Looking for inspiration for this year’s summer holiday?Posted 29 February | Crafts, Member News Tags: West Dean College, West Sussex
Creative learning breaks are a great way to combine relaxation with a feeling of achievement and make an unusual alternative to the traditional beach break. Perfect for those wanting to holiday without children, or on their own, a week on a West Dean Summer School in Visual Art and Craft will enable you to relax with like-minded people whilst immersing yourself in a favourite subject or learning a new skill. There are plenty of courses for all levels from complete beginners to advanced practitioners.
Nestling in the South Downs National Park near Chichester, West Dean College, with its large country house style, offers a creative educational environment and an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
All West Dean courses are taught by practicing professionals, many of whom are world renowned in their field. The workshops and facilities at West Dean are second to none and the stunning house itself and delicious home cooked food will add to your experience.
One of the highlights of a Summer School week is the chance to take advantage of all the extra programmed activities including short, illustrated talks by tutors on their work, a programmed swap-over session to another course of your choice, an afternoon of organised visits to local art venues, a programmed yoga session, an optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre and a special party dinner on the last evening.
Choose a course from one of three weeks:
Week 1: July 21 – 27
Printmaking with lino with Dale Devereux Barker
Subtraction – Erasure – Conjecture with Michael Brennand-Wood
Dancing with jewellery – working with unusual materials with Robert Ebendorf
Stained glass unbound: using kiln-formed glass for panels with Alex Robinson
Painting the human figure – clothed/unclothed with John Freeman
The emotion of stitch – exploring hand embroidery with James Hunting
Abstract values in landscape painting with John Meaker
Exploration in stone – stone carving with Paula Haughney
Garden sculpture in metals with Mike Savage
Week 2: July 28 – 3 August
Abstract dyed and sewn fabric collage with Jo Budd
Willow basketmaking – functional baskets for the twenty-first century with Mary Butcher
Enamel miscellany – combining traditional and contemporary techniques with Joan Mackarell
Make dazzling glass beads with Barbara Mason
Exploring porcelain – form and surface with Jack Doherty
Drawing with watercolours with Christine Forbes
An exploration of tapestry weaving with Caron Penney
Painting in the landscape with unconventional and orthodox materials with Frances Hatch
Photographing people and places with Jacqui Hurst
Week 3: August 4 – 10
Making automata and moving toys with Robert Race
Exploring relief printmaking with Jane Stobart
Designing and making mosaics with Emma Biggs
Exploring metal – sculptural for silversmiths and jewelers with Abigail Brown
Creative Photosh0p – pattern for surface decoration with Alison Milner
Human to Abstract: Painting feeling and experience with Matthew Collings
Textile translations – nuno felt with stitch and mixed media with Liz Clay
Painting as poetry with Emily Ball
Developing ideas and techniques in blacksmithing with Peter Parkinson
Save 5% on all courses booked online.
If you are new to West Dean you are entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of course fees (telephone bookings only).