ART CLUB MEETINGS

Pirbright Art Club now has four  groups. Thursday Group 1, which was the original group of the Club, is an afternoon group, meeting on the third Thursday of each month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Tuesday Group, meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:30pm - 7pm is the only early evening group. Monday Drawing Group, which opened in 2013 has meetings on selected Mondays each calendar month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Our new group - Thursday Watercolour Plus! - meets on the second Thursday of each month, 1pm - 4pm. Each group has a maximum of 26 members and some members join more than one group.

Maggie Read is on hand to help members with their work on an individual basis. Maggie is a qualified art tutor, teaching all aspects of drawing and painting in many different media. For further information on Maggie Read, see her website at www.maggieread.co.uk

There is an optional theme and suggested medium each month for anyone who needs inspiration! Members bring their own reference or source material to work from and use the medium of their choice. We work in a wide range of media, including watercolour, pen and wash, acrylics, pastels and oils. Please note, oil painters should only use water-mixable or low-odour oils.

A condition for exhibiting at the main Annual Exhibition is that current members must have attended at least 4 sessions in the previous year. New members must attend all three Autumn meetings to qualify for entry in the Annual Exhibition this year.

Members can purchase a card of 5 vouchers at a slight discount from the monthly fee of £10 (cards are £45). Maggie will then stamp one session each time a member attends. Voucher-cards can be purchased at meetings.

Thursday Group (1)

This group meets in the clubroom of Lord Pirbright's Hall, between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. This group is limited to 26 members and is currently full.


Tuesday Group

This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Clubroom, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. It has a maximum of 26 members and is currently full. Please contact Maggie Read, if you are interested in joining.

 

Monday Drawing Group

This group meets in the Main Hall on selected Mondays once a month between 1:30pm and 4pm. The group is limited to 26 members and currently has a few spaces available. Monday group has separate themes, see the table below.

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Clubroom between 1pm - 4pm. Demonstrations based on the monthly themes take place in the Main Hall at 1pm. This group has a maximum of 28 members and is currently full with a waiting list.

Please contact Maggie Read if you would like to be added to the waiting list for any of our groups.


Dates, Themes and Media for Autumn 2019

An overview of Club Meetings, for all groups, for Autumn 2019, as well as other important Club dates, can be downloaded here in either doc or pdf format

Thursday Group (1)

September 19th
Advice and critique session - recent work.
Bring any recent piece/s. A chance to have input from the whole group, or just a one-to-one, of work for appraisal/advice. Alternatively, you can work on a project of your own choice and I will give individual guidance. Any medium.
 
October 17th
Pot-luck still-life - various objects to draw. Pencil / charcoal + sketch-book.
This session is also for selection of work for the Annual Exhibition - please bring your best work for advice. Entries do not have to have been done at club meetings. Additionally framing advice can be given.
Note that our framer will NOT be present during this meeting but will attend the Tuesday Group meeting on October 29th. You are welcome to attend the Tuesday meeting but please arrange a time with Maggie beforehand.
 
November 21st
Castles in the Air! - using ‘wash’ pencils!
Have you visited a castle this year? Bring your photos for reference (or choose one of the selection of photos available). Short demo and examples of technique.
Water-soluble graphite pencils. You also need a sheet of good quality cartridge or HP w/colour paper (i.e. smooth surface) plus brush and water-pot.
This session is for pricing framed pictures (and unframed block canvases) for the Annual Exhibition (deadline November 24th).
 
December
No Meeting. Annual Christmas Social - more information soon.

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

 

Tuesday Group

September 24th
Advice and critique session - recent work.
Bring any recent piece/s. A chance to have input from the whole group, or just a one-to-one, of work for appraisal/advice. Alternatively, you can work on a project of your own choice and I will give individual guidance. Any medium.
 
October 29th
Pot-luck still-life - various objects to draw. Pencil / charcoal + sketch-book.
This session is also for selection of work for the Annual Exhibition - please bring your best work for advice. Entries do not have to have been done at club meetings. Additionally framing advice can be given.
Framer will be on-site from 5pm, with sample mouldings, and will take framing orders.
 
