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West Dean College announces more than 30 one-day courses for August and September

More than 30 one-day courses will take place at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, near Chichester, during August and September for those who are yearning creativity, escapism or to perhaps learn a new skill in a day.


Many of the courses, which have just been released online, are suitable for all levels and include painting and drawing; gardening; metalsmithing; ceramics; learning your family history; millinery flowers; sculpture; letterpress; woodworking; fan-making and basketry. Prices start at £128.


New courses during August include: an Introduction to linocut with Mary Dalton (Thursday, August 6/ beginners/ £144), while Anne Tomlin is focussing on Millinery flowers, a quintessential English silk rose (Thursday, August 6/ suitable for all/ £138) and a week later: Metalsmithing with Cara Wassenberg, which offers the chance to forge a three-dimensional textured panel (Thursday, August 13/ Intermediate/ £149). Later in August; Chris Gilvan-Cartwright will be focussing on Large scale expressive figurative painting (Thursday, August 20/ Intermediate/advanced/ £174); Annie Guilfoyle will be giving tips on Creating a planting plan (Saturday, August 22/ Suitable for all/ £128) and Deborah Petch is giving an Introduction to ink (Saturday, August 22/ Beginners/ £144).


September sees an impressive range of courses, with the new including Tom Boulton’s Letterpress – poster printing (Thursday, September 10/ Beginners/ £148); Annabel Tilley will be teaching Paper cut-outs – colour, line and form (Saturday, September 19/ suitable for all/ £140); while Helen Turner will be offering Painting with mixed media (Thursday, September 24/ Intermediate/advanced/ £136) and Caroline Allington will be giving An introduction to fan making (Saturday, September 26/ Beginners/ £158).


As Alison Baxter, head of school of art at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, commented: “We are very pleased to be releasing new one day short courses as the College looks forward to welcoming students back into the workshops and studios We’ve got a brilliant line up of tutors from across the UK, and there’s a lot of interest in learning new skills at the moment.”


To ensure a safe and welcoming campus, the college has put in place measures operating on a principle of the same as, or better than, national guidelines. This includes social distancing, self-opening doors, less students in workshops, and extensive cleaning and sanitising protocols to protect students and staff.


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