Stone carving in relief with Ann-Margreth Bohl

Ref: SWE29746

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About this course

Design and carve a low relief in stone, inspired by the outline of pebbles. Using drawing and collage, you will explore relationships and perspective between forms, to find a design to carve.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to inspire you and provide you with the basic skills to design and carve a low relief in stone. To achieve this, you are invited to explore the space between the two and three-dimensional using a range of processes, materials, tools and techniques.

After an introduction to low and abstract relief, you will draw and create simple paper cut outs, investigating qualities and dynamics of form. You will observe the outline of pebbles through drawing and adjust your drawing according to the dynamic you want to create.

You will start looking at perspective through layering by transfering your drawing onto cardboard, cutting out and arranging the shapes in relation to each other and experimenting with layering and observe perspective, as you layer cutouts on top of and next to each other.

With these hands-on experiences, you will create a design for your low relief.

Before you start carving your design, your tutor will introduce and demonstrate to you the tools and basic stonecarving techniques so that you feel ready to put a chisel on your stone tile and carve. The carving demonstration includes:

- What are the characteristics of a reductive process?

- Which chisel to choose and why

- How to create an even surface

- Cutting of a clean edge and how to create layers in your carving

Once your relief is carved, your tutor will share with you how you can polish aspects of your shapes and use surface texture if you want some forms to stand out.

By the end of this course, you will be able to create your own design and carve a low relief in stone.

A list of stone and tool suppliers will be available to all students at the end of this course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply the Portland stone tiles.
  • The College will supply some of the materials, including paper, sandpaper, card and glue.

What students need to bring

  • 2-3 small round pebbles
  • Selection of pencils and an eraser
  • Drawings of pebbles – try to keep them simple, with a focus on the outline.
  • These drawings are an exercise on observation and can be helpful for further explorations during this course.
  • Apron or overalls, hat, gloves to work in or to handle stone (need to fit).
  • Sun cream if working outside or umbrella if forecast shows rain.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art and craft materials.

Additional information

Please note: your workshop will be in the Sculpture Courtyard which is a 10-minute walk from the main house through the walled garden or can be accessed by car. The Sculpture Courtyard is open on one side so be prepared for any type of weather. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be held in the nearby Carrington Studio.  You will return to the main house for lunch.

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals). Safety boots if possible. Stone carving is a dusty activity, safety equipment (safety glasses and ear defenders) can be borrowed, masks are provided but you might like to bring fitting gloves to work in. Eye protection and face masks are supplied by the College and are essential. Full health and safety instructions will be given. Stone carving is a physical activity, and it is most effective when standing up but can be achieved sitting down.


Ann-Margreth Bohl

Ann-Margreth Bohl’s practice combines drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. She explores time and memory through material qualities of rock, beeswax, light and sound.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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