This course aims to provide you with new skills, including an introduction to gilding. You will learn about developing patterns from things around you; borrowing as appropriate, to realise your own unique design. This can be something you have researched before, something associated with your family or simply a design you like. You will then spend time cleaning and burnishing a found part of a tree, learning certain aspects of woodworking, and how found objects can be utilised in artworks. Once your ‘tree’ is ready you will transfer your design using pencil. You will then begin the process of gilding with gold leaf, realising your design onto your sculpture. You will learn the delicate skill of applying gold leaf to a surface, and finally the appropriate ways of sealing the gold leaf to your sculpture.
At the conclusion of the course, you will have made a unique sculptural work, learnt new techniques such as pattern making, imagery appropriation and gilding, which can be applied to other things you make, or wish to decorate.
Summer School highlights:
The Summer School week is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• A short creative experience session in another discipline/media or course
• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)
• An optional lunchtime tour of West Dean Gardens, the historic rooms at West Dean College, or West Dean Tapestry Studio
• A celebration dinner on the last evening, with a surrealist theme inspired by Salvador Dalí, who was one of West Dean founder, Edward James’ friends and collaborators. (Feel free to respond to the theme if you wish.)
• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios
As evening events are planned as part of the Summer School week, dinner is included in the course fee to enable all students, including non-residents, to participate fully. A detailed timetable will be given to all students on arrival.
(Please note that plans may be subject to change depending on GOV.UK guidance at the time.)
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva trained at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art. She works with natural materials from caul fat to gold leaf. She teaches regularly and exhibits internationally including the Vatican Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015 and representing Macedonia, Venice Biennale, 2013.