West Dean attracts art students from around the world and across this country. Complete beginners and those artists wishing to develop their practice will find a range of exciting courses in this section.
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Tutors use the West Dean environment to offer courses concentrating on a particular technique or media. There are subject-based courses and others that take an expressive approach aimed at developing students' individual style.
Topics include botanical painting, illustration, abstraction, drawing, life drawing, landscape painting, portraiture, icon painting, chinese brush painting, still-life, caricature and cartooning.
Media include acrylics and inks, mixed-media, collage, oils, watercolours, pastels, pencil and charcoal. Within the area or Printmaking, techniques covered include woodcut/block prints, etching, linocutting, wood engraving, collagraph and screenprinting.
Tutors include (click on their names for more information) Christopher Baker, Emily Ball, Tom Benjamin, Mark Cazalet, Merlyn Chesterman, Dale Devereux Barker,Trudy Redfern, John T Freeman, Frances Hatch, Sandrine Maugy, Maxine Relton, Jane Stobart, Adele Wagstaff, Felicity Gill, Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright, Trudy Redfern, Heather Gray-Newton, Jayne Sandys-Renton and Sarah Holliday.
Studios and equipment
Courses take place either in Art Studio 1, reached by a single flight of stairs or a stair-lift, or in the Orangery which is set in the College grounds. Both have excellent natural light sources and a peaceful atmosphere. Easels, drawing boards, tables and portable equipment including microscopes are available. Printmaking courses requiring access to presses take place in the ground-floor Main Workshop. Our shop sells a large range of art materials.
How to find us
West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.