Carving in stone and wood

Abstraction – studies in stone with Paula Haughney

Ref: S5D11093

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About this course

Explore abstract art using a dynamic and free approach to carving in stone. Looking at simple shapes and the relationships between forms and space, a series of models are made leading to a final piece made from Maltese limestone.

Course Description

This course is for anyone interested in exploring abstract art using carving to create sculptures in stone. Looking at simple shapes and the relationships between forms and space, a series of models will be made, leading to a final piece. The material to be used is Maltese limestone which is fine-grained and easily shaped using hand tools. Its pale colour allows texture and line to be defined by shadow. It will be a dynamic and free approach to stone carving.

The course is for beginners and those with previous carving experience, as teaching is tailored to the students' requirements. All relevant techniques will be covered and practical demonstrations given.

Visual stimulus in the form of books, pictures, internet access and the College Library will aid study and inspiration.


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

What students need to bring

  • Protective practical clothing to work in and robust shoes or boots (safety boots if you have them), no open toes
  • Umbrella if rain is forecast
  • Paper or a sketchbook and drawing materials (generally stocked in the College Shop)
  • Camera
  • Pair of gloves
  • Handcream
  • Maltese limestone will be available in various sizes to be purchased from the College Shop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A variety of stones – limestones, alabasters and soapstones (priced per the kilo from £2 to £7)
  • Wet and dry polishing papers.
The course is held in the sculpture courtyard which is behind the Forge. It is a short walk from the main house. It can be driven to and there is parking available. Morning coffee and afternoon tea is held at the Old Dairy but lunch is back at the house. It is open to the elements on one side so bring some warm clothing. If you have any questions please contact Stone carving is a dusty activity so wear appropriate clothing. Safety equipment (safety glasses and ear defenders) can be borrowed, masks are provided but you might like to bring fitting gloves to work in. Foot covering strong shoes or boots (steel toe caps preferred) must be worn when in the workshop. Full health and safety instructions will be given.


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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