Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

The Program

Learning objectives

François Gilles, an experienced sculptor and ornamentalist, leads the wood ornamentation training. As a recipient of the Best Apprentice in France award, a graduate of the École Boulle, and a Ph.D. in art history, he works on both historical and contemporary construction sites.

By the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:

  • Basic woodworking techniques, including an introduction to tool operation and maintenance
  • Participation in a collective experience to envision future applications
  • References related to wood ornamentation
  • Implementation of collective reflections and their presentation in different contexts

Content of the program

Dive into the captivating world of ornamentation during this week-long training, especially designed for enthusiasts of creation and elegance.

Under the enlightened guidance of François Gilles, a recognized sculptor and ornamentalist, this unique experience will unveil the secrets of wood ornamentation.

Throughout this immersive week, participants will be guided through practical techniques and essential processes of this artisanal craft.

They will have the opportunity to create their own wooden ornaments, exploring patterns, shapes, and details that enrich the world of ornamentation.

Working closely with François Gilles, the trainees will learn to translate their creativity into tangible pieces of ornamentation.


with François Gilles

François GILLES is a wood sculptor and art historian. A graduate of the Boulle school, best apprentice in France in sculpture, former Normalien student (ENS Cachan), associate professor in arts and doctoral student in art history, he is a design teacher at the Olivier de Serres school ( Paris 15th) and works for contemporary decoration and heritage in his workshop located in Yonne. His historical research focuses on the great sculpted decorations of the Ancien Régime and tries to draw the portrait of the actors who created these decorations in the 17th and 18th centuries, but also of those who destroyed, saved, or collected them in the 19th and 20th. centuries. As a result of this versatility, he regularly works with museum institutions, and in particular for the Palace of Versailles, where he restored, with his colleague Charles Boulnois, the decor of the Dauphin's grand cabinet (1747).


  • Workshops equipped with professional machines, classroom, multipurpose room
  • Supply of materials
  • Individual and collective work
  • Workshop work
  • Introduction to the operation of tools, introduction to their maintenance and safe use
  • Technical, theoretical content and professional approach to the know-how taught
  • Active participation and experimentation of participants is favored

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Individual and group interviews
  • Design file to be produced (framework provided)
  • Acquisition of basic carpentry techniques
  • Self-assessment at the end of training in the form of a collective feedback
  • Payroll per half day
  • Certificate of completion issued by Campus MaNa

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
The training is open to all adults, regardless of age, diploma
July 15 > 19, 2024
5 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus MaNa
Group size:
Language(s) :

Professional price: 1580 euros excluding tax
Prerequisites cover letter

Price: student: 750 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price: DAE alumni and MANA campus alumni 1000 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price(s) including the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Soon available

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil, Le Croisil, 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility

Access period :

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