Discover a range of different techniques to record the landscape surrounding the College, aiming to open your eyes to what is around you and to find the potential in the ordinary. The first evening will include an introduction to the course, samples and examples of relevant work by the tutor. As part of each working day, short walks in the grounds will allow you to record the landscape in a variety of ways and gather materials to use back in the studio.
Working with paper, cloth, found materials and hand stitch, each day will have a different focus as you build up personal records of your experience of place. Techniques covered will include mark-making, monoprinting, botanical contact printing, natural dyes and ink-making. Each technique will be introduced with time available to explore further and develop individual personal projects, working towards more resolved pieces by the end of the course.
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 themed on Impressionism, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition held in Paris in 1874. 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.
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.
- The College will supply some materials including paper of different weights and basic drawing materials.
What students need to bring
- Basic hand sewing kit: needles, pins, scissors
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- Additional papers, drawing materials
- Sewing needles, pins and a limited range of threads
- Available from tutor:
- Some threads, monoprinting ink, drawing materials and some fabric – expect to reimburse the tutor for around £20 for these.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.