Stone Carving Workshops

 Stone Carving Workshops for Beginners

John your tutor has over 30yrs experience as a sculptor and stonemason. Tutoring stone carving workshops for adults and children in England and France.

Stone Sculpture Workshop
Guiding a Student in the Designing of the Sculpture

The workshops are set up for those wanting to take time, to situate, learn and find pleasure in discovering ways of expression through stone carving.

  • The stone carving courses will give you the opportunity to sculpt a small relief of your own design ( or by using one of my templates )  on a piece of Portland Stone.
  • The course is suitable for ages 12+
  • Tools and materials are supplied as well as protective safety glasses.
  • Appropriate clothing to be worn (i.e. enclosed shoes)
  • The stones vary in size but to give you a rough idea here are some sizes. 22 x 20cms, 18 x 22cms. If you have a design in mind and can print out different sizes that would be great.
  • Coffee & Tea supplied. 
  • If you decide to use your own design please bring images/drawings.
  • To insure the quality of the Workshops, classes are limited to eight participants

If your interested in any of the following Workshops you can phone me on 07460467116 or by filling in my CONTACT PAGE Get Creative!

Day Workshops at Whitestones Cafe Portland

15th June, 13th July 2019. 10.00-4.30

The cost of the one day course is £85.

 There is also a wide selection of tasty, locally sourced cakes and lunches available in the adjacent White Stones Art Café. All workshoppers receive a 10% discount on food and drinks purchased in the Café.

Alongside the Studio are three ECO Artist retreats accommodating up to three adults each. If you would like to make the most of your time on the Jurassic Coast why not include an overnight stay. 

Visit the White Stones web address for accommodation booking information.

Open For Art 2019 Taster Workshops Weymouth

18th, 19th, 25th, 26th May. 1st, 2nd June. 10.00-13.30

Glenthorne 15, Old Castle Road. Weymouth. DT4 8QB.

I will be Tutoring Taster Stone Carving Workshops during this event. Set in the beautiful Gardens of Glenthorne House with panoramic views of Portland Harbour.

The cost of the one day course is £50 paid in cash on the day. ( Please make a reservation as places are limited.)

Stone carving Taster Courses Weymouth
Budding First Time Sculptors At The Taster Workshops

Other Artists will be holding Workshops during this event. Andrea Frankham Hughes will be tutoring Viking Jewellery and Wing Making Workshops and Debbie Clarke Clay Modeling Workshops.

Day Workshop at Sculpture by the Lakes            

5th October 10.30-4.30 2019.

.The cost of the one day course is £100 and includes a light lunch plus tea and/or coffee in the morning and afternoon.
To book a place, please contact the office at Sculpture by the Lakes in person, by telephone on 07720 637808, or by email at For more details, you can visit our workshops page. WORKSHOPS.

Proud Stone Carver
Proud Sculptor

Carving is easy, you just cut down to the skin and stop.



“Having never done anything like this before, I was full of trepidation but John was great. I learned so much, I went from beginner to smug in just a few hours. John gave me the tools to create a satisfying carving. I would recommend this course to anyone. Thank you”.Pauline 

“I did a workshop mid-June in Weymouth and really enjoyed it. The workstation was laid out well for easy usage. John was inspirational and very helpful as this was my first time. I brought home a piece of work that I’m very proud of and my wife loves. This course is definitely worth doing and is worthwhile”. Martin


2 thoughts on “Stone Carving Workshops

  1. Brenda Gibb says:

    John’s carvings are so beautiful and tactile, I spent a wonderful two hours with John at one of his workshops and was most impressed with the carving I did, so much so had I not been away this weekend I would have returned for another work shop.

  2. Julian Plant says:

    What a great experience! First time in years being creative for me and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. John is a first class tutor, I can highly recommend his carving workshop!

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