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.

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Summer Programme (May-August)

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

Date Venue Painting Ideas Meeting/Parking
May 3rd Highdown Gardens Interesting Chalkpit Garden with ponds Parking on top of Highdown Hill
May 10th Castle Goring Castle and gardens Turn South off A27 near Holt Farm La. Before pub & entrance to Worthing
May 17th Ilex Way Ferring Trees, cottages, views Sea La. Small cp. and on road parking
May 24th West Burton House Permission to stay on, take a picnic House & magnificent grdn. Downland views West Burton La, off A29 Ignore ALL righthand turns 0.8 miles, just beyond grass triangle entrance on left.
Jun 7th St Andrew’s church Steyning* Church, picturesque cottages, village streets Parking in car park opposite the church
Toilets, plenty of tearooms
Jun 14th Channel View Ngs. Garden Pretty gardens, privately owned 52 Brookbarn Way, Goring-By-Sea
Jun 21st Sea Lane Café* People, Sea views, Beach, tamarisk walk Goring, Car park
Toilets and Cafe
Jun 28th The Waterside Pub, Shoreham Beach* Panoramic views of Shoreham across the river Pub Cp. and on road parking
Pub open at 11 for refreshments. Toilets
Jul 5th Amberley Castle Castle, gardens, views of Downs. Entrance just before/ West of village. Cp. next to castle entrance Toilets
Jul 12th Ecclesden House Gardens Magnificent house, garden & views Turn off A280 nr. Footbridge. Keep left, then 1st right. Parking
Jul 19th Boxgrove Priory Priory ruins and church with interior Cp signposted off The Street Boxgrove
Drinks & toilets in nearby village store
Jul 26th Allotment Gardens Worthing Sheds, pots, vegetables and flowers On road parking and entrance at the end of Ringmer Road. Arrive promptly at 9.30 to be let in.
Jul 31st thru August 5th Annual Art Exhibition - Ferring Village Hall
Aug 9th River Café Amberley* Views of Ancient bridge from private café garden Entrance just after/East of the bridge.
Café. Cp. Refreshments obligatory
Aug 16th Cissbury House Nepcote Views over the Downs, house and gardens Turn off A24 into Nepcote La. At bend, continue straight on on to house
& Cp Toilet
Aug 23rd Arundel Bridge, either side of Bridge, castle, Mon Dieu ruins, village, people On road parking and Cp. Toilet in Museum Cp. Tearooms
Aug 30th Worthing Dome* Dome, Sea & views, pier Bus No 8 from Ferring, or park where you can.
Sep 6th Back to Village Hall for Winter Programme
* Any outing near a pub or tearoom would provide an excellent opportunity
to have lunch together afterwards.

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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

Superlative portrait painting by Andrew James

On this Queen's birthday, we were royally entertained by Kent-based artist, Andrew James,
creating a vibrant and emotion-packed portrait of model, Jack. He explained
how portraiture starts with forming that human connection with the sitter before determining
the "mechanics" - the positioning of artist and model, and the sources of light which create form
and help determine the depth of shadow. Then the fun began... not with a careful outline
of Jack's face but a few minutes worth of what seemed like frenetic scribbling...

As the random doodle became a human shape, Andrew took up his palette and applied
large blocks of colour, reflecting only light and shade and the warm and cooler sides of the head.

Whereas some artists might prefer their model to remain as still as possible,
Andrew freely engaged Jack in conversation, happy to answer questions on his technique and
approach. Andrew explained how he had chosen the colours on his palette to reflect the tones
he saw in Jack's skin. Today he had chosen Titanium white, lemon yellow (known as bright lake
in Michael Harding), yellow ochre, Cadmium red, magenta, pthalo blue, burnt umber and a light green.
To a question from the audience, Andrew mentioned that he ofter found viridian green useful
in black skins but that he was too vibrant in most Caucasian skin tones.

Andrew stressed that - in his approach - it was critical to establish the whole face and allow
individual elements to emerge rather than become obsessed with detail in, say, the eyes
or the mouth. For this reason, he used a limited number of (hogs hair) brushes, all close in size,
and did not resort to smaller brushes in areas like the eyes. He believes that this ensures
a consistency in how the paint is applied even when the actual brushstrokes are varied.

The last part of the painting was the background, purposely left so Andrew could use it
both to help "carve" the image into the ground and also to ensure he matched the facial tones
with those behind. It was interesting how at this stage Andrew would apply strokes
to the background ... then back to the face ... then the background and so on.
Another way of maintaining all-round harmony.

Time beat us all in the end and Andrew was forced to end the session long before he thought
a polished painting would emerge. While he thought of it as no more than "an instructive sketch",
the audience was delighted to have been present for a true masterclass of portraiture.
Model Jack was also delighted when he was presented with the final canvas.

For more information on Andrew James, RP, do visit his website at

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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