Stone Carving with Simon KeeleyAfter a sensational two weeks this year, totally full to bursting with clients, Simon is returning in 2017 for two courses on the 26th July and on the 2nd August. Another week of superb tuition and stone carving guaranteed. In 2017 this course will feature, along with the wine tasting tour, a visit to Orvieto or Assisi and everything else that Arte Umbria offers!
Simon Keeley is a Stone Carver who is continuing his family traditional link to stone carving, which was inspired by Lincoln Cathedral. His first training was as a Stone Mason at York college and later working as a Stone Mason for Bowman and Sons in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
He went on to train as a Stone Carver at the London City and Guilds Art School, dealing predominantly with historical/ornamental carving. His deep passion is to carve stone, a vocation that he has chosen; he feels it is linked to a spiritual path, which is gradually revealing the way.
Simon is happy tutoring total beginners and experienced artists, working in stone. Please look at our Facebook page Arte Umbria and see the wonderful videos of student work and Simon's tutoring. The lovely guest doing the hare had never EVER carved before and now she's addicted.
Photo below of an Owl is a work created by a student here at Arte Umbria, who had NEVER attempted stone carving before!
His 7 night week from 27 July 2016 will include 6 days of tutoring beginning with clay work to establish and study the finished carved work, then how to transfer this work onto the the stone. He then teaches carving techniques and inspires you onward. At the end of the week each student will have a finished carving to around 25 x 25 x 20 sq cm - all their own work. IMPORTANT! Your finished work will be transported back to England for collection a couple of months after the course, or if from further afield it can be arranged to have them shipped. All materials and tools are supplied! This really in an incredible opportunity to study with a fabulous stone carver in the centre of Italy where it all began during the Renaissance!
The week, as always, will feature everything Arte Umbria has to offer. Good food, wine and camaraderie with a house party atmosphere in the evenings.
Simon is the most inspirational of tutors. Motivating and able to impart his knowledge and skill to total beginners so each guest is able to produce outstanding work and learn the art of stone carving.
From one of his students
"I met Simon Keeley quite by chance a couple of years ago and started his classes as a complete novice. I'm already getting invitations to exhibit my work and just last week I got my first commission. He is a very accomplished teacher and knows just how to lead students into composing their first work in a way that avoids anything technically difficult. He also knows how to introduce new challenges that help you grow as a stonecarver at a pace that keeps every class fresh and exciting whatever your level of experience. Just as importantly, Simon's great fun and I always go home from the class feeling as if I've been laughing all day." Nick
He regularly takes on commissions and also produces free flowing sculptural carving for ecclesiastical, gallery, garden, public art spaces and private individuals.
His most prestigious commissions being carving the Corbel Angel for Westminster Abbey and carving the missing head from 'Canova’s ‘Three Graces’. A great honour and involved working with the V & A Museum.
His range of skills as a stone carver involves an extensive knowledge of stone, drawing nature, ornament and the human figure.
Creating scale models of any of the afore-mentioned in clay or wax, making moulds, then casting in plaster or bronze. Photography is essential, archive and history of art is frequently researched for each project.
Simon ran some incredible popular workshops at The Tate during the summer of 2015.
Please have a look at his website www.simonkeeley.co.uk to find out more about him.
Craft & Design Selected Award 2011 – Specialist Media
Simon was invited to Hatfield House Art & Design Event from 5th-8th May last year where he exhibited the best of his commissioned work and Simon was awarded a GOLD AWARD on behalf of Craft & Design Magazine.