"I attended Lucy's course after having to cancel a course elsewhere when Lockdown hit and I'm so glad I did as Lucy's hands on teaching style, easy going personality and outstanding talents made for an absolutely joyful experience. With only two students we pretty much had one-to-one tuition throughout the three days. We were lucky enough to work outdoors in the sunshine enjoying tea/lunch breaks in the garden with Lucy where we were able to learn more about each others backgrounds and generally have a good laugh as we bonded over tea, cake and stone! I would recommend Lucy's course to anyone who is looking to take that first or even second step in stone carving, she will guide you gently through all of the skills required to produce your first masterpiece in stone or hone your existing skills! All done with a smile, a cuppa and gentle prod in the right direction when needed.
Big thank you to Lucy and my fellow student Mike for making the whole experience as hilarious as it was rewarding. Tools have been ordered and the work will continue - money and time very well spent. "
"What a fabulous three days! A week later and we’re still smiling about it. Lucy brought us from raw beginners to feeling proud of our new skills and confident enough to continue stone carving on our own at home. She’s an amazing teacher - even with her highly developed carving and artistic skills she is still able to give novices all her attention and encourage them with care and understanding. And on top of that she opens her house to you and is such good company. Highly recommended."
"What a wondrous three days! Lucy's warmth, enthusiasm and depth of skills and experience make this a fantastic course for people of all levels of experience. She has an engaging and wonderfully supportive teaching style, encouraging immense creativity, curiosity and stretch...even for a complete beginner like me. Her respect for materials and range of experience make this a very fulfilling course. We were blessed with beautiful autumn weather and carved outside! The small group size made for a lovely atmosphere, great conversation and plenty of personal attention, as required. Spending three days at Lucy's studio is highly recommended!"
"Very enjoyable as well as instructional/informative.
An excellent host, mentor and teacher, Lucy provided a superb environment to learn. I’m not a beginner but I developed a whole lot of new skills and particularly how to use the tools from the processes of laying out, roughing and and finer carving."
"Lucy is an excellent carver and teacher, passionate and talented. The three day course went at the perfect pace. With teaching and guidance adapted for each student. The location is perfect for relaxed steady focus. Enjoy your life, do this course."
"I have attended Lucy's workshops on more than one occasion. If you wish to learn from a true master stone mason, Lucy is the perfect tutor, she has time to help you explore your ideas, initiate and learn the techniques required to complete them. It has been an extraordinary journey of discovery and who knew that I would take so much pleasure in revealing my creations that lie within a block of stone??
I would highly recommend her courses, you will be well looked after."
"Returning for a third time, I found the weekend as inspiring and challenging as on my previous courses. Lucy provides encouragement and guidance, as well as thought provoking conversation and home baked cake (baked by a neighbour). I find the whole experience very therapeutic, especially as it is so different from the 'day job'. I am already thinking about what I might do on my 4th visit!"
"My much anticipated and twice COVID cancelled course finally happened. I had a wonderful 3 days in the sun carving my masterpiece under the ever watchful and always helpful eye of Lucy. It is immediately obvious how talented she is from the first few demonstrations she gives - brilliant knowledge and skills. She was aware I had done a little carving before so adapted her teaching to pinpoint exactly what I needed to know and conveyed the information in a really precise and hands-on fashion leaving no doubt what I was learning and why. Lucy is a great teacher, I felt no pressure and the days went very quickly carving, chatting and eating cake with Lucy and the other wonderful student Nick!! Lucy had worked very hard adhering to the recommended COVID precautions and we felt very safe. I have come away a much more knowledgeable and confident carver and hope to make a return visit to learn more in the near future. I would thoroughly recommend this course to everyone plus there is the added bonus of great food provided for us and the City of York to explore out of hours."
"From Luke Abbott and Sandy Frost
Can't keep away from the Churchill stone carving weekends-we are addicted!
