Fancy trying something completely new for 2016? Now is the time to start planning. With a huge variety of specialist tuition, workshops and short courses in West Sussex available, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to learning a new skill or finding a new hobby. Perhaps you’ve always fancied learning to paint or play golf? Here are some of the best options to add a new string to your bow in 2016:
Digital Photography in a Day
Do you have an eye for a picture? So many amateur photographers have the natural ability, but are still unsure about the finer points of technique and composition. Others invest in a quality digital camera but are afraid of breaking out of the “auto” mode. But you needn’t invest months of time or study for months to bring your photography skills on in leaps and bounds with the special One Day DSLR Course in Chichester Harbour. With a balance of practise and theory, you’re in excellent hands with Ashley Gardner, who packs a lot of brilliant advice into his one day photography workshops in Sussex. Beginners find the courses especially useful, as do those making the leap to digital. Classes run on both February 6th and March 12th 2016. Find more details here: http://www.imbercourtphototraining.co.uk/one-day-intensive-dslr-course-chichester-yacht-club/
Creative Courses at West Dean College
A whole host of resident tutors can introduce you to new creative arts, or improve existing skills, at West Dean College, just a short hop from Park House Hotel & Spa. You could learn to make your own jewellery, for example, at Sarah Macrae’s One Day Jewellery Workshop (Jan 20th, plus more dates TBC).
There are many more options, including full weekend sessions (usually Friday till Sunday), such as Oliver Jones’s Pastel Portaits Course (January 22-24) or Tom Kealey’s Furniture Making for Beginners (Jan 15-18). For a full range of creative arts tuition and short courses in Sussex, see the website here: www.westdean.org.uk
Traditional Crafts at the Weald & Downland Museum
From making your own stick for country walks, to fashioning bags, hats or even a working longbow, the Weald and Downland Museum has some fabulous workshops and short courses in 2016. Run by knowledgeable tutors with genuine passion and knowhow, there are all manner of forgotten British crafts to explore here in good company, with dates throughout the year. Find out more at the official site, where you can download a full list of course details: http://www.wealddown.co.uk/adult-learning/traditional-rural-trades-and-crafts/