Stone Carving – 4 Days of 3D

Tutor: Gaynor Pearson

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Two Days
(or more)

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How do you fancy 4 days of sociable stone carving? Develop your skills with like minded folk – whether you already have experience of working with stone, or you’re a novice carver. This course allows time to plan and carve a subject of your choice in 3 dimensions.

Stone carving is slow work, but 4 days allows time to design, carve and finish a piece, focusing on achieving a 3D form. Your carving could be freestanding and in the round, or carved in high relief from a background. With Gaynor’s guidance you’ll be able to choose your subject, perhaps something from nature, a figure or a an abstract form. You’ll work up your idea, with individual plans discussed 1:1, Gaynor can advise on what is achievable, which is the most suitable stone and then how to get started.

A range of different types and sizes of stone will be available, depending on your personal preference and the nature of your design. If you have ideas you’d like to discuss prior to the workshop, please get in touch so we can ensure we have appropriate stone available.

The workshop starts with some discussion of how to approach a 3D design, for those new to carving, there will be a review of tools and their use followed by some warm-up carving to enable new carvers to get a feel for the medium and refresh the skills of those with a little experience.

You will:

– Learn how to plan a 3D carving
– Learn how to use hand tools and carving techniques
– Find out which tools to use at each stage of your carving
– Use finishing techniques to complete your work

During the 4 days you will be working outside, under cover, as part of a small group, with one to one guidance and help when needed.

Lunch and refreshments are included throughout. Days 1 & 2 include a lighter lunch than usual – something basic like of soup or sandwiches. By days 3 & 4, you’ll need building up! So there will be the usual ArtisOn two course homemade lunch.

Please note there is a materials charge for stone payable on the day. This will vary depending on the stone selected but will be within the range of £30 – £50.

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

All tools and materials will be provided. In addition, please bring:

- Clothes you don't mind getting dusty or overalls
- A hat is useful to keep the dust and stone chips out of your hair
- Steel toed shoes if you have them or stout shoes
- Design ideas if you have them though various templates will be available
- If you do have any of your own chisels feel free to bring them but please ensure they can be identified

Please get in touch prior to the workshop if you have specific ideas that will need appropriate stone, size or type and we'll do our best to provide it.

Please note that you will be working outside if the air is cold you might want to bring glove for your chisel hand -cycling or fingerless are best. We have gazebos to provide cover if it rains. 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!

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