West Dean College and Gardens

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West Dean College is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts. It has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public. A unique place to study, visit or stay, it is a centre of excellence, creativity and tranquillity. Underpinning it all is the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James, connecting today's students and visitors with a rich hertiage of arts, craft and creative possibility.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Festivals

Opening hours

West Dean College - all year round
West Dean Gardens:
22 December to 31 January - closed
1 - 29 February - 10.30am to 4.00pm
1 March to 31 October - 10.30am to 5.00pm
1 November to 21 December - 10.30am to 4.00pm

Admission charges

Various. Please refer to details of individual events and courses

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Short Course - West Dean College

Make Create Discover - Short Courses at West Dean College 2016

  • 10 April — 30 September 2016 *on now

West Dean College offers an inspirational choice of Short Courses with expert tutors in Art, Craft, Gardening, Music, Textiles, Photography, Wood, Metalwork and Ceramics. West Dean College, a specialist centre for education and training in conservation and in the creative arts, was once owned by Edward James, patron of Surrealists Dali and Magritte. You can book accommodation in the characterful period West Dean House, set in 6,400 acres of countryside in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The College offers you a retreat location with stunning views and the tranquil West Dean Gardens which you can explore during your stay. There is a 300 foot long Edwardian pergola, the Victorian Glasshouses, and St Roche's Arboretum and its 50 acres with hidden glades and impressive views.

For full details of course, tutors and prices visit www.westdean.org.uk/study

First-time bookers received 10% discount (by telephone only).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Prices vary according to the course. Taster Courses start from £114, weekend courses from £242. See website for full details.

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study

Photo screenprinting

  • 21 — 25 August 2016 *on now

Explore the possibilities of the photo-stencil. Learn how to coat, expose and recycle photo screens and to make positives by hand to achieve a range of graphic effects. Use Photoshop to create computer-generated positives and colour separations, enabling you to include photographic imagery in your work.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£476.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/4d6342-photo-screenprinting

Etching workshop

  • 18 — 22 September 2016

Discover traditional etching methods and experience a variety of techniques, including aquatint and soft ground, as you work on projects such as a portrait, landscape or an architectural subject. The art-historical context of this subtle and expressive printmaking medium will be revealed in lectures and demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£467.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/4d6397-etching-workshop

Experimental drawing with monoprint

  • 2 — 7 October 2016

Make observations both in the landscape and studio and explore mark-making through the medium of monoprinting. Learn to engage with your subject and translate the qualities using monoprinting techniques, from the manipulation of ink on the plate to sophisticated printing methods using a press.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£571.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/5d6487-experimental-drawing-with-monoprint

Monoprint – a taster day

  • 8 October 2016

An introduction to the exciting and expressive qualities of monoprint. Learn techniques of mark-making, inking and printing with a press.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£123.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/1d6497-monoprint-a-taster-day

Wood engraving

  • 12 — 23 October 2016

Explore the potential of this small scale black and white art form for detail, atmosphere and dramatic graphic impact. From idea to complete print, develop a design, transfer it onto an endgrain wood block, engrave and then print it.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£225.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/we6520-wood-engraving

Woodcut prints – exploring the process

  • 14 — 16 October 2016

Experiment with this ancient art form as you explore woodcut printing techniques using the wood itself as a starting point. Use a variety of woods and papers, experiment with cutting techniques and print with presses or by hand.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£245.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/we6505-woodcut-prints-exploring-the-process

Letterpress and relief printmaking

  • 16 — 21 October 2016

Discover how to combine image and text elegantly using traditional skills. Learn how to set metal type, mix ink, and print with a press and by hand, alongside relief printmaking methods to produce images and textures.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£572.00

Website

http://www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/5d6514-letterpress-and-relief-printmaking

West Dean College and Gardens
West Dean
Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ
England

Website

www.westdean.org.uk

E-mail

bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk

Telephone

Bookings office

01243 811300

Fax

01243 811343

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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