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Stone Carving & Sculpture Courses

Carving Stone in its Place of Origin 

Our courses have a great reputation for quality in teaching stone carving and sculpture and for new and innovative work made in the newly refurbished Stone I Work I Space at the Drill Hall, and in the open-air workshop of Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve.

Tout means ‘Lookout’ and the quarry is hewn into the cliff top overlooking the great Chesil Beach that connects Portland to the Dorset and East Devon Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Once one of over 100 quarries on the island worked by hand it is an inspirational environment to explore and learn in with its sculpture, rare butterflies, grasses, orchids and natural balance of elements between sea, sky and stone.

Portland Stone is a freestone with finely grained oolitic structure of calcium carbonate that is safe to work with and can be carved in any direction with very fine detail. Our courses are affordable and provide the very best of professional tuition for beginners and all levels of skill

What does the course include?

  • Introduction to the sculpture, geology, family working histories and ecology  of Tout Quarry with its rare grasses, butterflies and orchids
  • Demonstration of stone carving techniques – use of hand carving tools
  • Selection of freshly quarried stone for individual ideas,  Lifting, moving and handling stone. Starting points for carving, individual tuition
  • Developing carving skills from roughing out techniques to fine detail / finishing as the week progresses.
  • Informal discussion on work achieved – pointers for the future. (forms part of tuition during the course)
  • Tuition – Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm (although times may vary if people want to work late). Tutors are entitled to take breaks away from the workshop during the teaching day.  
  • Work photographed and loaded into vehicles on Friday.
  • Evenings (Optional and organized by members of the course)
    • Eating out  – Local Fish,Oysters,Crab, Pizza, Vegetarian
    • BBQ at Beach (when weather is warm)

Note: Indoor courses at the Stone I Work I Space also run throughout the year – well equipped with hydraulic carving bankers, lifting equipment, stone saw, with instruction in hand tools and use of electric / pneumatic tools. There is an additional cost for the use of lifting and powered equipment.

What to bring?

Some preparation is always good if you want to bring a sketchbook with ideas, photographs or a clay model. Pencils or charcoal are useful to help visualize the form by drawing directly on the stone. Strong footwear (steel toe-capped boots are recommended), working clothes, sunglasses, hat, safety glasses and personal carving tools if you have them. There is a low cost open market that comes to Portland every Tuesday if you need to buy anything, just next to the Quarry and the Heights Hotel where you can have coffee. Safety glasses can be purchased from the Trust.

On Monday we issue a toolbox with set of 5 carving tools and two hammers to use during your workshop. The tools are booked back in at the end of the workshop (tool losses are paid for at current cost of replacement).

On Friday we help you to load your finished sculpture into your car to take home.  Portland stone is very dense: 1 cubic foot weighs 140 pounds – 10 stone / 70 kilos.

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Upcoming Events (Courses listed are taking bookings - full list of dates available on DATES - FEES - BOOKING page)

Mar
22
Fri
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace
Mar 22 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – 3Day Weekend – Starts 9.30am Friday 22 March and finishes 5.00pm Sunday 24 March. Places Available. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
May
20
Mon
2019
9:30 am One Week – Stone Carving & Sculpt...
One Week – Stone Carving & Sculpt...
May 20 @ 9:30 am – May 24 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving & Sculpture Course. Starts Monday 20 May 9.30am and finished Friday 24 May 5.00pm. Places Available. Self catering accommodation available in connection with PSQT courses. Full course details and dates available on DATES_FEES_BOOKING page of www.learningstone.org
9:30 am Summer Stone Carving & Sculpture Co...
Summer Stone Carving & Sculpture Co...
May 20 @ 9:30 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Courses – Weekly during the summer months – starting on Monday’s 9.30am and finishing Friday’s at 5.00pm. See DATES _ FEES_BOOKING page of www.learningstone.org for full list of courses. Places Available unless otherwise stated. Self Catering Accommodation Available in connection with PSQT courses.
May
24
Fri
2019
9:30 am Weekend 4 Day Stone Carving & Sculp...
Weekend 4 Day Stone Carving & Sculp...
May 24 @ 9:30 am – May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Weekend 4 day Stone Carving & Sculpture Course. Starts Friday 24 May 9.30am and finished Monday 27 May 5.00pm. Places Available. Self catering accommodation available in connection with PSQT courses. Full course details and dates available on DATES_FEES_BOOKING page of www.learningstone.org
May
27
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
May 27 @ 9:30 am – May 31 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving & Sculpture Course. Starts Monday 27 May 9.30am and finished Friday 31 May 5.00pm. Places Available. Self catering accommodation available in connection with PSQT courses. Full course details and dates available on DATES_FEES_BOOKING page of www.learningstone.org
Jun
3
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – Starts Monday 03 June 9.30am and finishes Friday 07 June 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jun
10
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – 1 Week. Starts Monday 10 June 9.30am and finishes Friday 14 June 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jun
17
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am – Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm
Description:Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – 1 Week. Starts Monday 17 June 9.30am and finishes Friday 21 June 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jun
24
Mon
2019
9:30 am One Week – Stone Carving & Sculpt...
One Week – Stone Carving & Sculpt...
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving & Sculpture Course. Starts Monday 24 June 9.30am and finished Friday 28 June 5.00pm. Places Available. Self catering accommodation available in connection with PSQT courses. Full course details and dates available on DATES_FEES_BOOKING page of www.learningstone.org
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – 1 Week. Starts Monday 10 June 9.30am and finishes Friday 14 June 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jul
1
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course ...
Jul 1 @ 9:30 am – Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – 1 Week. Starts 9.30am Monday 01 July and finishes 5.00pm Friday 05 July. Places Available. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Self catering accommodation available.
Jul
29
Mon
2019
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – Starts Monday 29 July 9.30am and finishes Friday 02 August 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.

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