Collage workshop with Fiona Spirals – March 2022 – Saturday

Its been a very long 2 and a half years since our last workshop so we were delighted to welcome artist Fiona Spirals back to M&C for a hands-on, face-to-face workshop. Fiona brought along some of her own collaged artworks for us to see and explained the collage process, from tearing or cutting the paper pieces to enhancing the surfaces with tissue paper and paint.

Fiona suggested the subject of birds and butterflies but members were welcome to tackle any subject they wanted to. Some brought along their own pictures for reference whilst others used pictures from Fiona. She also supplied many magazines for us to tear from and helped all of us individually with our compositions throughout the day. One member had printed her own colourful papers at home to make her butterfly collage unique.

We all used a canvas or canvas board as the base or our collages as using paper or card would get too soggy. The glue used was PVA, watered down to the fluidity of milk.

You will see from the final photo in this section that creating a collage can be very, very messy! At the end of the session the floor was a total mess. Thank you very much to everyone who helped clear up by collecting all the rubbish and sweeping up the day’s detritus.

Everyone enjoyed the day with many expressing a new-found appreciation for collage. Here are all our pictures in a vibrant explosion of colour. Good work everyone!

The Moai of Rapa Nui – March 2022 – Wednesday

The island of Rapa Nui, otherwise known as Easter Island, was sighted 300 years ago by its first recorded European visitor, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen. The giant heads, known by their Polynesian name moai, number nearly 1000 and are carved from volcanic ash. We drew and painted the moai from different angles using pencils, watercolours and inks.

Some members finished work started at previous sessions or worked to their own theme. What a super variety of artwork in monochrome and vibrant colours, well done everyone!

The next session is Saturday 26th March when Fiona Spirals will be running a collage workshop. Please email Steve asap to book your place.

March 2022

Wednesday 9th – 7-9pm – Easter Island

Easter Island was sighted 300 years ago by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday 1722, hence the name. The island has been a territory of Chile since 1888 and is actually called Rapa Nui, its Polynesian name. The massive monolithic ‘heads’ on the island are called moai and have bodies which are buried in the ground. There are nearly 1000 moai on Rapa Nui, weighing up to 86 tons and standing up to 10m in height, though most are half this size and weight. It is not known when they were carved from volcanic ash and erected but it is thought between 1200-1600 CE and it’s suggested they represent chiefs and important people.

Here is a website with more information…

Draw or paint any image of Rapa Nui and the moai in the landscape or close up with detail and texture.

Saturday 26th – 10am – 3pm – Collage workshop with Fiona Spirals

We welcome Fiona back to M&C for our first practical workshop since 2019. Fiona’s workshops are always good fun and we go home with a finished collage. She will bring magazines to tear up and all the glue, pots and brushes. Details of a theme will be sent nearer the time but Fiona has said that you can create any image you like but she will have pictures with her to inspire you.

Fiona’s website is here…

You will need to bring…

  • a canvas or canvas board is best (NOT PAPER OR CARD as it would get too soggy). You can reuse an old, already painted canvas or board as you’ll be covering the surface.
  • lots of newspaper or a plastic sheet to cover your table
  • an apron as all the glue can get messy
  • The fee for today’s workshop will be £8. The hall hire is already covered by your membership fee.

Email Steve asap to reserve your place. His email address you know already from previous emails sent to you.

Please do not use the comments box to message Steve as messages can take days to come through. Sending him an email is the best way to contact him.