Life Sculpture at Casa Rosa, Andalucia

Sunday 6th – Sunday 13th October, 2019

Casa Rosa, set in the mountains of Andalucia

Casa Rosa, set in the mountains of Andalucia

Full board and tuition, £1550 per person, including your own private room and en suite bathroom.

When the autumn landscapes of inland Andalucia are at their warm, and inviting best, Casa Rosa Arts are offering a week of sculpture tuition and accommodation in the luxurious surroundings of Casa Rosa Estate ( for an all inclusive fee of £1,550.

Melanie Legge, a practising sculptor and teacher, will teach the group in the studio at beautiful Casa Rosa. Welcoming you to her family’s lovely Spanish home, Mary-Rose Tatham and the catering company will provide fresh, healthy and delicious food to tempt you at every turn.

Trevor Beeson, former Dean of Winchester Cathedral. By Melanie Legge. This was selected by the Society of Portrait Sculptors for their exhibition, FACE2016 and is here exhibited at Romsey Abbey.

Trevor Beeson, former Dean of Winchester Cathedral. By Melanie Legge. This was selected by the Society of Portrait Sculptors for their exhibition, FACE2016 and is here exhibited at Romsey Abbey.

Ranulph Fiennes, by Melanie Legge.

Ranulph Fiennes, by Melanie Legge.

Melanie Legge, Tutor

Melanie has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for 10 years. She teaches human portraiture and other forms of sculpture to a group of loyal followers. Her portraits and other works feature in collections both in the UK and overseas.
Melanie studied in Paris and then in Denmark under the acclaimed sculptor Jeanette Bronsted. She has taught in Vienna and Copenhagen. 
Her portraiture exhibits a natural realism and objectivity, capturing the spirit of her subject in straightforward style. Melanie’s sculpture of Trevor Beeson, former Dean of Winchester Cathedral, displays the power and honesty representative of her work.

Her latest work, of the polar explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be unveiled at FACE2019, the Society of Portrait Sculptors next annual exhibition.  Later in the year it will again be shown at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society on the 40th anniversary of the Transglobe Expedition in September.

In addition to her skills as sculptor of the human form, she makes enchanting and unusual pots in the finest translucent porcelain.  These works are regularly on show at Hampshire’s Josie Eastwood Gallery, at the British Art Portfolio as well as various artistic outlets in London. 


What to expect on the course

The course is suitable for all sculptors, regardless of ability.  
Using clay specially selected by your tutor, you will sculpt a head from a live model.  You will learn new skills, and refresh dormant ones. 
Using the Casa Rosa Studio, Melanie will take each student through their own personal journey, irrespective of experience. Introducing the course, Melanie will teach the basics of clay choices, armatures and tools. As the shape of your piece is constructed, head shape, the skull and its planes and hollows will be discussed. Techniques for constructing the finer features - nose, ears, eyes and mouth - will be demonstrated and texture, tooling and finishes will be studied. The processes of life modelling, taking measurements and photographs will be outlined. We hope to include some discussion of casting, colours of bronze, resin, firing, glazing and patina. By the end of the last day, you will have an unfired sculpture which will be beyond what you ever thought you could achieve and which should leave you feeling gratified and even elated. You can either leave your piece in Spain, having taken photographs and notes to record the experience at Casa Rosa, and or you can wrap it carefully for transport back to the UK for a small additional cost.
The group will not exceed 12 sculptors. Partners may accompany sculptors and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa and all its facilities.

Locally Sourced Food & Wine


Casa Rosa’s orchards produce the olives, almonds, honey, pomegranates, citrus fruit and olive oil used in our catering. And in the evenings, you will be tempted with cocktails made from Casa Rosa fruit. 

This year we have the added temptation of Rad.ish doing our catering. Rad.ish is the health and eco-conscious catering business of Jessica Tatham, a Ballymaloe trained chef and regular visitor to Casa Rosa. Have a look at her website for a visual feast. Having completed chef training, Jessica has gone on to develop her own health and well-being based catering business. Her approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour in the studio. She will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements but please give good warning before you arrive.
The week will have a relaxed house party feel. Meals are a relaxed social event, eaten together with the team. Excellent Spanish wines will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks.  

Sculpting at Casa Rosa

Sculpting at Casa Rosa

The Details

The Artist’s Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30am.  
10.00-1.00pm - Sculptors will gather for 3 hours' tuition, interrupted briefly by coffee, and followed by a delicious and healthy lunch.
3.00-5.30pm - Tuition will resume for a further 2 and a half hours.  After this session, there will be time for relaxation, until everyone gathers for drinks and supper at 7.30.
There will be opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.

The Boring Bits
£1,550 includes tuition, full board with own room, en suite. 
There is no single supplement.
However, if two sculptors book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1,150. 
A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.
Early bird bookers: book before 1 June 2019 and you will qualify for a £75 reduction per booking.
Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price as long as you book our suggested flights. If you come out at a different time the taxi will be at your own expense.  We are happy to assist you with booking.
Any transport necessary as part of the course will be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available. Local village shops are within walking distance. 
If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport and no restrictions on parking at Casa Rosa.

What Do I Need To Bring With Me
We supply: clay, a stand and armature materials as well as the facilities of the fully equipped studio.
You will need to bring your personal sculpting tools. If you don’t have any, we can recommend a suitable starter kit. On booking, we can discuss any extra requirements you may have. 
For a modest fee, a courier is available to bring your work back to the UK. 
Booking Terms and Conditions
Places on the course are limited so allocation will be made on a first come, first served basis.  Casa Rosa Arts reserves the right to cancel. In the event of cancellation by Casa Rosa Arts, a full course refund will be given or you will be advised of an alternative Casa Rosa Arts course at another date. In the event of cancellation by the student prior to full fee payment, we will try to fill your place and if successful we will refund your deposit. If we are unable to fill your place the deposit will be non-refundable.  The full fee is due four weeks before the course starts.  If you cancel within that period and we are unable to fill your place, then the full amount is non-refundable.
We require you to have travel insurance including medical cover.
For booking, course availability or if you want to discuss the trip please contact:
Rosie Tatham on or M: 07940 833025

Or Melanie Legge on or M: 07917 757966. T: 01794 367893