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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.

DATES – FEES – BOOKING 2018

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Course Calendar

May
7
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone Workspace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone Workspace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
May 7 @ 9:30 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week – starts Monday 7 May at 9.30am and ends Friday 11 May at 5.00pm. Places and Self Catering Accommodation Available.
May
14
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park andNature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park andNature Reserve
May 14 @ 9:30 am – May 18 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week – starts Monday 14 May at 9.30am and ends Friday 18 May at 5.00pm. Places and Self Catering Accommodation Available.
May
21
Mon
2018
9:30 am PSQT Summer Stone Carving and Sculp...
PSQT Summer Stone Carving and Sculp...
May 21 @ 9:30 am – Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm
PSQT Summer Stone Carving and Sculpture Courses start weekly each Monday during the summer – for 1 to 4 week courses. Dates are Listed on the DATES – FEES – BOOKING pages of our website at www.learningstone.org . Course Vouchers are available on request for Birthdays and other special events / gift occasions.
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace / Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
May 21 @ 9:30 am – May 25 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week – starts Monday 21 May at 9.30am and ends Friday 25 May at 5.00pm. Places and Self Catering Accommodation Available.
May
28
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
May 28 @ 9:30 am – Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week – starts Monday 28 May 9.30am and ends Friday 1 June 5.00pm. For beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available
Jun
11
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve
Jun 11 @ 9:30 am – Jun 15 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving and Sculpture Course. Starts Monday 11 June 9.30am and finishes Friday 11 June 5.00pm. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jul
6
Fri
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Drill Hall Stone WorkSpace
Jul 6 @ 9:30 am – Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – x3day Weekend Course. Starts Friday 6 Jul 9.30am and finishes Sunday 8 Jul 5.00pm. For beginners and all levels of Skill. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Jul
9
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am – Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving and Sculpture Course. Starts Monday 9 July 9.30am and finishes Friday 13 July 5.00pm. Week also suited to CPD for Art & Design. Places Available. Self-Catering Accommodation Available.
Jul
23
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Worksho... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Worksho... @ Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve
Jul 23 @ 9:30 am – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week. Starts Monday 23 July 9.30am and finishes Friday 27 July 5.00pm. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill.
Aug
6
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ...
Aug 6 @ 9:30 am – Aug 10 @ 5:00 pm
One Week Stone Carving & Sculpture Course – Monday 6 Aug 9.30am to Friday 10 Aug 5.00pm. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available.
Aug
27
Mon
2018
9:30 am Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry and Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course ... @ Tout Quarry and Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
Stone Carving and Sculpture Course – One Week. Starts Monday 27 August 9.30pm and finishes Friday 31 August 5.00pm. Places Available. Self Catering Accommodation Available. Suitable for beginners and all levels of skill.

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PSQT has established a centre for discovery & learning that brings together people from different backgrounds through the exchange of skills & knowledge, as a model for regenerating the quarry environment.

We are UK Registered Educational Charity 1086659, also registered for Gift Aid and welcome donations to support this facility.