Peer Critiques Useful Words

Term 2: Colossal Progress!

International Women's Day: Annie Swynnerton, art pioneer

Friday, 24 June 2011

Planned field trip to Saltwell Park

We will be visiting Saltwell Park on 7 and 14 July from 10am to 1pm. 
For class members, here is the 10-point information we discussed in class: 
1. Meet in the small car park accessed by driving into the Joicey Road car park entrance then driving onwards to the second smaller car park. Tutor will be there from 9.30am. 
2. The trip is weather dependent. If the weather makes it impossible to do we will return to Lyndhurst and have our lesson there.
3. Wear sensible shoes and clothing to cater for both rain or sun (we can always hope for the latter!).
4. Bring your own refreshments. If there is time we might be able to pop in to the cafe in the park but this may prove impractical. Though we plan to stop at 1pm we can be flexible and perhaps go to the cafe then for a quick discussion and a cuppa.
5. You need to bring: 
i. an A2 or an A3 sketchpad/paper. I suggest you bring mid tone green or blue paper or a range of coloured papers. Bring white paper too and/or if you do not have any coloured paper.
ii. Sketching pencils
iii. Colour chalk pastels (you will need a range of greens so you may need to buy some green pastels if you only have two or three types in your set)
iv. A digital camera (if you have one) - the tutor will also bring his camera.
v. Masking tape
6. The tutor will bring the boards and easels for everyone. If you prefer to use your own bring them.
7. We will be working in small groups that are not too spread out so the tutor can get to everyone easily during the session.
8. Be aware that the ground may be slippery and uneven so you might slip or trip.
9. If you have a health problem please tell the tutor at the start of the session.
10. Make sure your tutor knows your emergency telephone number in the event of an incident.

If you cannot make the lesson or you are going to be late email the tutor by clicking on: Or tell one of the other learners if you know their contact details and they will then inform the tutor. Alternatively call the Lyndhurst office and they will relay your message to the tutor.

How to add comments on our blog

Following our class survey here (below) is a text and pictures guide to adding comments to our blog. Click on the images to see the page larger or to download to your printer/computer. See also the resources page "Fair Comment" policy (draft) to read the guidelines on etiquette of commenting.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Water Project week one

This week we started on our two-week exploration of water as a subject. Here are the early stages of the work so far and some completed work. Also we have a portrait from Janice and a logo design from Ann for her group. As usual we have the full image plus a detail so we can  think about the next step. 

In order of appearance, top to bottom: Ann, Bob, Frank, Harry, Janice, Jean, June, June B, Mary, Michael, Peter, Rose, and, Val. The details give an oriental "overlapping" perspective feel to the water scenes as well as emphasising some early victories in the image making process!

Friday, 17 June 2011

The survey

As discussed in class, it would be helpful if as many of the group as possible complete our brief learner survey. Thanks to those who have done so already!
Painting by: Peg Morris, US.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Monday, 13 June 2011

New website with resources/links

Came across this site today and thought it might be useful and interesting for our group members to look at: PASTEL NEWS

At the Shipley Gallery

In the previous posts you can see our latest visit to Gateshead Council's famous Shipley Art Gallery and Museum. Here are some photo's of our visit to the gallery prior to our work in the education room. We looked at paintings in the collection to help us understand some of the ways to represent surface textiles which we then tried in our own work (see previous postings below).

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Shipley 2: folding textile studies

In our second week at the Shipley Art gallery we looked at paintings in the collection to see how other artists tried to paint folded materials. Then we worked on still-lifes that we set up with two contrasting types of cloth. Below is the full painting (all unfinished) plus a detail. It is in the details that we can see more precisely how our skills are developing. What seemed like a simple task turned out to be quite a challenge - but good for the brain! In order below our work is: Ann's Beamish tram, Bob's still-life, Frank's still-life, Harry's still-life and large townscape, Mary's still-life, Moira's still-life, Pete's still-life, Rose's still-life, Val's still-life and large landscape. 

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