Lettering in Stone

3 Jul 2023 – 7 Jul 2023

Regular hours

Mon, 03 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Tue, 04 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Wed, 05 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Thu, 06 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Fri, 07 Jul
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£520 (Early bird fee until 3 Jan 2023)
£560 (full fee)

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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


‘I felt like I gained enough knowledge to be able to practice at home… the pace was just enough to be able to push yourself to improve.’  Hannah

Tom was a superb tutor. Prodigiously skilful, ever patient and remarkably concise.’  Sam

Find out about our BA (Hons) Historic Carving and PgDip/MA Carving

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