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Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September

Artists in and around Cookham and Maidenhead will be opening their studios from 10.00am to 6.00pm.  There will be works for sale but just as importantly you will be able to meet the artists and talk about why and how they make their particular art forms.  CAMAT showcases a huge variety of different artists including textile artists, ceramicists, artists working in glass and metal, sculptors, painters and printmakers.  Jo will be delighted to meet you at her venue.  Save the date and information about CAMAT 2019 will be posted late May/early summer at www.camat.org.uk

Hair: Drawing Workshop

Saturday 17th August

10.00am – 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Drawing hair in pencil (graphite or coloured), conté crayon or charcoal, we will make at least two different studies of hair and several small sketches, looking at the importance of the underlying head or chin.  References for braided, curled, dreadlocked, straight etc. hair will be provided, and works for reference will include drawings by Leonardo, Rubens and Watteau.

For more information and booking visit www.nordenfarm.org

Summer in the Garden: Painting Workshop

Saturday 6th July

10.00am – 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Paint flowers in a garden setting from photographic reference or bring some garden flowers and a container.  Using pastel and/or watercolour the accent will be on creating a pattern of colours and plant forms.  Artists for reference; Renoir, Monet, Emile Nolde

For more information visit www.nordenfarm.org

Drawing Trees

2nd July - 13th August

Course of six sessions: Tuesdays except 30th July 10.00am – 1.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

We will explore a variety of tree forms finding ways to depict their character from observing their overall shape, branching, surface texture of bark, with and without leaves etc., using charcoal and pastel or line and watercolour wash.  For more information and booking visit www.nordenfarm.org

SGFA Centenary Exhibition, the Bankside Gallery, London

3rd - 16th June

The Society of Graphic Fine Art’s Centenary Exhibition continues at the Bankside Gallery, London.  The Private View will take place on Tuesday 4th June 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

The Society promotes drawing by hand in all its forms, from pencil to printmaking, and 85 Members will be showcasing their work.  Jo is very proud to be taking part in this event which will include works in contemporary and traditional styles. Visit www.sgfa.org.uk for more information about the Society.

Defacing the Surface: Watercolour Workshop

Saturday 1st June

10.00am – 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

The second of two watercolour workshops where we explore ways of creating shapes and textures as compositions in their own right, or for use alongside conventional brush strokes and washes.  Working in these ways may also produce interesting papers for collage.

In this workshop we will deface paper before starting the work by soaking and crumpling and/or while the work is in progress by indenting, creasing, scratching or tearing.

For more information and booking visit www.nordenfarm.org

Animals and Figures in the Landscape

21st May - 25th June

Tuesdays 10.00am – 1.00pm at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

This course of six sessions will help you breathe life into your landscape painting by including human, and animal forms.  Working in pastel and/or watercolour we will explore landscapes with sheep and cattle and also life on the riverbank.  For more details and booking go to www.nordenfarm.org

Castle and Countryside: Painting in and around Bardi in the Parma Apennines

Wednesday 8th May to Thursday 16th May 2019

Jo is tutoring a painting holiday at Casa Bezzia in the tiny hamlet of Pietracervara near Bardi in the hills above Parma.  This is a beautiful and relatively undiscovered part of northern Italy.  Bardi is an ancient town dominated by a medieval fortress on a prominence overlooking the valley of the Ceno river.  Drawing and painting in watercolour, we will visit sites including hill top villages, Bardi Castle, the bustling Bardi market, rocky riverbanks, and also a cheese factory producing the iconic Parmesan.  Other media can be accommodated in the well equipped studio.  For further information and booking inquiries visit www.casabezzia.com or contact  Sylvia Bell, E-mail: info@casabezzia.com or call +39 052571370

Transfers from Bologna airport are provided and the plan is to meet there early enough to travel on as a group to Pietracervara, should you book the course and arrive by air.  My flight arrives late morning and it would be good if everyone could arrive at Bologna by early afternoon.

Having just spent a few days at Casa Bezzia I can thoroughly recommend its peaceful location, the delightful countryside and Sylvia’s hospitality.  A materials list will be forwarded in good time but if you have any queries concerning materials or course content, do contact me by E-mail: johall@mhstudios.co.uk

Stencils and Lifting out: Watercolour Workshop

Saturday 4th May

10.00am – 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

The first of two watercolour workshops where we explore ways of creating shapes and textures as compositions in their own right, or for use alongside conventional brush strokes and washes.  Working in these ways may also produce interesting papers for collage.

In this workshop we will use objects either as stencils for spattering or for lifting out paint to make imaginative or abstract compositions. These may be developed further with additional washes and brush strokes.

For more information and booking visit www.nordenfarm.org

 

SGFA Centenary Exhibition: RBSA Galleries, Birmingham

3rd - 18th May

Members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art are celebrating the Society’s centenary by exhibiting at The Royal Birmingham Society of Art Galleries.  The Private View will take place on the afternoon of Friday 3rd May.

The Society promotes drawing by hand in all its forms, from pencil to printmaking, and 85 Members will be showcasing their work.  Jo is very proud to be taking part in this event which moves to the Bankside Gallery in London in June.  Visit www.sgfa.org.uk for more information about the Society.

