May and June Newsletter

MAY

Wednesday 14th   7-9pm    – Leafless Trees

In our landscapes we usually seem to paint any old tree shape that fits in.  Take a look at trees without their leaves, how each breed of tree is a different shape and even within each type there are many different shapes, caused by growing in different environments.   Google ‘leafless trees’, then click on ‘images’, to see thousands of tree shapes.

Saturday 24th 10am-3.30pm   – Urban Landscape

Most artists that run workshops with us paint

countryside landscapes.  Today, using any medium, paint an urban landscape.  It could be a favourite city or town that you have already visited, or would love to travel to.  Add people to your painting to give it a sense of scale, movement and density of population.  A recent phenomenon are groups of artists who call themselves ‘urban sketchers’, who sit in public spaces and draw the people around them, then post their sketches on the internet. Show your painting at the end of the session, to see what we have created.

The fee for today is £5.00. No Need to book

 

JUNE

Wednesday 11th 7-9pm  – Basic pen or pencil

When a painting doesn’t work out, do you blame your lack of drawing skills?  Let’s go back to basics and get those initial drawings correct in their composition, perspective and tone.  Once you have drawn a subject, perhaps you will now go over those initial pencil lines with the more definite lines of pen.

Saturday 28th 10am-3.30pm   – Vintage Railway Posters

The first part of the 20th century was a golden age in the production of promotional posters supporting Britain’s developing tourism industry.  Design your own poster to a favourite destination, or copy one…….we will have plenty of reference material available for you to use.

Or if you want to search for ideas, look up www.travelpostersonline.com  or www.vintagerailposters.co.uk ,where you can look up designs by county.  We’ll show our posters at the end of the session.

The fee for today is £5.00 No need to book.

March & April Newsletter

We hope that you enjoy the subjects we have for our meetings….but if there is a subject that you don’t want to paint, you don’t have to….they’re just ideas to inspire you, so please come along anyway to enjoy a cuppa, have a natter and ‘do your own thing’.

MARCH

Wednesday 12th   7-9pm    –  Pastels

We all seem to have a box of pastels amongst our art materials, so let’s dust them off and use them this evening.  Use oil or soft pastels to create a picture of any subject…..just explore this colourful medium to see what you can produce.  If anyone has already done any pastel pictures, please can you bring them along for us to look at?

A useful website with an amazing gallery to look at for inspiration belongs to the UK Pastel Society –  www.thepastelsociety.org.uk

Saturday 22nd 10am-3.30pm   –  Acrylic Workshop with Simon Savage

Kent artist Simon Savage last painted with us 2 years ago, so today we are pleased to welcome him back to paint a landscape.  Simon’s online gallery can be found on his website www.simonsavage.co.uk

APRIL

Wednesday 9th   7-9pm  –   Spring Competition –  any medium

The theme this year is ‘KENT’.  There is no right or wrong interpretation to this theme, simply how you would like to paint our wonderful county.  A seascape, landscape, cityscape, lone walkers, commuter masses, wildlife, spring blossom, summer fun, autumn colours, bleak mid-winter…..the variety of possible subjects is endless.

Our yearly competition is a very friendly affair and is NOT compulsory….if you do not want to enter a picture for judging, please just use ‘Kent’ as inspiration for a painting.

Saturday 26th 10am-3.30pm   –   Spring Competition  continued.

Continue with your Kent picture, or paint another.  All pictures to be in by 3pm, when we can all cast one vote for our favourite painting.