Friday, 13 October 2017

colour: wot - no red!


This week we continued experimenting with colour, this time working with watercolour paints.  By not using one primary colour, in this instance red, a more harmonious image can be produced.

Most of the group were newcomers to using this media which is notoriously difficult but you wouldn't guess that from the results.

Well done everyone!

[Thank you Angie for taking the photos. x]

Angie

demo page

Dorothy

Mike

Monica

Stuart
We have a break now to enable children staying at the St Ives Hotel to use where we meet.  

We're back on 2 November then each Thursday 11 - 12.30 until & including 7 December.

Friday, 6 October 2017

colour: complimentary & mixing

Following on from last time, we had a look at complimentary colours:  the colours opposite each other on a colour wheel.  

When made by mixing the adjacent colours together, a more genuine and sympathetic complimentary colour emerges.  An orange, green or purple taken directly from the pallet is sometimes a brighter and often more distorted version of the true complimentary colour of the wheel.  [This has its own uses but not for us today.]
  
Complimentary colours can make effective shadows as demonstrated by the Impressionists and by mixing the complimentary colour, its effect can be more easily manipulated.  For example; a purple can be made more blue or more red by using the same two colours but in different quantities.

So - the task...
Working from the still-life, explore how complimentary colours work.

The outline of the drawings were made in pencil then artist quality colour pencils were used to bring out the colour.  

I've commented under some of the pieces which follow.
Notice individual styles are showing - which is very exciting for me!

 
demonstration pages
I think this is self explanatory.  Usual I would demonstrate as the session progresses which enables me to tailor my responses to individual needs but I knew drawing the colour wheels etc would take up too much time and decided to make use of getting up early to play.  




Stuart

Dorothy
 Dorothy began by putting red as a base for the green hat.  Unknowingly, Dorothy was using a technique many artist use to give their work vibrancy.  Excellent!
 
Judith

Monica

Mike
 The Womble's fur is definitely an example of less is more.  Brilliant!

Mabel

 This was an exceptional session - well done everyone!




Thursday, 21 September 2017

colour: wheels & water


The task, in two parts

1.  Create a colour wheel
select primary colours then blur the boundaries to create secondary colours

2. sketch still-life using pencil, add colour that has been mixed rather than direct from the pan & if necessary work into painting using ink or pencil

The work made was approx A4.
 
Lovely results - well done everyone!


Angie

Dorothy

Mabel

Mike

Stuart

Friday, 15 September 2017

Art Circle at the St Ives Hotel

We're staying at the St Ives Hotel until and including 7 December - Hoorah!

Apparently St Annes Library will be closed at least until the end of the year but our new friends at the St Ives Hotel have come to the rescue.  We will keep the week after next as a break and will take a break over half term when the hotel uses our room for children's activities.  So...

Art Circle next week, 21 September
No Art Circle 28 September

Art Circle 5 & 12 October
No Art Circle 19 & 26 October

Art Circle 2 November until 7 December inclusive.

Newcomers welcome!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

swimming pool, composition & charcoal

The task...
Using masking tape, place the structure of the drawing (composition) onto the paper.
Using compressed charcoal and utilising charcoal's unique qualities draw the swimming pool. 
Remove the masking tape and work into the masked areas if required.

This was very experimental.  Firstly, the pool was viewed through a window which made the foreground an additional consideration and secondly the pool and its surrounds created an almost clinical setting which made the tonal values very important. Plus, we used large paper. 
  
Not an easy task.  In fact, I think I heard some huffing & puffing but... the results were brilliant!

Well done everyone!

Christine:  demo page

Mable

Mike

Monica

Stuart

Thursday, 7 September 2017

broccoli, line & imagination

Lovely to be back after our late summer break.  Our temporary new home at the St Ives Hotel is great and we're being spoilt - thank you!  

Our task this week
Working with line, draw one or more aspects of broccoli then use as a starting point for something else.

The results follow - amazing, well done everyone and lovely to see you again!



Dorothy

Dorothy



Judith

Mabel

Mike

Mike
 
Monica

Stuart
Christine

Mike - unfinished (from the afternoon session on the prom)

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.