Sketching

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More portraits this week, with Angus leading a string of varied drawing exercises for the class.

Using resources and each other as models (including Angus himself), members sketched their way through: drawing upside down; drawing while not looking at the papers; drawing using only straight lines; and using graphite pencils.

The class fell near silent as everyone concentrated on capturing the details of faces – though there was plenty of laughter when people went round the class to check out the results.

Coming up on Wednesday May 17 – more portraits and a painting challenge.

 

 

 

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The main event last Wednesday night (May 3) was portraits, though the wonderful weather tempted a few members onto the roof for a wee sketching session.

Angus ran through the basics at the start of the lesson:

  • draw an upturned egg shape for the head;
  • eyes to go halfway down, with each eye taking up a fifth of the width and being spaced one eye-width apart;
  • end of the nose halfway between eyes and chin;
  • mouth halfway between nose and chin.

The brave grabbed a mirror and attempted self-portraits, while others used photographs of faces to have go. You can see the some of results below.

This week (Wednesday May 10) there’ll be more portrait work, with some drawing exercises designed to improve our sketching.

Dec 14: Flowers

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We’d love to bring you pictures of last week’s class but we don’t want to spoil anyone’s Christmas surprise. Just take our word for it that everything looked great and Santa has been very kind to you.

This week it’s a flashback to more colourful times with mixed media flower painting. Angus will demonstrate a range of techniques to allow the class to create beautiful and expressive pictures of flowers.

There will be materials available and, thankfully given the season, some source imagery, but feel free to bring your own.

A sunny start to the year

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Great to see so many members at the first Wednesday night of the new term – particularly with the lure of a perfect summer evening and the Olympics competing for your attention.

As well as the familiar faces, we welcomed two new members. And they were treated to a pretty perfect Spey Art Group experience.As well as getting a glimpse of the new banner, there were new Spey Art Group aprons for everyone present.

And with the atmosphere in the art room being so stuffy, a few of us went up on the school roof (for the second time this year) where the cool breeze was very welcome. The views were glorious and members enjoyed the challenge of sketching the Cairngorms.

And then there was cake, thanks to birthday girl Kerstin. Could all our Wednesday nights be this good this year?

 

 

Still life (transparent stuff)

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This week we learned how to draw transparent objects for still life. It was good fun and the results were impressive.

That’s life (drawing)

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The Cairngorms Learning Partnership is offering the chance to learn or improve your life drawing skills.

Dan Cottam will be teaching a life class at the Iona Gallery on June 18, from 10am-4pm.

Activities will include:

  • quick sketches and warm ups
  • compositional and proportional sketches
  • measuring in space and using relative comparisons
  • How to use light and shade to create form
  • Using negative space
  • How to create perspective and deal with foreshortening

The six hour class cost just £65. To book, click here to get to the CLP’s website.

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Sunshine on Grantown

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With the glorious sunshine shining down on the town, we were to have the chance to get onto the roof of Grantown Grammar (after the appropriate risk assessment and trip hazard warnings!) on Wednesday night.

A small group braved the stiff breeze and enjoyed lovely views of the Cairngorms and the Cromdales – as well as an exercise class, tennis players and football training. The atmosphere was even topped off by the skirl of pipes!