Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Three week time classes for adults, running fortnightly throughout the term ( seven sessions per course):
Monday evenings (6.15-9.15)
Wednesday morning (10-1)
Thursday morning 10-1
Newcomers can try two sessions one-off to see if sculpture and my teaching style suits them, or they can book for the whole term.
The teaching studio is idyllically situated in a conservatory surrounded by a sculpture garden, in a village just outside Oxford.
The choice of topic includes all of sculpture - animals, human figure and head, abstract forms.There are some 100 toy animals (Schleich ) and a huge library of laminated images available for inspiration and instructions. The group size is kept small (6-8 students) .
The tutor Beatrice Hoffman is a professional sculptor with over twenty years of teaching experience in schools, colleges , gallery courses and her own studio; she is a qualified art therapist, and partly trained as a teacher.
What's included in the price?
Tool use, tea, coffee and biscuits are included; clay and firing is paid for separately.
These are great workshops. Beatrice is a patient and encouraging teacher. She helped me to get over my self-criticism and enjoy turning a lump of mud into an object that only I could have produced. And she helped those objects become more and more expressive with each lesson. The location takes a bit of travel, but it is worth it: a sunlit conservatory in a lovely, sculpture-filled garden.
Sculpture classes are an oasis in my week. A time to learn and be creative in convivial company. Beatrice imparts her expert knowledge and understanding to enable each of us to develop our own ideas. I have had fun, learnt lots and made progress. Thank you Beatrice.
I came for a one off session and became completely addicted to the pleasures of sculpting with clay. I have now been coming for over a year and find it a really enjoyable, creative and therapeutic outlet which is totally engaging for the duration of the session.
Beatrice is an excellent teacher, who shares her vast knowledge and enthusiasm for sculpture and demonstrates many general sculpture techniques. She is patient and encouraging and gives you just the right amount of help and guidance whatever your age or ability. I highly recommend Beatrice's sculpture workshops and her sculptures around the house, studio and garden are inspiring.
I have been attending Beatrice's workshops for a number of years and never fail to gain something from them each time. She has an unfailing eye for what works in a sculpture - her criticism and instruction allow you to make the most out of your ideas. If I worked in isolation at home I would not be pushing myself to the same extent nor be so happy that I was progressing.
I have been a student under the tutelage of Beatrice Hoffman for some years. She is a rigorous and empathetic teacher, bringing out the best in students with encouragement and vision. I have learnt so much and value her criticism and wide knowledge of her subject and art history.
Beatrice is an excellent teacher, incredibly patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I came to her class as a complete beginner after visiting her studio during Art Weeks.
Beatrice was so friendly and welcoming I just wanted to give sculpture and clay modelling a go. As a complete beginner I’ve found the classes to be really friendly and supportive. Beatrice is an excellent teacher: she sees things in your work which you weren’t aware of, and she helps you develop your skills so you end up with a really nice piece of work - something which you can be proud of. Doing the actual sculpture / clay modelling is very therapeutic and relaxing - I would recommend it to everyone as a great way to alleviate stress.
I have really enjoyed your Sculpture Workshops, I have learnt such a lot. I know I have mainly made heads, but the wealth of knowledge you have is tremendous. You have put me right many times. It all goes in though and I remember it all.
The time goes really fast when we are in sessions. I look forward to making many more heads all a bit better than the last one, I look forward to the next term.
My son (13yrs) and I attended a couple of sculpture workshops last summer, and we both had a lovely time. Beatrice is brilliant at encouraging children of all ages, to really consider what they are doing, and getting the best out of them. I would recommend the workshops to anyone, they are such fun, and such an enjoyable experience.
My 11 year old son and I did a two day workshop with Beatrice. She is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable, inspiring, encouraging and patient. She is also very intuitive in knowing how to provide the right support to get the best from an individual. The workshop is a lovely space to work in.
We enjoyed a birthday sculpture workshop with another family to celebrate my son’s 10th birthday. We were a cosy group of five people -2 adults and 3 kids – and it was the perfect size. A fantastic way to engage kids in purposeful activity under the encouragement and tuition of a skilled sculptor that is Beatrice Hoffman. Highly recommended to kids and adults who are interested in experiencing the joy of creating clay objects with their hands.
What a fantastic activity for children and adults alike. My daughter has loved the pottery mornings and wants to do more. Beatrice is always encouraging to pupils in their ideas while offering excellent advice on how to achieve success in sculpting.
Olly (18) and I SO enjoyed our morning with you yesterday and wanted to thank you very much!
It was a wonderfully relaxed, happy environment with just the right amount of help and supervision.
Bringing your gifts and knowledge of sculpting and teaching together meant that we benefitted greatly!
My friend and I had a really enjoyable day. The group was small, about six of us ranging in age from about 14 to seventies, making for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We were all completely absorbed in our projects, with Beatrice on hand providing support, timely insights and technical advice whenever needed, all in the beautiful environment of her sculpture-filled garden. The time flew and I came away feeling completely inspired. A truly satisfying experience, which I would highly recommend. Thank you Beatrice, it was wonderful!
These classes are brilliant , Beartrice is an excellent tutor , good fun, good learning and very good value for money ! I’m well and truly hooked , had never done sculpturing before until about 6 months ago !
Our family (2 adults + children aged 9 and 11) attended 2 days of summer workshops and had the best time. Beatrice is an encouraging and patient teacher and we all learned a lot and created things we didn't think we were capable of. And yes it was great fun for all ages! highly recommended
Beatrice is very good at teaching the details about sculpture. Beatrice offered advice on how to scrape and observe from different angles etc..and also introduced the different type of tools and how to use them. Beatrice can identify what students want to know and do.
We all enjoyed the sculpture lesson and had a wonderful experience!