June 2022

Here are a few ideas for our sessions this month, but if you want to DYOT (Do Your Own Thing) then that’s absolutely fine. Come along for the company of painting with friends.

Wednesday 8th 7-9pm – Pointillism

Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in the 1880s, branching off from Impressionism. Pointillism relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the different spots of colour into a fuller range of tones. Henri-Edmond-Joseph Delacroix (aka Henri-Edmond Cross) also painted very successfully in this style.

Look up paintings by all three artists and either paint the whole or part of one of their paintings. Or paint your own subject in a Pointillist style. If you are enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend then paint a jubilee picture. Don’t forget to try and include Very Peri, the Pantone colour of the Year 2022!

Saturday 25th June 10am-3pm – Ireland

The Irish Free State gained its independence in 1922, becoming known as the Republic of Ireland in 1949 and in Gaelic is called Éire. With a long history dating back many millennia, Ireland is a broad subject which you can interpret in many ways. Perhaps you have travelled to Ireland and can use your own photographs?

Initial thoughts – The Emerald Isle, a cèilidh, Dublin, students, St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness, folk music, hurling, pubs, whiskey, leprechauns and faeries in folklore etc.

Famous Irish actors, authors and musicians – Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Evanna Lynch, Bono and U2, Enya, Van Morrison, The Dubliners, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket, Seamus Heaney.

Landscapes – the rugged Atlantic coast, rolling green hills, mountains.

History – The Book of Kells, neolithic megaliths, castles.

Use any media to create your picture of anything to do with Ireland. If you like painting portraits then choose a person, if you like landscapes then paint any view of the countryside or if you like urban environments then Dublin is a great choice.