Advanced Wood Carving – The Three ages of the Acanthus Leaf

In this special class, the tutor Simon Clements will introduce the students to that exceptional design element – the acanthus leaf.  Seen on many pieces of decoration through out the ancient Greece, to the renaissance, through to modern pieces of furniture, learning to carve this design element is important to all carvers.  In this course, students will select one of two versions of the acanthus leaf to carve either a gothic or classical Greek.  Most students will then have time to complete the carving of the second piece. There will also be presentations and discussions on the differences between the different styles of the Acanthus leaf as it evolved through history and how important it was to design.