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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
Russ Calver workshop Russ Calver workshop
Russ Calver workshop Russ Calver workshop

Russ Calver workshop
Penny Crichton-Seager - portrait demonstration - 17 October 2016
Penny Crichton-Seager gave a demonstration of her technique for using watercolour
to paint a portrait from a photograph.
The first picture is what was completed in the two hours.
Penny Crichton-Seager Jake Winkle workshop
Beginning to add in some warmer tones, using Perylene Maroon and Raw Umber
Penny Crichton-Seager Penny Crichton-Seager
Starting to work on the hair and hair line, with darkening
of all tones and colours across the face too.
Penny Crichton-Seager Jake Winkle workshop
Painting in of background with ultramarine and raw umber
Some colour in her dress (which was plain in the original).
Penny Crichton-Seager Penny Crichton-Seager
Chopped into head and hair to make smaller and
deepened colours on lips.
Portrait Workshop with Mike Bragg - 25 June 2016

The workshop on portrait painting was held on 25th June.
Two committee members volunteered to sit as models, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Mike asked participants to paint without first drawing out the features so we started by “blocking in” the main shape and then gradually moved from the general to the more specific.
When the models changed over after lunch and we painted a new picture, using the same approach, the improvement was immediately apparent. It is fair to say that for most of us this was not a familiar approach to portrait painting but we all felt that the day had taught us some valuable lessons.
Mike Bragg portrait workshop
Demonstration by Joan Scott - 15 February 2016

Joan describes herself as an artist in mixed media, abstract and semi-abstract paintings.
She started her demo at RAS on a sheet of mountboard pre-prepared with lava and pumice paste, onto which she collaged some strips from an old painting. She then used a spray diffuser to add some diluted acrylic ink and added further undiluted inks to the picture, spraying with water in places, and allowing the ink to run.
The picture was gradually built up with oil pastels and some boats were collaged into the ground.
Posts and masts were added and the tone was enhanced with black India ink.
Highlights were added at the finish with white acrylic.
The completed picture, although still recognisably a coastal scene, incorporated abstracts elements and demonstrated numerous techniques which, together with the finished pictures she displayed, should encourage anyone interested to try their hand.
To see a full gallery of pictures visit our Facebook page by following the link at the top of the page.
Jake Winkle workshop Jake Winkle workshop
Jake Winkle workshop Jake Winkle workshop
Workshop with Jake Winkle - 30 January 2016

We invited Jake to return because of the high demand for his workshop in 2015. On this occasion he chose to paint a zebra first.
The subject looked quite intimidating, but with his usual clear explanation all the participants quickly had an outline of the shape and the direction of the stripes down on paper. We then proceeded to paint the image.
In the afternoon Jake demonstrated painting flamingos. The whole day was very interesting, with several experienced artists painting watercolour which is not their usual medium.
Jake Winkle workshop
Jake Winkle workshop Jake Winkle workshop
Workshop with Jamie Boots - 28 November 2015

Nine people attended on a Saturday morning at Greyfriars for the workshop. Jamie arrived with his wife, Dana, and loaned out boxes of Caran d’Ache pencils, erasers and tools for engraving, and sheets of Fabriano paper for drawing, together with reference material of a Civet cat.

The workshop started with a demonstration of how Jamie uses these tools for drawing and each participant transferred the outline image to paper, either by freehand drawing or by tracing. As the day progressed, Jamie gave further demonstrations of how to draw the eyes, the fur, the nose and the whiskers of the cat, using his techniques.

His methods are very meticulous and time consuming, so no-one came close to finishing a picture, but everyone agreed it was a fascinating demonstration of how to achieve fine detail in graphite drawing.

Mike Caruana completed his at home (right).
Jamie Boots workshop
Jamie Boots workshop
Jamie Boots workshop
Workshop with Maggie Cross - 31 October 2015
Nine people attended the workshop on Saturday 31st October. Maggie gave a demonstration of the technique of using a Chinese brush which was followed by the opportunity to practice different brush strokes before attempting a full picture.
We quickly discovered why it takes much practice to achieve any dexterity with the brush. During the day, Maggie also discussed the many different types of paper which are used, some of which she buys in Hong Kong and which we were able to buy from her, along with brushes and ink.
We were also shown how to colour the papers and how to use the features of the paper eg flecks, to represent snow.
The day was very successful and all agreed it was a most enjoyable workshop.
During the day it was mentioned that Maggie also teaches silk painting; if there is sufficient expression of interest, a workshop on this subject could be arranged.
Maggie Cross workshop Maggie Cross workshop
Maggie Cross workshop Maggie Cross workshop
Maggie Cross workshop Maggie Cross workshop
Workshop with Jake Winkle - 27 June 2015
We all assembled on a beautiful summer morning at Greyfriars where Jake started by taking us step-by-step through a painting of penguins.

