Carving in stone and wood

Exploration in stone – stone carving with Paula Haughney

Ref: SSS08952

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About this course

Explore and learn techniques for carving a variety of stone - soapstone, alabaster and limestone, through all stages to a finished sculpture. Design, tools, geology, contemporary and historical sculpture, surface finishes, polishing and treatments are all discussed. Come along with a design idea or be inspired by West Dean.

Course Description

This course is for everyone who is interested in carving stone - beginners and the experienced alike. It is set in a large purpose built area open to the elements on one side within the grounds which allows you plenty of space to develop your work and achieve your sculptural aims.

Different stones will be available from soapstone, alabaster and limestone. Explore and learn the particular methods and techniques carving through all stages to the finished sculpture. Come with an idea or be inspired by all the skills and knowledge that the course has to offer. There will be plenty of source materials provided and just being in the beautiful surroundings will fire your imagination.

Points covered - design, techniques, tools, geology, sculptors, contemporary stone sculpture and those in art history, surface finishes, polishing and stone treatments. Where to get stone and tools? All those stone questions answered.

Demonstrations of carving techniques and the different stages will be given throughout. The tutor will help you to achieve your idea and goals and improve your carving ability.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Bring any reference materials, sketches, photographs, and objects that you find interesting or inspirational. You can bring a macquette but be prepared to alter the design to fit the available stone or bring your own preferred stone.

Available to buy

  • Wet and dry papers
  • There will be a variety of stones to purchase (prices vary depending on type and weight.)
  • Sketchbook and drawing materials

This course is held in the Sculpture Courtyard which is situated through the walled garden. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch. The walk takes about 10 minutes or can be accessed by car.


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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