ART CLUB MEETINGS

Pirbright Art Club has four  different groups, each meeting once a month. Thursday Group 1, the original group, meets on the third Thursday of each month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Tuesday Group, meets on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:30pm - 7pm and is the only early evening group. Monday Drawing Group, meets on the fourth Monday of each month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meets on the second Thursday of each month, 1pm - 4pm. Each group has a maximum of 26 members and some members join more than one group.

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

There is an optional theme and suggested medium each month for anyone who needs inspiration! Members bring their own reference or source material to work from and use the medium of their choice. We work in a wide range of media, including watercolour, pen and wash, acrylics, pastels and oils. Please note, oil painters should only use water-mixable or low-odour oils.

A condition for exhibiting at the main Annual Exhibition is that current members must have attended at least 4 sessions in the previous year. New members must attend all three Autumn meetings to qualify for entry in the Annual Exhibition this year.

Members can purchase a card of 5 vouchers at a slight discount from the monthly fee of £10 (cards are £45). Maggie will then stamp one session each time a member attends. Voucher-cards can be purchased at meetings.

Thursday Group (1)

This group meets in the clubroom of Lord Pirbright's Hall, between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. This group is limited to 26 members and is currently full.


Tuesday Group

This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Clubroom, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. It has a maximum of 26 members and has a few spaces available starting in September. Please contact Maggie Read, if you are interested in joining.

 

Monday Drawing Group

This group meets in the Main Hall on selected Mondays once a month between 1:30pm and 4pm. The group is limited to 26 members and has a few spaces available starting in September. Monday group has separate themes, see the table below.

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Clubroom between 1pm - 4pm. Demonstrations based on the monthly themes take place in the Main Hall at 1pm. This group has a maximum of 28 members and has a few spaces available starting in September.

Please contact Maggie Read if you would like to be added to the waiting list for any of our groups.


Dates, Themes and Media for Spring 2020

NOTE THAT ALL CLUB MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

HOWEVER .............

Themes for each month can still be followed, at home. Maggie will be happy to advise or critique work via WhatsApp or by email. Members are also encouraged to post their own work on our Facebook page.

Thursday Group 1, Tuesday and Monday Group

Thursday Group 1, Tuesday Group and Monday Group's April themes were "early morning light". Maggie produced a series of demonstration photos based upon her pastel painting on this theme, see below. (Pastel medium is part of the Monday Group's theme, whereas the other two Groups are free to choose their medium)

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

MorningLight1
MorningLight2

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Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

The Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group's April Club theme was "an interior scene in half-light". Maggie produced a series of demonstration photos based upon her 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

InteriorPhoto
InteriorStudio

Interior1
Interior2

Interior3
Interior4

Interior5
Interior6

Interior7
Interior8

Interior9

 

Club Meetings

The original overview of Club Meetings, for all groups, for Spring 2020, as well as other important Club dates, can be downloaded here in either doc or pdf format

Thursday Group (1)

January 16th
Individual progress advice and advice on your work for 2020
You may bring work to be critiqued or just discuss ideas. Material overhaul - what should you keep, upgrade or throw out - bring materials for advice on how you should use them or what to buy. Otherwise work on your own projects - any medium.
 
February 20th
Start on your entries to the 2020 exhibitions - Summer Railings or December Annual. Its never too early to start working towards exhibitions! Maggie will help with ideas, e.g. figures, abstracts, interiors, street-scenes, sporting or still-life themes. Any subject, any medium, but consider your own strengths, previous successes, upgrading or adding to materials to give you choice, your available time and re-using frames to save cost. Lets have more drawings this year - pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, etc..
 
March 19th
Keeping a sketchbook - start one tonight or fill a couple of pages before the session - make it a habit. Draw things around the hall, sketch other people or still-life objects from observation. Examples of sketchbooks will be on show. A lay-flat or ring-bound pad is easiest to use when out and about. If you wish bring a couple of objects for study. Maggie will bring a few also.
 
April 16th
Clocks forward - early morning light (interpret this theme as you wish). Bring own reference and any preferred medium / surface.
Also - selection of work for Railings (July 25th) - bring work for advice (*).
 
May
There is no meeting in May (alternative date August 20th).

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

(*) Danny Doyle will be happy to receive your framing orders for our "Railings" exhibition. Please speak to Maggie or see under Contacts.

 

Tuesday Group

January 28th
Individual progress advice and advice on your work for 2020
You may bring work to be critiqued or just discuss ideas. Material overhaul - what should you keep, upgrade or throw out - bring materials for advice on how you should use them or what to buy. Otherwise work on your own projects - any medium.
 
