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Plein Air workshop with Angela Corben - 29 August 2020

On a rather chilly bank holiday Saturday, 10 of us braved the weather to attend our second ever
Plein air workshop with Angela Corben.
Keeping a suitable distance from each other Angela showed us examples of her work indicating how she set about
finding a view and how to make a sketch thinking about tonal value and composition.
We then headed over the road from the cricket pavilion in Burley, locations were chosen, and sketches were made.
5Angela then demonstrated how to use these sketches to start laying down basic areas
of colour whilst still thinking about tonal value.
We then all settled in to an excellent days painting during which time we had constant input and tuition.
A lot was learned by all, the sun shone, and the ponies discovered that paint is not a picnic!
These two trial workshops have been very rewarding, I hope those of you that came along will feel
brave enough to join in with the plein air painting group that meet on the first Wednesday of the month
(March – October) and encourage others to join in as well.
I also hope that we can run a few more workshops like this next year.
Jen Oulton

Mike Bragg's Plein-air Workshop August 2020

On one of the hottest days in August ten valiant painters set up in the grounds of Downton Moot for an
outdoor workshop tutored by Mike Bragg.
There was a wide selection of views to choose from - wall flowers to water lilies, interesting architecture to
riverside trees.
Some worked in acrylics, others in watercolours, inks or oils.
Mike offered tips in composition and planning - positioning yourself so that you are not straight on to a
subject because an angle will usually be more interesting.
He also reminded us about the importance of contrasts - light against dark.

Karen Coulson Workshop - 25th January 2020

Wildlife in soft coloured pencil
Members enjoyed a successful workshop with Karen Coulson drawing woodpeckers and
hedgehogs using coloure pencils.

Rebecca de Mendonça Workshop - 26th October 2019

Rebecca de Mendonça -
Energy in Soft Pastels

Members enjoyed a lively workshop with Rebecca de Mendonca last Saturday.

The theme was movement and energy in pastels, concentrating on animals and figures.

She encouraged us to think very carefully about proportions and to look at how the lines of shapes flow and relate to each other, so it is very important to consider negative space.

Colin Brown Workshop - 29th July 2019

Colin Brown workshopStreet scene with cars and people in acrylic

Colin’s workshop challenged attendees from many angles and proved that, even when trying a different technique, an artist’s personal approach will still show through, showing that we are all individuals and stamp our own style on what we produce.

He offered several tips such as, when using a photo for reference, work on the drawing and initial blocking-in areas of colour upside down – this helps to see complicated things as simply shapes and spaces.

Colin also demonstrated the use of acrylic marker pens which are useful for highlighting tiny areas that need strong, bold marks and advised that transparent acrylic paint contains more pigment than opaque, thereby giving a stronger effect.

Quote of the day: “Don’t hold back. Make direct marks. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mistake; use it.”
Colin Brown workshop
Colin Brown workshop
Lindsey Cole Workshop - 8th June 2019
The workshop was very enjoyable while challenging, working outside our comfort zone and working with a very limited palette and large brushes. Reducing our reference down to a small area of the photo helped us not to get bogged down in detail, we started with a small painting to work out our colours and composition, before commencing our main painting.

The results were rewarding, as the various styles of each artist produced a selection of very pleasing and interesting results. Thank you Lindsey.
Jan Martyn

Lindsey Cole workshop
Maureen Nathan Workshop - 27th April 2019
Maureen Nathan Workshop“If you think you’re going to take home a finished picture today, you’re mistaken! You might and that would be a bonus, but you will take away different ways of beginning to make your pictures”. Maureen Nathan.

And so it began; drawing the feel of an object with large pieces of charcoal, working literally at arm’s length with charcoal taped to the end of a pea stick, straight armed, holding the charcoal in different ways, chopsticks and ink, and often a very limited time to put anything on paper including 10 seconds to add colour!

We all worked very hard, produced copious drawings and laughed a lot, especially when the charcoal pea sticks made very ‘playground’ noises!

We had a great day, were taken outside our comfort zones and learnt so much; and the bonus, many of us did get a finished (or nearly finished) picture.
Sally Pinhey Workshop - 30th March 2019
Sally PinheyBotanical workshop with Sally Pinhey – a study of daffodils.
Attendees were delighted to be given an abundance of technical advice including colour mixing, the use of different brush shapes and paper problems as well as insightful and valuable tips on composition.

The small group of enthusiastic painters received very personalised attention and requested that Sally return with more botanical tutoring – to help with the difficulties of tonal greens in landscapes.

Sally Pinhey
Tip of the day: “How to make cream…lots of water plus tiny drops of Light Red, Viridian and Naples Yellow.
Stephen Foster Workshop - 23rd February 2019

It was a packed house for Stephen Foster's semi-abstract landscape workshop. Working with palette knives and in either acrylics or water-based oils, attendees produced an ecclectic variety of paintings using the techniques demonstrated. Stephen spent time with each painter, helping them not only develop composition and tonal quality, but also in building confidence with what was, for many, a complete change in style and medium.

Stephen gave a demonstration first...
Stephen Foster
...a selection of the paintings produced. Stephen Foster
Stephen Foster
Wendy Jelbert demonstration - 21st May 2018

Wendy arrived for the club evening, accompanied by her husband Paul, and in lightening quick time had set up her demonstration with accompanying paintings, books, cards, and brushes for sale.

