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!

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Metal Sculpture (4 days) - £500

A forge-based workshop focusing on the creation of sculpture. (Max. 6 people. Ideal beginners. NB: This is a physically demanding course, involving the use of hammer, anvil and fire.)
Sat 21 Apr 2018 - Tue 24 Apr 2018

Abstract Sculpture (5 days) - £700

Realise your ideas for sculpture in metal, stone, clay, wood or plaster, or a combination of them. (Max. 6 people. A pre-requisite is that you will need to have either attended one of our workshops or have experience of working in these materials elsewhere. )
Sat 5 May 2018 - Wed 9 May 2018

Stone Carving (4 days) - £450

Making a sculpture in stone (Max. 10 people. . Ideal beginners. Please note we have a selection of Bath and Portland stone, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.)
Sat 19 May 2018 - Tue 22 May 2018 (Fully Booked)
Fri 24 Aug 2018 - Mon 27 Aug 2018

Sculpting the Head in Clay, Stage 1 (3 days) - £400

An ideal course for anyone starting or continuing their interest in the making of sculpture. (Max. 8 people. Ideal beginners)
Sat 9 Jun 2018 - Mon 11 Jun 2018

Sculpting the Head in Plaster (3 days) - £450

Sculpting a head in wet plaster, working directly from a live model. (A new course for 2018)
Sat 7 Jul 2018 - Mon 9 Jul 2018 (Fully Booked)

Sculpting the Figure in Plaster (4 days) - £600

Working direct to plaster from a live model. Designed for those who have already made at least one head or figure from life. (max. 8 people)
Thu 19 Jul 2018 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Sculpting the Head in Clay, Stage 2 (5 days) - £650

Designed for those who have already made at least one head from life. Days one and two will be spent making 2 different heads, with the last three days focusing on another different head in more detail. (max. 8 people)
Fri 10 Aug 2018 - Tue 14 Aug 2018

Metal, or Metal and Stone combined (4 days) - £500

Working in only metal, or a combination of metal and stone. (Max. 6 people. The choice of materials is yours. Ideal beginners)
Thu 6 Sep 2018 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Sculpting the Head in Clay, Stage 1 (2 days) - £300

An ideal taster course. (Max. 10 people. Ideal beginners.)
Sat 29 Sep 2018 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

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Deposit payment of £150 must be made within 7 days of booking to guarantee a place.

Deposit is non-refundable (except as outlined below) and full balance is payable 6 weeks in advance of start of course. If, at a point 6 weeks in advance of course start date, your preferred course is undersubscribed, we will offer you an alternative. If no alternative is available, we will refund your deposit.