NEW CLASSES 2018 – 19

August 16, 2018

   CLASSES BEGIN ON TUESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Welcome everyone – it’s time to think about continuing the amazing journey of creation and knowledge, to hone your artistic skills and gain new ones.

Lifetime learning is a vital human desire –  to help keep a healthy brain and stimulate your imagination on a deeper level.

This year the tutors at Mountfield Community Arts are continuing to offer courses in their specialised areas – enabling the students to gain the highest quality education and absorb the maximum benefit from the classes.

All mediums and subject matter are covered – plus a wide range of approaches and different painting and drawing techniques.

These classes happily embrace beginners with open arms, the tutors main aim is to spread the joy and love of creativity through self expression to everyone.

Join our weekly relaxed and friendly groups of like minded students.

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       ART  COURSES

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd – Tuesday Morning – 10 – 12.30

Welcoming new beginners, as well as returners with this gentle approach to drawing and getting a likeness. Easy to follow formula and step by step demonstrations and guidance. All student get individual attention aimed at improving their own unique style.

The first term gradually introduces a wide range of drawing mediums from pencils through to pen and ink, then getting a little bit bigger and bolder with they dynamic medium of charcoal.

10 week term – £120

To enrol please contact Juliette on ( 01424) 424010 or

Email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

ART WORKSHOPS with Barbara Valentine – Tuesday 1 – 3.30 and Wednesday 10 – 12.30.

Barbara’s expert teaching offers students a concise and broad range of artistic skill-based problem solving.

Students are encouraged to work on their own personal projects with the invaluable help and professional input from Barbara, to success in their artistic aims.

Beautiful and inspiring seasonal still life arrangements are supplied at every session ready to be turned into your own work of art.

Barbara demonstrates and discusses a huge range of traditional and contemporary painting techniques,. These include : Oils, watercolour and acrylic and also specialist silk and  fabric painting to create your own personalised gifts as bags, scarves or aprons etc.

The wonderful world of Art is yours for the taking.

11 week term – £97

To enrol please contact Barbara on (01424) 838264 or

email – barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk

 

TERM DATES 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11th September

HALF TERM ( to coincide with the local Schools) 23rd / 24th October – NO CLASSES

CHRISTMAS BREAK – Starts on 29th November for Barbara’s classes

–  Juliette finishes on 12th December

 

 

 

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This years intensive course will be mainly aimed at beginners and those with only a little experience of this wonderful painting medium over a six week period.

Starting off with step by step demonstrations by the tutor, with special attention to composition and proportions and individual guidance given to each participant.

Working directly from the model in the same pose with props for three consecutive sessions. Students benefit from this rare opportunity to spend the extended time working on their pictures. Thus enabling an in-depth and detailed Portrait painting over the course of two different three week topics.

Very Limited places to this highly popular annual event, the class has the maximum of 10 students and booking are on a first come first served basis.

Dates – Six weeks from Tuesday 12th June – 17th July 2018

Time – 10 am – 12.30 pm

Fee – 6 week course £85

Oil paints, mixing medium, easels and pallets can be supplied on request.

Painting surfaces are Canvas and prepared boards which will be on sale, please contact the tutor beforehand with your request.

Bookings and further information contact Juliette Dodd on (01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

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– Students painting from 2017 Summer School –

 

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DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCED BEYOND MY CONTROL THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO SATURDAY 26TH MAY

After the amazing work produced during the last workshop I have the greatest of pleasures to organise this rich visual feast for your delectation.

‘The Queen Of Sheba’ was a Biblical character who has, throughout the millennium, sparked the imagination and inspiration of many great artists to create the most beautiful Artworks.

The whole tableaux of this gorgeous subject will be a stunning array for participants to relish.

Working all day from one pose, we have the beautiful Ethiopian model in costume, surrounded by Royal drapery and artefacts to help recreate this regal subject matter.

Suitable for pastels or oil paint, as the colours will be sumptuous and bright.

