Birds are fascinating creatures with many different shapes and forms, which translate well into a stone carving. Bird motifs appear worldwide in the symbolism of religion, art, dreams, folktales and mythology. After experimenting with a small model, make a finished sculpture, which could be a whole bird, wings or the head and beak. Your sculpture can be naturally realistic in form, simply abstracted, or freeze framed in action. To fill you with inspiration the walls of the studio will be covered with images and ideas to aid your thoughts and design, and you'll be able to hear bird song in the grounds outside.
You begin by making a small model with clay to help you to explore the possibilities of the design. As most of the carving is done by hand tools, a simpler design is best achieved in the four days.
The method practised will be direct carving. Some of the stone available is cut into blocks and you can make use of the more natural rock shapes to inform your sculpture. A variety of stone is available. If you have a specific type of stone you would like to carve you can bring it with you.
For beginners practical instruction and advice in basic stone carving will be given. If you already have some experience individual tutorials will help you to pinpoint goals and facilitate technical advancement. Demonstrations on the different stages of carving a sculpture will be given throughout and a wide range of visual references and technical hand-outs will be available.
At the end of the course there will be an informal exhibition to record and celebrate your achievements and marvel at all the birds created. As well as your final sculpture, you will have gained knowledge and confidence in stone carving techniques.
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.