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Course tuition is by Helen Mary Skelton (letter cutting),  Paulien Gluckman (sculpture) and Jo Sweeting(sculpture).

Courses are held in the studio of the late John Skelton FRSA, MBE, sculptor and letter cutter, beneath the South Downs in beautiful rural Sussex near the south coast of England.

The sculpture course includes the techniques of direct carving in stone, considerations of form, nature of materials and use and care of tools. Individual tuition takes place throughout the course. The lettercutting course is based upon the simple application of Roman letterforms. The processes from design through to finishing techniques are included.

Individual tuition takes  place throughout the course.

To book any of the courses below contact Helen Mary Skelton Tel 01273 842363 Or complete the attached booking form: booking formv2
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Stone Sculpture and Lettercutting 2017 course dates

(payable half termly)

Thursday Afternoons 

2:00 – 5:00pm

10 weeks starting 12th January  £250

10 weeks starting 20th April  £250

10 weeks starting 21st September  £250

Thursday Evenings

7:00 – 9:00pm

5 weeks starting 23rd February  £85

10 weeks starting 20th April  £170

10 weeks starting 21st September  £170

Friday Mornings 

10:00am – 1:00pm

10 weeks starting 13th January £250

10 weeks starting 21st April  £250

10 weeks starting 21st September  £250

Saturday Mornings

10:00am -1:00pm

10 weeks starting 14th January  £250

10 weeks starting 22nd April  £250

10 weeks starting 23rd September  £250

Weekend Courses

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

April 1st and 2nd  £130

September 16th and 17th  £130

With Helen Mary Skelton and Paulien Gluckman

Three Day Course

10:00am – 5:00pm

July: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th  £180

Five Day Course

10:00am – 5:00pm

July: Monday 17th – Friday 21st  £285

Materials For Sculpture:

Please bring any drawings, maquettes, idea or sketches, sketch book and pencils (hard and soft). Hat, goggles and cotton gloves are useful too. Please wear stout shoes.

Materials For Lettercutting:

Sketch books, pencils (hard and soft), ruler and rubber. Also bring your ideas! Please wear stout shoes.


Stone is sold by the kilo and ranges in price from £3-5.50 per kilo. Softer stone such as Bath and Serpentine are used for sculpture and suitable limestones or slate for lettercutting.

Basic tools are provided but please bring your own if you have them.


There are several pubs within a three mile radius all serving meals or bring a packed lunch.

Accommodation is available in nearby guest houses.

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