London Sculpture Workshop art classes in London
London Sculpture Workshop art classes in London

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London Sculpture Workshop

84 reviews
84 reviews

London Sculpture Workshop is an independent sculpture studio in Woolwich, South East London, located within Thames Side Studios, offering exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making three-dimensional work.

Our short course programme covers a wide variety of technical and skill-based processes, taught by practicing artists in superbly equipped workshops. We teach a range of skills including welding, casting, mould making, metal and wood work, ceramics and hot metal practices.

London Sculpture Workshop is a not-for-profit, community interested company, established in 2012 by artists Giles Corby and Jessica Mello, trained at RCA and Slade. LSW has partnered with a number of prestigious organisations including; The British museum, The Crafts Council, CRISIS, The Architecture Association and Oxford Brooke's University. In 2013 and 2014 LSW was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust ‘Artist Run Space Award’ and awarded a grant for our work from the Mayor of London in 2016.

We offer Day, Evening and Weekend courses - ranging from a 3 hour Introduction to Welding to a 6 day Bronze Casting Course, available to book throughout the year.

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Rachael
11 Jun
Brilliant experience! Fab tutor, great venue. Full review here: http://flipsidenavigator.com/look-mum-im-grinding-and-welding/
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Beth
21 Sep
I gave the class to my partner as a birthday gift and he absolutely loved it. As a keen craftsman, he was so excited to try out welding and was not disappointed. The tutor leading the class was so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft, and he came home with three things he had welded! 10/10
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Jane
13 Jan
Excellent course. A surprising amount covered in three hours. Entirely hands on combined with very good technical information. Great facilities. No improvements to suggest, highly recommended!
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Frost
31 Jan
This was an excellent introduction to welding. Lots of hands on, practical time to get to grips with it all. Would highly recommend anyone interested in trying out welding to give it a go!

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Rachael
11 Jun
Brilliant experience! Fab tutor, great venue. Full review here: http://flipsidenavigator.com/look-mum-im-grinding-and-welding/
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Beth
21 Sep
I gave the class to my partner as a birthday gift and he absolutely loved it. As a keen craftsman, he was so excited to try out welding and was not disappointed. The tutor leading the class was so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft, and he came home with three things he had welded! 10/10
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Jane
13 Jan
Excellent course. A surprising amount covered in three hours. Entirely hands on combined with very good technical information. Great facilities. No improvements to suggest, highly recommended!
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Frost
31 Jan
This was an excellent introduction to welding. Lots of hands on, practical time to get to grips with it all. Would highly recommend anyone interested in trying out welding to give it a go!
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Hugo
10 Mar
Really good. Andrew went over all types of welding. He gave us a brief safety instruction and how best to use the certain types of welders/techniques. He then let us get on with it. We had lots of scrap metal to practice on and there were lots of welders, so no one was waiting in line. I feel that I can make something now. Thanks!
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Wendy
10 Mar
Professional friendly inclusive educational workshop even for a complete novice. I even got a slow motion vid clip of me taken while using a mic welding . Andrew was attentive and left us to practise when we got the hang of it and he let me take some photos of his machinery . Would recommend for non-artists like myself.
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Margarida
30 Aug
It was a great class! Lots of fun - some confusion, as the instructor at one point said that the class was in fact 'basics of welding' and not intro for artists... Still, worth the visit.
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Helen
30 Aug
Excellent - fun and informative. Can't wait to try another class at London Sculpture Workshop!
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Hazel
16 Apr
Perfect introduction. Relaxed atmosphere and small class size made this a really good way to acquaint myself with welding. Great tutor, I loved every minute of this class.
