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Beginners Stone Carving with Alejandro Lopez 2024

Dates Wednesdays, 14 August – 18 September 2024
Time 1.30pm-4.30pm
Price £245 (£220.50)

Taking place in ESW’s outdoor courtyard, this afternoon class will introduce you to hand tools and basic stone carving techniques. The course will allow time for individual focussed attention from the tutor who will guide and advise you on technique and your piece as it develops.

Suitable for beginners.



At the start of the course you will make a clay maquette to work from and then be given a block of limestone ranging from 20cm – 30cm square to make your carving from. You will be shown how to mark out your carving and will learn how to use hand tools to start carving into the stone. You will work at your own pace over the 6 weeks and the tutor will move around the class teaching one-on-one, with some group demonstrations of techniques.

The course includes:

  • 6 weekly group sessions at ESW.
  • Expert guidance and advice.
  • Course materials and access to stone carving tools.

This course will take place outside in our Courtyard Bays.

We will provide Personal Protective Equipment such as appropriate dust masks and eye protection. All participants must wear their own safety shoes or boots, we can advise on suppliers.

About this course people said:

‘Alejandro’s tuition is excellent. Really friendly staff and course members and a supportive place.’

‘I had attended a similar course at ESW and found the teaching and support excellent. Also, I actually made something I was proud to take home!’

Alejandro Lopez graduated from the School of Fine Art, Neuquen, Argentina and has a degree in Art History from Edinburgh University. He has worked with Jorge Michelotti. Alejandro has exhibited widely in Argentina, Portugal, Greece and Scotland and made several public art commissions. He is a long-term tutor for ESW’s Learning Programme.

Courses are subject to minimum enrolment, so please book as soon as possible, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation.

Please read our Bookings and Cancellation Policy here.