Art & Crafts Events

Handmade@Sussexprairies Fair

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 11am-5pm

The fair showcases an attractive, affordable and quality selection of work by local artists and makers. Refreshments, teas and cakes will be available.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.



Photography Workshop – Going Digital: Creative Landscapes

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Sunday July 15, 10.30am-4pm

Tickets £75. Booking essential

During this workshop, learn to improve creative landscape compositions, capture the rose display in Borde Hill’s formal Italian Gardens, and practice larger landscape compositions at the lakes and in the woods. Learn to blur water to add creative blur to your images – bring ND filters if you have them and a tripod.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.



Vanessa Bell Floristry Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday July 17, 10am

Tickets £110-£120

The workshop is run by Carlsson & Co, an East London-based floral design studio, and immerses participants in flowers, inspired by the still life paintings of the artist Vanessa Bell. The day begins with a tour of Charleston House and Garden, the home of Vanessa Bell, which became a meeting place for the artistic Bloomsbury Group, looking in detail at her still life works. Students will then create a large scale vase arrangement using home grown flowers by Carlsson & Co and seasonal flowers, learning how to combine flower shapes and colours to create form and flow. The day continues with a walk along the Old Coach Road to forage a few stems for the arrangement. The tour of the house and garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees and all tools and materials are included in the cost. Suitable for all levels. Picture: Carlsson & Co.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.



Collage for the Soul with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Wednesday July 18, 10am-2pm

£55 including materials

Collage can be used as a form of self expression to explore hopes and dreams and create visual memoirs. In this workshop, participants will use mixed media to create a collage, ready to be framed, which will develop from a personal theme. Participants will use fragments of textures and magazine rips to spontaneously layer images and symbols to create narrative. Words, poetry and affirmations can also be used to explore and record relationships and illustrate stories. Participants will be inspired by varied contemporary artists and will explore a rich variety of themes. Techniques used including phototransfer and recycle old pieces of gelliprints and collage materials. Pieces can be constructed to be slightly 3D and framed in a box frame.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.



Phototransfer on Gelliprint with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Friday July 20, 10am-2pm

£55 including materials and a mount for display

Experience the joys of Gelliprinting to produce layered, patterned and textured backgrounds. These numerous prints, which are made using layers of acrylic paints, will explore the harmonious and vibrant colours of the garden. Participants will be introduced to techniques of transferring photographic images onto the Gelliprints to create aesthetic compositions, sensitive colour combinations and beautiful pieces. Images of the flora and fauna around the prairie garden will be used.
Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.



Comprehensive Drawing Course

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£756

Art tutor John T Freeman takes this course, in which participants develop methods that suit their creative outlook and drawing style. Subjects include life, portrait, landscape, still life and interior.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Dancing with Jewellery – Working with Unusual Materials

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£725

Robert Ebendorf  leads this summer school, where students create original pieces of jewellery as they solve the problems of working with unusual materials. Students fashion a necklace or charm bracelet with traditional materials such as silver, copper, tin and wire and then add alternatives such as found objects and recycled materials.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Exploring Sculptural Themes – Figures, Landscape, Abstract

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£799

Jon Edgar, a West Dean College tutor who has recently created bespoke short sculpture courses for the degree course at UCA, Canterbury, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, UEA, teaches students to work with a variety of materials such as clay, wire, wax and wood to explore sculptural themes and forms. Inspiration comes from West Dean’s surrounding landscape, music or your own emotions.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Painting – Immersive Colour and Place

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£712

Frances Hatch, who has an MA in printmaking, teaches how to draw and paint, with colour mixing as the focus. Participants will learn how to reflect the subtle hues in contrasting environments in and around the college through skilled and economical colour mixing.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Printmaking With Lino

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£759

Enjoy the experimental approach to lino by tutor Dale Devereux Barker, who studied printmaking at Slade School of Fine Art. He teaches the technical skills and control to explore the medium’s potential and covers reduction lino, making multicoloured prints, using caustic soda on lino and printing without a press.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



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