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A fun and informative introduction to stone carving and model making. This course takes place over three days and will involve first making a model in clay and then going on to learn how to carve using your model as inspiration.
Click book now for further details and to book your place. Available dates are as follows
7-9 March 2024
4-6 April 2024
2-4 May 2024
Courses with us will typically include the following but can be adjusted to suit your specific requirements:
Introduction to the tools
A professional quality carving kit will be provided but students will get the chance to learn about and try a whole range of advanced tools and techniques should they wish.
Model making in clay
You can bring a sketch, photo or object as inspiration or just use your imagination on the day should you prefer. Full guidance and materials will be provided to help you create a working clay model for use as inspiration when creating the following stone carving. You will learn professional modelling techniques including the use of armature wire for stability on delicate features. The model you create is yours to keep or we can recycle and reuse for future courses.
You will learn how to turn your idea in to a finished piece of sculpture using the included tool kit and materials. Expert guidance will be provided to help you understand the tools and how best to use them. Harder and more exotic materials like marble or alabaster can be sourced for the more experienced students. Obviously it is expected that you take your carving home with you.
Lunch, snacks and refreshments
Tasty lunch and treats to keep you going through the day along with tea and coffee. Dietary requirements catered for.
Courses will normally be inline with a normal working 9-5 day with a lunch break and refreshments.
We will happily give further information upon where to buy tools and materials and can give ongoing support if you wish to continue carving at home.
Safe lifting techniques and health and safety precautions will be covered and personal protective equipment will be included. We recommend you wear protective footwear during the course.
Create your own experience
We are more than happy to tailor an experience to meet your requirements and skill level. Perhaps you and a group of friends have an idea of a group carving activity or you already know the basics and want specific help to move on to the next chapter in your pursuit of stone working skills. Please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and craft a really special experience for you.
Other topics available to learn for intermediate or more experienced stone workers:
-Introduction to using power tools on stone
-Further clay modelling skills
-Casting a clay model in plaster using a waste mold
-Introduction to extensive professional stone carving kit
-Creating abstract forms
-One on one training
-Part time training/workbench hire
We are based on a beautiful six hundred acre farm in Broadoak near Bridport. When you purchase a course from us we will be in touch to give full instructions to find our studio on this lovely farm.
Camping/glamping can be booked within a couple of minutes walk from the studio via the
Coppit Hill website where you will also find plenty of info on the local area, its wildlife and things to do in and around West Dorset. If fully booked you will find plenty of other campsites, B&Bs and hotels within the surrounding area. Charmouth, Bridport, Lyme Regis and West Bay are all within easy driving distance as is the wonderful Jurassic coast.
Please be advised that courses will be outside in a sheltered spot on a farm. There is shelter from the rain but please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared to get a little dusty.
Courses are led by professional stone carver and sculptor Ben Russell. Please visit the your tutor page for more info on Bens background and skillset.
We hope to have an ever growing range of skills available for you to learn as we get established so please check back for updates and join our newsletter below to be first in the know.
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