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Julie
8 Jan
Robert is a patient and helpful tutor. Course covered waste mould s and plaster piece moulds. Small group made it very enjoyable
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Wendy
19 Mar
I enjoyed the course and there were plenty of positives, including: - An abundance of Jesmonite to 'play' with - The tutor had a good range of knowledge/experience with the product and it's ancilliaries - The cafe as the nearby rock climbing facility was excellent - An enviable workshop with loads of equipment and resources - I had a go at alginate modelling which wasn't on the 'curriculum' - The jump right in and do as you please mentality was great for me but maybe not for others? However, the negatives were: - No joining instructions so I didn't have a clue what to do or where to go when I got to the sculpture building. Not even a telephone number. So I stood around trying to figure out what to do until I could get to where I needed to be - by accident - No H&S briefing. At all. Frightening really! - I could and should have brought more moulds. There needs to be more emphasis on this in the course particulars. Although you are able to use the equipment to cut and shape steel, this didn't really appeal to me - Maybe some handouts wouldn't go a miss - A blackboard/whiteboard to write pertinent information on. Especially the tutor's name which I couldn't remember in the class and can't remember now - The surrounding area is quite rough and I felt quite vulnerable on my own so be aware of this in the winter when the nights are darker quicker - Some recommendations of local hotels and restaurants would be good for those who are not local
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Yambe
24 Mar
The tutor Lauren was very clear and covered a lot of information in two days. I learned a lot and am confident enough to continue working with Jesmonite on my own!
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Jimmy
5 Mar
I had a fantastic time, the course was briliant, Andrew was a great teacher, there were just 4 of us doing the course so felt really looked after. I learnt so much , and came away feeling confident to use all the tools i already have, which i realised i had been using wrong all these years lol. The course was perfect, in that it did not try to teach hundreds of things in the 2 days, but instead focused on basics, the use of tools, the importance and skills needed in measuring etc - and to top it off i came aware with a chair i built - and it looks great if i do say it myself.... i give the class 100%
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Shelly
21 May
Andrew was the best! So knowledgeable and helpful! I didn’t think it would’ve been possible to learn all that I did in such a short space of time and couldn’t believe how well my chair turned out! This course has wet my appetite for woodworking and can’t wait to look at doing some projects at home!
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Nick
6 Sep
This was my first proper experience in woodworking and I really enjoyed it. The course is well organised and is very focused on practical work, which is exactly what I was looking for. Andrew is a very good and experienced teacher, who is helpful with any advice or guidance you need.
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Simon
15 Dec
genuinely the most fun I've had in ages! Silvina was everything you would want from a teacher she spent a great deal of time with us both collectively as a group and helping us individually. Silvina had a fun and relaxed approach to the course which set the tone for how the group interacted with each other making the course all the more enjoyable. its only a short course so its impossible to learn everything about welding but i felt that we all walked away with a new skill set and the confidence to develop it further independently. the facilities are great, the location is amazing, parking is free, the food is good. i was thoroughly impressed and I couldn't speak more highly of it.
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Max
7 Dec
Incredible course - perfect way to spend the weekend learning about sculpture, welding and metal fabrication. Thanks so much I will be recommending this course to everyone I know :)
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hannah
6 Apr
I loved this course. Perfect for a complete beginner (me) or professional artist (everyone else on the course). Was a relaxed and playful space with great teacher and views of the river. Have come away with new skill and 6 castings.
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Emilie
11 Jun
The London Sculpture Workshop is a gem of a place I totally recommend! I loved its atmosphere so much I attended all of the short courses they offer. Inspiring tutors – all practising artists, a great variety of classes - from metal work to bronze casting or wood furniture design, in super well equipped workshops. There I met students with very different profiles and objectives, from practising artists willing to upgrade their skill-set or experiment with new processes & materials, to absolute beginners wanting to just “do things with their hands”. They also offer a open access scheme to a versatile metal and wood workshop where you can develop your own creative projects in your own rhythm, once you feel confident to go autonomous. Truly brilliant place!
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Rosina
28 Nov
I really enjoyed the 2 day Casting Plaster and Concrete course, and feel that I learnt a lot in a short time. We made moulds from a variety of materials including sheet metal, clay and wood, and cast-off textured materials (i.e. bubble wrap). There was the opportunity to try a range of materials including plaster, fibrous cement, concrete, and fast-setting concrete. The tutor was knowledgeable, encouraging and inspirational. She took the time to understand my interests, and also made suggestions for experiments to try. The workshop facilities were excellent – but most importantly I feel able to continue working and exploring the material at home.
