Carving from life – stone carving with Paula Haughney

Carving in stone and wood

Ref: S5D10912

Suitable for all

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About this course

This is an exciting opportunity to study the human form and translate drawings and clay models into a hand carved Maltese Limestone sculpture.

Course Description

Throughout history we have been fascinated by the body, a visual vehicle to understand the self and human condition. The aim of this course through study of the life model is to create a sculpture in Maltese Limestone, either anatomically correct or loosely expressive, to learn to carve efficiently with confidence and to increase your understanding of basic anatomy.

Following a course introduction, you will be shown images illustrating how cultures and artists have represented the human form in sculptures and for what purpose. On the first morning, there will be a life model holding various poses. This is a great opportunity to record as much information as possible using various drawing methods, as well as carving away clay to create a maquette. This is the only time the model will be present. These working sculptural studies will inform your finished sculpture, providing all the information on human form that you will need.

Using these preparatory works, you will use a view finder to focus on an area of interest to transform into a simple relief. This will then give you the skills and confidence to carve the human form in the round, exploring textures and finishes.

Maltese Limestone is a soft pale sedimentary rock which is very easy to carve and comes in blocks, which can be sawn, chiseled and filed into shape. It has a fine grain which can be polished, take texture and can be displayed outside.

The tutor will move around the class teaching one-on-one, with some group demonstrations of techniques. At the end of this course, you will have increased your ability to translate studies into sculptures, gained confidence in carving and decision making and enjoyed creating at least two sculptures. This course is suitable for all, and the ability to draw from life is not a prerequisite.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • The model who will sit for the course on the first morning.

What students need to bring

  • A2 paper, charcoal sticks, sketchbook

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paper, charcoal and sketchbooks.
  • Maltese Limestone in different sizes. 6 x 6 x 2 inches for relief carving.
  • Wet and dry paper


Paula Haughney

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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