Lettering in Stone

15 Jul 2019 – 19 Jul 2019

Regular hours

09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

5 days - £435 (incl. tuition, tools, goggles and materials)
10% early bird discount until 14 March 2019

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City & Guilds of London Art School

London, United Kingdom


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  • Kennington station(Northern Line)
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Come prepared for an intensive and sometimes strenuous letter carving experience, which truly tests your attention to detail! Each day is divided between drawing letter forms and building your chisel and hammer skills, as you work on a panel of hand carved letters.


The ancient art of carving letters and symbols into stone is as old as writing itself and today this enduring art form continues to have many uses in both historic and contemporary contexts. At City & Guilds of London Art School, we do all our lettering by hand and the skills we teach can be applied to a variety of materials. This course offers an intensive week of tuition to introduce you to or improve your drawn and carved lettering in stone.

Understanding the construction of letters is an essential part of learning how to carve them successfully in stone. We spend the mornings drawing sans serif and serif letters based on Roman forms and then transfer these letters to stone in the afternoon for carving. Moving between the drawing and carving helps build your skills in tandem, clarifying how each process complements the other. Our experienced tutor will explain and demonstrate all the processes involved in carving letters and keep a close eye on your progress at every stage.

By the end of the week, you should have a finished panel of letters carved in stone and take away the skills you need to continue drawing and carving your own work.

This very special opportunity to spend a week learning the essentials of this historic art form at our unique institution only comes along once a year. Grasp it while you can!

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Led by expert tutor and letter carver Tom Young

Super! Great space, great pace, great course.’ Ying Tong Tan

‘A great introduction with just the right level of intensity!’ Gareth Lindsay

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