Bookings open for Summer School 2020

We are delighted to announce that our Summer School 2020 is now open for bookings!

New for 2020, our Summer School programme will run over a three-week period from 6 July – 24 July 2020, with extra dates added for our most indemand courses – Stone Carving for Beginners, Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving and Gilding and Verre Églomisé.

A 10% early bird discount is available until 6pm on Friday 3 January 2020, giving those who want to learn new craft skills, or develop existing ones, the opportunity to use the Christmas break to secure a place on their favourite course for a reduced fee.

Our 3-5 day Summer courses focus on the Art School’s specialisms of contemporary fine art, historic crafts and conservation, and include observational life drawing; wood and stone carving; gilding; relief modelling in clay; etching and conservation of historic objects. All our courses are suitable for beginners, and some of them are good for those with some experience too.

Participants make use of our specialist facilities and benefit from small class sizes and expert tutors who are all practising professionals.

Feedback from previous students has been positive with many participants praising the course tutors for their excellent support and the stimulating course content, level and structure.

I loved it and found it very useful. Great to be back at school learning something new with a great teacher and fun people.’  Ingibjorg – Gilding and Verre Églomisé

Tom was a superb tutor. Prodigiously skilful, ever patient and remarkably concise.’  Sam – Lettering in Stone

Excellent course well taught by an expert in her field. Lovely and patient teacher and great access to tools and materials.’  Lydia – Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, a number of grant-funded places are available to young people aged 18-25, on certain courses. The grant scheme is aimed at engaging young people with historic crafts, specifically facilitating the participation of those who would otherwise be unable to fund their place.

Eligible courses are Behind the Scenes with the Conservators, Bas Relief Modelling in Clay, Introduction to Ornamental WoodcarvingGilding and Verre Églomisé,  Lettering in Stone and Stone Carving for Beginners. 

Anyone interested in applying for a grant-funded place can email

For the full Summer School 2020 programme please click here.




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