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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This weekend was really important for me. I was condemned by every art and craft teacher as being unsuited and unskilled in all things artistic.


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!

Booking a workshop

Sculpting the Head workshop

We advise checking availability on the 2018 workshops page before booking.



Click here for online booking form. 


Booking by Post

Please complete the form online, select 'cheque' as the method of payment, and send us a cheque by post.  Payment details are given on the booking form. Receipt will be acknowledged by email.

Gift Voucher*

Why not buy a course for a friend?  Because they are all suitable for beginners, our summer workshops make ideal gifts.  A printable voucher will be emailed to you for inclusion in your greetings card.

Click here to buy a Gift Voucher

*Gift vouchers of any amount can be redeemed against any course (subject to availability of places).  The voucher must be to the value of at least £150 (the course deposit).  Please let us know at the time of buying whether you have a specific course in mind.


**Please note that payments made through PayPal will incur an additional charge of £5 per booking.**


We can offer several alternatives, and a glamping option - these get booked up quickly!  You will have the option to check the relevant box on the booking form, and Anna will send you information.

There is also a good choice of local accommodation to suit all budgets.  See our accommodation page for some suggestions.  Early booking is recommended as this is a very popular area in the summer months.


A deposit of £150 is required with all bookings.  (If you are paying by PayPal, an additional charge of £5 per booking will be incurred).  Receipt of deposit will be acknowledged.  Full balance is payable 6 weeks in advance of course start date. 

What's included in the price

Working materials and equipment (with exception of extra metal - see next paragraph), delicious home-cooked lunches and refreshments.

What's not included in the price

Plaster cast/firing of heads.  For Sculpting the Head students, please be aware that the head you construct in clay will either need to be fired or cast, if you wish to keep it (for courses without casting option included). If you have access to a kiln, your head can be constructed in such a way that you can take it away on the head peg to be fired. In the event that you take the head away with you at the end of the course, the cost of the head peg and clay is £35. Or you can pay Simon to make a plaster cast of your head for a sum in the region of £350 (this is three days' work).

For Metal Sculpture students, enough metal will be included in the cost of the course to create an average sculpture.  For large sculptures, extra metal will be charged per linear metre. 

Access and facilities

The barn and house are on the same level and are next to each other.   It is worth contacting us to discuss any questions you may have in this respect.


The deposit is non-refundable.  However, if, at a point 6 weeks in advance of course start date, your preferred course is under-subscribed, we will offer you an alternative course.  If no alternative is suitable, we will refund your deposit.  We regret that if you cancel within the 6 week period leading up to the course start, or we are unable to contact you to confirm your attendance, no refund will be given.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Anna or Simon on 01982 560352, or click here to send us an email.