Beginners are very welcome as there will be Demonstration by the tutor and individual guidance tailored to each participants needs.

VERY LIMITED SPACES – on a first come basis, £20 deposit required which is non- returnable if the participant fails to attend.

VENUE – Mountfield Community Arts, Mountfield Village Hall, Robertsbridge TN32 5LG

TIME – 10 am – 3 pm

FEE – £45

Portable easels available , although they are best for sitting at rather than standing due to height. A2 boards at the venue. Refreshments provided throughout the day. Disabled access and facilities. Free parking

Please bring your own art materials and a packed lunch.

BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – Juliette Dodd (01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythese1@gmail.com

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Degas Pastel Techniques

March 24, 2018

During the Degas pastel workshop I tried to take progress shots to show the building up of colours. Using a similar loose style to this Impressionist artist.

My version of ‘The Absinth Drinker’ by Latrec, this is titled ‘The Gin Sipper.’

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Keeping the pastel strokes visible with no blending.

IMG_0043Laying on the many colours, bright ones first.

Keeping the whole composition loose with no hard edges to tie you too.

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Colours are toned down using charcoal.  Change some surface contour lines to show form.

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For depth of darkness use Black pastel or compressed charcoal.

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Background and still life kept loose so the eye is drawn to the Portrait.

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I hope that helped you to have a go using this approach with pastels  – do it the Degas way!

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Especially to coincide with the current Degas Exhibition at the National Gallery London entitled ‘Drawn in colour’ – on until 7th May ’18

This Figure/Portrait workshop will study the pastel application techniques of Degas, while working from the model, in one pose all day.

Especially aimed at beginners to the medium as well as the more experienced, we shall work on coloured paper with a limited selection of pigments to create the maximum effect of light.

Workshop starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm

Please bring your own materials and a packed lunch.

All refreshments are provided during the day.

Spare boards and easels are available at the venue.

Fee – £45

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall, TN32 5LG

Full wheelchair/disabled access and facilities on site.

Due to the high demand, only a few places remain, please book early to avoid disappointment – ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

* The accompanying portrait is not the model for this workshop *

Portrait in Pastel Strokes

January 23, 2018

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During this mornings Pastel Portrait class students were encouraged to use a different approach and technique, similar to Degas. Not blending like last week, but layering colours using cross-hatch directional strokes, this method shows the surface form and contours in. Building up skin tones starting with bright colours then overlaying paler highlights. This method gives the flesh a rich depth of subtle colours, works best on a large scale.

Pictured is my 15 minute demonstration portrait on A3 coloured paper.

* As this was such a popular and successful class I will be holding a DEGAS themed Pastel Workshop on Saturday 24th March, where we can spend the day indulging in a full figure rendition. Details will follow shortly.

 

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After this mornings wonderful session I’d like to share with you all a very brief Pastel tutorial. As my weekly classes are only two hours for actual drawing ( plus 30 minutes break time for looking, chatting and refreshments) there doesn’t leave a lot of time for ‘faffing’, we just get on with pure portraits in a dynamic and concise approach.

 

1.   One way is to start off with a faint charcoal outline for general composition and proportion, followed with the laying on of colours. Highlights, reflected and warm skin tones, either blended of left textured, depending on your personal preference. Remember there is no ‘right way’ OR ‘wrong way’ – its your picture so you are the boss and can do whatever you want to.

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2.   Leave the final details until the end, taking your time and really looking at and checking the position of all the facial features. Use charcoal for your blacks as its much more forgiving than black pastel or compressed charcoal, easily rubbed or brushed out with your finger tips.

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3.  Finishing touches with the lightest highlights using white pastel or chalk, crisp up the edges with charcoal, a quick spay with cheap hairspray to set the pastels, avoiding the white parts which will dull.

 

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Well thats was easy enough! Most students complete two pictures during a morning session, each once progressing from the first, plenty of scope to try different colour combinations and techniques. Go on, have a go yourself…..

 

Or enrol for the Tuesday morning Portrait sessions and join in the fun.