Swifts and curlews are the iconic birds so long associated with Masham and the Yorkshire Dales. Capture one of these emblems of Yorkshire in stone with stone carver, Gaynor Pearson. Over two days, you will choose your favoured bird, work on your own design or select one of Gaynor’s templates, and then learn how to carve these birds in relief on a block of limestone.
Under Gaynor’s guidance you will make one of these iconic birds your own – carve in shallow or deep relief, bring the birds to life by adding detail and movement to it’s wings and body in flight or create a more stylized version in deeper relief. Learn how to add details and finish your pieces either smoothing or texturing with unique chisel marks.
The limestone block used will be Bath limestone which is a reliable stone for a novice. The size of the stone will be 35cm x 30cm but due to time constraints, if you wish to carve your own design rather than use one of Gaynor’s templates, this should be something you bring with you.
If you would prefer a more challenging stone please get in touch as soon as possible.
Please note there is a £25 material charge payable on the day.
Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.
What to expect
Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.
Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.
We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
You will be carving a Bath limestone - great stone to carve. You will complete a simple relief carving during the two days - a number of templates will be provided as ideas but if you have your own design ideas, please bring them along - 30cm x 35cm.
All tools and materials will be provided but please bring:
- Clothes you don't mind getting dusty or overalls.
- Steel toed shoes if you have them or stout shoes.
- If you do have any of your own chisels feel free to bring them but please ensure they can be identified.
Please note that you will be working outside but undercover. Even though you'll be doing physical work, if it's cold or wet, please bring something warm / waterproof to wear...if it's hot, bring sun cream!