This time we both made commissions for people guided by our mentor and master stone mason/carver. The results are fantastic now we can add the final touches at home on our own. Lucy is an outstanding artist/craftsperson as well as a deeply intuitive teacher meaning we never tire of her teachings and skills gifts.
I wish I had known this as a younger adult as I would have had a completely different career.........."
"I really enjoyed three delightful days of stone-carving with Lucy and one other student, in May 2021. From the start I felt welcomed and at ease, with all Covid related matters dealt with in a straightforward and sensitive way.
I have some previous experience of stone carving and I really appreciated how Lucy acknowledged that and at the same time didn't make any assumptions about what I knew or could do. I liked going through basic steps of carving and the different tools and taking our time to choose stone suitable for the projects we both wanted to work on. Once started, Lucy was consistently on hand to guide, instruct, demonstrate and encourage. She was also generous in sharing stories from her experience as a stonemason and showing us some of her recent sculptures, placing them in their context.
Alongside the time spent in the workshop I enjoyed the conversations, coffee, food and overall very relaxed atmosphere. The course has deepen my understanding of some of the technical aspects of carving and left me with thoughts and questions about the process of sculpting which I look forward to exploring further. I will undoubtedly be back!"
"Completed this 3 day stone carving course in May 2021. Lucy proved an excellent teacher, very patient with a complete novice like me, but also able to guide and assist the more experienced second student with their project.
I came away with a great enthusiasm to build on the skills I acquired, using the techniques demonstrated by Lucy, which I then got to try out under excellent supervision, a light touch so you felt encouraged but supported.
Would not hesitate to take this course again, once I have had a chance to practice my new skills, Lucy still has a wealth to knowledge to impart."
"Omg . I'm a Lucy Churchill stonecarving addict . I would do these courses every month if I could ?
I've recently returned from my second course which was of course PHENOMENAL ?
Despite the covid restrictions Lucy kept it compliant but fun . As she was only able to have 2 people on the course there was plenty of room both indoors and outside to work comfortably whilst maintaining social distancing.
Small numbers meant a superb one to one support was available st all times and I was overjoyed with my finished piece.
Lucy is a brilliant host and feeds you well , even catering for my vegan needs without any concerns .
If you want to learn how to carve stone, this is THE COURSE to go to ...,go on .. do it ..,you wont regret it ?"
"We keep coming back to Lucy's courses, it's becoming an annual treat and development of our stone carving skills. This year we were under social distancing restrictions and lucky enough to be able to be working and eating outside in Lucy's gorgeous garden, under a gazebo at times when rain threatened, but it worked brilliantly well using masks when we needed to get our heads together a bit! We were still able to enjoy the social times of eating together outside, which makes the weekends so special. Lucy's passion and enthusiasm as an artist shines through and I find her and her work truly inspirational. She can combine this with really engaging with wherever her students are, however experienced and working alongside them. Thank you again for a great weekend. We will be back next year of course!"
Lucy Churchill's Stone Carving Workshops responded:
" Carving & lunches can take place INDOORS as well!
I'm limiting student numbers to just 2 per class (or 3 if from the same social bubble) so there's more than enough space in my workshop and around my dining table for comfortable social distancing (and there's PPE on hand so inside group spaces are safely covered).
Lucky students - this means more personal tuition than ever!
It's always a pleasure to spend time with you, whatever the circumstances Sandy xxx More anon! :>)"
"This stone carving workshop with Lucy was absolutely superb, and far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Lucy is a very talented and creative stone carver and artist, and was the perfect, mentor, teacher and host. This was the first workshop since the covid 19 lockdown. Lucy had all the social distancing measures and angles covered, from excellent pre course, and safety information, to gloves, masks and handwashing lotions.
I was totally new to carving, and Lucy was very clear with her demonstrations, explanations and guidance. I was given help and direction with all my queries while carving, always with a great deal of patience and a smile. Lucy is a natural teacher. The setting was beautiful, the food and refreshments perfect. I came away feeling confident in my newly learned skills and I can't recommend this course enough. On top of all the above, Lucy was great fun, funny and lovely company. She made our whole experience feel special."
