One of our previous members and past club chairman, Ann Spooner, has died suddenly. Jean has sent the a condolence messsage on behalf of Art Club members.
Annual Subscription for 2017 and 2018
The committee has decided to hold this at the previous years rate. This represents excellent value as the membership fee also includes the two Wednesday morning sessions available each month, as well as Monday evening sessions .Remember that a discount of £5 is available for payments made on or before Joining Night on 4th September 2017.
'Wet into Wet'
Last night, the 8th of May Ashby Art Club enjoyed an evening of "wet into wet" watercolour painting by Andrew Geeson. Like many of us, Andrew had been a "tight" watercolour painter, painting objects and scenes as a true image of the real thing in both shape and colour. His style has now changed to a loose representation using more imaginative colours to give the tonal values of his subjects. He told us he is now more inspired by his painting and feels more relaxed
with his style, and to his delight lots of other people from around the world appreciate and enjoy his paintings, which can be seen on utube.
Andrews demonstration gave us enough instructions and techniques to start us on the road of wet into wet, it seemed he really wanted to teach us his methods so we too could get as much enjoyment from painting as he does. His methods were simple, 140lb not paper which he does not stretch, preferring to let it buckle a little, which allows a further degree of options for the paint to travel and settle. Just three brushes, a large one, a smaller rigger and a large sword liner,
student quality Windsor and Newton paints and lots of water. He draws a feint outline of his subject in a soft pencil and to ensure he keeps the drawing loose he hold the pencil, as he does his brushes at lease half way down. I think members had a very enjoyable evening, being instructed and entertained by Andrew and hopefully those who want to "loosen up" a little, now have a better idea of what they could do.
Easter Exhibition Party
On Monday the 24th of April the Ashby Art Club members had a party to celebrate another successful Easter Art Exhibition. I think I can report that everyone had a good time, Maureen and I had thought up some fun games and a good quiz to keep members amused and challenged.Click to enlarge.
Everyone brought delicious party food to share and the buffet and drinks were presented and served by Barbara and Carolyn, thanks guys. David took a few photographs of us all which are printed here. Jean announced the winner of "The Best in Show Picture" which was "Ann and Blue Boy" painted by Kay Smith, well done Kay.
Teams were asked to write a Limerick and were given the first line to start, my favourite was:
While I was baking a cake for Pam,
I pondered over chocolate or jam,
Lemon drizzle was out
So I gave a shout
And conjured a flan with spam.
And I thought you would like to see it.
April Demonstration by Yve Hill
Last night, on the 10th April 2017, Yve Hill, one of our club members and club Treasurer, presented for us a demonstration of painting flowers in oils in the Bob Ross style. For half of the evening Yve showed us some techniques of painting in oils, as many of our members are aware of the advantages of oil painting but use other mediums in their work, it was very interesting to see again what can be achieved with oil paints.
Within the first hour Yve had talked us through the colours she was using, the methods best suited to flowers and had produced a painting of a very nice vase of flowers. After coffee we were invited to try the painting for ourselves. There were plenty of volunteers, I think Yve had made it look easy and members hoped to get a good result following her instructions.Click to enlarge.
Using the right brush, mixing the paints as instructed and making a series of careful marks members produced very realistic leafs and flowers which the audience appreciated with a round of applause. The painting did not stay on the canvas for very long as it was wiped off ready for the next pair of "learners" to create their leafs and flowers.
It was a very enjoyable evening and the interactive session was well appreciated. I must give praise to Yve who worked very hard to present this demonstration. She brought lots of equipment ( well Terry, her husband helped with this) and she worked very fast to present all she did within a couple of hours, well done Yve you gave us an entertaining and exciting evening.
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Our Facebook Page
Joanne Boshell has kindly set up a Facebook page for Ashby Art Club, see www.facebook.com/
Mebers are invited to visit the page and to "like" it.
Some club members and tutors provide pictures for an art exhibition (in conjunction with the Ashby Camera Club) at the inviatation of the Castle Medical centre, Ascebi House, Burton Road.
The Art Club also displays paintings at the North Street surgery in Ashby, click on the Dr Sheperds Exhibition tab for more information.
Welcome to Ashby Art Club
And welcome to our website!
Anyone can come along and join Ashby Art Club on any Monday evening and /or on the second and fourth Wednesday morning each month.
If you would like to paint alongside like minded people, of all different abilities, then Smisby Village Hall is the place for you. You will find a warm and friendly atmosphere - so why not give it a try.
Annual Subscription rate
The Annual Subscription remains at £40 for the 2017/2018 season. This will give free access to Monday evening and Wednesday morning painting sessions and all demonstrations.
However, people who pay their annual subscription on of before joining night get a £5 discount, reducing the annual subscription to £35 for the 2017/18 season.
You can download a membership form by clicking on the attachment below
The full details of the Art Club programme can be found by clicking on the programme tab at the top of the page. Non members can attend workshops ( £5 extra to the fee) and come along to the demonstrations too ( £5 per demonstration).
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Ashby Art Club
Wednesday morning painting 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
From September 2016 the morning art club increased
to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month.
£3.00 Charge for non-members
26 July 2017
9 August 2017
23 August 2017
New Season starting 4 September 2017
Why not come along and join us, bring your friends - non-members are welcome (£3.00 charge)