Amerton Arts Studio reviews

30 Mar 22'

David reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"This was an excellent two day course with a very experienced and patient tutor - I learned a lot and came away with a finished piece that came out pretty well! Definitely recommended! Bring a hat/sunscreen if the weather's good, working outside is lovely but even in March was a bit hot."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for the review David, glad you enjoyed it."

28 Mar 22'

Siân reviewed: Two day clay animal sculpture course

"Fab day, helped further by the weather so that we could be outside in the sunshine under gazebos. Miranda came round with helpful hints and I think we all produced something to be proud of. I had time to do another small sculpture as well. I do hope that they survive the firing process, I was so pleased with them!"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" So glad you enjoyed the day Sian, thanks for the review. Miranda"

27 Mar 22'

Jullie Keyser reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"I didn't have any experience of carving and received a place on this course as a gift. I really enjoyed the course, and the instructor was very good. My husband was very impressed by my carving of a Hare."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Glad you enjoyed it Julie, thank you for the review."

27 Mar 22'

margaret reviewed: Two day clay animal sculpture course

"Hi I attended the clay course yesterday and was so pleased with how the day went. It was a treat to be outside on a lovely sunny day and Miranda was an excellent tutor. She finds a good balance between being instructive but also giving you the freedom to go at your own pace and with your own style. She was very generous with the clay and her tools and for making suggestions as to how best to use the clay and which tools to use when for best effect. She was very relaxed and there was no pressure but she kept good time keeping in encouraging us onto the next stage bearing in mind there was a lot to do in the day. Perhaps on a longer course it would be good to learn about different techniques for creating animals and the different ways that clay can react to kiln firing."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for your review Margaret, so glad you enjoyed the day making your elephant, we do run longer courses so may see you again."

14 Mar 22'

Cathy B reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"As a total beginner I found Geraint was very patient, and gave very clear guidance about how to approach what we were doing, one step at a time. We had a choice of projects, but it was clear that he had selected ideas that would be achievable over the two days so we all came away with a finished item. It was very enjoyable."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Lovely to meet you Cathy and I am really pleased you enjoyed the course."

13 Mar 22'

Joerg Niehoegen reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"This was my first time of woodcarving after a little bit as a youngster. Geraint gave a very good introduction and had carefully selected projects that were doable. The tools available were phantastic and his support made it possible for me to get a project done much better than I thought I could. The venue was excellent with a really nice athmospheric room with a beautiful view and courtyard for lunch. Nice company too. Excellent value for money. I wish Geraint would offer regular workshops to move on with his support. The only negative side is that I probably will spend a fortune on new toys to play with. Throughly recommend this, even if you think you have no talent for this sort of thing. Give it a go."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" It is lovely to know you enjoyed the course!!"

20 Feb 22'

Lisa reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"Fantastic day. Geraint was very friendly, informative and encouraging! Great value for money! Skills and techniques learnt to now have a go myself! On the look out for some chisels etc! New hobby created !"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you so much for the review Lisa, glad you enjoyed it!"

15 Feb 22'

Aline Shand reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"I am not at all arty or crafty so I both looked forward to and dreaded the course. Geraint is a fabulous teacher and is determined to get you to leave with your own completed work, having learnt about wood, tools, and carving techniques. The atmosphere in the room was superbe with a sense of hard work and accomplishment. A very enjoyable and memorable 2 days! Thank you."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for your review Aline, glad you enjoyed it."

14 Feb 22'

Richard Catchpowle reviewed: Two day stone carving course at Chillington Hall

"Great course. Really enjoyed the experience. The instructions were very detailed so was very happy to produce something of quality with no previous experience."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for your review Richard, glad you enjoyed it."

11 Oct 21'

Liz reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Middleton Hall

"This was a really enjoyable way to spend a weekend. The tasks are well-judged to be doable in the time, but still somewhat challenging, so you have a sense of achievement at the end, and well-structured so that by the time you get to the trickier bits, you have developed some skill with the tools."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you very much for the review Liz, glad you enjoyed it."

14 Sep 21'

Maureen Brown reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"A great great course had a lot of help when doing this course but was finished at the end of the course. Geraint was a very good tutor and I learnt a lot. well done and thank you."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for your review Maureen, glad you enjoyed it. Hope you had a good journey back."

17 May 21'

Kev O'Grady reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Middleton Hall

"Really enjoyed this course, my first of maybe many. Geraint is an excellent teacher and showed us both in explanation and hands on how to carve wood using an amazing array of chisels. Would recommend anyone who wants to have a go at wood carving to go on this course. 10/10 for me"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you for the positive review. We get a lot of pleasure out of seeing people progress and produce some beautiful work. It was lovely to meet you on the weekend."

