I am a trained art therapist, and have taught sculpture since well over 20 years in schools, galleries, day centres, colleges, care homes, other people’s home – and in my own studio.
My studio setting in the small village of Garford just outside Oxford is an inspiring space, with many teaching materials to instruct and inspire (toy animals, laminated images of sculptures and instructions) and sculptures by myself and students.
Student’s sculptures are very varied:
Imaginative and portraits heads, animals, human figure or abstract forms are all important elements of the teaching.
The main emphasis however will be on nurturing the imagination, developing personal forms, ideas and motivation and thereby improving ceramic techniques.The teaching approach is twofold:acquiring confidence through skills, and learning to trust into the creative and imaginative process to the degree of being “guided” by both the sculpture and the quieter voice of one’s feelings, inner vision and intuition. I have an individualised “art school approach” to teaching, with every student picking out their own project – and being inspired by the variety of other student’s work.
Many aesthetic and practical skills relating to ceramic sculpting will be learned informally, as the needs arise:
– Understanding the nature of clay, its behavior towards weight and wetness
- Precise observation of planes and outlines when accuracy is the goal
- Awareness of proportions, plane and curvature in both representational and abstract works
- Armatures and support structures, dealing with gravity and balance
- Tool use, surface textures and fine motor skills
- Bonding, modeling, carving
- Coil, slab and solid sculptures
I have assembled an extensive library of laminated images containing
1. sculptures by different sculptors through out history, and in different cultures/epochs (see also my website chapter )
2. instructions (making a head, a figure, an animal )
And of course there are many fired and unfired sculptures by myself and students of all ages distributed over the studio, courtyard, garden and kiln room. this work often gives inspiration and courage to start a project.
The sculpture groups are small in numbers ( 5 minimum, 8 maximum) , so individual attention an guidance is possible; the manner of teaching is suitable for all levels – from beginners to accomplished artists.
Times (please look at posters in the left hand column!)
Fortnightly Wednesday 12.30 – 3.30 adults and home educated youngsters
Weekly Thursdays 10.00 – 1.00 adults
Weekly Sundays 10.00-1.00 for youngsters
Fortnightly all day sessions on Fridays 9.45 – 3.00, in Daventry, William Parker School,
Monthly Saturdays (every second Saturday) – 10.00 – 4.00
Holiday courses for school children 8+ (family friendly, adults can join as students)
I offer residential courses for students from further afield: 1,2 and 5 day sculpture workshops by arrangement
Please contact me about dates, prices catering and local accommodation
One-off is slightly more expensive that rep attending repeat sessions.Trying out a session before joining a series of workshops is at the cheaper price; only come one-off at the more expensive price.
One-off: 3 hours (£30) or whole day (7h) (£ 65), including biscuits firing; with catered lunch £75
as part of a regular course: £25 half day or £55 full day
Holiday courses: £60 for two 3 h mornings, £125 for the full week
Use of studio without tuition: £20 per day
One to one teaching: £75 for half day, £150 for full day; £30 per hour
Residential course of 2 – 5 days – please contact me to discuss your requirements
Cost of clay: to buy a £12,5KG bag either£4.00, £6.00 or £9.00 depending which kind.
to price a sculpture (clay and firing ) approximate cost is £2.50 – £4.00 for very small pieces ( cm tall); a figure or animal ( around cm) £4 – £6; a life size head around £10 – 12
Age – anyone above 8
I teach all ages above 8 years old; some groups are family friendly , encouraging children and adults to share the studio; I feel everyone could benefit in the best case scenario: children learn to be more concentrated, persevering and calmer; adults are encouraged by the confidence of children to throw themselves into new projects.
Other groups are addressed at adults only, or children/teenagers
Contact me by email or phone for details and availability; send cheque to reserve your place to Lime Tree Cottage,Garford Abingdon OX13 5PF, with date of the workshop, name (and age) of students, and telephone, email address.
Cancellation four weeks before – full reimbursement ; after that only if the place can be filled, not otherwise. Cancellation four weeks before – full reimbursement ; after that only if the place can be filled, not otherwise.
If I have to cancel due to low attendance, or illness, I will offer alternative date, or tear up/send back the cheque.
Contact me for availability; try the lessons once or twice, paying individually; if you enjoy it and want to stay, pay the remainder of the term. Pay (half) termly ahead of the start.
