Residential stone carving courses by the sea
Sculpting courses in the beautiful coastal town of Swanage, Dorset.
Stone carving, delicious food, great conversations, perfect location.
SeaSculpt is a collaboration between two long term friends with a shared passion to bring their different skills together to create exciting opportunities for people to carve stone, enjoy amazing wholesome and delicious food, meet new friends, indulge in great conversations and walk by the sea.
The venue is a delightful colonial style home set on the cliffs in Swanage with spacious and luxurious accommodation on one level. Meals are served in the large family kitchen with a cosy Aga and there is a large relaxing lounge with bright conservatory. The large and well equipped workshop is only a few steps away from the main house through the south facing garden. There is plenty of parking.
Courses take place over three days and are suitable for complete beginners and also students with some previous experience. Beginners will follow a structured project and carve a small bas relief in a soft limestone which will be provided along with all the basic hand tools needed to complete the carving. Drawing skills are not necessary!
Students will receive close guidance in basic carving techniques and are shown ways to work safely. For those with previous experience there will be the opportunity to carve a piece to match their skills. During the course, you will be given the opportunity to carve your own piece of stone with expert mentoring whilst being cared for and nourished with great food and stimulating company.
“You have a great workshop and the two of you make it a winning combination.” Mike
Jude is a renowned artist and stone carver and has been teaching students in her workshop for over four years. Jude, who has worked as an artist her whole life, has work represented by Jaggedart Gallery in London and exhibits regularly with them at major exhibitions such as ‘Collect’ at the Saatchi Gallery and the London Art Fair. She has completed several large commissions including the designing and carving of grotesques for St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Julie, with her years of experience creating training solutions for businesses and individuals, brings many diverse skills as well as her challenging and creative style to the development of SeaSculpt courses. Course design, business solutions, management, training and development have always been her focus. She combines this with her passion for cooking, hosting and running innovative projects at SeaSculpt’s enticing seaside location.
“It was fun, relaxed, warm and delicious!” David
The Old Post Office
The Old Post Office in Swanage is a delightful colonial-style house on a very small private cliff top estate on the outskirts of Swanage. Just two minutes from the beach and with immediate access to the coastal path to Old Harry Rocks, it is a wonderful place to feel inspired and unwind.
We invite you to join us to learn and develop new skills and enjoy the comfort and ambience of The Old Post Office. Create, learn, relax, and enjoy!
Large Communal Kitchen
“Exceptional food, meals, cakes, biscuits – all homemade naturally!” David
The course starts with an induction on the evening of your arrival followed by a welcoming evening meal and opportunity to meet other students, take a walk, ask questions or just relax after your journey.
All courses run from Friday to Monday and guests can arrive from 4.00pm on Friday. The course itself is held over three days, starting on Saturday morning and finishing at 4.00pm on Monday.
|September 2020||Friday 25th September||Monday 28th September|
|October 2020||Friday 9th October||Monday 12th October|
|Please note that dates and times may be subject to change.|
|Room||Description||Single Occupancy |
(per person per course)
(per person per course)
|Post Box Room||Small double bed with shared bathroom||£495.00||£375.00|
|Verandah Room||Double or twin room with shared bathroom||£550.00||£440.00
|Garden Room||Double or twin room with ensuite shower room||£630.00||£495.00
|Ballard View Room||Large double or twin with ensuite shower room||£630.00||£495.00
Should you wish to share your room with a non-carving friend, they are welcome to stay and enjoy all the facilities for £320 per person. You can also join us as non-residential guest at £320 per person for the three-day course. We can also organise small group carving courses for up to six carvers. Please let us know your requirements.
Residential Room Rate include three days stone carving with expert tuition, a small piece of limestone, use of workshop and basic tools, three nights accommodation; bed, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, evening meals, homemade cakes and biscuits.
Non Residential Rate includes three days of stone carving with expert tuition, a small piece of limestone, use of workshop and basic tools, lunch, refreshments, homemade cakes and biscuits.
During the summer Jude was selected to show twelve of her sculptures at the prestigious bi-annual on form stone sculpture exhibition at Asthall Manor.
October was also a busy month as Jude’s work from the London based Jaggedart Gallery was displayed at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park
Create, learn, relax and enjoy.
To book a specific course or for general enquiries about SeaSculpt
please call 07971 489449 or send us a message using the contact form.