We welcome 2023 in with our first Drop-in session of the year, tomorrow 11th Jan, at the Community Centre Hall on Hursley Road.
You’ll find the new programme has been updated here, with as much detail as we have until June, then mainly listings. Undoubtedly, like me, you will find the workshop you really, really wanted to do clashes with something else you’re booked for. With me, that is the Paul Berryman workshop, on June 10. I even got some of those charcoal pencils he recommended, as a Christmas present!
The highlight of the spring must be our Tabletop Exhibition on the last weekend in April (29/30) at the Church Hall. It’ll be eighteen months since our last one! How time flies.
January has a feast of all your favourites: a workshop with Helen Talbot on Buildings in Pen and Wash; Life Drawing Sunday; a New Year Lunch (sign-ups closed in December), and we finish with a Zoom Demo by Roger Dellar – Demo in Oils – on the last Wednesday of the month.
There must be something for you here, so I look forward to seeing you at one of the events (or online!)
As usual, the workshop for November was fully booked months in advance. Phil Biggs held a ‘capturing atmosphere in watercolour’ day at the Church Hall, and members fully appreciated his time and coaching. Bev Dunstan takes over the story…
In the morning Phil provided a four step watercolour workshop to give everyone a chance to develop their painting based on his lead.
Beginning with a pencil sketch the participants kept a limited palette of blues, yellows and light red to maintain the harmony of colours.
By contrast, the afternoon session was very much more free-style; no sketch but straight into the work after a quick introduction by Phil.
Everyone had a great time producing two paintings by the end of the day.
The Drop-in is next Wednesday, 9th, at the Community Hall on Hursley Road, 10 till 1. If you haven’t already made your piece for December’s social event, you might like to fix that here!
Sunday 13th is the watercolour workshop with Phil Biggs, which looks most interesting, but is fully booked. And please note it is Sunday, not the more usual Saturday.
The following Sunday is month’s life drawing session, and like the watercolour workshop, is the last one of the year.
We start our winter demonstrations on Wednesday through the medium of Zoom (at your own home, or place of convenience). Life drawing in charcoal, by Paul Berryman. Watch for the members email with log-in details.
We welcomed some new members to our life drawing workshop in October (16th), but the main warmth was the hall itself. Not overly so, but much better than September!
Our model posed in several demanding poses over the two hours, for both him and the artists. Standing or bending over, using a support, were quicker poses (5 – 10 mins). Lying tended to be for 20-30 minute poses. Perspective from the foot up on a prone pose was especially difficult.
A quick check on a sample of attendees revealed several media in use. Pencil probably most common, but charcoal, pastel, inks, pastel pencil, and a first attempt at digital life drawing all made an appearance.
Don’t forget: our last live Demonstration of the year – Peter French -is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church.
The feedback from Ali Lindley’s workshop last Saturday (15th Oct) was all good, as usual.
Ali presented a great workshop demonstrating watercolour techniques with autumnal colours. This enabled the participants to produce their individual interpretation of the theme based on hedgerow berries, teasles and hogweed.
It’s a busy week this week, with a cluster of active painting opportunities, only one of which has places available.
Wednesday 12th – Drop-in session
You don’t have to book for a Drop-in session, as that’s just what it is. Drop in between the hours of 10 and 1 at the Community Centre Hall on Hursley Road.
Bring your own work in progress, of any type–we have some dedicated fabric artists as well as people working in paint and other media. If you have liquid media, please bring something to protect the floor as well as the table.
Saturday 15th – Workshop with Ali Lindley
Ali’s earlier workshop was so popular, she’s back for more. Ali is a former member of the group, so she’s among friends as well as fellow-artists. This workshop will focus on abstracted landscapes, working in watercolour, and incorporating line and pattern. We hope to bring you a sample of the works here afterwards.
Sunday 16th – Life Drawing session
This is one of our regular life drawing events, in which our model poses for several five, ten and twenty minute sketches. We hope the hall will be warmer than it was in September. Our poor model had to cover up for the last pose to prevent risk of frostbite.
If you haven’t booked for the workshop or life drawing, then make sure you get in for future ones. The dates for the spring ones will be circulated soon. The club has a sophisticated system to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting at least one of their chosen events, which generally book up within a few weeks of publication. A waiting list also applies, in case of cancellations.
These events are for members only. Contact Roy and Gill Brophy for more information.
Next Saturday 10th September, artist Ron Moody will be taking a workshop for Chandlers Ford Art Group Members. The subject is pen and watercolour painting, which has proved a very popular topic.
This event has been sold out for some time, with a waiting list as well. If you are interested and you are not a member, why not join the group and get early access to the booking system for the new year?