By breaking the subject down into small components he was able to impart a lot of technical information. We went onto painting owls next. The painting style was quick and spontaneous and colourful.

We finished the day with a choice of other source materials for people to experiment. Each section was punctuated by a friendly critique. As expected, the teaching was detailed and meticulous. Everyone produced some good results. Jake’s popularity as a teacher is reflected by the fact that a second workshop in January 2016 is already fully booked.

Stephen Foster workshop
Stephen Foster workshop Stephen Foster workshop
Stephen Foster workshop Stephen Foster workshop
Stephen Foster workshop
Workshop with John Bowen - 30 May 2015

Finally we started this workshop with better weather on a bright late spring day. John used two models, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Because of this all the participants needed to work quickly. Despite the time constraints, and although the individual approaches varied widely, everyone managed to produce a result at the end of each session.

Just as during the demonstration, the models were posed carefully on a wooden plinth. During the afternoon when Mike Clare was the model, we were encouraged to take a “sculptural” approach to our drawings, using a Russian type heroic style. Some of the results are shown in the photos.

We are grateful to the two models for their help in making the workshop so successful
John Bowen workshop
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
John Bowen workshop John Bowen workshop
Workshop with Helen Talbot - 25 April 2015

Seven participants, including two new club members, gathered at Greyfriars on a dismal Saturday morning for Helen’s workshop on “Painting landscapes using fabric“. After a brief recap of the main points in her demonstration, everyone embarked on cutting up material and sticking it to their ground.

The paintings that followed were amazingly diverse, ranging from entirely figurative to the purely abstract. Helen was able to provide individual attention and advice and also punctuated the day with further brief demonstrations of alternative techniques. The consensus was that all had a productive day and Helen’s enthusiasm and commitment was greatly appreciated.
Some examples of the work produced are shown below.
Helen Talbot Helen Talbot
Helen Talbot Helen Talbot
Helen Talbot Helen Talbot
Helen Talbot Helen Talbot
Workshop with Deborah Vallance - 28 March 2015

Deborah turned up on a dismal Saturday morning with a carload of equipment and quickly set up her workshop, aided by her husband Alan. Eventually nine people participated in an inspiring workshop.

Templates were cut, wax was poured, paper was crumpled, bleach was sprayed, the tissue was ironed and images gradually formed from the components. In the afternoon, the procedure was continued and expanded to a larger scale. As the room became smoky from the hot wax the caretaker checked there was no fire.

It was an excellent workshop, given by a fine teacher with a good sense of humour.
Some examples of the work produced are shown below.


Workshop with Stephen Foster - 28 February 2015
After a highly entertaining demonstration of his “Abstract landscapes with a palette knife” technique at a club night, Stephen held an all-day workshop that proved very popular with our members.

Stephen demonstrated a Seascape, using a palette knife, to the 12 members present. Of course he made it look so easy, whereas some of us found it a challenge when tackling the subject, with a lot of heavy frustrated sighs.
Stephen however, gave everyone confidence with his constructive advice, that by the end of the day there was some lovely work produced.

The photographs below show Stephen and some of the work created during the day.

Stephen Foster workshop
Stephen Foster workshop Stephen Foster workshop
Stephen Foster workshop Stephen Foster workshop
Workshop with Roger Dellar - 31st January 2015
Roger set out from Surrey on a January morning, having cleared his drive of snow first. After a restorative cup of tea, he gave a one hour demonstration entitled “an urban landscape in oils” to a group of 13 people.
The group then worked enthusiastically, benefiting from generous 1:1 tuition from Roger through the remainder of the day. There were a wide variety of styles on display. A thoroughly enjoyable day was wound up with a friendly critique of everyone’s effort.
Roger has indicated a willingness to return for further workshops in the near future which, based on today’s experience, will be highly popular and fully subscribed. A date of 26th September 2015 has been agreed for this workshop.
Early booking is strongly recommended.
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