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 is my second visit to Simon and Anna (previously stone) and I cannot commend or recommend these courses highly enough


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!

Eating out

There’s lots of choice....

Particularly recommended by us is the River Cafe in Glasbury, which is very reasonably priced for good fresh food, and we’ve never had a bad meal there. Also the Blue Boar pub in Hay, and we’ve heard that the Three Tuns is also good. To the north is the real ale pub, The Seven Stars at Aberedw, where we’ve had an excellent Sunday lunch. Nearer to us is the Roast Ox Inn in Painscastle. Always best to book a table, and many places are closed on Sunday evenings or Mondays.

For a really special meal, but a bit further away, have a look at the Stagg at Titley.

If you want to stop for lunch near Abergavenny on your way here or home, the set lunch at the famous Michelin-starred Walnut Tree is good value, as is the excellent set lunch at the Hardwick Restaurant.

At Talgarth there is a working mill, which sells flour but also has a good cafe and freshly baked bread.

If you fancy a posh cream tea you’ll be spoilt at Llangoed Hall, on the A470 between Erwood and Llyswen.