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Stuart
28 Jan
This course was more about having access to the workshop, and materials rather than structured learning. You are much more likely to get something from this if you have a clear vision or objective as to what you want to achieve. Teachers were pleasant, helpful and knowledgable and provided loose instruction however I left thinking that I could probably have gained the same level of understanding from a few YouTube videos and from buying some concrete mix and reading the packet. Whilst metal-working was interesting to produce the molds I will find this difficult to replicate at home and would likely resort to more simple materials (e.g. cardboard) to achieve similar ends. Unfortunately, the finished items that I produced are not beautiful nor useful and I didn't really love anything that anyone else on the course produced either. For me it would have been better if the course had more structure for example: if printed course materials were provided; if a latex molds were produced early in day 1 and then re-used with the different concrete materials and that mold were of something that one could make use of (e.g. a plant-pot or pencil holder etc.) if you didn't have an artistic end-game in mind. At least then we would have something useful to show for our efforts and something to remember the different techniques and materials. In summary, the course was a welcome break from the norm but could have been a bit better. It's best suited to artists wanting workshop time and access to materials than a structured learning experience for bored professionals wanting to try something a bit different.
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Adam
29 Apr
Good - lots of information and learnt a lot, but there was quite a bit to do and there were probably a few too many people on the course - there was quite a bit of waiting around .
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Lesley-Anne
28 Aug
Super fantastic!!
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Richard Garlick
6 Nov
I've done four courses at the LSW - all brilliant - friendly tutors who make the best use of the time to get the techniques learnt and at least one piece of sculpture to take home . The silicone mould making course was in the usual mould of the others I have done - wax, casting in concrete and plaster, pewter casting and bronze casting - tools and materials provided - some materials you have to pay for, enough working space with an absorbing view on the River Thames and all tools provided, pleasant banter and useful background information about the techniques used and where you could learn more.
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Megan
11 Dec
Really loved the course and learnt a lot in a fairly short space of time. It was a small enough group that we all got good individual attention. I wish we'd had more time at the end to experiment with casting into the moulds, but the teaching was great. Only thing was that we could have used more rolling pins as the first part of the process was quite slow as we were all sharing materials - perhaps this would have left more time at the end to cast into the moulds.
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eleanor
29 Mar
Great course, learnt a lot Thanks
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Emilie
6 Jun
The London Sculpture Workshop is a gem of a place I totally recommend! I loved its atmosphere so much I attended all of the short courses they offer. Inspiring tutors – all practising artists, a great variety of classes - from metal work to bronze casting or wood furniture design, in super well equipped workshops. There I met students with very different profiles and objectives, from practising artists willing to upgrade their skill-set or experiment with new processes & materials, to absolute beginners wanting to just “do things with their hands”. They also offer a open access scheme to a versatile metal and wood workshop where you can develop your own creative projects in your own rhythm, once you feel confident to go autonomous. Truly brilliant place! Emilie
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Jay
11 Oct
This. Was. INCREDIBLE! I was a complete beginner but there were a range of experience levels & they catered for us all. I learnt so many techniques, processes & how to use a range of tools. Everything was hands-on & the teachers put so much energy & expertise into supporting us. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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Arthur Lo
13 Oct
Giles, my instructor for the bronze casting course, was brilliant. The atmosphere in the studio was great, and I found the class very enjoyable. Giles is also beyond knowledgeable, being a professional artist himself he has a very good eye and is instinctive about the execution of a design. I would highly recommend this course.
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Gillian
2 Nov
I thoroughly enjoyed the bronze casting course. Giles worked extremely hard on all of our behalfs to ensure that we ended up with pieces to be proud of. I have a renewed appreciation for the medium and the time and effort involved in producing bronze artefacts. I will look to attend a further course in the future.
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Martin
22 Nov
Follow up up class from ceramics.great fun. Glazing the pottery we had done,my plates look ace now. Thanks lsw!
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Shope
17 Oct
Amazing! Alex was a great teacher, and I learnt a lot over the weekend
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Martin
9 Oct
My girlfriend and I, both complete beginners, really enjoyed the course! I feel like we really learned a lot over the two days. The teachers Alex and Lauren were wonderful and very attentive to everyone. And the course set up was great, small group, you learn all basic techniques and how to use different tools etc. and then work on your project, assisted by the teachers. Highly recommended.
