I was able to produce in just two days.

- - #8801

I arrived at Sebastian's rustic workshop convinced that I had no artistic ability whatsoever and left two days later with my own little "masterpiece" and a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Sebastian is wonderfully relaxed and as a result the course is too - there is no pressure, no rushing, everyone progressing at their own pace under the watchful eye of Sebastian who is ever ready to offer assistance and advice.
I left on the Sunday evening not only with my own personal sculpture but with some very happy memories too, not only of the work and techniques but of Sebastian and the others on my course - we arrived as strangers and left as friends.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone looking for a new challenge to fill up a spare weekend.

- - #8799

A really great day in lovely surroundings. Amazed that I came away with something finished and half decent too! Sebastian is a lovely, gentle teacher who lets you get on and quietly gives suggestions on what to do. Just the creative buzz is been looking for.

- - #8798

A truly excellent weekend. I was given this course as a 70th birthday present, as my wife was aware I had been interested in stone carving in the past. I would not have believed I could produce so much in just 2 days - and seriously good value for money

- - #8797

I spent a wonderful two days in a beautiful spot carving out a tree of life from Cotswold stone. I was amazed at what I could produce in such a short space of time and it was just the creative experience I'd been craving. Sebastian is a kind and gentle teacher, encouraging us to have a go and offering suggestions on what to do next. Can't recommend it highly enough!
Ps my friends loved what I'd carved and now they want a sculpture for their gardens too... so I'm taking it up as a hobby now !

- - #8796

An excellent weekend, Sebastian really has enthusiasm for the craft and eagerly helps you with the design of your sculpture. Couldn't be happier with the final result and the course in full.
Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in sculpting.

- - #8572

Sebastian is a great teacher, allowing the students to develop their own project ideas and steering them towards a successful result with advice and encouragement. The course is in beautiful surroundings and was a total joy!

- - #8480

What a great way to spend a weekend! The location is lovely and the course is relaxing, fun and challenging all in one. Sebastian draws from his background in various creative/artistic endeavours (especially in wood; making cabinets and violins) in his approach to stone sculpting, which is very interesting and inspiring. His teaching method is less heavy on theory and more about experimenting and learning as you go along. He knows when to let you graft and get on with it, and when to step in and offer advice on tools and methods. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, and after the first day you really look forward to the next one. At the end of the course, we all left with pieces we were chuffed with, smiles and good memories. The small size of the group (we were seven) is perfect, allowing enough room for the required one-to-one tutoring as well as some good banter. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to try out some new creative skills.

- - #8468

I really enjoyed this stone sculpting weekend. The setting is idyllic right between the canal and the river Severn with beautiful views on both sides. Seb holds it in his cosy eco workshop and summer houses that he self-built which adds to the charm and uniqueness of it, although we worked outside most of the time. And in the end, we each came away with an individually designed sculpture, thanks to Sebs tutoring skills and the great choice of shapes and sizes of stone he has in the workshop.

- - #8456

I bought this as a christmas present for my mum as she had always wanted to try stone sculpting.
Sebastian was a great tutor, he was extremely knowledgeable and is a very gifted artist. We were given a thorough introduction on the different tools and then allowed to practice before starting our own project. Sebastian was very patient and provided help/feedback where needed yet still allowed you to be in control of your creation.
A friendly and relaxed work environment

- - #8323

I loved this course. Not only is it a wonderful feeling to create something , it is also an opportunity to totally switch off . Will definitely be coming back for more. Thank you.

- - #8319

Thoroughly recommend this stone carving weekend. It was great fun and amazing what we all managed to produce. Out of a workshop of 6 only 1 of us had done any stone carving previously and that was on an earlier course of Sebastian's.

- - #8306

I very much enjoyed the course. Sebastian was very helpful without being overbearing and we
were straight into sculpting without the waffle. I was surprised at what I achieved in the two days.
Best have an idea to work towards and even better a clay model of what you want to produce.

- - #7955

Great course.
Great tutor.
Perfect setting.
10/10

- - #7494

We've just had a fantastic weekend creating our stone sculptures. It's unbelievable how, with the help of the wonderful Sebastian, you can actually achieve your goals. We were given just the right amount of guidance to really do everything we hoped for, and more. We would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone and the setting really can't be beaten.

- - #6717

You'll never have this much fun and keep your cloths on

- - #5785

I had an excellent 2 days on Sebastian's Stonecarving 2 day course. He was very informative, and at the same time encouraged that we commenced right into the stonecarving. Some courses I have found give far too much theory and sitting around. Sebastian's course was spot on.

Sebastian was very supportive, helping when we might need it and at the same time encouraging us to just carve away and make something. Sebastian suggested we think of something we wanted to make beforehand and to bring a picture along, which is a great idea.

The classes are small groups, with great surroundings and ambiance provided to do the stone sculptures. I would highly recommend anyone to go.

- - #5666

Sebastian is very knowledgeable about carving stone. The courses have a great relaxed atmosphere. I learned not to be scared of carving stone and the freedom to be creative.

- - #5659

I really enjoyed this informal and well taught weekend course, it was relaxed and I am so proud of my sculpture

- - #5621

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