With just a few days to go until we launch our summer exhibition, Cairngorms, here’s a wee reminder about the requirements and arrangements.
Members can exhibit up to four works, at a cost of £2 each. Forms have been sent out and should be returned to Liz Downie, with payment, by Wednesday Jun 14 at the latest.
Artworks should be handed in at Grantown Museum on Saturday June 17, 1-2pm. They must be framed – fitted with D-rings and cord, not wire. Works should also be taped at the back, along with a label detailing the title, artist’s name and price.
No clip frames and if works are too heavy/large, they may have to be exhibited on the floor.
The opening event is from 6.30pm-8pm on Saturday June 17 – all welcome so bring your friends. Drinks will be provided but members are asked to contribute a plate of nibbles.
The rota for manning the exhibition is circulating via e-mail so do volunteer for a shift if you can. Having members there really does help.
As usual, commission on sales is 20% (split between the group and the museum: the rest goes to the artist).
Collection of works will be on Saturday July 1, from 5pm.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there and enjoying the art!
The opportunities for building new skills are coming thick and fast this month!
Our member Ally Wardlaw has organised an embroidery workshop for Saturday May 6 at the Nethy Bridge Community Centre.
She’ll be teaching two or three different stitches (with a contemporary twist!) that you’ll be able to use to create some unique artwork. Ally will provide some materials, including backing material, threads, beads and needles but participants should bring their own scissors, threads or material scraps they wish to use, and an embroidery hoop if possible.
The workshop will run from 10am-3pm and the cost is £20 per person. The community centre has disabled access, kitchen and toilets. Bring you own lunch!
Spaces are limited to 10 so please contact Ally by email to let her know you wish to come.
And a wee reminder that we’re back on Wednesday for a new term. See the Summer Term page for a provisional timetable.
A reminder that it’s the end of term so we’re celebrating with a visit to The Craig Bar for pie and chips. Please note: The classroom at Grantown Grammar is not available.
Art group is off for a couple of weeks. Check the Summer Term page for details of what we might be up to when we get back.
But keep going with the wonderful work you started this term – lots of exhibitions coming up next term…
A chance to work on any ongoing projects you have – whether painting, clay or pastel.
For those doing clay work, you can have a go at glazing. But Angus is also offering the chance to have your drawing turned into a wee transfer for sticking to your ceramics. These are really effective in adding something extra to your piece.
They work brilliantly when they are a simple drawing so if you don’t have anything ready for tomorrow, you can have go during class.
However, these need to be sent away to be printed by a specialist so they need to be finished by the end of the lesson.
Blank ceramics will be available to those who have not made anything in the past few weeks, at a small charge (£1 per piece).
Please remember money for glazed ceramics (£2 per piece).
And there’ll be a selection of Cairngorm-themed images for inspiration.
See the pictures below for some examples of Angus’s use of the transfers.
It’s back to clay work this week. Angus will show us how to use white clay and recycled glass to make a lovely tealight holder. And there will be a Cairngorm theme to link in with our exhibition plans.
Also, the Consequences exhibition at Eden Court Theatre has come to an end and Rona will bring the works to class from 6.30pm for members to collect them.
See you all then!
A week off from learning new things – this Wednesday is a tutoring night. Get help with your ongoing work!
However airbrushing equipment will be available for those who want to keep going with the wonderful landscapes they started last week.
And it’s parents evening so Angus may be a little late to class!
Our foray into airbrushing techniques continues this week after a busy class last week.
On February 1, Angus gave a quick demonstration of how to use the equipment to achieve a misty effect. As a base, we painted bright skies, blending in horizontal sweeps to create a smooth transition from blue to white from the top of the paper to the middle. Then we added a mountain silhouette in a greyish-blue tone, taking the colour down a little way more.
Using the same horizontal sweep technique, we used the airbrush and added white mist to the bottom of the mountains, making it appear as if they are fading away. The landscape developed with more hills and trees, each receding into the mist.
There were lots of squeals of delight (and a few of surprise) as members got to grips with the workings of the airbrush. Space was cramped but everyone got a go and was concentrating hard! Hopefully we all avoided the blotchy effect that Angus demonstrated – although as you can see below, it did look quite pretty. Perhaps this will be a useful effect for someone’s work?
On February 8, we’ll continue the painting and maybe get onto doing clouds!