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sarah
18 Jun
This was an excellent course, the teacher is calm, easy to understand and very encouraging. The workshop is clean, well organised and safe with all the equipment you could need.The course starts out with instruction and quickly moves on to your own experiementation under his watchful eye.
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Claire
13 Nov
Great class for a total beginner to welding, good balance between tutorial and letting us do out own thing: plenty of safety and background but also just enough time to play with the materials and make a couple of things to take home. Thank you!
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Ruth
13 Jan
An excellent introduction with a good tutor and gave a useful overview of welding methods. Looking forward to doing the full metal fabrication days.
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Anonymous
12 Feb
Very warm and welcoming for a complete beginner. Only downside was five people sharing a welder meant not as much hands on practice as I would have liked.
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Mark
16 Feb
Really enjoyed the course. Lauren was a very good trainer and explained everything clearly and carefully, was happy to answer questions, and go off piste when necessary. Thanks again.
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Rosina
17 Feb
I had a really great afternoon - and learnt so much in a short time. The session covered Mig, Tigg, Arc and Spot welding, grinding and finishing. A great springboard for planning future ideas and projects.
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Paul
24 Apr
Excellent. Perfect balance of theory and hands-on with the emphasis on hands-on. Great tutor who was there when required but not looking over your shoulder all the time. Everyone left with a small creation. Thank you.
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Dave
9 May
Although I do not consider myself to be an artist, I did want to have an expert-led introduction to welding for the purposes of general repairs and new-fixture building, including for a canal boat. The course delivered that very well with excellent theoretical and hands-on aspects. Welding is a practical activity and the course balanced that well with basic theory. I enjoyed the course and felt that it was very good value for money. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone wishing to get a positive and practical start to welding, how to do it, how to fix basic issues, how to choose a welder for your needs and (not least) how to be safe.
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Will
17 May
Lauren was clear, instructive, serious when she had to be (health and safety issues) and good fun in her teaching method. I really didn't want to leave. I don't know why I left it so long to do one of your courses. Already trawling through the courses to find the next one. Many thanks, Will
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Aali
6 Nov
I did the 2 days welding course to understand metal and it’s properties. I had an ambitious goal to design a spiral staircase at my flat. The course exceeded all my expectations. Andrew was patient, knowledgeable and very methodical with his teaching. He helped me master the basics in measurements and welding skills. I was so proud that I was able to make a side table (albeit slightly wobbly;) in two days. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of working with metals to learn from Andrew.
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Claire
6 Nov
Really enjoyed the day, super keen to get some cheap welding stuff and play at home now too :-D
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Ame
8 Nov
I booked the class as a present for my partner who was realyl delighted with the hands on nature of the class and how much he learnt. ,
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Stuart Mackay
12 Nov
Friendly, helpful and fun - for me (male). Less so my girlfriend, who found it quite daunting - but the tutor eventually helped her out with an alternative approach, so she came away satisfied. Its a very basic intro so don't arrive with too much ambition!
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A
19 Feb
Good, and I now know understand several techniques for welding or otherwise joining metal together, including several I didn't know existed. The balance of time spent explaining various tools (including power settings on various types of welders) vs the hands-on experience was perhaps just a little too far towards the explaining for my personal learning style. If it wasn't just a 3-hour class this would be ok, and even potentially interesting, but I would say it went just too far beyond what we would need to know for that session, at the expense of hands-on time. I did come away with two practical household items made from scraps - a trivet and an over-the-door coat hook. Neither are lookers (hey, first attempt at MIG welding!) but the engineering is sound and both are now in use at home. Also, perhaps this is sightly nitpicky, but I had real trouble finding a set of coveralls that fit - they were either absolutely tiny (several sizes too small) or literally falling off my body to the point that it was dangerous - even with rolled sleeves & legs I was tripping over the material. I'm a size 12 & 5'4", not exactly unusual! Several other students were broadly similarly sized, so maybe they just got there first, but another few pairs of 'medium' coveralls would help. On balance, a solid 4 stars, and I'm really glad to have found a facility like this in London - odds are very good that I'll be back at some point to create, craft or repair something in metal. The site is fairly remote though only about a 5 min walk from a bus stop with a bunch of buses from Woolrich / North Greenwich, and never felt unsafe, even at night in the dark winter evening. Do note that Citymapper and other mapping providers may show the wrong entry location to the Thames Side Studios, which caused me and others a bit of lost time finding the place! Once you get the right entrance, the directions provided via Obby are fine.
