News Update March 2020

February saw a couple of interesting opportunities for members, with the artist Mo Awkati demonstrating the skills for working with coloured pencil and a workshop by Max Hale on pen and wash techniques.  
The coloured pencil demonstration saw a high input of new visitors and the workshop was oversubscribed and will be repeated on Saturday 18th April. This is open to all, but preference is given to members

Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder that it is the club’s AGM this Friday 13th (!) and this is the opportunity for members to have some input into future plans for the club. It has been a year of mixed fortunes with a drop in club membership initially and a much-reduced committee with members having to double up on jobs. This has put quite a strain on them and we are sincerely hoping to get more volunteers in the forthcoming year. On the plus side, we have had some extraordinary demonstrations, well-attended workshops, a “field trip” to Patchings Art Festival, and this all culminated in our best Annual Exhibition for some time, not only in terms of sales and increased takings but also with many compliments about the new cafe-style layout which encouraged more people to linger, chat and admire the works of art.

We would really welcome input from the floor or messages sent prior to the meeting about other activities members might be interested in, particular demonstrations they would like to see or even other changes they think would benefit the club.

Other excitement at the meeting will be the presentation of public choice prizes from the Annual Exhibition, sketchbook displays from some of our especially talented members, an opportunity for a life drawing session (fully clothed I understand though) and the chance to win a year’s club membership worth £25, not to be sniffed at!

Committee members

We will be asking for nominations for committee members at the AGM, anyone is more than welcome to put themselves or someone else forward for any of the existing posts and at the moment the Programmes Manager has no nominees at all and it is one of the most important jobs. The jobs tend to require periods where not a lot has to be done and then periods of frenetic activity, for example, at Exhibition times and we would welcome committee members who would like to just be part of the team and help out with smaller jobs such as poster delivery, from time to time without having to have a heavier commitment. Should anyone wish to put themselves forward for a post, let’s say experience is welcome but not essential as everybody pitches in to help and enthusiasm is much more valued.

We would particularly welcome TECHIES! Anyone with enough technical knowledge to help us upgrade our technical equipment .g.projector and/or troubleshoot other things of that nature

We still do not have a dedicated tea team and so will continue with the rota system for next year unless someone comes up with a better idea.

Membership Renewals

Please note that membership needs to be renewed from April 1st 2020. It still remains an inflation-beating £25 per annum and entitles members to free attendance at monthly demonstrations, preferential treatment and fees for workshops and the opportunity to exhibit with the club on occasions throughout the year. Payment can be made on the evening of the AGM by cash, cheque or card payment or by post.

Pen and Wash Workshops

The pen and wash workshop on Saturday 15th February turned out to be very popular and so was filled to capacity to try to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. It was more expensive than many of the workshops we have had in the past but we still determined to try and keep the participation costs low. We still have people who were on the waiting list and so have managed to get Max back for a second session on Saturday 18th April, his only free day for the rest of the season. places are filling quickly, so please let Lesley know if you wish to attend. It is open to all but members will be given preference.

For those of us who attended the last session, it certainly was quite an experience, and one I think most of us, however, practised artistically we might consider ourselves, found quite challenging. We nearly all came armed with nicely packed pencil cases, only to be told we only needed a pen, some smooth paper and a limited watercolour palette. No pre-pencil drawing was allowed, no rulers, no eraser, definitely no tracing (note to self Michaelangelo traced, it’s just in this instance it’s taboo) And although there were some barely concealed gasps at first and considerable moaning about not being able to draw a straight line (and that was just me!) we buckled down and worked pretty hard. It was a discipline well applied and learnt and as you can see from the pictures below definitely worth it. (Just some examples – more will appear in the gallery in due course)