Winter Programme (September 2018-April 2019)

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

Date Subject Homework
Sep 5th Work out some of your summer sketches Summer sketches worked out, with good contrast
Sep 12th Bells of any kind, make a good composition first & work out
Sep 19th Portrait model, one pose for the morning
Sep 26th Waiting at the bus stop & critique
Oct 3rd Oriental style landscape, watercolours & ink Surrealistic paintings use your imagination
Oct 10th Work out/finish the above using good contrast & focal point
Oct 17th Surrealistic still life. Study Dali etc. but use your own design
Oct 24th Sign posts, fences, poles etc. Mixed media
Oct 31st Make a composition from more than one picture/photo/sketch & critique
Nov 7th Messy table after tea/meal/painting session. Christmas card and paper designs, or picture
Nov 14th Work out the above in a finished painting, good composition
Nov 21st Nude model posing
Nov 28th Design Xmas card, 1 large flower filling page, colours and gold & critique
Dec 2nd Bring lace, or detailed object, piece of bark. Pencil drawing Patterns in pencil
Dec 9th Make patterns with various twigs, pen ink, splatter & pastel shade colours in between
Jan 2nd Composition with tubular shapes. Watercolour glazes Poster design of your own choice, for a holiday resort
Jan 9th People lost in an abstract world, possibly the above
Jan 16th Self portrait. Study Jugend style & adopt, use your own design
Jan 23rd Poster for Sussex holidays, broad shapes 3 col. combinations
Jan 30th Horse riding on the beach & critique
Feb 6th Build impossible structure. Study M.C. Escher, but own design Treasure island
With lots of colour and structures
Feb 13th Losing balance, abstract. Keep it very simple, broad design
Feb 20th Nude model posing. Think of creating a statue/solid shape
Feb 27th Treasure Island. Use lots of shades of brown and some gold & critique
Mar 6th Fish, dead/alive. Ink/tea/watercolour/splatter. Experiment Snow scene with animals in it
Mar 13th A monster in land/sea/town scape, can use fish from above
Mar 20th Animals at play. Pastels/acrylic
Mar 27th Snow scene in woods/garden/with animals perhaps & critique
Apr 3rd Study famous painting. Copy, but change the main subject Rooftops. Turn it into an interesting design
Apr 10th As above, stick closely to artists technique, make it a surprise
Apr 17th Portrait. One pose for the morning. Try pastel/watercolour/pen
Apr 24th Flat abstract geometric shapes, repetitive eg. roof tops & critique
May 1st Outdoor painting begins

Learn to put a clear focal point and good contrast in your work.
Work together and exchange ideas in class as much as possible & enjoy!

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Summer Programme

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 2018/19

2018 2018 cont'd
May 19th Catherine Barnes The way forward - finding a solution to your artwork problems Sep 15th Paul Witton Watercolour in a loose and engaging style
(At St Andrews Church Hall)
June 16th Lindsey Pearson Using Brusho - an interactive session Oct 20th Anne Chadwick Creating an interesting sky in acrylics
July 30th-August 5th Exhibition of members work in Ferring Village Hall Nov 17th Marcus Finch A figurative session in acrylic or oil
Jan 19th Sharon Hurst A fantasy face concentrating on shaping, skin tones and glazing, in watercolour
Feb 16th Paul Simmons An oil landscape
Mar 30th Tony Parsons Portrait in oils
Apr 27th AGM

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Our latest demonstration

An Italianate Scene in Watercolour by Paul Witton

Despite a temporary change of venue to the Church Hall, the session was reasonably well attended, including 9 guests.

Paul is a local artist who paints with the Arundel Art Society. It is clear that he is passionate about loose watercolour painting, and cited Jack Merriott as a major influence. “Big paper, big brushes and confidence” was a phrase he used often.

Paul offered the choice of two different paintings, Turf Lock or an Italianate scene. The latter was selected and he started to work on an intial pencil drawing, with no other reference than his memory and imagination.

He was using mainly M. Graham and Co. tube watercolour paints, a size 16 sable brush and 300 gsm Bockingford paper. The paper had been stretched using a system called the Perfect Paper Stretcher. This clearly fascinated many of those present. No more sticky brown tape!

Paul summarised his technique as working big to small, light to dark and avoid fiddling with small brushes. He prefers to use granular colours rather than those that stain and it was fascinating to see the colours blending on the paper.

Members and guests alike fully engaged with the demonstration and gathered around to watch Paul at work. Paul took care to explain at every stage what he was doing. One of the more unusual phrases was “chuck some dark watercolour on and see what happens”.

After the break, Paul started work on “the small” - the figures and details in the masonry. The figures were rendered with the same large sable brush, as were the details in the stone-work. When he framed the finished work with a mount after less than 2 hours, everyone present was impressed by what had been achieved in a very short time.

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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