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Erkin
7 Apr
Friendly and very informative class will be returning.
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Gabriel
9 Apr
It was good, got to use some machinery, learn about the various welds, different joints. Informative and fun, good bunch of class mates too.
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bernie
13 Apr
Very friendly and informative
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Elaine
13 Apr
What a great course! Learnt so much in just 3 hours. Andrew explained things really well and was on hand all afternoon to help and guide us. Will be doing more courses with him! Really loved it and wasn’t as scared as I thought I’d be being a complete newbie to welding!
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Rachael
22 Aug
Brilliant experience! Fab tutor, great venue. Full review here: http://flipsidenavigator.com/look-mum-im-grinding-and-welding/
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Alice
14 Apr
Amazing teachers and support in understanding the process of the plaster cast and mound making. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Great facilities! Thank you
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Trevor
21 Aug
It was an interesting course with lots of ideas on how to use wax of different types. It was almost to full on for only 2 days. Would recommend it for anyone interested in sculptural techniques no matter how experienced you are.
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Antonietta
22 Mar
Tutor was very good; most questions were met efficiently. Would have liked more time casting, less time sculpting (wax)
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Dacia
22 Jan
Good course before t not received information email from instructor as promised.
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Keziah
11 Jun
Really good course, learnt a lot and enjoyed exploring with the different mediums. Tutor Lauren was great, really knowledgeable and could ask her anything. Be prepared to make your own moulds and have an idea of what you want to make before you go. Only slight comment is that there was a lacking of basic things like paper towels, other than that, really good workshop.
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Judith Glynn
6 Nov
Excellent introductionI would have liked more time for construction (rather than casting)It would have been helpful to encourage people to bring moulds with them. And to provide paper towels.
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Rod
13 Nov
Potentially a good course slightly let down by the Tutors lack of knowledge. He was a stand in as the programmed tutor was unavailable;able at the last minute. He tried hard but was unable to answer a number of queries of mine about casting vessels in Jesmonite. He also recommended an approach that failed - on the other hand we were being experimental so that was not all bad. I'm glad i went.
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Rita
12 Jan
I left the course feeling confident that I can continue to use Jesmonite independently as well as apply it in a wide range of different ways in my practice. Instructor was knowledgable, helpful and informative. We had a series of demonstrations that we could then go away and try out on our own ideas. I came away with a range of exciting and dynamic objects.
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julie
13 Jan
It’s was amazing, teaching was individual and well paced font of information. Group size was just right. I learnt so much and loads of material to use. I highly recommend sculpture work shop courses.
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Megan
13 Jan
Really informative and fun course with plenty of time to experiment with different techniques.
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John
20 Mar
Good teaching. Generous with the materials. Helpful staff. Only negative comments are: There must be a reason that 5/10 students turned up believing that we would be making our moulds from which to cast something in jesmonite. It was certainly not clear that the only mould making was constructing basic metal forms. There were no handouts. We all took notes but the tutor said that hand outs would be sent to us by email ; none have arrived yet. They would have been useful during the course. I know that the jesmonite info sheets give all the technical stuff but even just a list of suppliers and details of accessories such as the silicon spray and the spray on wax release agent would have been useful. But all in all a very worthwhile course.
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Rosina
21 Mar
A really enjoyable workshop covering many topics (colouring, using lookalike stone, metal fillers, and quadrelax glass), I felt that I learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired. The tutor was very knowledgeable, and able to suggest ideas to help me develop my work.
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Ben
1 May
This was very interesting & enjoyable. All the attendees came away with intriguing artifacts & had a good trial with the techniques & skills involved. No one had done any welding & all got to grips with it. Also a friendly diverse bunch of people & Silvina was an excellent guide. Many thanks.
