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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

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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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Roll up, roll up…..Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to present for your delectation, an extra special portrait workshop, introducing this CABARET themed painting day.

Perfect subject matter for all mediums – pastels, watercolours acrylics and oils.

We have the wonderful Gillian as our muse for the day, a circus & burlesque performer, ready and willing to entertain us while sitting as still as a statue.

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* The Pose begins at 10am  – including props, costume and model

* Finish at 3pm with the grand cleaning of the brushes ritual

* Tutored workshop – individual guidance to all participant.

* All abilities very welcome

* Paints, canvas and portable easels can be provided on request.

* Refreshments provided throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch.

* Limited places available ~ please book early with a £20 deposit

* Fee ~  £45

* Venue ~  Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Contact – Juliette for queries and bookings ( 01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

COLOURING THE NEW YEAR

January 6, 2017

Start the new year as you mean to go on – set goals – make plans and release your creative side.

Art classes start again in January working with colour to help brighten up the dull winter months.

Juliette’s Tuesday morning Portrait classes are concentrating on Pastels for the next few sessions. After a slow build up before Christmas, students can experiment and have a bit of fun using the intense pigments this medium is known for .

Class start date Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 10 – 12.30

 

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Barbara Valentine’s mixed-media classes vein a week later on Tuesday 17th January 1 – 3.30 and Wednesday 18th Jan 10- 3.30.

Lots of interesting subjects and techniques explored including coloured pencils for fine observational drawings (example pictured) as well as more expressional renditions of familiar scenes and landscapes.

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New students are always welcome to come for a taster session before committing, bring a friend and have some fun. Classes are open to all abilities – have a chat to the tutor

Juliette – (01424) 424010

Barbara – (01424) 838264

Independent Art Classes in East Sussex between Battle and Robertsbridge, within 30 minutes drive from Bexhill, Hastings, St.Leonards, Rye, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Wadhurst, Heathfield

Mountfield Community Art is run by professional artists and qualified tutors with many years practical experience – Bringing high quality Art education to Rural East Sussex

NEW TERM & WORKSHOPS

November 18, 2016

New Portrait term starts on Tuesday 29th November, concentration on ‘Introducing Colour’ for 10 weeks

Students will gradually be introduced to coloured pastels during an intensive 5 week period using this versatile medium. We have an inspiring array of new sitters to draw and working on a larger scale helps to free up everyones unique style.

There are still a few places left on the course, with two models per session in this mixed abilities class.

WORKSHOPS 2017

Due to popular demand I’ve been busy organising regular monthly PORTRAIT workshops on the following dates –

Saturday 25th March ( Mothering Sunday weekend – perfect gift)

Saturday 22nd April ( tail end of the school Easter Holidays)

Saturday 27th May

Saturday 22nd July ( a follow on from the Oil Painting Summer School)

 

Each workshop runs from 10 am to 3 pm, refreshments provided, please bring your own art materials and a packed lunch.

The model will be in one pose for the whole day – perfect opportunity to get the oil paints out and have a intensive painting session. Step by step demonstrations and advice.

  • Fee £45 for the day – includes individual tuition from the tutor – Juliette Dodd
  • When booking, a £20 deposit is requested to hold your place.
  • Open GIFT VOUCHERS are available for these special days with the date to be decided by the recipient.

Contact – Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

For venue directions please look in the ‘About’ section

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GREETINGS EVERYONE – we hope you’ve all had a wonderful Summer break, now we’ve rested, refreshed and rejuvenated – we are raring to go!

Mountfield Community Arts has continued to inspire and encourage the artistic side of all our students in all mediums.  Our aim is to spread the joy of creativity and enable everyone to gain the courage to continue their journey.

Weekly classes begin again for the new term on Tuesday 13th September. Juliette Dodd teaches the morning Portrait class at 10 am – 12.30. Specially adapted to for beginners, topics included are the secrets of getting a likeness, easy to follow rules of measurements and proportions, plus useful tips on composition. The first term concentrates of the fundamentals of drawing as the basis of all great art, using pencils, conte, pen & ink, charcoal and chalk. Keeping things simple until its time to progress.

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Barbara Valentine holds regular weekly classes in Mixed-media, encompassing a whole range of different techniques and media – pastels, oils, watercolour, pencils etc. Tuesday afternoons plus two sessions on Wednesdays to cater for all abilities and subjects. Students are encouraged to work on their own projects under the expert guidance of multi award winning miniature painter, Barbara Valentine.

