FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
•VISUAL ARTS • CRAFTS • CREATIVE WRITING • PHOTOGRAPHY • MUSIC • GARDENING
Saturday 2 July 2005 from 10am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm
West Dean College will, for the first time, be throwing open the doors of its workshops so that visitors can be inspired by the array of short art and craft courses that take place at the College.
On Saturday 2 July between 10am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm, tutors in subjects from jewellery to digital photography will be demonstrating techniques and showing what can be achieved by students even at beginner level, as well as those who return time and again to hone their skills under the careful eye of some of the country’s best known artists and craftspeople.
Visitors can take a guided tour of West Dean’s well equipped workshops and studios, see exhibitions of tutors’ and students’ work, ask advice from teaching and admissions staff, even book courses on the spot to take advantage of a special 10% open day discount. Among the demonstrations will be:
• DIGITAL IMAGE MANIPULATION • JEWELLERY • PRINTED ALUMINIUM JEWELLERY • WINDSOR CHAIR MAKING • TASSEL MAKING • TAPESTRY WEAVING • DECORATIVE PAINT TECHNIQUES • STAINED GLASS
• CERAMICS • WILLOW SCULPTURE AND BASKETMAKING
• BLACKSMITHING • DRAWING
The College is surrounded by award-winning Gardens that provide inspiration for many of the courses and a tranquil setting in which to unwind, and at the end of their tour. Open Day visitors will be given a complimentary pass to enjoy the Gardens during their visit.
West Dean tutors encourage students to develop their own ideas and responses across all subject areas which range from art, creative writing, gardening and garden design, lettering and bookbinding, metalworking including blacksmithing, jewellery and silversmithing, stained glass and mosaics, music and music appreciation, photography, pottery and ceramics, sculpture, textiles, woodworking and furniture making. Course groups are kept small to ensure a high degree of personal attention and tuition.
Courses in the summer programme are priced from £55 for a Taster Day (including materials); £135 for a weekend; and £320 for five days. Thanks to support from the Edward James Foundation, the charitable educational trust that runs the College, short course fees are set below their true cost. For further information and a copy of the programme students should call the Admissions Office on 01243 811301 or visit www.westdean.org.uk
Note to editors
•Subject to availability, we will be pleased to arrange a complimentary place on a short course for editorial purposes or discuss reader competitions.
•Please contact the Communications department for high-resolution digital images.
•Above prices are non-residential, with residential prices for standard and en-suite accommodation available.
For further press information and high resolution images, please contact:
t +44 (0)1243 818208
f +44 (0)1243 818280
m +44 (0)7939 060059
WEST DEAN COLLEGE AND GARDENS, WEST DEAN, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO18 OQZ
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