November 26th
Castles in the Air! - using ‘wash’ pencils!
Have you visited a castle this year? Bring your photos for reference (or choose one of the selection of photos available). Short demo and examples of technique.
Water-soluble graphite pencils. You also need a sheet of good quality cartridge or HP w/colour paper (i.e. smooth surface) plus brush and water-pot.
Note that this session is too late for pricing of framed work for the Annual Exhibition (deadline November 24th). Tuesday members may attend the November 21st Thursday Group 1 or the November 14th Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group  meetings if they wish to price work but please arrange a time with Maggie beforehand.
 
December
No Meeting. Annual Christmas Social - more information soon.

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

 

Monday Drawing Group

September 30th
Drawing in pen & coloured wash! Holiday photos - seascapes
& waterside scenes.
Demo - free-hand pen-drawing and added colour washes.
Bring HP watercolour paper (Maggie will have some for sale); pen/s with permanent ink (dip-pens or disposable drawing pens such as Faber Castell: Pitt Artist’s Pens; watercolour paints (a few basic colours will do); palette and water-pots.
 
October 28th
Halloween still-life in pastel-pencils - colourful objects. A large central still-life will be set-up for those who wish to follow the theme. You may bring your own interpretation of the Halloween theme if you prefer. Demo - pastel techniques and working bright colours on dark pastel paper.
You will need a piece of dark-coloured pastel paper or Art Spectrum Colourfix card (e.g. blue, purple, black) and pastel pencils.

This session is also for selection of work for the Annual Exhibition - please bring any completed work for advice on which pieces to frame or mount.
Note that our framer will NOT be present during this meeting but will attend the Tuesday Group meeting on October 29th. You are welcome to attend the Tuesday meeting but please arrange a time with Maggie beforehand.
 
November 25th
Drawing dogs using Artists Soft Pastels. You may bring your own photo (close-ups please) but Maggie will have a selection of photos if you do not have one. Demo - Sketching out main proportions and using pastel techniques for hair texture.
Bring pastels and pastel paper or Colourfix pastel card in harmonious colour such as brown or tan.
Note that this session is too late for pricing of framed work for the Annual Exhibition (deadline November 24th). Monday members may attend the November 21st Thursday Group 1 or the November 14th Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meetings if they wish to price work but please arrange a time with Maggie beforehand.
 
December
No Meeting. Annual Christmas Social - more information soon.

 

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

September 12th
Impressionistic watercolour seascapes with foreground rocks - bright colour washes with added pen drawing - using your own holiday photos or selecting from those provided, paint broad washes of strong colour and draw back in with pen and ink, adding more colour where necessary.
Bring a sheet of HP (smooth) watercolour paper or buy one from Maggie on the day. You will need watercolour materials and a pen (holder & nib - see note*) plus waterproof black, sepia or other coloured inks. *You may prefer to use artists’ drawing pens such as the Faber Castell ‘Pitt’ pens.
 
October 10th
A garden scene with shrubs and flowers - using masking fluid in layers - mask for ‘whites’ first but then see how you can use masking techniques for added impact on top of dried first washes. To get the most from this session, you could prepare two paintings in advance. (NB. Use photos with lots of colour & detail).
You will need to bring: 2 x prepared paintings# (different garden scenes) if poss; masking-fluid (e.g. Winsor & Newton or Pebeo); applicator/dip-pen; your own photos of gardens (Maggie will have some to select from too); watercolour materials.
#1st painting - draw main shapes & mask ‘whites’ or light colours/ tiny shapes within the foliage etc.
#2nd painting - as first one but paint the first light wash/es (e.g. lemon and light greens on foliage)
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This session is also for selection of work for the Annual Exhibition - please bring any completed or promising work-in-progress for advice on which pieces to frame or mount.
Note that our framer will NOT be present during this meeting but will attend the Tuesday Group meeting on October 29th. You are welcome to attend the Tuesday meeting but please arrange a time with Maggie beforehand.
 
November 14th
Snowy/frosty scenes in monochrome - mix the colour from three primaries and watch as it separates! Using blotting & salt techniques and masking fluid over dried colour again. Maggie will have some photos you can select from.
You will need: ‘not’ or ‘rough’ surface watercolour paper (at least 140lb / 300gsm weight is best for this technique - heavier if possible); watercolour paints needed are Ultramarine; Alizarin Crimson and Lemon Yellow.
This session is also for pricing pictures for the Annual Exhibition catalogue - Maggie will be seeing members with their exhibition work from 2.30 pm onwards. If you aren’t ready today, we can organise another time to price your work before the deadline (24th November).
 
December
No Meeting. Annual Christmas Social - more information soon.