All the classes held here at Mountfield are very informal and friendly, attracting people from all walks of life and varying distances away, coming together in a shared love of art and beauty. These unique classes strive to encompass the traditional teachings of art from practicing artists/ qualified tutors who can genuinely make a difference to your life.

Classes –

TUESDAY morning 10 – 12.30  ~ PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd – a variety of different models weekly

Fee £100 per 10 week term

TUESDAY Afternoon 1 – 3.30 ~ MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine – Different media taught including watercolour, oils, drawing and sketching

WEDNESDAY morning 10-12.30 ~ MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine – Painting and drawing. Floral, landscape, miniature and personal projects, all with individual tuition. Demonstrations for various techniques during each session, Q&A plus tutorials and critique

Fee £90 per 10 wek term

For bookings and course information and enquiries please contact the tutor –

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

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

 

 

I am often asked where people can find out about my next public demonstration so this is a brief list of my future events. Many Art groups and societies welcome new guests for a small fee, please feel free to come along on the day.

Friday 16th October – Lydd Art Group – 7 – 9 pm – Introduction to Portraiture ( Charcoal & Chalk)

Thursday 12th November  – Wood Church Art Group – 10am – 12.30 – Introduction to Portraiture

Thursday 28th January ’16 – Fairlight Art Group – 2 – 4 pm – Watercolour Portraits

Saturday 9th July ’16 – East Sussex Arts Club – 2 – 4.30 pm – Pastel Portraits

Recent demonstrations of  ‘INTRODUCTION TO PASTEL PORTRAITS’ were at the Three Oaks Art Group and Arlington Art Group, I started off with a run down to get a likeness in charcoal then ways of approaching the subject with only a few selected colours. Working from my young model Alexandra, after break all the member joined in a short workshop to try their hand using my described techniques, with great results from both groups.

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Carrying on the pastel theme I created the annual Hastings Old Town Carnival Queen Portrait as a public demonstration outside ( luckily the weather was lovely), gathering an interested crowd of onlookers. The framed portrait was presented by the Mayor of Hastings at the official Crowning Ceremony at the beginning of August as part of Old Town Carnival week.

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INK PEN & WASH demonstration was fun at The Society of Eastbourne Artists one evening in September, calling for volunteers from the audience I managed to draw 8 quick portraits in the time. Each one showing a different approach to using this traditional but unforgiving medium. One of my pictures went horribly wrong but that was good to show everyone not to be worried about making mistakes as its something we all do!

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Something unusual – ‘ A RELIEF PORTRAIT IN CLAY’ demo for the Battle & District Art Group in September. The audience were fascinated to watch how quickly the relief was begun, I worked on a pre prepared clay slab and managed to create a likeness in the time, after break the members could ask many questions while I worked on the finer details. The projected image from the camera really helped show this technique as I worked quite small and on a flat surface.

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Other mediums and subjects what are suitable for a two hour demonstration are ~

ACRYLIC Portraits –  this can also be done fast, from approximately 20 minutes to an hour, with running commentary plus Q&A, so allows time for members to join in.

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OIL Portraits – a two hour painting demonstration working from the model, with commentary.

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WATERCOLOUR Portraits – working on a smaller scale, this medium would be better suited to Art Groups that have a camera with Projector. Demonstrations will be fast ( 15 – 20 minutes) allowing for a few different approaches to be shown plus colour mixing. Suitable for the whole group to join in.

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WATERCOLOUR PENCILS – again this is a fast demonstration, lasting about 20 – 30 minutes and also allowed plenty of time for the group to join in. Works will be on a small scale so a camera & projector would be needed for optimum viewing.

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PORTRAITS FOR BEGINNERS – This is a sure fire introduction for all ages and abilities showing how to get a likeness very easily. I used this approach recently with a local Scout group ( aged 7 – 13)  to help them gain their Art badges, then a few days later showed the same methods to The Weald of Kent Art Group ( aged 50 – 99) with similar results and very happy participants.

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Please contact me to book a talk & demonstration for small parties, art groups and societies, clubs etc, mainly in the South East of England. Fees are dependant on medium, travel and model requirements also if it is a workshop and/or a demonstration.

Tel. (01424) 424010 – mobile – 07900 466709

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com