Stone Carving Sculpture Course with David Paton Cornwall


This four day Stone Carving course is for beginners and those that have a little experience of stone carving. West Cornwall has been a Mecca for sculptors for many years since Barbara Hepworth moved to Cornwall to set up her workshop in St Ives, not far from Newlyn, in 1939 and she lived there until her death in 1975.

The aim of our Stone Carving course is to provide each student with the skills and creative confidence to work with stone at home.

The course is structured throughout - progressing through a series of staged approaches closely guided by your tutor, each student produces a small relief carving and a fully in-the-round sculpture. You will be developing key skills in tool use and stone handling, learning everything from efficient stone removal to fine finishing, how to achieve specific forms and shapes, detailed carving methods, texturing and creative tool use.

Centred around the key skills, your own creative interpretations are encouraged towards the completion of each sculpture.

The course is run in two parts:

Part 1 – Day 1 & 2

Introduction by your tutor - David Paton.

After a brief group session looking at the tools and stone, each student is provided with a small tablet of stone and a template to develop and complete a relief carving. This provides a gentle introduction to carving stone.

At the end of the first day we all visit the Barbara Hepworth museum in St Ives.

Part 2 – Day 2 – 4

Students complete their relief carvings.

Developing on from the skills acquired in Part 1, students are then provided with a small block of stone and guided through a series of stages towards the completion of a fully-in-the-round sculpture.

All tools and materials are provided.

Upon completion of the course each student is given advice on where and how to purchase stone and tools.

Newlyn School of Art at 09.50 for a 10.00 start

From beginners to those with limited experience. If you have any specific access or support requirements please give us a call at the time of booking to discuss your needs.

We would advise that this course is suitable for those of 16 years of age and upwards. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our students.

Closed sturdy shoes. Clothes that you are happy to get dust on. The course fee includes the provision of stone.

Please bring a packed lunch.

£395.00 including materials and tools - fee payable in full at the time of booking.

If you are looking for local place to stay, please browse our page for Accommodation in West Cornwall - Newlyn, St Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Mousehole B and B, Guesthouses, Hotels, Cottages and Hostels

You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation and transport where applicable. Although we do list local providers of accommodation on our Website to try to assist you in finding accommodation, you are responsible for contracting directly with the accommodation provider and when doing so (and when booking transport) you should make arrangements for cancellation whether that is as the result of a cancellation of a Course by us or by you and you should consider appropriate insurance.

Our full terms and conditions can be found here.

Once you have booked your place, you will be emailed with confirmation of your order. You will not receive anything in the post. If you find you have not received a confirmation for any reason please have a look in your email spam folder and feel free to call us if you are unable to locate our email confirmation and we will be very happy to resend any information.


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'I wanted to write and say that the Beginners Stone Carving course tutor David Paton is a brilliant teacher who is so passionate about his art that he infected all of us with his enthusiasm. Since finishing I have ordered my own tools and I am impatiently waiting for them to arrive! I would recommend Newlyn School of Art to anyone. Thank you for a truly superb course'.

Derek, Northants
Registered Office: Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW. Tel: 01736365557.
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