Winter Programme (September-April)

Members meet every Wednesday in Ferring Village Hall, 9:30-11:30 A.M.

This year's Winter programme will appear here later in the year! See below for our Summer programme.

Date Subject Homework
Sep 6th Create various background pages & collect to work on later Paint emotions. Strong focal point. Not your usual materials
Sep 13th Use previous sketches, turn into storytelling work on the above
Sep 20th Portrait model Sarah.Tinted paper, crayon, paint, NOT just pencil
Sep 27th Paint an emotion. Mixed media, collage, etc. & Take summer sketches and paintings to display & critique
Oct 4th Dogs, cats, horses and cows. Use one BIG & one little brush Composition with Animals, BIG brush, little brush technique
Oct 11th Turn the above into semi-abstract painting, work on F.P.
Oct 18th Dog posing. Big brush, little brush, NOT just pencil please
Oct 25th Sketchbook keeping. Take your own, exchange ideas and experiment with new techniques and ideas & critique
Nov 1st The human figure in sport, hobbies, shopping. Use 3 colours Human figure & Hobbies, create semi abstract design with strong focal point
Nov 8th Christmas paper, print with cork, potato, string on coloured paper
Nov 15th Make simple Christmas card matching your paper
Nov 22nd Model drawing, male and female. Bold, cover entire page
Nov 29th Autumn colours, no white, make them sing. F.P. & critique
Dec 6th Interior with human figure at night, with lamplight Interior with Christmas tree
Dec 13th As above but daytime, light streaming through door/window
Jan 3rd DIY tools, wheels, people and sport composition Abstract or semi abstr. design of seemingly moving, rotating shapes
Jan 10th Collage of the above in abstract/expressive design; rotating and overlapping the shapes; cut/scissors or otherwise, using coloured paper/mags on cardboard
Jan 17th
Jan 24th Dog posing, large sheet, several poses, pastel/charcoal/watercolour
Jan 31st Ray of light/hope & critique
Feb 7th Bring beach, woodland and garden objects; pass to neighbours every 15mins A strange country, fantasy. With lettering?
Feb 14th Using the objects from last week, cut and arrange on board
Feb 21st Members posing, poster paint, bold, BIG brush, little brush
Feb 28th A strange country, wall art style, bold, with stencils & critique
Mar 7th Still life, vase, pots, flowers, fruit. Share. Bold shapes, F.P. Still life with wax resist technique and strong focal point
Mar 14th The above with wax crayons and ink resist technique
Mar 21st Nude posing. A5 paper, any material, NOT just pencil
Mar 28th Easter egg hunting. Watercolour, pen/rigger brush & critique
Apr 4th Machinery of some type. BIG/little brush, clear focal point Composition in one colour of different shades and tones
Apr 11th Above in totally red or blue compo, leaning towards other cols.
Apr 18th Members posing, dress up, scarfs, hats etc. No pencils pls.
Apr 25th If I could be very, very small or big. F.P. & critique
May 2nd Outdoor painting begins

F.P. Learn to put a clear focal point in all of your work this winter
Work together and exchange ideas in class as much as possible.

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Summer Programme (May-August)

Members meet in different locations every week to sketch and paint outside.

See above for our current winter programme!

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Demonstration Meetings

Art demonstration meetings are held on the third Saturday of every month at
Ferring Village Hall, 2.30-4:30 p.m.,
and visitors are welcome at these (£4 per meeting)

Demonstration Programme 2017/18

2017 2017 cont'd
Apr 29th AGM (N.B. MOVED from 22nd)
Followed by pastel painting demonstration by Caryl Smith
Sep 16th Paul Alcock Cityscape in water-mixable oils
May 20th Liz Seward Landscape in mixed media Oct 21st Christine Forbes Semi-abstract in ink and watercolour
June 17th Andrew James Portrait in oils - 2pm to 5pm Nov 18th Roger Dellar Portrait in oils
July 15th Phil Madley From seascape to abstract in encaustic wax
In St. Andrew's Church Centre
July 31st thru August 5th Annual Exhibition 2017
Jan 20th Rick Holmes Along the Thames in pastel
Feb 17th Maggie Treadwell Landscape in acrylics, demonstrating masking, creating texture, glazing and incorporating text
Mar 17th Dave White WORKSHOP Seascape in acrylics
10.30 to 4.30 (overall time)
in St Andrews Church Centre.
[numbers limited—cost £30 members £35 non-members]
Apr 21st AGM

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Our latest demonstration

Let there be light... with Roger Dellar

Most artists start with a chat about their paints or their brushes but not Roger.
Our final demo of 2017 started with an interesting insight into the use of lighting,
vital with portraiture. Roger explained - and demonstrated - how variations
in cold and warm bulb lighting could impact on the "tone" of the final painting.
From lighting, he moved to the relative position between model and artist...
noting the differences that could flow from having the eye contact above, below and level.

Soon it was time to get some paint flowing.

The first broad strokes appeared almost unthinking as Roger stressed how he began
with a general "mass" which would continuously become more refined. In fact,
his first "refinements" were pulling out some of the applied oil paint with a rag
to help establish the position of facial features. He was not keen on finite measuring
but preferred to see the angles between points - eye to nose to mouth to chin - comparing this
to how a sailor navigates. Only five minutes in and already we could see the general shape
of model Jack's head appear from those apparently random scribbles

Roger worked in a combination of traditional and water-mixable paints
plus a white alkyd (to help drying) all held together with white spirit. He used
a limited palette of primary colours emphasising that success was related to tone
rather than specific colour choices. For brushes, he did recommend Rosemary brushes, gently
dropping a hint that he would soon have his own name on some of these products.
His physical palette was easy cleanable glass with fold-over sides which would help
keep the paint safe and moist during transport.

It is all too easy for an artist to become so absorbed in the painting that he forgets
to explain to the audience what is actually going on... this cannot be said for Roger Dellar.
Throughout the demo, Roger gave a running commentary on his thinking - why he moved
from broad strokes to smaller; how he built-up shapes with short, straight lines; where he felt
edges should be pronounced or "lost"... and so on. He even had time for a number of anecdotes
which brought to life the relationship that must develop between artist and model.

In under two hours, the final painting emerged - a powerful depiction of Jack
with that back-to-front baseball cap. Roger still wasn't finished and explained how -
given a little more time - he would further enhance the portrait. The hearty round
of applause suggested that the audience thought no more was required! The old adage
that you save the best for last seems to have proved true with our final 2017 demo -
and leaves us looking forward to Roger's eventual return.

Click here to see some of our previous demonstrations!

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Location of Ferring Village Hall

Address: Ferring Street, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5JP


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Map to Ferring Village Hall

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