This is an exploration of carving in alabaster and soapstone, experimenting in mark-making and textured surfaces, pushing the boundaries of these wonderful colourful natural materials. Whether the subject matter is from nature or more abstract, you will carve several small sculptures. The colour and natural markings in the chosen stones will bring the form alive.
You will have the use of visual resources from bones, shells and natural objects to images of ancient and contemporary art.
Tuition is given by demonstration on the different techniques for various stones and on an individual basis for beginners and those who wish to advance in their practice.
The course develops through the design stage to the finished piece, including the various ways of polishing and finishing the surface of the stone.
Advice will be given on where to source materials, tools and further information.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Paula Haughney,sculptor, stone-carver, maker and teacher studied at Portsmouth Polytechnic and Eastern Illinois university obtaining a BA and MA in Fine Art Sculpture. Stone carving came later, once found, she realised this was her chosen medium. Now having over 30 years experience and many monumental sculptures completed she has taught at all levels, exhibits regularly and is included in public collections worldwide.