If you've ever wished you could draw or paint a likeness of someone - family, friends - even a character that you've seen on the train, why not join our monthly portrait sessions, third Mondays of the month. Next session Monday 15th October.
We're a small, friendly group, all trying to improve our skills and achieve something of a likeness of the model for the afternoon, usually a club member volunteer. There's no common standard and we all encourage each other so it's a welcoming and non-competitive atmosphere whether you're a new member or been with us a while. Sessions are 1.30pm - 5pm at the Methodist Temple Hall, refreshments provided. Contact us FAO John Washington if you'd like to give it a try.
Check out our events calendar for forthcoming dates:
Don't miss out on our regular Drop-In Workshopsevery second Wednesday of the month. They're held at the Methodist Temple Hall from 1.30pm till 5.30pm with a variety of themes and subjects. Just pop in - all members very welcome for an enjoyable few hours of drawing and painting, sometimes indoors, sometimes outside and often topical.
You're most welcome to join us Bring paper, paints, pastels, pencils - whatever materials you prefer. It's just £3 for the session at the Temple Hall, coffees, teas and biscuits included.
Check out our events calendar for forthcoming dates:
Acrylic Painting Workshops at Dartington Hall with Matthew Davidson
Autumn Impressions Two day oil and acrylic painting workshops with professional painter Matthew Davison, including demonstrations, exercises in drawing and painting. An opportunity to work en plein air gathering the details and atmosphere to develop expressive paintings in the comfort of the studio. We will be exploring a range of more advanced practical techniques, concepts and art history. The workshops will be at Dartington Hall Shippon Studios
Following the Art Club’s landscape painting day in the grounds of Bicton College, there appears to be an appetite for an autumn session now that the trees and landscape are changing colour. The College has now offered us a similar day's painting on Wednesday 24th October. This actually falls rather well for us as it’ll be the week before the clocks go back which will give us better light and probably warmer temperatures in which to work.
There will be a £10 facility fee to include a light lunch and refreshments in the refectory so all you need to do is bring your art materials - and probably some warmer socks than were necessary in August! If you would like to join the group, please let John Washington know by e-mailing email@example.com so we can gauge whether we have the requisite numbers to constitute a group visit.
Also, we're in the process of assembling as many paintings and sketches as we can from our previous visit for a display in the College library. They are keen to show our work and it’s another opportunity for members to reach a wider audience. So if you have something, whether finished or not, please let John know and we'll make arrangements to add it to the ‘Bicton Collection’. Many thanks, John Washington
Costume Painting at Bicton House from the Fairlynch Collection ----------------------------------Places still available-------------------------------
We’ve had a great deal of interest from members for our day's painting and drawing in The Oak Room at Bicton House so for those who may still want to join us here are some further details:
The date is now confirmed, 30th November and the session will run from 10am till 3pm.
We shall be in The Oak Room on the ground floor of the Georgian Mansion. Buffet lunch is included in the price and will be prepared for the Club and laid out in an adjacent room. Teas and coffees will be available in the refectory and paid for as and when required. Two/three costumes are being loaned from Fairlynch Museum - Elizabethan, Victorian, 20s - with maybe a couple of live models to draw and paint. Free parking adjacent to the venue. Bring your own art materials and an easel if you wish.
We have yet to confirm the cost for the day but based on members’ responses so far, it looks as if it will be between £15 and £20. This will include hire of the room, a donation to Fairlynch, model fees and lunch.
I’d be grateful if you could let me know as soon as you can if you'd like to come along so I can determine the cost. It should be a very interesting, enjoyable and productive day and something new for the Club. Simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks - I look forward to hearing from you. John Washington
For anyone who may be interested, East Devon Art Academy in Sidmouth are running the following workshops. Contact Cathy Osbond for details: 01395 516284 email@example.com Glyn Macey. Expressive Acrylics. 11th & 12th Oct. A chance to learn from the well-known Cornish artist Glyn Macey. Glyn is renowned for his colourful, expressive landscapes in acrylics. Please see his website for examples of his work. £120. www.glynmacey.com. Paul Weaver. Figures in Watercolour. 13th & 14th October. Adding figures to a scene will help scale, life and movement to the subject. Paul will take you through his working methods of sketching from the clothed figure plus watercolour techniques for simplifying detail and suggesting from and movement. £120. www.paulweaverart.co.uk Trevor Waugh. Flowers in Watercolour. 1st November. Learn how to paint beautiful flowers in a loose, fresh manner from this well-known artist. £60. www.trevorwaugh.com Jake Winkle. 8th November. British Wildlife in Watercolour. £55. Jake Winkle. 9th November. African Safari in Watercolour. £55. John Hoar. 15th November. Watercolour Fast and Free. A chance to learn from this renowned watercolour artist. Watercolour plus ink line and wash. £60. www.jhoar.com James Tatum. Expressive Landscapes. 17th & 18th November. £120. This workshop is designed to show students how to use a 3-step process to produce more powerful, exciting and coherent landscape paintings. Learn how to use the basic tools of structure, composition, space, tone and colour. £120. www.jamestatumartist.com Peter Cronin. 22nd & 23rd November. Creating and using Sketchbooks. Royal Society of Marine Artists member Peter Cronin will show you his sketching methods on this two-day workshop. A mix of studio and outdoor work. £95. www.petercronin.org Mike Jory. Animals in Action. 29th & 30th November. Learn to paint animals in various acrylic-based media. £95. www.mikejory.co.uk