ART CLUB MEETINGS 2022

There are currently 3 groups which will merge into 2 new groups from September 2022, when the Art Club year begins. More information is available on our Membership page and current members will be offered their preferred group at re-enrolment. Tap here    for the explanatory PDF document or members can pick up a printed version of the new art club format at the July meetings. Enrolment forms will soon be sent to all current members.

 

If you not yet a member and would like to join, please contact Maggie Read by email: pirbrightartclub@btconnect.com   

 

The new Exhibiting Artists group allows our more experienced artists to work on their own projects if they choose to, although there is an optional 'theme' set for those who feel they need inspiration! The Leisure Artists group is more geared towards painting and drawing for pleasure and learning. Maggie sets the 'themes' for each group and demonstrates as and when relevant. 

The current schedule and times for each group (running until August 2022) is set out below. Meetings are on Thursdays and they take place at Lord Pirbright's Hall, on Pirbright Green (all meetings are in the Main Hall). The hall is spacious and members normally have a large table to themselves where possible. We continue to adhere to advised Covid safety guidelines. 

Schedule until August 2022   (Please note all groups will be changing from September)

 

Group 1 meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Times 1.15pm3.45pm


Group 2  meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. Times are 1pm - 3.30pm 

 

Group 3  also meets on the 4th Thursday of each month - from 4pm to 6.15pm.

Tables are set up in small groups of 4 - 6 and members are seated at individual tables where possible. To avoid crowding, tea & coffee is now served in the large hall rather than the kitchen. 

CLUB MEETINGS - Spring to Summer 2022

Group 1 - Third Thursday of the month 1:15 - 3:45pm

February 17th

Winter trees – a charcoal study – drawn onto watercolour wash of a sunset sky (optional) prepared in advance. Large scale drawing from photo reference. Bring your own photos and various charcoal sticks.
Maggie will demonstrate and bring examples

March 17th

Bottles and Glass – still-life objects in pencil, charcoal or paint – draw on cartridge paper or watercolour paper. Maggie will provide some still-life objects for your use but bring your own if you prefer.
Maggie will show some tips on drawing techniques

April 21st

Drawing Facesfacial features at different scales – how to draw features using shading, without over-detailing. Bring pencils (eg. HB 3B 6B) and a sketch pad or cartridge paper. 

I will show some techniques for simplifying features on small scale faces and give you tips on proportion. Bring various photos of faces at different scales. Maggie will have some reference available too.

May 19th

Painting Small Figures in Watercolour - bring "not" surface watercolour paper, HB pencil and putty rubber, as well as your usual watercolour materials*

* Please contact Maggie for equipment list if you require one.

June 16th 

No set theme. Work on your own projects 

July 21st*

Castles & Cartwheels (own photo reference or complete any plein air work from the first two Outdoor Painting Days). Also bring your work for approval/advice/pricing for the 'Railings Exhibition' (which takes place on Saturday 30th July). 

*This is the last meeting of the art club year. Please watch this space for the new format and times starting in September.     

 Group 2 - Fourth Thursday of the month - 1:00 - 3:30pm

February 24th

Bottles and Glass – still-life objects in pencil, charcoal or paint – on cartridge paper or watercolour paper. Maggie will set up some still-life objects for your use but bring your own if you prefer.
Maggie will demonstrate/give tips on drawing techniques e.g. elipses

March 24th

Animal Portraits - using pastel pencils on pastel surface (Colorfix pastel paper will be available for sale if you would like to try it). Maggie will provide some reference photos or you may bring your own.     

Maggie will show examples drawn on *Colorfix paper

April 21st

Drawing Facesfacial features at different scales – how to draw features using shading, without over-detailing. Bring pencils (eg. HB 3B 6B) and a sketch pad or cartridge paper. 

Maggie will show some techniques for simplifying features on small scale faces and give you tips on proportion. Bring various photos of faces at different scales. Maggie will have some reference available too.

May 26th 

Painting Small Figures in Watercolour - bring "not" surface watercolour paper, HB pencil and putty rubber, as well as your usual watercolour materials*

* Please contact Maggie for equipment list if you require one.

 

June 23rd

No set theme.  Work on your own projects. 

July 28th*

Castles & Cartwheels (own photo reference or complete any plein air work from the first two Outdoor Painting Days). Also bring your work for approval/advice/pricing for the 'Railings Exhibition' (which takes place on Saturday 30th July). 

*This is the last meeting of the art club year. Please watch this space for the new format and times starting in September.     

Group 3 - Fourth Thursday of the month - 4:00 - 6:15pm

February 24th

Finding Contrast - an underpainting in monochrome – any medium. Whether landscape or still-life – it is important to establish the light and dark areas and to discover where the contrast lies! Make a black and white photocopy of your photograph to see this more clearly. Or use the edit function on your phone to view your photos in monochrome.
Maggie will show examples and bring books which have specific emphasis on paintings with strongly contrasted light and dark

March 24th

Quick Composition Studies - show how to make thumbnail sketches for your paintings from still-life, photos or en plein air! An important skill in preparation for painting – it is never wasted time!
Use your own choice of drawing media – pencil, charcoal, pen or other dry media – if you
want to give this a go! Examples (various paintings on a similar theme) will be on show to
give you ideas.

April 21st

Drawing Faces – facial features at different scales – how to draw features using shading, without over-detailing. Bring pencils (eg. HB 3B 6B) and a sketch pad or cartridge paper.

Maggie will show some techniques for simplifying features on small scale faces and give you tips on proportion. Bring various photos of faces at different scales. Maggie will have some reference available too.

May 26th

Adding Animals to a Painting – choice of medium …using an existing landscape or combining references to create a ‘scene’. Perhaps to add ‘life’ to a favourite view that you have photographed or a focal point….

June 23rd

No set theme.  Work on your own projects.

July 28th*

Castles & Cartwheels (own photo reference or complete any plein air work from the first two Outdoor Painting Days). Also bring your work for approval/advice/pricing for the 'Railings Exhibition' (which takes place on Saturday 30th July). 

*This is the last meeting of the art club year. Please watch this space for the new format and times starting in September.     

Maggie Read is always on hand to help members with their work on an individual (and socially distanced) basis. Maggie is a qualified art tutor, teaching all aspects of drawing and painting in many different media. For further information about Maggie Read, visit her website  www.maggieread.co.uk

There is an optional theme and suggested medium each month for anyone who needs inspiration! Members are encouraged to bring their own reference photos or source material to work from and use their own style and imagination to create original work...

 

We believe that art should express our own ideas and copying other artists' work is strictly forbidden, especially when it comes to exhibiting and selling art. Copyright rules are respected.

Our members work in a wide range of media, including drawing materials; watercolour; pen & wash; acrylics; pastels and oils.

(Please note, oil painters should only use water-mixable or low-odour oils.)

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Tutored painting meetings: most members purchase a Voucher Card for 5 x sessions at a slight discount from the monthly fee of £10 (cards are £45). These cards are stamped each time a member attends a group meeting. Voucher-cards can be purchased at meetings.

LOCKDOWN 2020

Polperro Harbour

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Staged demonstration

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by Maggie Read

May 2020
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The November theme for one group was "A Frosty Garden Scene in White Pastel Pencil on Black Paper". Maggie produced a series of demonstration photos and a slide-show, based upon her own painting for members to view on YouTube, as we entered another period of lockdown. Some of the staged photos are shown below. 

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2020's April theme was "An Interior Scene in Half-light" in watercolour. Maggie produced a series of demonstration photos from her own painting on this theme, see below.

The pictures should be viewed in conjunction with these documents, which can be viewed in either doc      or pdf      format.

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