With more awareness of the impact of our surroundings and the environment on our mood and mental health, among the new courses is Sacred geometry – new patterns with Tom Bree which offers the chance to discover the symmetries in drawing between sacred art, the natural world and wider cosmos (January 14-16/ Beginners & Intermediate/ £281). Creative exploration – making the ordinary extraordinary with Sue Lawty is a fun making day of creative exploration examining and manipulating found or waste materials with the eventual aim of creating a two-dimensional fabric (February 28/ suitable for all/ £143), while Eco-friendly contemporary painting with Melanie Rose allows students to learn how to make and use natural materials including chalk gesso, egg tempera and oak gall ink, and translate drawings and photographs created on location at West Dean into final artworks (February 20-24/ intermediate to advanced/ £516). Nature Journal – a springboard for creativity and textiles with Zoe Burt connects participants with nature as you explore a range of techniques using seasonally foraged and dried materials to make inks, brushes, cyanotypes and natural dyes (February 18-20/ suitable for all/ £280), and Writing poetry – new beginnings with Robyn Bolam enables students to learn how to create memorable poems inspired by West Dean, its surroundings, your own experiences, and the works of some of our most effective writers (March 18-20/ suitable for all/ £260).
Looking to closer to home in the garden, new gardening courses include Setting up a micro-nursery with Sally Gregson which offers advice on propagating your own specialised collection of plants (March 19/ suitable for all/ £128). Another way to enhance the garden is with sculptures, and Organically inspired sheet metal sculpture with Cara Wassenberg is an excellent opportunity to create an eye-catching small sculpture for your home or garden by exploring some of the many ways of forming and joining sheet metal (March 14-17/ suitable for all/ £447).
Creativity inspired by the flora and fauna of the garden, new courses include Botanical drawing in coloured pencil – flowering shrubs and bulbs with Susan Christopher-Coulson, which encourages students to observe and draw flowering shrubs and bulbs from the exciting and exquisite time of bud burst and beyond (March 17-20/ beginners & intermediates/ £382), while Woodcarving for beginners with Alex Jones enables students to learn basic techniques and processes of woodcarving (March 11-13/ beginners/ £273).
In preparation for the joyful return of the wedding-season, there are a variety of courses that could help create a truly individual wedding. Calligraphy – illuminated letters and monograms with Cathy Stables offers the opportunity to learn the processes involved in gilding and painting an illuminated letter to produce your own interpretation and design a monogram (February 11-13/ beginners to intermediate/ £267), while thinking about the all important hat, Millinery silk flowers – making spring flowers with Anne Tomlin teaches students how to make beautiful silk spring flowers including narcissi, anemones and snowdrops (March 21- 24/ suitable for all/ £391). And a gift, perhaps Pewter salad servers with Ella McIntosh offers a chance to handcraft a set of pewter salad servers and learn a range of traditional pewtersmithing skills (February 28 – March 2/ beginners to intermediate/ £318).
With international travel still somewhat of a question for 2022, for those wanting a travel fix without the hassle, several courses are inspired by Japanese techniques. Fine felt making – nuno shawls and furoshiki: wrapping cloths with Liz Clay will create beautiful, versatile nuno felt fabric for fashion or domestic use. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths used to wrap and/or transport goods (January 14-17/ suitable for all/ £401), and Furniture making skills – a Japanese toolbox with Derek Jones teaches the key principles for building a traditional Japanese style tool box of simplicity, necessity and ingenuity (February 17-20/ suitable for all/ £503).
Among the wide range of textile courses is Exploring material quality in woven tapestry with Sue Lawty which will help you become more discerning and precise in how you employ materials in woven tapestry (February 24-27/ intermediate to advanced/ £406), while Drawing with fibre in felt with Heather Belcher explores a variety of methods to make drawn marks in felt using wool and other fibres, which begins with a fun mark-making exercises and develop a personal colour palette to generate ideas for one-off felt artworks (March 20-22/ beginners to intermediate/ £280) and Stories in stitch with Jessie Chorley allows you to create your own stitched and patched story (March 28-31/ suitable for all/ £396).
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, and extensive cleaning and sanitising protocols to protect students and staff. For more details on Social Distancing and COVID-19 measures, please visit https://www.westdean.org.uk/coronavirus
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