Drawing with Coloured Pens

Saturday 16th March

Drawing Workshop 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Nearly all of us have a variety of coloured pens; ball point, gel, brush pens and paint pens etc. but their potential for drawing is not always realised.  Bring whatever you have, plus a brush and water pot for pens with water soluble ink and some cartridge paper and we’ll mark make, doodle, and think visually before launching into making intuitive drawings or a representational drawing from the objects or photographic reference supplied.  Jo will have a variety of pens with her that you may like to try and also some paper (cartridge and watercolour) will be available at cost.

Tickets from the Box Office at www.nordenfarm.org or call 01628 788997

Soft Pastel: Which Surface?

5th March to 9th April

Six Tuesdays 10.00am to 1.00pm at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Each week we will experiment with a different pastel support for soft pastels.  With such a variety of coloured and textured papers for pastel available, it can be hard to choose.  This course will enable you to try a variety of papers and how to prepare some of your own surfaces.  There will be a materials charge of about £7.00 to cover the cost of sample packs of small pieces of coloured, sanded and velour papers and also gesso, pumice powder and mount board off cuts for preparing your own surfaces. Please bring your own pastels and equipment.  Reference material will be discussed at the first session and during the course will include still life, plant forms and buildings.

Tickets from the Box Office at www.nordenfarm.org or call 01628 788997

Colour and Shape 2

Saturday 2nd March

Watercolour Workshop 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PP

In this second workshop we will explore harmonious and discordant colour combinations. The first part of the workshop will be spent making small abstract paintings exploring what happens when an unrelated hue is included with two closely related colours, followed by making a more considered painting. Our reference artists will be Matisse, and Craigie Aitchison.

Please bring gouache or watercolour and a reference if you wish to make a representational painting.  Some reference material will be available and paper will be available at cost.

Tickets from the box office at www.nordenfarm.org or call 01628 788997

Colour and Shape 1

Saturday 2nd February

Watercolour Workshop 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

This first workshop on shape and colour will be inspired by the works of August Macke, who along with Louis Moillet visited Tunisia with Paul Klee in 1914.  Using watercolour we will explore the colours and patterns of North Africa, especially Morocco and Tunisia. Photographic reference from Morocco of mountains, terraces, rural villages and small towns, Kasbahs and desert, donkeys and the occasional camel, will be supplied or bring your own.  Please bring your own materials.  Watercolour paper will be available at cost.

Tickets from the Box office at www.nordenfarm.org or call 01628 788997

What is a Line? Drawing Course

15th Jan to 19th Feb 2019

Six Tuesdays 10.00am to 1.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Using pencil, charcoal, and ink with brushes, pens and a variety of other tools, this drawing course explores line and mark making to produce representational and more intuitive drawings.  Suitable for beginners it will be presented in a way that should also be inspiring for those who are more experienced.  Starting with line the course goes on to explore; tone as it relates to colour, form, and pattern; lighting and chiaroscuro; negative spaces; acuity and simple perspective. Please supply your own materials.  Reference materials will be provided for the first session and reference for subsequent sessions will be discussed then.

Tickets from the Box Office; www.nordenfarm.org or Tel. 01628 788997

On Reflection

Sunday 18th November 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Set up a small still life on a piece of mirror card and see the objects and their surroundings reflected.  Reposition your objects and a whole new view will be revealed.  Record several arrangements in charcoal or pencil before painting your chosen composition in pastel, in a representational or more abstract way.  Mirror card and some reference objects including fruit will be supplied.

One day workshop £38

Tickets and information from the Norden Farm Box Office

Tel 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org

Black and White

Saturday 27th October 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Working with black paper, white paper, black ink and white ink or white gouache we will discover the power of working in areas and lines of stark black and white and of positive and negative shapes.  During the day we will make collages of black and white papers, black and white drawings and collages embellished with black and white line.

One day workshop £38

Tickets and information from the Norden Farm Box Office

Tel 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org

Shacks, Stones, Walls and Ruins: in ink and watercolour

16th October to 6th November

Tuesdays Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Make ink and watercolour drawings of constructions in the landscape, from allotment sheds and stone walls, to dolmens, and ancient hill forts, inspired by the works of John Piper.  These may include wax resist and found paper collage elements.

Course of four sessions £70

Tickets and information from the Norden Farm Box Office

Tel. 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org

The Selfie and Self Portrait

Saturday 13th October 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Bring a print of a ‘selfie’ other photograph of yourself, and if possible, a small mirror.  We will spend the day sketching then painting a self portrait in pastel and/or watercolour referencing the drawings and paintings of Rembrandt, probably the most famous self portrait painter of all time.

One day workshop £38

Tickets and information from the Norden Farm Box Office

Tel 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org

The Enchanted Garden

Saturday 29th September 10.00am to 3.00pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Paul Klee made many ‘Magic’ paintings of fish and imagined gardens and structures.  Taking Klee’s work and the enchanting works of contemporary pastel artist, Richard Cartwright for inspiration, we will make our own magic gardens in watercolour and/or pastel.

One day workshop £38

Tickets and information from the Norden Farm Box Office

Tel 01628 788997 or online at www.nordenfarm.org

 


Contact Jo by e-mail: johall@mhstudios.co.uk for more details of any of these events.