most recent workshop in weymouth
During the Workshops in Stone Carving for Beginners during the Dorset Art Weeks event, I was excited to see the passion and addictive nature of hand carving by the first time students.
One particular Student was so enthused that within a week she acquired stone carving chisels, stone and a sturdy table made by her husband. Now happily chipping away in the garden on the next sculpture. Others asking for dates for future workshops to advance their skills and create other unique sculptures.
It was also pointed out the therapeutic qualities and directness of hand carving. Which reminded me of my earlier years as an Artist discovering Stone for the first time. I had worked a lot in clay but hated the plasticity and the apprehensive moments of waiting to see your piece coming out of the kiln intact or in pieces. Stone carving happens there and then.
This was a workshop I set up with a local Primary School in France. The children were working on a project about the Romans and an aqueduct that they built that ran through their village. The border depicts the course of the aqueduct from Uzes to Nimes in the Provence. An engineering feat, with the “Pont du Gard” being its most spectacular part.
The children carved as a team, no preconceptions lots of passion and sweat. We decided to paint the stone as indeed the Romans did to brighten up their final oeuvre. Can you spot the Comet?
The DARSET project was set up by “Common Ground”. Taking sculpture out into rural areas, connecting it to the landscape and local communities. I asked the schools involved to research any stones that were found in their locality. They might research back to Stone Age settlements or the history of fossils.
Again the budding sculptors carved with lots of passion and weren’t afraid to hit hard with their hammers.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
― Pablo Picasso