An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history. Permeating various religious faiths and cultures, the Green Man has survived countless transformations and cultural diversities, enduring in the same relative physical form to this day – frequently depicted as a man’s face appearing out of the wild of forest trappings. His face is always encompassed by leaves, vines, and flowers, seeming to be literally born from the natural world – a symbol of growth and rebirth, the eternal seasonal cycle of the coming of spring and the life of Man.
This five day carving course is for those who have some carving experience or who are already comfortable using hand tools.
Students will develop their skill in using the gouge and working partially in the round. In addition extra tuition will be provided in sharpening, and using Arbortech tools. The Green Man project is a good way to learn about the human face in a non-intimidating way where faces are caricatures rather than portraits.
Patterns/templates will be provided, but there is plenty of scope for students to develop their own ideas and is less prescriptive than a beginners class.
8th – 12th July 2019
17th – 21st August 2020
Tutor: Geoff Korver
$975 including materials
Students will learn how to develop their carving skills whilst creating their own interpretation of the Green Man.
Master classes are frequently available to assist students to move from project–based courses to their own design and make, or to learn a new complex technique or process from one of our visiting tutors.
Michael Fortune – Master Classes February 2020
– details to follow soon.