Looking for inspiration for this year's summer holiday? Creative learning breaks are a great way to combine relaxation with a feeling of achievement and make an unusual alternative to the traditional beach break. Perfect for those wanting to holiday without children, or on their own, a week on a West Dean Summer School in Visual Art and Craft will enable you to relax with like-minded people whilst immersing yourself in a favourite subject or learning a new skill. There are plenty of courses for all levels from complete beginners to advanced practitioners.
Nestling in the South Downs National Park near Chichester, West Dean College, with its large country house style, offers a creative educational environment and an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
All West Dean courses are taught by practising professionals, many of whom are world renowned in their field. The workshops and facilities at West Dean are second to none and the stunning house itself and delicious home cooked food will add to your experience.
One of the highlights of a Summer School week is the chance to take advantage of all the extra programmed activities including short, illustrated talks by tutors on their work, a programmed swap-over session to another course of your choice, an afternoon of organised visits to local art venues, a programmed yoga session, an optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre and a special party dinner on the last evening.
Non residential fees start at £602 for the week which includes all lunches and dinners. (All courses start on Saturday morning and end the following Friday afternoon). Accommodation for the 6 day summer school is available from £240 which includes breakfast. If you are new to West Dean you will be entitled to 10% off the course fees (telephone bookings only). Partners who are not attending courses are welcome to stay at the College, sharing your room on a resident only basis, priced at £70 per night full board.
Choose a course from one of three weeks, these are small sample of courses available. Please see West Dean Summer School programme for the full list.
Week 1: July 21 – 27
Printmaking with lino with Dale Devereux Barker, £628
Subtraction – Erasure – Conjecture with Michael Brennand-Wood, £633 NEW
The emotion of stitch – exploring hand embroidery with James Hunting, £638
Week 2: July 28 – 3 August
Abstract dyed and sewn fabric collage with Jo Budd, £614 NEW
An exploration of tapestry weaving with Caron Penney, £602
Week 3: August 4 – 10
Exploring relief printmaking with Jane Stobart, £623
Creative Photoshop – pattern for surface decoration with Alison Milner, £659 NEW
Textile translations – nuno felt with stitch and mixed media with Liz Clay, £602
SPECIAL OFFER! Save 5% on all courses booked online. If you are new to West Dean you are entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of course fees (telephone bookings only).
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