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West Dean College

Explore your study options from short courses to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees. Students at West Dean College achieve ground-breaking work in arts or craft or apply their skills to the conservation of our national and international cultural heritage.

Short Courses

Various Exploring colour

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/48ieQcj

Follow in depth exercises exploring five basic criteria for colour identit.

Cost £47

Various Mixed media - painting and drawing the landscape

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TMNXc0

This dynamic course will introduce you to a variety of materials

Cost £47

Various Introduction to sculpture; addition, reduction and transformation

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/47mkkS2

A practical introduction to sculpture.

Cost £47

Various Get started making books

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RKnXLM

Learn how to make your own books at home using the elegantly simple pamphlet bookbinding technique.

Cost £47

Various Get started with watercolour painting

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3U5IjC3

Learn how to set up, draw and paint a still life in watercolour,

Cost £47

Various Expressive life drawing

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TMNXsw

Develop your confidence in expressive drawing through a series of exercises working with a life model.

Cost £47

Various Introduction to abstraction

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3tFOFNv

Learn the principles of abstraction through a series of exercises.

Cost £47

Various Learn how to draw portraits

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TOaPrI

Develop a likeness through observational drawing of your own model.

Cost £47

Various Oil painting for beginners

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RKirJ0

A series of detailed step-by-step workshops taking you through each stage

Cost £47

Various Relief printing at home

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3tyCGkW

Learn how to create multiple surface relief prints from commonplace item

Cost £47

Various Tapestry weaving - learn the basics

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TNgLBd

An in-depth guide to get you started with tapestry weaving.

Cost £57

Various Basketry masterclass - English Square Work

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/47kC5Rv

Learn from expert basketmaker Mary Butcher as she shares her knowledge of traditional techniques in English Square Work

Cost £49

Various Feltmaking: exploring nature's palette

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RIJSCZ

Using the hues and textures of nature as inspiration

Cost £47

Various Contemporary paper folded fan making

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RJJvbq

Learn how to make 360 degree cockade fans using paper folding techniques.

Cost £47

Various Inspirational natural dyeing for textiles

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/48ieUZB

Explore the abundance of plants that yield colour to use in natural dyeing fabric.

Cost £47

Various Textile basketry - exploring twining

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/48ieW3F

Explore the basketry technique of twining through a series of workshops,

Cost £47

Various Introducing raised embroidery techniques

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/47mD3Nc

Explore traditional stumpwork techniques as the tutor demonstrates stitches and needlelace.

Cost £47

Various Hybrid relief printmaking at home

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TOaDbY

A playful approach to hybrid printmaking introducing lino cutting.

Cost £47

Contact For Details Creative Escapes Short Courses

Chichester, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 option 2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3MmUbf0

Make more of your weekend with short courses at West Dean College. If you are looking for short break which offers the chance to be creative then look no further! After busy week in the office maybe you're wanting a weekend away to escape everyday life, then paint, print, and carve.

Various Online Short Courses

Chichester, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 option 2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/410hLC4

Discover online art & craft short courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

Various Additional techniques for your basketmaking toolbox

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RJJunS

Learn additional techniques to develop your basketmaking skills from Yeoman Basket Maker Eddie Glew.

Cost £49

Various Drawing and mark-making: Finding rhythms and patterns in the landscape

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TM4kp0

Be drawn into a world of shimmering leaves, weather, wind, movement, space and atmosphere and discover your own library of mark-making.

Cost £47

Various Sculpture from the landscape using found and natural materials

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3NLCHsE

Explore the opportunities for creativity that are abundant in the natural environment.

Cost £47

Various Introduction to drawing

Online, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/48ADxkp

Learn to draw through a series of guided exercises with an experienced tutor who has taught this subject for many years.

Cost £47

Contact For Details Gardening Short Courses

Chichester, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 option 2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3MDZkj1

Gardening short courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation Discover many gardening short courses in garden photography, gardening design, looking after your glasshouse and more. Set in the heart of the South Downs countryside in West Dean Gardens, benefit from expert guided tuition, small group classes and fully-equipped spaces.

29/05/2024 Making the most of your glasshouse - advanced kitchen gardening 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/4aMvmCM

Get tips on soil preparation, pruning, propagating techniques, good varieties to grow, and how to manage pests and diseases for growing tender vegetables and fruits under glass.

Cost £151

01/06/2024 Create your own topiary 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/4aGCQr1

Enjoy a talk about the history of topiary and a practical demonstration on cutting techniques, followed by a hands-on workshop to create your own topiary to take away.

Cost £186

13/06/2024 Garden photography - the power of observation and composition 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TRt3ID

This course is designed for garden lovers who wish to gain a greater understanding of plant photography.

Cost £438

13/06/2024 Experience garden design 1 Day

London, West Dean: KLC School of Design 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/4aKsoi5

This day provides the perfect concise introduction to the world of garden design.

Cost £200

15/06/2024 Managing and maintaining a mixed herbaceous border 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3ty3FNx

Learn how to manage and maintain mixed herbaceous borders, using both traditional techniques and contemporary methods to create a soft and natural aesthetic.

Cost £151

04/07/2024 Creating a drought tolerant garden 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3RIJMeB

Learn about techniques to reduce the amount of water that your garden needs to not only survive but thrive and become a haven for insects.

Cost £153

25/08/2024 Designing your own garden 4 Days

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/4aGCQHx

Learn the basics of site evaluation and the creation of a functional layout and planting plan, which can be used to plan and plant your garden.

Cost £452

30/08/2024 Summer garden photography 3 Days

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3txbW4h

Learn about garden photography in the beautiful setting of West Dean Gardens

Cost £298

31/08/2024 An introduction to propagation 1 Day

West Dean, West Dean College 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk c-js.info/3TNXYWh

Gain confidence and knowledge to propagate and a few young plants for your garden .

Cost £166

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