What a fabulous day we had at Burwarton Show on 4th August.  Thank you to everyone who sought us out in the Handicrafts Marquee; it was lovely to see you all.  Here is Anne Dyer, who founded Westhope College more than 40 years ago, busy unravelling threads as she welcomes visitors to the Westhope College stand!
We still have a few places available on the City & Guilds Level 2 Printmaking and Level 3 Basketry Diploma (exclusive to Westhope College) that start in October.  If you would like to receive details of either of these courses, please email the Course

City & Guilds course fees may be paid in full in advance or in monthly instalments.  A non-refundable deposit is payable on booking to secure a place. 

We have some residential accommodation available to students who wish to stay in college during their course.  Full details of accommodation and costs are available on request from Sarah at
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We are delighted to be part of this year’s inaugural Corvedale Festival and to be staging an Art Exhibition at Westhope College throughout the week of the festival in September.  Information about this exciting new event, including details of the events programme, may be found on the festival website at  

Westhope College students and tutors, both present and former, are warmly invited to participate in our Art Exhibition and we still have some gallery space available.  Our aspiration is to give our talented tutors and students an opportunity to showcase their fabulous work as part of this new event and to contribute to the success of what we anticipate will be a hugely popular festival … described by the organisers as “International in Scope – Local in Feel”. 

The exhibition will be hung on Friday, 16th September and exhibits may be available for sale in which case our usual commission would apply.  If you would like to enquire about taking part in our Art Exhibition, please call Alison at Westhope on 01584 861293 or email

Featured Course
An introduction to silversmithing  (5 day course)

Tuesday 20th September 2022, 
Tuesday 4th October 2022, 
Tuesday 25th October 2022, 
Tuesday 8th November 2022, 
Tuesday 29th November 2022
Learn traditional and contemporary silversmithing techniques on this five day course. It is a rare opportunity to practise a range of techniques and study the cross-overs between jewellery and three dimensional form in metal with the option of creating a finished piece or pieces.

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We continue to add more exciting new workshops and have featured the latest of these below.  Alternatively, click here to browse the full programme.  More festive workshops coming soon!

Let's draw

Wednesday 14th September 10am - 4pm

Drawing is not difficult.  It is fun, relaxing and rewarding if approached with an open spirit.  Ask yourself, can you draw a daisy or a house with the sun in the sky?

In this workshop you will be shown how to develop those simple skills and grow them into pleasing drawings.

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Watercolour workshop - capturing the essence

Tuesday 4th October 10am - 4pm

Explore a range of aspects of watercolour painting. A combination of demonstration and instruction will give you techniques to create vivid and lively images. On this workshop we will be looking at capturing the essence of your chosen subject. 

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Making a willow lampshade

Thursday 6th October 10am - 4pm
This new and exciting workshop will show you how to make a stunning willow lampshade. Willow lampshades are contemporary fittings for your home made from sustainable material that will throw unique shading around your room. These lampshades incorporate a simple track border and a range of decorative side weaves that incorporates a standard light fitting .

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Introduction to sashiko

Thursday 6th October 10am - 4pm

Sashiko is a simple but effective Japanese embroidery technique that has an interesting history.

Explore how a simple running stitch employed by repeating or interlocking traditional Japanese geometric patterns, offers a vast creative canvas.  You will learn how to stitch the Sashiko way and how to draw a variety of patterns.

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Tuesday 25th October 10am - 4pm

Collagraph is a loose term meaning a print made from a collage.  On advice from the tutor, students will use their own images, design or drawings to make their unique collaged/collagraph plates. These will then be inked up, and using a small etching press, produce A5 printed images onto paper.

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Introduction to Japanese suminagashi - Japanese marbling

Thursday 3rd November 9.30am - 12.30pm

This earliest form of marbling originated in Japan over 800 years ago.

Sumi (ink) and nagashi (floating) describe the process of applying ink to the surface of water then taking a print on paper.  The process is elegant and simple requiring some patience and mindfulness!

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Starting silver clay

Thursday 10th November 10am - 4pm

An introduction to the amazing qualities of silver clay.  An exciting one day workshop to create your own unique piece of silver jewellery. Discover the versatility of this medium through rolling, texturing and cutting techniques. Learn how to combine both clay and fireable stones, how to prepare your pieces for firing and how to professionally finish your work to a high standard.

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Printed snowflake silk scarf

Wednesday 30th November 10am - 4pm

Create a festive silk scarf scattered with snowflakes.  A perfect gift for family or friends.  As well as using printing blocks prepared by the tutor, you will create your own unique snowflake block to use on your scarf.

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Many thanks to @alicedrawstheline for “Welcome to Westhope” above, written in her beautiful calligraphic hand whilst she was running workshops at Westhope yesterday.  If you would like to learn some basic calligraphy techniques and have fun experimenting with your new skill, sign up to one of Alice’s September Westhope workshops. Just a few places now available.

Just call us on 01584 861293 if you would like to a book a place on any of our workshops or City & Guilds courses.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team

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