Press Release: Try tapestry weaving from home
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation launch new online Tapestry course
World renowned for its commercial Tapestry Studio and for the quality of its Short Courses, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has launched an online course Tapestry Weaving – Learn the Basics with Philip Sanderson, West Dean Tapestry Studio Leader and Tutor. This in-depth online course comes with all the materials you need to get started with tapestry weaving. Working at your own pace, you will learn how to put a warp on a simple weaving frame, use weft yarn to start weaving, blend colours and create simple shapes in your unique tapestry.
The launch offer price for the course is £120, and includes a posted craft box (currently only available to mainland UK), featuring a tapestry frame (handmade onsite at the College), a bobbin, warp yarn and coloured wool to help students start weaving with ease. You have access to approximately two hours video content, and twelve weeks online access. To see an introductory film, please visit the website.
The tapestry course is the latest in a series of new online courses at the College. Alison Baxter, Head of the School of Art at West Dean College, explains: “During lockdown and while travel has been restricted, we have seen that there is a significant desire to learn or develop creative skills at home, so we are very pleased to share these new online courses taught by our expert tutors. The newly resurgent craft of tapestry weaving has a long history with West Dean College. With minimal equipment and by following the step-by-step videos that Philip gives, you will learn the basics to give you confidence to explore this historic technique further.”
In addition to the Tapestry course, the College has also released several other online courses that are available at any time and are suitable for all abilities. These are led by expert tutors in a variety of disciplines and start from £38 - including some with optional craft boxes.
Get started with making books with Tracey Bush
Relief printing at home with Mary Dalton
Get started with watercolour painting with Christine Forbes (For Beginners)
Start drawing with John T Freeman (For Beginners)
Feedback so far on these courses, include several comments from students who have done Start drawing with John T Freeman. Sue commented: "The clarity of instruction and engaging tutor was able to provide a really meaningful workshop, that has inspired me with home practice. The online instructions and website was easy to use and allowed for good navigation” and from Carol, she said: "I loved that I could go at my own pace and revisit the separate workshops in any order whenever I needed."
For full details, please visit www.westdean.ac.uk
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