The subject was coastal scene with curling waves. A sheet of paper had been prepared beforehand with a drawing and the addition of some masking fluid. Wendy worked with a number of different reference photos in front of her as she quickly laid some watercolour washes & then proceeded to intensify the colour in the waves, using combinations of blues & greens.
Wendy Jelbert
As the picture emerged, she added rocks in the foreground and gulls overhead. The tops of the waves were formed from the addition of white acrylic to the watercolour and the areas of white paper preserved under the masking fluid.
Although she only used watercolour & acrylic for this picture, Wendy indicated a willingness to mix other media eg inks, oil pastels or charcoal where the situation required it.

In the second half of the demonstration Wendy used some previously completed paintings to illustrate the various techniques she uses. Her use of black Quink ink as a painting medium was particularly interesting for the colours the ink separates into when water is added.

Workshop with Helen Talbot - 31 March 2018
Workshop with Helen TalbotThe subject of the workshop was “still-life drawing with an oriental twist”. Helen has family living in China and has travelled extensively in the east, acquiring artefacts such as pottery vases and jugs, paper money, coins, printing blocks and seals.

After reminding us of some of the techniques she had shown in the demonstration, we were encouraged to use some of the artefacts and techniques to develop work of our own.

Workshop with Helen Talbot

Some people chose to make a number of different trial pieces, others made one or two more substantial pieces of work.
The day was punctuated by further demonstrations, with Helen descending to the floor at times for larger pieces of work!
She also made a quick excursion into Chinese painting techniques.

At the end of the day everyone expressed their thanks to Helen for making still-life so entertaining, showing us
her collection of jugs and for her floor show.

Workshop with Helen Talbot

Workshop with Helen Talbot
Workshop with Roger Dellar - 27 January 2018
Jan MartinSome artists can paint, some can teach. A few gifted artists can do both. Roger Dellar is an outstanding artist and an exceptional teacher.

The day started with Roger demonstrating the scene he was teaching, Rocks on a shore line using a palette knife.
During this hour he skilfully demonstrated many aspects of painting and composing any picture. How important linear and aerial perspective are, even when painting rocks and are just as important when painting skies.

He went on the explain how to use lean (thin)paint at the beginning moving on to Fat (thicker) paint as the painting progressed. Starting with a large brush, changing to a palette knife for the thicker paint. He explained how important it is to mix good greys, limiting the whites to the last highlights.

Pam Mason-Smith
He gave us little gems of information like using a graphite stick over the oil paint to obtain texture in the rocks.

As we started our own paintings Roger discussed with each person their ideas. Some people had a good idea what they wanted to paint others not so sure.

He helped with decision making and discussed different types of oil paints with those who hadn't used them before and helped with cropping images to make a better composition. Also what was important to paint and what could be left out. Roger successfully guided the artists throughout the day and finished the day with a show and critique.

Ann Squire
This was another opportunity to learn, as Roger explained each artist's work and the way in which difficulties encountered had been solved. Giving the artist the opportunity to complete the piece should they so wish.

I have been painting with oil paints for over 20 years and I went home having learnt another few gems to add to my own techniques. In addition I had a piece of work that I enjoyed painting immensely.

I believe the workshop was an outstanding success to the extent that at least one artist has booked to join Roger on a workshop Holiday in India, which I am sure will be amazing.

Ann Squire

Above left - Jan Martyn; Above - Pam Mason Smith
Left - Ann Squire

Jamel Akib demonstration - 17th July 2017
Jamel Akib gave us a scintillating demonstration of how to put movement into pastel painting.
The pictures below are just a small selection of his output. To see more visit our Facebook page.

Jamel Akib

Jamel Akib
John Bowen Workshop - working from a sketchbook - 27th May 2017
The workshop was well attended. John started by handing out A4 photocopies of the same drawing of a countryside scene to everyone, along with books containing illustrations by individual artists. He asked the participants to colour the drawing using chalk pastels to imitate the palette of the individual artists. We then compared the results to show how the same drawing treated in diverse styles can produce hugely divergent results.

John Bowen workshopWe had been asked to bring photocopies of our own drawings, and ideas of artist whom we admire. Using the style of these artists we developed colour in our own drawings and went on to produce paintings from this preparatory work.

Throughout the day John was encouraging individuals and giving practical advice. As well as the practical aspect of everyone producing at least one piece of work, the day was immensely informative; in the way of all good education, it encouraged people out of their comfort zone, and gave us important insights into “thinking like an artist”.

John will be judging the summer exhibition and we look forward to inviting him back for further demonstrations and workshops in the future.
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
Russ Calver Workshop - Animals in Pastel - 25th March 2017
The workshop was held on a beautiful spring day. Nine people participated, including two new members who were made welcome. Russ put everyone to work immediately drawing out there subject matter.
He provided pastel paper and pencils for those who had none, along with putty rubbers, torchons etc. As the drawings developed Russ went around each individual offering advice & suggestions.
Those who worked quickly were able to complete two pictures in the day. At the end of the afternoon, everyone seemed to have produced at least one satisfactory piece; a critique was held when the excellence of everyone’s efforts became apparent. Some examples are shown in the photos below.

Russ Calver Workshop
Russ Calver workshop Russ Calver workshop
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Russ Calver workshop
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