Nurture your artistic aspirations with our internationally acclaimed tutors.
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With an emphasis on personal development, we offer clear pathways for beginners to develop skills in different media and journey through to advanced courses.
Gain practical skills using pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastel, paint, ink, collage and found materials. Express yourself through mark making, colour, line and composition. Experiment with materials and explore new processes that will transform your practice.Study subjects from landscape, still life, portrait, life, anatomy, animals, botanical painting, abstraction, imagination, memory, narrative, perspective.Specialist courses in icon painting, Chinese brush painting and Japanese Sumi-e ink painting. Learn technical skills in print processes of woodcut, Japanese woodblock, wood engraving, lino, monoprint, etching, screenprint, letterpress, relief and drypoint. Develop your own individual style as you gain confidence with your ideas and materials.
Take inspiration from tutors and peers, South Downs stunning landscape, historical architecture, award winning gardens and library
If you would prefer a structured pathway leading to a qualification please see our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Both our art studios have excellent natural light sources and a peaceful atmosphere.
Art Studio 1
eached by a single flight of stairs or a stair-lift
Set in the College grounds
Easels, drawing boards, tables and portable equipment including microscopes are available
For all printmaking courses
The Craft Shop sells a large range of art materials
Open daily 8.00am – 2.00pm
During Summer School opening hours are extended
“Seamless organisation and wonderful art shop. The course gave me time to focus on my own artwork.”Fiona Goldman,
Drawing the Horse with tutor Kate Dicker.
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.