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Joe
9 Mar
Great course led by a brilliant tutor, highly recommended
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Marcello
10 Mar
Great experience. I really enjoed it. I would reccomend it
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Melanie
10 Apr
Great course, really interesting background and very well taught skills, very happy with the result.
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Amanda
15 Dec
This was not a well led course. I chose it specifically because it was a stainless steel welding and finishing course and yet absolutely no information was offered about what differentiates it from any other welding course. Not tips, no tricks, no pointers or guidelines about cleaning the metal, what filer rod to use or help with what heat settings would be best to use. We were given use of the welding workshop and left to get on with it. I specifically wanted to practice tig welding but there was only one machine between five students so time was very limited on that machine. If I needed advice or help with using a machine or tool I had to go in search of the teacher who was ‘welded ‘ to her phone screen. I felt she was marking time until we left. I came away with very little information I didn’t already know and was very dissatisfied with the whole experience. I gained nether theoretical not practical benefit.
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Hannah
20 Mar
Definitely worth doing! A great opportunity to learn the technique of welding and practising it whilst creating something. The quality of tuition and support is fantastic.
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Laura
20 Apr
Great!
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Cheryl
6 Nov
I really enjoyed the welding workshop in the end, at first it was a little scary but our teacher Silvina was very welcoming & reassuring with her style of teaching to make you feel more confident.
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Jessica Horwill
6 Nov
It was a very informative and interesting starter class. The venue was clean and accessible (though the entrance was slightly out of the way) and the teacher was really focused on and gave you good individual advice. I really enjoyed it.
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lucie
22 Mar
Really enjoyed it, really playful and creative course
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Nigel
11 Mar
Excellent introduction to working with metal - good supply of metal to experiment with and good equipment. Have since joined the London Sculpture Workshop so that I can use the Open-Access facilities.
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Joanna
12 Mar
Excellent combination of instruction and time to work on individual projects. Fantastic equipment. Learned a lot
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Cristiana
26 Feb
Great course! Andrew is a very knowledgeable teacher and made the day fun and enjoyable. The pace was just right, and I personally got a lot out of the day. Andrew gave us some very useful expert tips and explained the right way to use each tool as well as the pros and cons of each and different assembly techniques. I received a lot of encouragement as I practiced using each tool and technique. We finished the day with a lovely tool tote which will be a great reminder of the fantastic day I had. I cannot wait to put what I learned into practice. Thank you once again and see you on another course soon. Cris
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Zoe
26 Feb
Really great workshop, packed full of tips and tricks. As a total beginner I gained a lot of confidence and went home with a finished wooden tool tote that I never would have even attempted on my own! I’m really excited to get the tools out now. My advice would be wear lots of warm layers as it’s quite cold in the workshop! Thanks for a really great workshop.
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Helen
7 Aug
The course was really well planned and suited me and the other participants on the course. We had all had limited wood working experience and a project in mind. Andrew, the tutor, was engaging, funny and quietly encouraging. The workshop itself had the space and equipment that we needed and was in a really quiet location. I left the course with the confidence I was looking for to go off and get started on my own! Thank you Andrew and thank you London Sculpture Workshop!
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Charmaine
11 Mar
The tutor gave a very thorough introduction to ceramics, she was very knowledgeable and supportive. She pitched the class at the right level, catering for people who were complete beginners as well as those who had some experience. I left the course feeling very inspired. I would highly recommend.
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Louise
9 Mar
It was very challenging and exciting The tutors did their best to help us achieve as much as possible in the time available
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Louise Rahman
6 Nov
The course covered a very complex process in a thorough way over a very short time span, allowing everyone to achieve a finished product. The tutors were knowledgeable and encouraging and the venue well equipped and attractively situated by the Thames although quite a long trek from central London
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Brett
19 Mar
A great course, a great tutor. Thoroughly recommended.
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Lisa
15 Jan
I had a brilliant day and learned loads from Andy who was a fantastic tutor. He was extremely patient with us, as we got to grips with different types of metal, new tools and metalworking machines. It was also really good to get the opportunity to complete a project in just one day. I was really proud of my new toolbox! Highly recommend this to anyone looking for an introduction to metal work.

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