Art & Crafts Events

Woven Tapestry – Overlay with Colour, Tone, and Black and White

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£744

If you have a passion for mixing yarn to create subtle and beautiful surfaces, this course is for you. Pat Taylor, who is Director of West Dean’s Tapestry Studio, teaches how  to overlay, which allows the weaver to ‘paint’ with yarn, creating nuanced mark-making with visual intensity.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Sharpening & Tuning Hand Tools

Bankside Farm, Ditching Common, Burgess Hill

Saturday July 28 (two days), 8.30am-6pm

£250

The purpose of this course, run by John Lloyd, is to emerge with a set of tuned/sharp tools that will allow you to make furniture to a very high standard. It’s aimed at woodworkers with some experience who want to learn how to tune or fettle a basic woodworking toolkit and how to sharpen blades to razor sharp using grinder and bench stones.

Phone 01444 or visit johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk.




Coastal Landscape Painting

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£709

Oil colour painter George Popesco teaches student show to make painting studies outdoors, with a chance to paint the landscape and Chichester Harbour coastline through direct observation. Students learn how to manage the changing elements of light, shadow and colour.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Dynamic Drawing with Mixed Media

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£714

Painting and drawing teacher Helen Turner enables students to increase confidence and directness in their drawing as she extends their knowledge and experience of drawing materials, techniques and approaches. Students can experiment with different media and drawing tools, such as brushes, sticks, handles and sponges.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Making Automata and Moving Toys

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£754

Former science teacher and member of the British Toymakers Guild Robert Race guides students through the design and creation of making moving toys and automata. Students start with a basic moving toy, exploring materials such as wood, string, plastic and driftwood, and then can develop their own ideas before seeing one of their designs through to completion.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Sculpting in Metals

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£791

Mike Savage, who trained at the Royal College of Art and whose large-scale metal sculptures are commissioned by architects and exhibited nationally, teaches students how to make a three-dimensional object in metal and learn the skills required. Student begin with research sketches, and move on to choosing the appropriate metal, such as copper, steel or aluminium, and learning metalworking techniques, and colouring and finishing.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Stone Carving – Fantastic Fish and Shiny Shells

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£709

Sculptor, stone-carver, maker and teacher Paula Haughney shows students how to take inspiration from under the sea to carve fish and molluscs in the coral reef colours of limestones, soapstones and alabasters. They can create a marine sculpture through direct carving.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




The Surface Within – Contemporary Hand Felting Techniques

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£719

Liz Clay, a practitioner and researcher of hand-made felt, takes students through a range of contemporary hand-felting techniques to produce dynamic effects within the surface of fabric. Layers, pattern and resists are combined with nuno felt, stencils, laminating and cutwork, and students will create distinctive patters and designs for use in interior projects or decorative elements in garment construction.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Unfolding Landscapes – Cloth, Paper and Stitch

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£719

Students at this summer school can take inspiration from material and place, explore the use of layers in found textiles and papers to create folding forms and objects inspired by the land and landscape. Tutor Cas Holmes, who studied Japanese art, textiles and papermaking in Japan, guides students through techniques such as print, dye, collage and stitch.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




Ways with Clay – Experimental Animal Sculpting

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday August 4-10

£799

Students experiment with different hand-building pottery techniques to make a series of animal sculptures. Methods include pinch, slab and dowel, and students will make both free-standing pieces and relief panels, on the last day learning how to Raku fire their work. The course is taught by Susan Halls, who teaches and makes sculpture in the USA.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.




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