An introduction to carving in Maltese limestone
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On this two day freestyle stone carving course you will sculpt in Maltese limestone which is relatively easy to carve with lovely results.
Working with 10 inch stone blocks, your tutor Andrew Worthington will guide you through the processes of taking your design ideas from sketch to a three dimensional piece, initially by marking out your stone, learning to create different textures and how to release your design from the stone using chisels & gouges.
We recommend you come with a variety of ideas as a starting point for your sculpture although these may develop and change over the two days. By the end of your course you will go home with your own sculpted piece.
£180 - Tuition fees
(plus £30 course materials)
Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price
We also offer accommodation & evening meals
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience
Andrew Worthington has run stone carving workshops for over sixteen years in different settings and for various organisations. By introducing students to the use of traditional tools and techniques, Andrew has given many people a sense of achievement and satisfaction from producing their own artwork in stone.
Andrew is an artist who concentrates on sculpting in stone. His own work is inspired by organic shapes and is influenced by the way the stone was originally formed. He engages in public and private commissions working on both traditional and contemporary projects. Amongst others, he has worked for, or been involved with the NHS, Canals and Rivers Trust, RHS, Wepre Park and Arley Hall.
Stories from our students
What a brilliant birthday treat! A weekend stone carving at Wernog Wood in Wales. Such a beautiful place, brilliant hosts and amazing tuition.
My design expectations exceeded my actual skills but I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. It’s totally different to what I was trying to create BUT I let the stone decide what it wanted to be in the end. - Lela
I didn’t know quite what to expect and this was way outside my comfort zone and it turned out to be a lovely creative experience. Andrew the tutor was excellent, and gave basic instruction and then more detailed advice as you needed it, building gradually on what you were trying to achieve, but not at all overdone, and with encouragement from start to finish, there was a lot of freedom involved in developing the artworks. From my rough sketches ‘let’s see how to find what is inside this block of limestone’ was in my mind the whole time, and as a group we produced surprisingly and radically different results. I have to say it was complete enjoyment from start to finish. - Andy
The course with Andrew is hard work but he is very supportive and encouraging. I was a complete beginner and yet I took home a lovely sculpture which I am proud to own and display. My little hands took a beating, not being used to handling heavy hammer and chisels!! Although it was hard work it was also fun. - Lynne
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