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.
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.
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.
We had a blast trying to throw pots last term. The laughter coming from the room of pottery wheels was testament to this (see this blog post for evidence).
Anyone who missed it, or who wants a refresher of the basics, can now get their chance.
Angus is teaching a new weekly pottery workshop on behalf of the Cairngorms Learning Partnership next month. He’ll be covering the basic skills, including using the wheel, handsculpting and glazing.
The class will run at Grantown Grammar School every Thursday night (from 6-8pm), starting from May 11, for five weeks. The cost is £65.
More information on the course and how to book is available here on the CLP’s website.
Our counterparts in the Society of Badneoch and Strathspey Artists are holding a week of free art classes in the Iona Gallery in Kingussie.
Subjects on offer include acrylic and watercolour painting, felting and weaving. And there’s even a class teaching how to make “fauxidermy” – needle felting to make a fake animal head trophy.
Organisers are trying to get an idea of numbers interested so they can ensure that there is enough material and equipment to go round and spaces in some classes may be limited.
Best of all, it’s in the school holidays so if you’re babysitting or have some children to entertain, this could be a welcome addition to the schedule. But children must be accompanied by an adult.
The climax of the event is a big exhibition of all the work created during the week
Anyone looking for more information should contact: email@example.com
All you need to do it take a wee trip to Findhorn to the Moray Art Centre before the end of the month. It’s well worth a visit – with paintings, screenprints, photography, jewellery, etc, there’s a tremendous breadth of work to look at. And it’s fantastic gallery in a lovely wee village!
Even though we’re on our Easter break, the art doesn’t stop – particularly with lots of upcoming exhibitions. Our annual exhibition is in June this year and there’s a few more events planned.
And there’s a chance to join our tutor Angus on a silversmithing course in the evenings. He’ll be down at Kingussie High School every Tuesday during May, teaching how to make silver rings with stone settings.
Be warned: we understand that there are still spaces available but they do fill up very quickly!