"I highly recommend Lucy's sculpture/ stone carving workshops.
Lucy is a talented, extremely skilled, knowledgeable and experiences stone carver and teacher. I had no experience working with stone and by day 3 I felt very confident using my tools and the techniques that Lucy taught me.
I felt welcomed and relaxed. We had such a fun time and laughed a lot. I will definitely be booking again in the future.
I have food allergies and Lucy went to great measures to provide me with wonderful and tasty meals, cakes and even drinks for the entire 3 days.
PPE was provided, social distancing was taken into consideration, everything was very professional and extra safe due to covid. These workshops are suitable for absolute beginners and even very experienced stone carvers. I managed to finish my sculpture during the 3 day workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The House and garden in York is such a beautiful place to work from too. Lucy has lots of inspiring sculptures around the garden and house and lots of Art books too for inspiration. She really does bring out the best in people end encourages creativity."
"Very informative and as there was only Jason and Nick with me you have your own private tutor on tap helping you all the way.It was a privilege to be taught by someone so skilled who could adapt/translate to a beginners group.
We all got on so well and it was very relaxed and I will miss them all.
Lucy also provided us with bistro type lunches and lots of cake & drinks and of course her warm hospitality.
Would definitely recommend it and I would love to see Nick & Jason again at another carving lesson.
Thank you Lucy"
"I had the most fantastic 3 days which I enjoyed immensely, Lucy made us all feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The course was very informative and Lucy guided us through the carving process with her extensive knowledge, experience and talent, with great food to top it off."
"Had an amazing three days, Lucy is an excellent teacher, host, artist. So glad I had a go (it is very addictive tho, once you have done one stone carving you will want to do more) I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about it."
"Had a fabulous experience on Lucy’s workshop with my husband and a lovely friend. We each somehow managed to transform a block of stone into something we were really proud of and it was lovely spending time together, immersed in developing a new skill. Lucy was an inspirational teacher with incredible experience - guiding us through each stage in the process - and we were spoilt with delicious food and drink throughout each day. I found it incredibly therapeutic and the whole experience very creative and energising."
"This was my second stone carving course with Lucy. I wanted to attempt a more complex carving than the one I completed two years ago. Lucy patiently guided me through new techniques, explaining and demonstrating how to achieve the results I wanted.
I would strongly recommend her courses and I might well be back for further advice."
"This weekend I went on a 3 day course with Lucy Churchill, a stone carver in York .
It’s all down to the quality of the instruction.. Lucy is the best!! A superb sculptor, a superb host, and a total joy to know.
This course is fun from the start to the finish and as a total beginner I was amazed at what I could produce.
Lucy deserves more than 5 stars and a higher rating than excellent.
10 gold stars and outstanding would be nearer to the mark .
I would highly recommend this course to anyone .. just do it .. you won’t ever regret it ?.
Simply the best!!!!"
"I am more than happy to add to Lucy's burgeoning list of five star reviews.
Together with two dear friends, I learnt the basic skills of stone carving and managed to turn a nondescript lump of limestone into a passable and very recognisable (well I think so) moon-gazing hare.
The three day course was well structured and well paced. Apart from being a delightful person, Lucy was a patient, talented and knowledgeable teacher. We all had such a good time and I can wholeheartedly recommend Lucy's stone carving workshop to all budding Rodins and Henry Moores ."
"A fabulous three day course with expert tuition and wonderful hospitality.
Lucy's teaching is perfect - providing guidance whilst allowing each student's own ideas to develop and flow plus she is an excellent host providing regular tea and cake and delicious lunches combined with interesting conversation!
I had no prior knowledge or experience of stone carving, but with Lucy's guidance I was able to produce a carving of which I am very proud!
I would recommend this course without hesitation."