Course tuition by Helen Mary Skelton, Paulien Gluckman (sculpture and letter cutting) and Jo Sweeting (sculpture and lettercutting).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 finishsing techniques are inlcuded.Individual tuition takes place throughout the course.To book any of the courses below Contact Helen Mary Skelton Tel 01273 842363. 


Stone Sculpture and Lettercutting 2020 course dates

Saturday Mornings – £276

10am -1pm
10 weeks starting January 11

10 weeks starting April 18

10 weeks starting September 26

Thursday Afternoons – £276


10 weeks starting January 9

10 weeks starting April 16

10 weeks starting September 24

Thursday Evenings £186

5 weeks starting January 9

10 weeks starting April 16

10 weeks starting September 24

Friday Mornings – £276

10 weeks starting January 10

10 weeks starting April 17

10 weeks starting September 25

Weekend Course £140

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
April 4 – 5 With Helen Mary Skelton and Paulien Gluckman

Three Day Course £202

Not on this year.

5 Day Course £340

Monday 6 – 10 July
with Helen Mary Skelton and Paulien Gluckman.

Wood Carving Course – £140

Will confirm dates later.

Materials for lettercutting:

sketch books, pencils (hard and soft), ruler and rubber, stout shoes. Also bring your ideas


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.


is available in nearby guest houses. Click here for link to

Course fees:

include all tuition and morning and afternoon drinks with light refreshment.

Fees are payable by cash, cheque or card, (there is a booking fee for card payment).