17 May 21'

Debbie gossage reviewed: Two day stone carving course at Chillington Hall

"Enjoyable weekend stone carving outside at Middleton Hall. Would go again"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thanks for the review Debbie!"

26 Apr 21'

Bernard Wheeler reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"This was an excellent course held in a lovely setting with a superb teacher, Geraint. He described all the factors you need to know, checked on progress at the right times, gave help and advice when asked, and all with a warm and friendly manner. If you fancy giving this a go, no matter what your experience or expectations, I can highly recommend it. This was a gift to me by my lovely wife, and it ranks right up there!"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you so much for your review Bernard, glad you enjoyed it."

26 Apr 21'

Justin Taylor reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"Not being the most arty or crafty person, I approached this course with some trepidation. I am so pleased with what I created. The tutors were knowledgeable, kind and patient. The venue was in keeping with the corse and both peaceful and relaxing. An excellent course, well worth the money."

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you so much for your review Justin, glad you enjoyed it"

25 Apr 21'

Susanne Mooney reviewed: Two day stone carving course at Chillington Hall

"Absolutely brilliant!!! Loved it all. Learning traditional skills and techniques, lovely tutor, and fabulous surroundings to work in. Support when you needed it but also freedom to experience the materials and work with the tools. Brilliant two day course ..!!"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you so much for the review Susanne, glad you enjoyed it."

25 Apr 21'

Bev reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"Learnt new skills and conducted at a pace which gives you time and confidence to tackle the carving . Tutor was excellent , location beautiful - very enjoyable weekend"

Amerton Arts Studio responded:

" Thank you so much for your review, glad you enjoyed it"

24 Feb 20'

Stuart Smith reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"I Really enjoyed wood carving and would definitely recommend. There was a great atmosphere with lots of other people on the course beavering away on their own projects. The only practical work I have ever done is DIY around the house so wood carving was a big step up. The instructions were easy to follow and my relief was much better than I thought possible. I left with a great sense of accomplishment and wanting to do more!!"

24 Feb 20'

Helen Thomas reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"I have never done woodcarving before but have always fancied doing it so my husband got me this course for my birthday. We were given the option of carving one of the existing projects or carving our own design, I chose the three rabbits design to carve in relief. initially I was frightening to carve the wood as I didn't want to wreck it, but it didn't take long to get my confidence up. Geraint the tutor was constantly on hand to to provide encouragement and help me correct all my mistakes!! I am so pleased with my finished wood carving and I am now thinking of buying some chisels and taking this up as a hobby. The venue itself is really beautiful and was easy to get to for me, I live in Birmingham and it was only a 30 minute journey. Thank you so much for a lovely weekend!!!"

24 Feb 20'

Geoffrey Wilson reviewed: Two day wood carving course at Chillington Hall

"I am a complete beginner and was slightly nervous before the workshop as I hadn't done anything like it before. In short, I simply couldn't believe the quality of carving I produced after 2 days, my family didn't believe it was my work. I found craft skills that I didn't know I had. We were given step by step instructions following an initial demonstration, and then worked through the carving stage by stage using a range of chisels. We carved a type of wood called lime which was soft and easy to carve even for me!! I want to thank Geraint for his patience, help and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend."

30 Nov 19'

John Broadbent reviewed: Introduction to portrait sculpture

"I have attended many courses run by Miranda and have improved my skills enormously. Miranda is very talented and she is able to guide you to producing a work of art that you will be proud to show your friends. I am sure that you will have a happy and rewarding day."

30 Nov 19'

David Glennon reviewed: Two day stone carving course at Chillington Hall

"I have been going to Miranda’s stone carving classes for a number of years as I had a wish to do something creative using my hands. Miranda’s an excellent teacher giving advice and guidance but the final decision is yours and is reflected in your work. The choice of what to carve is yours with Miranda encouraging you to explore your artistic capability. It is a very friendly, sociable group who are supportive of each other’s work. If you want to explore something different, want to be creative, then do come to Miranda’s stone carving classes."

28 Nov 19'

Margaret Rawlings reviewed: Introduction to portrait sculpture

"Miranda is an excellent teacher. She is very patient, encouraging you to develop and improve your skills including the ones you didn’t know you had!!"

28 Nov 19'

Margaret Rawlings reviewed: Introduction to life drawing

"I agree completely with the other reviews. Miranda is a very good teacher. She has the right balance between encouragement and instruction. I always look forward to her classes."

27 Nov 19'

Eileen Farley reviewed: Introduction to life drawing

"Miranda is a marvellous teacher she can see where you go wrong and helps you in every way possible. I would recommend her. I have never had such a good art teacher and have been going to her for years. Even if you have not drawn from life or painted from life or even done any sculpture from life including portraits she will give you the confidence inspiration and most of all the satisfaction of what you have done. Thank you SO much Miranda for all your help!!"

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