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West Dean College of Arts and Conservation Announce Over 400 Creative Courses for 2020

By Emily Peagram 07 Feb 2020

A new programme of over 400 creative short courses have been launched at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex for 2020. Including over 90 new courses and 27 summer schools, activities range from one day to week-long courses that are suitable for all abilities.

Crafters will have the opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing talents under the guidance of expert tutors in fully equipped workshops and studios. Facilities include a forge, a fine-metals workshop, spacious art studios, a sculpture courtyard and a stone carving workshop. To top it off, the historic house and award-winning gardens promise to provide an inspiring setting, with onsite accommodation also available.

New tutors and courses for 2020 include designer craftsman Adbollah Nafisi who will be leading the course Make a Wooden Steam Bent Lamp on June 19th, and silversmith designer Bryony Knox who will be running An Introduction to Chasing and Repousse in Copper from May 4th-7th. Both will feature on The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts that will air on BBC2. Several of the courses focus on sustainable processes such as Bronwen Gwillim’s Plastic-Smithing – Creating Jewellery with Waste Plastics from June 5th-7th, while others incorporate locally sourced materials or don’t use chemicals. Sarah Burns and Nawal Gebreel will both use eco-friendly printing processes with textiles in Hand Block-printing with Natural Dyes, May 18th-21st and Eco-Printing with Plants and Flowers on Paper and Silk from May 27th-29th.

In July and August summer schools offer week-long creative retreats with special swap-over sessions, evening talks by tutors, end of week exhibitions and access to yoga classes, an onsite swimming pool and tennis courts. They have been named by The Guardian as “one of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe”, and visitors can choose from 27 courses including Comprehensive Oil Painting with John T Freeman and Stone Carving – Inspired by the Landscape with Paula Haughney.

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