These are held on the second Wednesday of most months at St Georges Hall, Tiverton. Doors open at 6.45pm, for meetings between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.
These meetings include demonstrations, talks and critiques of members’ work by professional artists.
We have a tea/coffee break at about 8pm for members to chat and socialise, for about 20 minutes.
There are no meetings in April or August, when exhibitions are held, and November’s meeting hosts the AGM and Bring and Share Supper
|9th January||Secret Life of Underpainting - acrylics||Mary Ann Wilmot||This shows how underpainting influences the tone and texture of your chosen subject giving your canvas life and energy as you learn to build the layers and get some lovely happy accidents which gives your painting a depth and frees up your brushwork.|
|13th February||Bold and Loose Watercolour||Ken Maharajah||Watercolour frequently suffers from an undeserved reputation as a pale,
washed out medium. This explores vibrant ways of creating results rich in
colour and energy and looks at ways to take these ideas into your work.
|13th March||Critique of Members' Work||James Tatum|
|8th May||Abstract landscapes mixed media||Rod Ashman||Rod will bring sketchbook work showing how his process begins and progresses through to what will become a larger work. Because the process takes place over quite a time, from initial drawings / paintings and notations on site, through to reconstruction in the studio. He will come with some items prepared so as to condense this time. He is interested in generating a work that shows me something unexpected and challenging about landscape.|
|12th June||"French Patio” showing wet and dry techniques in watercolour||Lynda Kettle||"French Patio” showing wet and dry techniques in watercolour|
|10th July||The Reg Cull Memorial Prize for Black & White Drawing.||Greg Wellman||(One piece of work per member)|
|11th September||Abstract landscapes in oils||Belinda Reynell||Belinda will demonstrate how to create stunning abstract landscapes with oils using rags, pallet knife and brushes.|
|9th October||"Every Picture Tells a Story" talk||Ray Balkwill||This newly produced presentation looks briefly at what inspires Ray’s and his methods and techniques for painting en plein air in various media. The presentation then focuses on a number of paintings with interesting stories to tell. These not only include some of his favourite subjects – old boats and boatsheds, but also some amusing experiences encountered on his travels. It also includes a short film.|
|13th November||AGM||Bring and Share Supper||Also includes voting for the Alan Rigby award, best picture developed from sketches and photos from the sketching days and painting holiday.|
|11th December||Creative watercolour techniques and textures||Sue Searle||Sue will demonstrate a range of creative watercolour techniques and textures using all manner of materials!|
Monthly Art Challenge
Each month we set an ‘Art Challenge’ with the winner to be voted on by the members at the meeting. Rules are:
1. Subject to be announced at each meeting for the next meeting (see list below)
2. Prize will be a certificate
3. Winners will be selected by members votes (as per the Alan Rigby award) 4. Artwork does not have to be new, it can be one of your older works
5. Paintings, drawings and 3D
6. Artwork does not need to be framed, but should be well presented
7. These rules may change as we learn and adapt!
|October 2018||Local Inspiration|
|November 2018||None (AGM and Alan Rigby Award)|
|January 2019||Self Portrait|
|February 2019||Inspired by the great artists|
|March 2019||None (members critique)|
|April 2019||No meeting|
|May 2019||Famous landmarks|
|July 2019||None (Reg Cull award)|
|August 2019||No meeting|
The Reg Cull Memorial Award: £25, awarded at the July meeting, by the invited guest, for the best black and white drawing or painting submitted that evening. One submission per member.
The Alan Rigby Award: £25, awarded for the best picture developed from sketches and photos from the sketching days and painting holiday.
Sales Table Held at the May and October meetings. Members’ ‘Bring and Buy’ of art materials, books etc. No commission.