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Willow Animal Sculpture (2 days) in the Peak District

Willow Animal Sculpture (2 days) in the Peak District

Course Provider: Zantium Studios Ltd

Contact Name: Alison Massey

Telephone: 01629824377

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Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House
Near Hopton

Course Length: 2 days (10am-4.30pm)

Price: £190

5 star rating, 3 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Thursday 10th May 2018
Thursday 20th September 2018


Let your imagination run wild! Join willow artist, Caroline Gregson, for this engaging workshop making creatures great and small. Willow is a fun and accessible medium which gives impressive results in a relatively short space of time.

Learn all about willow… how to grow it, prepare it and sculpt it to form 3 dimensional works of art. Caroline has perfected the technique of building entirely of willow without the need for a metal framework or wires.

Over the 2 days you can to design and construct either one four-legged animal or a pair of bird sculptures. Foxes, pheasants, hares and hens; sheep, deer, cats and dogs all prove popular, although projects have also included a snail, peacock and even a unicorn! Abstract forms are equally possible if you prefer this approach.

An introductory slide show takes place in the studio with the class may moving out into the garden as sculptures take shape. The house and studio back onto organically farmed land with views across fields to Carsington Water making this a lovely place to be.

Suitable for both beginners and those with some willow or sculpture experience.

Tutor: Caroline Gregson

Caroline’s distinctive work features in the national press, film and television. Her amazing sculpture ‘Town Musicians’ was commissioned for the ‘Nannie McPhee’ film. She creates bespoke pieces for clients nationwide and exhibits at the RHS Tatton’s ‘Art in the Garden’ and ‘Cheshire Open Studios’.

Caroline’s work as a Willow Artist has been recognised by her admission as Yeoman member to the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

She has been teaching willow sculpture for a number of years with superb results. She is looking forward to helping you create a sculpture you will be proud of.

Start time: Join us from 10.00am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.30am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm

There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.

• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 8 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)

Please get in touch for bookings or further information.

What's included in the price?

Course fee includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments - an additional materials fee applies.

Caroline uses mainly British willow, some of which she grows and harvests herself. She will provide information on materials and suppliers for those with more projects waiting at home. There is a charge of approx. £12 per person for materials. This covers the willow you will need for the 2-day workshop. Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer.

A tasty light lunch is included. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.

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Well run , after a brief introduction we quickly got down to creating our own pieces of sculpture which was great. The course tuition was clear and hands on. The willow was easy to use and I was surprised that we all achieved great sculptures in such a short time.
The snacks, lunch and cakes to keet us going and were good as well.
All in all had a very enjoyable and productive two days .


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An excellent course in wonderful, welcoming surroundings. Very organised, the artist enabled each of us to complete our desired creation, calmly and confidently, when we thought we would run out of time!
Excellent lunches provided, with 'on tap' teas and coffee.
Highly recommended!


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