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 as used in 3D sculpture techniques, relief carving, stone masonry, architectural detail and letter-cutting,
- 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 as the week progresses.
- Detailed carving and surface finishing techniques for Portland stone.
- Informal discussion on work achieved – pointers for the future (this forms part of the tuition provided during the course).
- Tuition Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5 pm (times may vary if people want to work late). Timing of lunch breaks for course participants and tutors is flexible. Most people bring packed lunches.
- Work photographed and loaded by participants into vehicles on Friday.
Evenings (Optional and jointly organised by the group members)
- PSQT ‘Drill Hall Gallery and Stone Workspace with refreshment area – Coffee /Tea, Books, Wifi
- Eating out – Local Fish,Oysters,Crab, also Vegetarian
- BBQ at Beach Hut (when weather is warm and dry)
Note: Indoor courses also run throughout the year at the newly refurbished Stone I Work I Space at the Drill Hall, 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.
Note: PSQT reserves the right to change details of course dates, course fees, course content, evening arrangements and location at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve (open air workshop with weather cover) or Stone / Work / Space at the Drill Hall (indoor).
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