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This months portrait workshop is specifically designed for the use of chalk Pastels as an Art medium.

Exotic model dressed in rich and vibrant colours accompanied with glittering jewels to make the most of this dramatic medium.

All abilities welcome, especially beginners to this medium, as expert tuition and guidance  will be given by the tutor.

Step by step demonstrations.

As usual there is very limited places so early booking recommended.

Pastel Portrait Workshop – Saturday 26th May 2018

Venue – Mountfield Community Arts, Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Time – 10 – 3 pm

Fee – £45

For bookings contact Juliette Dodd ( 01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

Refreshments provided throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred Art materials.

Dark or richly coloured paper is advised to get the maximum results.

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

 

 

 

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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COLOUR RUSH

December 5, 2017

 

 

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PORTRAIT CLASS –

The first of a 5 week introduction to Pastels – everyone relished drawing our fabulous model with her wonderfully colourful hair and make up. I usually limit the beginning to one colour plus charcoal and chalk but made an exception for this session.

Still keeping colours to a minimal pallet – skin tones – red and terracotta and hair colours – blue, purple and green. Two drawings were completed, after break with added glasses,   a real challenge but a very enjoyable exercise

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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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