Sculpture & Stone Carving Lessons

Students taking part in stone carving lessons at Sandy Hill Studios, Corfe Castle.

Stone Carving Lessons, Corfe Castle, Dorset

(N.B I can also travel to you to teach! Download my stone carving leaflet here for more information)


Each day is from 10am – 4pm and suitable for Beginners & Intermediates



Stone Carving Gift Vouchers

1 or 2 Day Lessons

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Buy a stone carving gift voucher and join Jonathan Sells for 1 or 2 days of stone carving lessons. 

Beginners very welcome. 

The lessons take place at Sandy Hill Studios, Corfe Castle, Droset, BH20 5JF.


Dates to be confirmed

Stone Carving Lessons

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Join Jonathan Sells for one or two days of stone carving tuition.

Practical, friendly, stone carving lessons, enabling you to create your own relief carving.

The lessons take place at Sandy Hill Studios, Corfe Castle, BH20 5JF.

Dates to be confirmed

2-Hour ‘Taster’ Stone Carving Lesson

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Short, relief stone carving sessions, at Sandy Hill Studios (behind the Boilerhouse Gallery), Corfe Castle.

The lessons will be £20 each and last for two hours, with an added £5 for stone.

You are welcome to stay for more than one lesson.

Picture of stone carver, Corfe Castle, Dorset.

What do the full day stone carving lessons include?

Using a flat piece of Portland stone, you will create a relief sculpture to take home with you. If you book in for more than one day of lessons you will continue with this the next day, or start a bigger piece.

Each day starts with a short Health & Safety briefing to ensure students are clued up before enjoying the session. This is followed by an introduction to stone carving techniques, tool use, and the properties of stone. Then you will carry out 3 useful exercises in the morning and will be able to carve your piece in the afternoon.

Jonathan provides all the tools and stone required for sessions, along with protective eyeglasses.

N.B. It is recommended not to wear your favourite items of clothing for the workshops, as stone carving can become very dusty. Wearing sensible hardy footwear is a good idea to increase safety regarding sharp tools and heavy stone.

What can I carve?

You can choose whatever you want. Jonathan will provide some pictures, and some simple templates for those who might feel less confident at copying a drawing onto the stone. Alternatively you may have something specific in mind that you would like to carve, so feel free to bring your own images.

For a one day course the image for the centre of the stone slab should be no more than 150mm x 150mm, but can be increased up to 180mm x 280mm for more than one day of carving.

Children are welcome but should be supervised by an adult. The child fees apply between age 6 (the minimum age) and 15 inclusive.

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What happens on each day of stone carving?

On your first day, or if you only do one day, you will create a relief stone carving which you will be able to take home with you at the end of the day.

If you book 2 or more days you will be able to add more detail to your first carving, or create a second relief piece.

If you’re joining a drop in ‘taster’ stone carving session, Jonathan will introduce you to some of the techniques you’ll need to learn in order to be able to carve stone.

About Sandy Hill Studios, Corfe Castle

Sandy Hill Studios are located in the shadow of Corfe Castle, which is situated in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.

Tea and coffee is provided each day, and there is a communal kitchen area, but bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, there is a bakery and general store in the Village, which is a five minute walk through Corfe Castle’s vintage steam railway station.

If the weather is fine you can have your lunch by the stream – who knows, you might even spot a kingfisher, deer or a water vole! There is limited parking on site, but you can park on the road nearby.

Directions: Turn into Sandy Hill Lane from Corfe, and take the first right to the Boilerhouse Gallery, just after the bridge. Drive up the track and turn left, just before the bungalow. You will see Sandy Hill Studios ahead of you (right behind the Boilerhouse Gallery).

Alternative ways to book stone carving lessons (and I can come to you!)

If you prefer, you can arrange your stone carving lessons over the phone. You can then either pay by PayPal (see above) or, alternatively, please fill out the contact form below and I will then contact you to discuss your booking and arrange payment.

If you’d like me to teach you stone carving at your home or business, please contact me for more information, as  I can also travel to you to teach! Download my stone carving leaflet here for more information)

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