West Dean College of Arts and Conservation have introduced more than 400 Spring/Summer 2019 Short Courses including more than 100 new courses, with 30 new tutors. Many will appeal to garden lovers, ranging from painterly approach to garden design with gardener and florist Rachel Siegfried (April 23 and September 10), to making the modern garden with Andy Sturgeon (September 6), and a Garden design masterclass with garden designer and TV presenter James Alexander-Sinclair (March 16).
Course trends for 2019 see a strong emphasis on the environment with willow basket making for garden produce (July 1-4) with contemporary basket maker Mary Butcher through to pebble mosaics – a creative garden feature with Sue Rew (September 2-5).
West Dean is known for its award-winning garden and landscape, so there is no surprise that there are courses relating to photography and painting outdoors as well as those inspired by the surrounding flora; whether it be through painting, flower arranging or textiles. Courses include connecting landscape to practice – for artists, writers and makers with Katie Sollohub (April 29- May 1), Botanical photography with Kevin Dutton (August 30-September 1) and Botanical Books with textile artist Alice Fox (June 27-30).
Alison Baxter, Head of School of Arts, commented: “Whether you are inspired to try something new this season or want to transform your practice learning new techniques and exploring new ideas, the courses at West Dean offer a huge variety of choice.
“With courses ranging from experimental printmaking to weaving willow baskets, the College offers the opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary arts and crafts in fully-equipped professional studios. For some, a short course can set them on the pathway to further study such as the part-time Foundation degree, Diploma in Art and Contemporary Craft, or even an MFA – it is never too late to explore a new career or develop a life-long ambition and these courses are a wonderful starting point.”
West Dean College is situated in the beautiful surroundings of the West Sussex countryside and there is the opportunity to stay in historic West Dean House, home to the College. Edward James, the Surrealist patron and poet, founded the College, ensuring his beautiful house and estate would support crafts education for future generations.
The courses are open to everybody (over the age of 16 years) from the complete beginner to seasoned practitioner. Prices start from £83 upwards.
As part of the College’s commitment to provide access to education in the creative arts they offer bursaries to people who cannot afford to study on a short course. Bursaries come from their own funds and the support of generous donations from a number of trusts and individuals. They also offer 50% bursaries to art teachers and lecturers at schools, FE and HE institutions.
For full details of each course and to browse the latest digital brochure, please visit: www.westdean.ac.uk