Wednesday, 23 August 2017

a temporary new home for Art Circle

While a survey and repairs are being carried out at St Annes Library, we're moving to the St Ives Hotel which has kindly given us space to meet.  

11 – 12.30, Thursdays 7, 14 & 21 September 
Cost:  £5 + money for tea or coffee (Their cake is very good too - in fact so are the lunches!)

Also, if the weather is good, we'll go sketching on the prom in the afternoon; 1.30 - 3 (ish)   
Cost £5

All welcome.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

gardens, ink & Ashton Gardens

Art Circle is drawing to a close for the summer.

We meet next week for the last time before we take a break.  We return in St Annes Library, 11 - 12.30 on Thursday, 7 September.

Today was a gardening day - sort of!
In the morning we worked at St Annes Library from images using ink on green paper and in the afternoon, ink on white paper in Ashton Gardens.  This seems to make the images look strange - not sure why - however the work was brill.

Well done everyone!


Judith

Monica

Dorothy

mine (unfinished as usual) plus demonstration snippets

Monica

Monica

Judith

mine with more demonstration snippets
Also, the rose garden in Ashton Gardens is looking (and smelling) particularly beautiful at the moment.  It's worth making a special trip to visit.
  
  

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Monet, Giverny and painted gardens

well, "painted" using tissue paper.

Lovely to be back after my holidays: guess where I went and lovely work below.

Next week we continue with gardens at St Annes Library in the morning (11 - 12.30) and Ashton Gardens St Annes in the afternoon (1.30 - 3 ish - meet at the Pavilion Cafe ).

All welcome.


Dorothy

Judith

Judith 2

Mabel (unfinished)

Monica

Christine

Monday, 12 June 2017

EAT (edible art together): Kirkham 2017

A lovely project delivered with Boz Phillips & Mr Dee from Last Legs Community Arts.  

Young people explored healthy eating & healthy choices through a series workshops where they tasted as they went along and sampled the food made.  They then planned, prepared and delivered a celebratory lunch for family and volunteers to round of the week. 

Brilliant - everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves too! 

Many thanks to Lancashire County Council - Neighbourhood Wellbeing Initiatives, Fylde Youth Zone, volunteers & caricaturist Chris Knapman.  

images by Boz, Mr Dee & me



 

























Friday, 9 June 2017

a dozen drawings before we met the Queen

Following on from my outing to the Harris Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday to take part in Making a Mark, I decided to do an Art Circle version of the tasks set.

Using graphite sticks, white paper and info from the Glasgow School of Art, we made 11, 2 - 3 minute drawings and then a still life of the same subject.


The subject, a black bin from an old shredder and a balloon offered a mock-up of what we were going to tackle in the afternoon:  a bust of the Queen sited in the foyer of Fylde Council Offices.  Unfortunately the HRH looked as if she was in the dock.


I'm jumping ahead.


The tasks:
(explanations of * ** etc are at the end)
Working from the still life make...

  1. a *line drawing
  2. a **tonal drawing
  3. a line drawing using your opposite hand
  4. a tonal drawing using your opposite hand
  5. a ***continuous line drawing using your strong hand
  6. a continuous line drawing using your opposite
  7. a blind drawing using your strong hand
  8. a ****blind drawing using your opposite hand
  9. a drawing using both hands, keeping both hands moving all the time
  10. cover page with graphite & draw into it using an eraser
  11. draw the *****negative space around the subject
  12. draw the subject as a still life
The fab results are below and the drawings made in the afternoon follow.

We'll done everyone & thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!


I have quotes...

"It's a lot easier if you don't listen."  This is to instructions - welcome back Monica!

"I've been made to endure several drawings."  You did, and brilliantly Stuart!


brilliant way to approach the blind drawing!


Dorothy

Dorothy

Dorothy


Monica

Monica

Monica

Stuart

Stuart

Stuart
HRH in the dock foyer of the Fylde Council offices



Stuart

Monica

Mike

Dorothy

Mike
Notes
a *line drawing
no shading, just outlines

a **tonal drawing
addition of shading, depicting lights & darks

a ***continuous line drawing
one line keeping the pencil on the page all the time

a ****blind drawing
looking only at the subject not your drawing

draw the *****negative space around the subject
looking at the shapes made around the subject - the area of the subject will be left blank