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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.

 

 

 

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SURPRISING ~ EXCITING ~ CHALLENGING ~ ENLIGHTENING

Some of the emotions that your creativity can release through the simple act of making Art.

 

Many find this process a deep comfort, a way to meditate, to concentrate all your mental energy to the task your hands are completing, leaving worries to one side for a few hours.

 

Its simple, the more you do the better you get.

 

Make this New Year a special one and fulfil your creative potential. Let us guide you on your path through demonstration, inspiration and encouragement to believe in your own unique gift.

 

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Juliette and Barbara have been busy organising an array of interesting classes and workshops to fill the coming months with tempting visual treats.

Our classes are especially adapted to welcome all abilities at any level of artistic skill, beginners are gently guided through the basic skills and within a few sessions are speeding along their creative path. Never be afraid to have a go

CLASSES START FROM TUESDAY 9th JANUARY ’18 ( unless its snowing!)

Tuesday 10 am – 12.30 – PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd  ( 01424) 424010

Tuesday 1 pm – 3.30 pm –  ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

Wednesday10am – 12.30 – ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

(01424) 838264

Please feel free to ring the tutors for more class and booking information.

 

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TUESDAY 12TH DEC ~ PORTRAIT CLASS CANCELLED

DUE TO SNOW

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A CREATIVE NEW YEAR

CLASSES RESUME TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY 2018 (WEATHER PERMITTING)

Enjoy the beautiful winter whiteness and get filled with artistic inspiration, watercolours with salt or watercolour wash then put your painting outside for that authentic ice crystal effect!

 

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END OF YEAR GIFT

November 28, 2017

December – brings the end of the first term at Mountfield Community Arts, with midwinter drawing in. Just a quick reminder about extreme weather – if it’s snowing and below freezing then all our classes will be cancelled, we don’t want anyone driving if the roads are dangerous and as the lane at Mountfield is rural it tends not to be gritted. So if its snow, stay in bed, keep warm and do some art related homework instead.

Barbara’s Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning classes have broken up for the festive season

Juliette’s Tuesday morning Portrait classes second term ‘ INTRODUCING COLOUR’  begins on 5th December with the second class on 12th December before the Christmas break.

ALL CLASSES START BACK on TUESDAY 9th January 2018

We would like to wish all our students and supporters a very Merry Christmas and an exciting and productive New Year

 

GIFT VOUCHERS – As these have proved so popular we are again offering a range of gift vouchers for the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT ever – choose from one taster session, a half term (5 weeks ) or the full term ( 10 weeks) Voucher – please contact either tutor to arrange as prices vary

Barbara – (01424) 838264  barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk

Juliette  – (01424) 424010 juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

 

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Presenting this fabulous Historical themed workshop, suitable for both painting and drawing mediums.

Medieval Costumed model with authentic Harp – holding the same pose all day.

Participants can either concentrate of a Portrait composition or the full figure ( although some drapes may change after breaks) with added backdrop and props.

This workshop is fully tutored and all abilities are welcome, guidance adapted to individual needs.

 

Date ~ Saturday 28th October 2017

Time ~ 10am – 3pm

Venue ~ Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Tutor ~ Juliette Dodd

Fee ~ £45

As usual complementary refreshments available throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred art materials.

Early booking essential for these popular events as places are very limited

Contact Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

ART CLASSES with BARBARA VALENTINE ~ Start Tuesday 12th SEPTEMBER 2017

PORTRAIT CLASSES with JULIETTE DODD ~ start Tuesday 19th SEPTEMBER

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 * MOUNTFIELD COMMUNITY ARTS ~ ESTABLISHED 10 YEARS AGO IN 2007 *

It’s our Anniversary year and we are thrilled to continue to offer superior Art tuition in this beautiful rural location. Easily accessed via the A21/ A2100 and within a 30 minute radius from Battle, Bexhill, Hastings, Rye, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Hurst Green, Etchingham, Burwash, Heathfield, Robertsbridge and surrounding villages. Our classes are so sought after students travel from as far afield as Eastbourne and Romney Marsh for our special sessions.

Specialist Art classes run by qualified tutors who are also practising professional Artists in the heart of East Sussex.

