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's teaching was encouraging and confidence building and totally unobtrusive. He has infinite patience and managed to give us all individual attention.


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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Abstract Sculpture (5 days) - £700

Max. 6 people. A new course which will aim to realise your ideas for sculpture in metal, stone, clay, wood, plaster - or a combination of them. It will also be open to the production of drawings or a two-dimensional approach. (A pre-requisite is that participants will need to have either attended one of Simon's workshops or have experience of working in these materials elsewhere. We hold stocks of materials, but if you wish to work with a particular type of stone or wood for example, then this will need to be discussed, ordered and charged for in advance. )
Fri 28 Apr 2017 - Tue 2 May 2017 (Fully Booked)
Wed 6 Sep 2017 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Metal Sculpture (4 days) - £500

Max. 6 people. A forge-based workshop focusing on the creation of sculpture. (Please note this is a physically demanding course, involving the use of hammer, anvil and fire. )
Sat 13 May 2017 - Tue 16 May 2017
Thu 17 Aug 2017 - Sun 20 Aug 2017

Stone Carving (4 days) - £450

Max. 10 people. Making a sculpture in stone (Please note we have a selection of Bath and Portland stone, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.)
Sat 20 May 2017 - Tue 23 May 2017 (Fully Booked)
Fri 4 Aug 2017 - Mon 7 Aug 2017 (Fully Booked)

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

Max. 10 people. An ideal course for anyone starting or continuing their interest in the making of sculpture. ()
Sat 10 Jun 2017 - Mon 12 Jun 2017 (Fully Booked)
Sat 1 Jul 2017 - Mon 3 Jul 2017 (Fully Booked)

Sculpting the Figure in Plaster (4 days) - £500

Working direct to plaster from a live model. Designed for those who have already made at least one head or figure from life. (Please note that the dates have been brought forward by one day since notification via email. Apologies for any confusion)
Thu 13 Jul 2017 - Sun 16 Jul 2017 (Fully Booked)

Metal and Stone Taster weekend (4 days) - £500

Exploring both materials and their combination in sculpture. ()
Sat 26 Aug 2017 - Tue 29 Aug 2017 (Fully Booked)

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

This is an extra course, since the 3 day courses are all fully booked. (Ideal for beginners.)
Sat 30 Sep 2017 - Sun 1 Oct 2017 (Fully Booked)

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Booking Terms and conditions:

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.