Delivering/collecting students – parents or friends who are driving a student, can wait in my living room, or in the summer in the courtyard, and use their lap top ect…
Cheque by post for one-off and holiday workshops (send to Liime Tree Cottage, Garford OX13 5PF); please write name , telephone, dates on the back of the cheque – many thanks!
BACS for regular classes: enquire about availability – pay – and then PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH NEWS THAT YOU PAID, AND UNDER WHAT NAME
Cancelling/non-attendence for on going classes:
If you have paid for a class as part of a termly booking, but can’t come because of unforeseen circumstances, you can attend another group , at another time/day to replace the missed session ( provided there is a space);
Give me early notice, and I will try and find a replacement from the waiting list.
Otherwise talk to me.
The address is :
Coming from Oxford on the A420, turn onto the Wantage road; I am straight past the frilford junction (with two sets of lights, and a petrol station), , staying on the A338 towards Wantage; after 2 minutes of driving, just a after a sharp bend, take the FIRST right towards Garford. In Garford, Ii am on the left side, after the village hall, then the war memorial, and then it is the third driveway on the left.
Near the village hall ( the road is wider) or in my drive way ; please be aware that there is a narrow entrance to my driveway, and you might have to wait for someone else to leave before you can; and could you park in such a way that other cars still find space
PLEASE DON’T park on the green; on (or partially on ) the road – there is much tractor traffic… PLEASE NOT on the opposite of the road. This is rather important for my neighbourly relationships – Many thanks for your consideration!!
Public Transport: the bus X30 and X31 (see attached time table ) has a stop AFTER fried junction, and before East Hanney; 20 min walk from there, or a 3 minute lift from our home can be offered
I am police checked and have a liability insurance
1. “Beatrice has taught my daughter Emily in 32 sculpture sessions, and has also taught many of her friends. . I can speak for them all in saying that they love doing sculpture with Beatrice, and are incredibly proud of what they produce.Although the sessions are 3 hours in length I am always amazed by how enrapt they are in what they are doing when I arrive to collect them,
I have been very impressed by Emily’s progressing she’s started, I know from Emily that beatrice is very good at teaching them the basic skills at the outset, and at encouraging them to develop their own ideas, and to have the confidence with their imagination and ways of expressing themselves.
She is a very kind and patient teacher who is passionate about what she dosed I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
Sophie Bell , Park House Badby Tel:01327-878821
2.”Olly (18) and I SO enjoyed our morning with you yesterday and wanted to thank you very much!
It was a wonderfully relaxed, happy environment with just the right amount of help and supervision.
Bringing your gifts and knowledge of sculpting and teaching together meant that we benefitted greatly!”
Rosemary Johnson, 21.2.15, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. “Beatrice has been inspiring and teaching my son Tom for at least seven years. Free from the restrictions of the national curriculum, she has gently guided him through early steps, a very creative and abstract period, and on to some extremely accomplished pieces of sculpture. They adorn all the surfaces of my house, and are a real solid example of his developing mind and skill. He is now using what he learns with Beatrice for his GCSE work in school, and we hope that he will continue to be influenced by her as he moves on to A level. Several lucky family members and friends treasure pieces that he has made under Beatrice’s professional expertise and guidance. He has always really enjoyed his sculpture sessions, and continues to turn his vast imagination to what he will do with the next lump of clay. With her extensive knowledge, Beatrice has always managed to provide the practical information he needs to turn his ideas into art works. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor for him.”
Michelle Koster, email@example.com
4. At our home ed group in Suffolk we organised all sorts of workshops, one of which was sculpture.Beatrice led a relaxing and enabling workshop with a group of about 20 children which managed to span all ages and abilities. She had the knack of giving non-intrusive pointers, suggestions, advice – a little tweak here and there which made the child feel as though they had come to this by themselves, An important aspect of her workshops is that she provides inspiration, a range of sources and illustrations, and without laying down a programme leaves the child to ponder and experiment with background support. However, she is also realistic and will explain what is involved in aspiring to an ambitious idea! Not afraid to point out what is going wrong and how to correct it.
We all had an inspiring time and I still have a beautiful little camel made by one of the youngsters (who has gone onto be an artist – not that it is about end goals).
She’s a natural teacher, patient and with a sense of humour. And – important, such a good sculptor.
I envy you! wish she was still in our area,”
Sarah Guthrie, cartoonist , used to run Education Otherwise Suffolk, firstname.lastname@example.org\