February 25th
Start on your entries to the 2020 exhibitions - Summer Railings or December Annual. Its never too early to start working towards exhibitions! Maggie will help with ideas, e.g. figures, abstracts, interiors, street-scenes, sporting or still-life themes. Any subject, any medium, but consider your own strengths, previous successes, upgrading or adding to materials to give you choice, your available time and re-using frames to save cost. Lets have more drawings this year - pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, etc..
 
March 31st
Keeping a sketchbook - start one tonight or fill a couple of pages before the session - make it a habit. Draw things around the hall, sketch other people or still-life objects from observation. Examples of sketchbooks will be on show. A lay-flat or ring-bound pad is easiest to use when out and about. If you wish bring a couple of objects for study. Maggie will bring a few also.
 
April 28th
Clocks forward - early morning light (interpret this theme as you wish). Bring own reference and any preferred medium / surface.
Also - selection of work for Railings (July 25th) - bring work for advice (*).
 

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

(*) Danny Doyle will be happy to receive your framing orders for our "Railings" exhibition. Please speak to Maggie or see under Contacts.

 

Monday Drawing Group

January 27th
A tonal portrait in pencil - using your own photo(s) (male or female faces). Photos should be in colour, as art of the challenge will be interpreting the tones. The photo you work from should show a person's head - front-view or half-turned - measuring approx 6-8cms on the photo so that details are clear.
 
February 24th
A famous street-scene on a hill - using light pencil lines to draw in perspective and adding pen and colour-wash. Choose a well-known view. Maggie will demonstrate "Gold Hill" - the location of the iconic Hovis ads. Use HP (smooth) watercolour paper, if you plan to work in pen and wash. You will also need pen(s) with waterproof ink and a small box / palette of watercolour paints plus a brush.
 
March 23rd
A group or herd of animals - sheep / horses / deer, etc.. Using water-soluble graphite pencils, this will be a monochrome but it may be done on tinted card or watercolour paper - Maggie will have some for sale. Bring a water-soluble graphite pencil, e.g. Caran D'Ache:'Technalo' or Derwent. Maggie will have a few pencils to lend out if you wish to try before you buy.
 
April 27th
Early morning light - pastel on Colourfix surface* (or pastel paper). Your own interpretation of this theme - it could be an urban or city scene or mist over water .... you could even make it up! *Maggie will have some A3 sheets of Colourfix 'Rose' for sale, if you wish to try it.
Also - selection of work for Railings (July 25th) - bring work for advice (*).
 
May
There is no meeting in May. Instead there will be an extra session on August 3rd.
 
June 22nd
Pictures for the Railings Exhibition. Finishing work from the Art Club sessions, or your own projects, ready for mounting / framing. Advice given on presentation and tips for re-using frames. Mounts for sale at this session.
 
July 27th
Still life with Summer flowers - using soft pastels you can choose your viewpoint from a central set-up on each table. Maggie will help you decide how to create an interesting composition and show you some pastel techniques.
 
August 3rd
Outdoor session - around the village green. Sketchbook studies in pencil and pen - working 'en plein air', if the weather allows! (If not we will work inside). Bring a seat and wear suitable clothing. You will need a sketchpad or lightweight drawing-board with sheet(s) of cartridge paper attached.

(*) Danny Doyle will be happy to receive your framing orders for our "Railings" exhibition. Please speak to Maggie or see under Contacts.

 

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

January 9th
Interpret a photo in watercolour plus optional other media! - choose from two beach scenes, sent in advance for you to paint in your own style, using a creative approach. Bring your almost-finished painting for critique and suggestions for finishing. You may prefer to do the whole project in class.
 
February 13th
Monochrome portraits - watercolour painting using limited palette to make greys (suggest Viridian and Alizarin Crimson). Demonstration will mainly be of the painting technique, so please prepare an outline drawing ahead of the session. Maggie will help you adjust any dodgy proportions at the start of the session. The photo you choose should be of a human (male or female) head, measuring approx 6-8cms on the photo. Or you may choose one of my photos and get help to draw it on the day.
 
March 12th
Still-life made of random items - painting with a limited palette - another chance to try painting with two colours only. Bring all your paints and Maggie will show two different combinations of colours. Add pen drawing for extra emphasis if you like. Objects for still-life should be neutral in colour - examples are dried flowers, garden pots or household items. Bring something interesting and make your own set-up between you.
 
April 9th
An interior scene in half-light - watercolour and inks - painting on 'not' or 'rough' paper using the technique known as 'chiarascurro'. Bring you own photos of a view into/through a room. Think of a stately home or country house hotel you have visited. You will need acrylic inks, as well as watercolours. Also bring white acrylic ink or gouache.