Our workshops

have been formed with the aim of providing a level of tuition in the arts which respects the fundamental skills of looking, seeing and making.  The courses we offer have, at their roots, skills which are traditional yet always contemporary.  Most are suitable for complete beginners.
 

Simon Cooley

has been teaching for 35 years and has always been a working sculptor.  He works in forged metal, stone and clay.  He exhibits regularly in the UK and his work is in private collections internationally.  He has also run short courses for Central St Martin’s School of Art in London.  Visit his sculpture site here: www.simoncooley.com

 

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Simon, you were the best possible teacher, extremely patient and encouraging. We all learnt a huge amount from a standing start and I certainly am greatly enthused to continue the good work. Anna, thank you so much for the delicious lunches

 

Multiple booking discount

Book two places and get £25 off

Soup, Salad and Sculpture - Anna's revised and extended workshop recipe book has now completely sold out.  Watch this space for news of a new book!

About Us

We are Simon and Anna, and together we have been hosting sculpture workshops in Wales for 10 years.  We recently moved (with our daughters and dogs) to a new location in Powys in order to be able to offer larger, better workshop space and some accommodation for our students. 

Our home is a little slice of Radnorshire's history, and is a Grade II listed Gentleman's residence dated 1751, built in typical Georgian style.  The barn, which sits at right angles to it, probably pre-dates the house.  Situated in the most magnificent landscape of green rolling hills, there are far-reaching views in every direction. 

While students work away with Simon at clay, metal or stone, Anna (with daughters if they're in the mood) is busy creating delicious lunches and baking fresh biscuits and cakes.  We all get together for lunch in our large farmhouse kitchen and it's never too long till the next coffee or tea break!

We are equidistant from Builth Wells, Talgarth, and the famous literary town Hay-on-Wye.  We can be reached in 4 hours from London, and the nearest train stations are Abergavenny or Hereford (both 30 miles).

Some of our students have brought their partners or families with them, and the surrounding area offers great walking and mountain-biking - and a host of other activities such as horse-riding, fly-fishing... or just whiling away the day in the unique town of Hay-on-Wye, which is one great big second-hand bookshop!

We are able to offer three ensuite rooms and a glamping option for our students (these are so popular that clearly we need a bigger house!)  Upon booking, you will have an option to say whether you are interested in staying with us, and Anna will then send you a link to the information page.

  

Other options are available and to help a little, here are some local accommodation suggestions.  Please feel free to contact Anna on 01982 560352 or email us with any questions you might have.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

Anna & Simon Cooley