Art & Crafts Events

Shibori Techniques for Textile Artists

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£721

Janice Gunner teaches this course on Shibori, the Japanese word for resist dyeing of fabric. Students will work with a variety of techniques to create textured and patterned fabrics using stitch, tying, clamping, pleating and wrapping methods before dyeing with traditional blue dyes (indigo or woad) or Procion dyes to achieve other colours or over-dye effects.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Throwing Functional, Traditional and Contemporary Forms – Pottery

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£794

West Dean College tutor Alison Sandeman, who makes functional individual pieces in stoneware, porcelain and Raku, teaches students to make traditional or contemporary pottery, exploring form and function. Students will develop throwing skills, experiment with decorative techniques and learn about glazing and firing. There will also be a focus on making component parts such as handles, lids and decorative details.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



Ways of Seeing – Finding an Image through the Lens

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Saturday-Friday July 28-August 3

£739

A week of photography with Jacqui Hurst takes students into West Dean Gardens, Chichester, the seaside and Goodwood Races, where they learn to capture the essence of an event, place or person by looking and experimenting with camera settings and light.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit westdean.org.uk.



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.



Glorious Gothic

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row

Sunday-Sunday July 29-August 5

£440

This course is a celebration of the art, architecture and design of the 12th-14th centuries and incorporates encaustic tile-making, rose window geometry, cosmetic pavement patterns, gilding/illumination, Gothic canon of proportion, labyrinth design, arches and traceries. The course is run by Daniel Docherty, Lucie Galvani and Jonathan Horning.

Phone 0208 144 1089 or visit sacredartofgeometry.com.



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.



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