These highly popular and celebrated courses are very welcoming and friendly as well as informative and enlightening. We are happy to offer taster sessions before committing and can provide gift vouchers for a session or full term for the perfect present.

Extensive refreshments are available during each class catering for most needs, if you have any specific dietary requirement please inform the tutors who are happy to cater to your desires i.e Coeliac, lactose intolerant, vegan etc

All ages and abilities very welcome – you’re never too old to learn something new!

MIXED-MEDIA ART CLASSES – Tuesday afternoons 1 – 3.30 pm & Wednesday mornings 10 am – 12.30 with Barbara Valentine.  This amazing course consists of three 11 week terms and introduces the students to a full range of mixed-media with special attention to Watercolour painting. Barbara is a world renown and award winning Miniature painter and this is a unique opportunity to learn this ancient and mysterious tradition under expert guidance. Many students follow self directed projects, depending on experience, and learn new techniques adapted to individual needs. Each session has a botanical themed still life arranged for your delight, with seasonal flowers, fruit and foliage especially gathered from Barbara’s own beautiful cutting garden to inspire and enthral artistic works. All classes hold an array of practical equipment and a selection art materials needed so students can try a range of  mediums before they buy their own – advice happily given by the tutors.

Mixed-media encompasses all the art materials generally available and easily purchased from local independent suppliers including @The Crafty Norman in Battle and @In-Perspective at Bexhill. We offer our continued support to all these amazing shops for their dedication to our local and artistic communities and hope you do too.

Mixed-Media Term starts on Tuesday 12th September at 1 pm

For bookings and further information contact Barbara Valentine on (01424)838264  – email – barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk

PORTRAIT CLASSES ~ Tuesday mornings at 10 am – 12.30 with Juliette Dodd . This structured course specifically concentrates on Portraiture and runs in three distinct terms throughout the academic year. Term One – 10 weeks – Introducing Portraiture – starting at the beginning of how to get a likeness, facial structure and anatomy, shading and texture. Working with a range of drawing mediums from pencil, ink pen, conte, chalk and charcoal, teaching traditional academic drawing through to expressive experimental at a slow easy to follow pace. Term Two – Introducing Colour – with 5 weeks each concentrating on Pastels and Watercolour Pencils, building up students skill base and confidence as well as experimenting with individuals styles and strengths. Term Three – Introducing Paint – working with Watercolour and Acrylic paints in an easy to follow gradual way, this term helps deepen the technical application as well as learning colour mixing.

All Portrait sessions work from one or two models – depending on class size – as maximum of 10 students per sitter is preferred. Using live models gives a far superior subject to draw and paint, with an infinite variety of views, lighting and positions to choose from.

Term starts on Tuesday 19th September at 10 pm

For bookings and course enrolment contact Juliette Dodd on (01424) 424010 – email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

VENUE ~ MOUNTFIELD VILLAGE HALL TN32 5LG ( for more precise directions look in the ‘About” section)

FEES ~ Barbaras MIXED-MEDIA ART Course ~  £95 for 11 week term

PORTRAIT course ~ £120 for 10 week term paid in advance ( preferred)  – £13 per individual session ( please contact Juliette before you drop in )

Refreshments  ~ tea, coffee, de-caf coffee, herbal teas and a selection of nostalgic chocolate biscuits to delight and energise break times ~ £1

ANY QUERIES PLEASE RING THE TUTORS FOR A CHAT

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SATURDAY 22nd JULY

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Costumed Portrait Painting Workshop – with young actor sitting for the whole day wearing Historical costume ( 1066 – Medieval Knight). Perfect opportunity to indulge in oils or acrylics and concentrate on an exciting and dramatic portrayal of this whole figure composition.

This is a tutored workshop for all abilities, beginners supported and experimentation encouraged for those that want to take their skills further.

Don’t be afraid to step into the darkness – big brushes and plenty of boldness – the safe zone is stagnant – time to swim with the tide.

SURPRISE YOURSELF AND ENJOY THE RIDE!

PLACES LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Venue – Mountfield Community Arts ~ Mountfield Village Hall

Fee – £45

Refreshments provided – Portable easels available – Bring a packed lunch and your preferred mediums. Arrive early for a 10 am start.

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