Learn to carve gypsum (hydrated calcium sulphate), which is relatively soft depending on the colour, white is the softest but it can be pink, orange, grey, brown, blue and mottled with red. Though easily worked, it has strength and can be filed quite thin without breaking. It is different from other types of stone and requires a steady, soft and methodical approach. Particular methods and ways of working will be demonstrated in stages, from shaping to the polishing stage, covering tools, textures and different finishes.
To begin you will shape and smooth small pieces of different types of alabaster to gain experience and knowledge of how the material works. This will inform another longer project tailored to your skills and ambitions. Alabaster has wonderful properties and will provide you with a rewarding outcome.
You will learn more about the history of alabaster and its use in ancient civilizations and contemporary sculpture. There will be resource materials and images available for inspiration and ideas. A talk with images will be given on the first evening. Also relevant printed information will be given throughout the course. All tools and equipment are provided by the College for you to use during the course. A selection of alabaster will be available to carve. It is quickly affected by damp weather so best kept for interior use.
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.