Stone Carving in Scotland with Susheila Jamieson, with accommodation at the luxury Stobo Castle health spa in the Scottish Borders
Stone carving in Scotland reaches back hundreds of years from Pictish to early Christian times. Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series will be very familiar with the magic of ancient Scottish stones. Now is your chance to get your hands on the rough stone of Scotland! On this craft holiday you will learn the basic skills of stone carving and create your own enduring masterpiece.
Starting in Edinburgh, we visit the Ancient People’s exhibit in the Museum of Scotland. Then, on our way to the beautiful Scottish Borders, we stop at Rosslyn Chapel, its stunning stone carvings made famous by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code. This Wild at Art vacation combines a most inspiring craft course with accommodation at the famous 5-star Stobo Castle hotel and spa in the Scottish Borders, where you can indulge in luxurious surroundings after days filled with creative work.
We can also arrange this experience exclusively for your group. For availability and prices please contact us.
Susheila is an award-winning sculptor and her classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay in booking your space. It is amazing to watch how quickly students pick-up skills and confidence, and as course participant Julie said ‘I feel I’m on the verge of an addiction.’
The artist and the workshop
Susheila Jamieson has a post-graduate degree in Sculpture from Edinburgh School of Art. She has travelled widely and participated in many sculpture symposia – one in Kazakhstan! Her inspiration often comes from the natural world and the sense of place that is evoked in a specific site. An exceptional tutor, she conducts workshops for small groups and public projects, and has completed numerous public commissions. Update in Wild Stories about Susheila’s stone carving masterpieces in Germany.
The workshop introduces you to stone carving using a variety of tools and techniques. Simple relief or 3D carvings will be carved in either limestone or red sandstone. We start by looking at examples of relief and 3D carving, this is then followed by introduction to tools and how to use them
The dates of workshop are the same as those for Jewelry making. This allows artists using very different media to share inspiration and challenges. It is suitable for all skill levels; materials are provided.
This course was a great delight. I have met wonderful people and we had great fun. The stone carving itself was a very interesting and creative process and Susheila Jamieson is a great instructor. [Birgit from Germany]
Location ~ Tweed Valley and the Scottish Borders
Your 3-day stone carving course takes place in the artist’s studio and garden, tucked away in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. Leaving day-to-day distractions behind, our inspiration comes from the natural world and stone sculptures in Susheila’s garden. Let your creative spirit shine!
What else to do? If you are travelling with a friend, partner or family member who wants to do their own thing, they have many nearby choices: fishing on the Tweed River, golf, walking and mountain biking, exploring castles and the literary heritage (think Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan).
Accommodation- Ten Hill Place and Stobo Castle Health Spa
Your accommodation for the first night is Ten Hill Place in Edinburgh, a modern 4-star hotel, which is set in a quiet Georgian square and yet very central – only a few minutes’ walk from the famous Royal Mile. Ten Hill Place is part of the 500-year-old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Profits from the hotel go to support surgical training world-wide.
Stobo Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside surrounded by forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Garden. In the evening you may unwind after your creative work and enjoy the luxury of the spa that boasts Scotland’s only 25m Ozone Pool, Hydrospa, Serailbad Mud Room, state-of-the-art gymnasium, outdoor, torch-lit hot tubs and 40 treatment rooms. Stobo chefs create dishes sourced from only the finest Scottish produce that are not only delicious but promote healthy eating whilst satisfying even the heartiest appetite.
Your vacation itinerary
Day 1 Sunday
Your vacation starts in Edinburgh and you arrive at 4-star Ten Hill Place Hotel in your own time. Getting into the city from the airport is quick and easy and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need. We gather in the evening for welcome champagne and dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 Monday
After breakfast we visit the nearby National Museum of Scotland, then on to Rosslyn Chapel made famous recently by Dan Brown’s DaVinci code, and famous for centuries because of its exquisite stone carvings. Have your Wild at Art sketchbooks handy at all times ~ inspiration is all around us!
We head into the Scottish Borders, surrounded by the moulded mountains that fold into fields and valleys – all very green. Lunch is at Whitmuir Organic Place where all the food and drink is freshly prepared and organic, much of it grown on their farm. Arriving late afternoon at Stobo, we settle in, then meet for our welcome reception and dinner.
Days 3, 4 & 5 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
After breakfast, we travel a short way to Susheila’s studio at Rachan to indulge in our creative work all day. We are first introduced to our tools, and work up our designs. It is thrilling to overcome one’s first reaction of simply staring at the stone and wondering where to begin! Soon you will have to be dragged away to take a coffee/tea break (stone carving IS addictive).
Lunch is on site. Late afternoon, we return to Stobo, where you can indulge in luxury surroundings. Go for a swim or sauna, or book one of the treatments on offer. After dinner, we may want to head for Scottish live music in one of the nearby towns.
Day 6 Friday
After lunch we say good-bye. You take with you a masterpiece inspired by Scotland and made by you! And you leave behind some good friends made in the process of creating art. You may wish to extend your stay in Scotland as Edinburgh festivals will be in full swing and we will be happy to assist you with suggestions.
We organise transport back to Edinburgh. If you need to catch a very early flight we can arrange early transport to the airport for an additional charge.
Inclusions and further notes
The package includes: 3 days of workshop tuition, visit to Roslyn Chapel, all workshop materials, Wild at Art A4 sketchbook, 5 nights in luxury hotel accommodation, all meals – 5 full Scottish breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinner; full use of spa facilities at Stobo, welcome champagne reception on arrival nights at Ten Hill Place, transport from Edinburgh to Stobo, transport between art course studio and hotel on workshop days, transport back to Edinburgh on departure day. For an extra charge we arrange for your masterpiece(s) to be sent to your home address.
The itinerary is based on careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication, but should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes. Flights and airport transfers are not included. Spa treatments can be booked separately in advance or on-site. Personal travel insurance is required. Please inform us if you have food allergies. Wear comfortable shoes and bring all weather clothing on course days.
For further information and please contact Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Johnston at [email protected].
We look forward to welcoming you in Scotland!