West Dean announces new Short Courses

A series of new short courses are planned at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation for the Autumn/Winter 2018/19 for anyone with a desire to unlock their creative potential.

There are 400 inspiring courses to choose from with everything from popular crafts such as pottery, furniture-making and painting to jewellery, gardening, drawing and photography courses. Short courses provide an enriching experience for people of all abilities, from complete beginner to accomplished practitioner, in the beautiful surroundings of the West Sussex countryside.

There are 109 brand new courses announced including Photographing Autumn berries and fruits (5th to 7th October, 2018), ‘Sowing and growing your garden’ (30th March, 2019) and ‘Growing your own fruit and vegetables – autumn’ (20th October).

A Mexican Themed Week (21st to 25th October, 2018) will be run by tutors who either live in Mexico or whose work is inspired by the country. During the week there will be a number of colourful courses including silk painting and ceramics, all set to lift your spirits and leave you feeling culturally enriched.

(above) Peter Codling – Dust to Dust – drawing short course

West Dean was founded by Edward James, the Surrealist patron and poet, to ensure his beautiful house in West Sussex would support crafts education for future generations. The Autumn/Winter Short Courses programme at the College marks the continuation of his legacy.

West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London. For further information please visit:

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