Summer School

‘Absolutely tremendous. A phenomenal, whistlestop tour of letter construction and carving which was rigorous, serious and oddly meditative.’  Sam – Lettering in Stone

It was a terrific introduction course! I learnt the fundamental skills of stone masonry (not having carved in this medium previously) and was able to complete an ornamental leaf pattern within five days.’  Jeff – Stone Carving for Beginners

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


Discover new talents, foster existing skills and develop your creative interests in a fun and supportive setting.

Our summer short courses are a unique opportunity to step inside our renowned Art School, and explore and develop your skills and interests with our expert tutors.

Class sizes are small, and our tutors make sure our intensive courses for adults are enjoyable and fun, as well as inspiring and informative. And as a student on one of our introductory courses, you’ll receive the same warm welcome that we extend to all our friends and students.

Current or former students of the Art School are eligible for 10% discount on all our summer courses.



You will be able to book your place on our Summer School 2020 courses at the beginning of the year. As an indication of the short courses available, please see the Summer School 2019 portfolio below.

If you would like to be one of the first to hear about our 2020 Summer School courses, please register on our Summer School mailing list.

Behind the Scenes with the Conservators

Observational Drawing: Focus on the Figure

Bas Relief Modelling in Clay

Lettering in Stone 

Etching Fundamentals

Stone Carving for Beginners 

Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving 

Gilding and Verre Églomisé 



The Art School is pleased to offer a number of grant-funded places on our historic craft-focused Summer School courses to young people aged 18-25. The 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. We are able to do this thanks to the generosity of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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. 



We were delighted that a range of our 2019 Summer School courses were selected to take part in the inaugural Michelangelo Foundation Summer School Programme,  an educational initiative that funded young artisans and designers to take part in intensive short courses staged by members of it’s network around Europe.  Other participating institutions were Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (Portugal), Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie d’Aubusson (France) and Fluïd Coop (France).

Any queries? Take a look at our FAQs page and for further help, please contact us at

The Art School thanks The Grocers’ Charity for their generous support of this initiative.


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