TOTTON ART SOCIETY BLOG

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Monday, April 22, 2019

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP SATURDAY 18th MAY

Sign up for our next Saturday workshop with Betty Rackham at the next Demo Evening. Names and fees to Claire. The workshop will run in the Community Centre from 10am to 4pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Watercolour Landscape

WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL

PETER FRENCH will demonstrate how he paints a landscape in watercolours.

Monday, April 1, 2019

AGM ,Demo on Painting surfaces, Bring and Buy


AGM AND PAINTING SURFACE DEMO 

AGM

All current members of the Committee who agreed to continue were re-elected and Henry Needham was elected onto the Committee.
We still need a Publicity Officer and a Treasurer but hopefully we will have these soon!! 
Full details of the meeting will be available in the minutes. 

BRING AND BUY
Claire had organised this so thanks to her and to everyone who brought and bought. 

Demonstration on painting surfaces by Di.
It was obvious that Di had spent many hours investigating and preparing this demonstration.

She explained the advantages and disadvantages of different surfaces and their preparation for painting. 3mm MDF is rather thin so it is best to use a thicker MDF as is the case with plywood. Plywood  and hardboard bend and are affected by heat and water.  All surfaces have to be primed and it is best in the case of MDF to use a sealer or shellac. As MDF is carcinogenic and contains formaldehyde it is best to cut it wearing goggles and thoroughly seal it on both surfaces and sides.
 
An ordinary paint primer is no use as it doesn't last - it cracks and peels off.
Di then showed us how to make gesso from 2 parts paint : 1 part whiting : 1 part PVA glue : 2 parts water. Texture can be added using eg. egg shells, vegetable netting or pulses or by making it thicker to use it as a texture paint. The first coat of gesso should be thin but the next 2 or 3 thicker.
 
All the boards can be covered with fabric. First cut the board to fit the frame then cut the fabric either to the edge or leaving an edge to be folded over. A disadvantage is that it can wrinkle.
 
Aluminium is another surface which can be used. It is light and indestructable and can be used with many media but not pastels. It must be cut to fit the frame. It is first sanded with a block then wiped over with alcohol to remove dirt and dust before priming with gesso. Pictures can be hung by attaching wooden stripes with superglue then using hooks or self-adhesive hooks can be used.
 
We thank Di for a very interesting and useful demonstration which will prove very useful for future paintings. Full details are available on her website

Friday, March 22, 2019

DATES AGAIN

AGM
WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
FRIDAY 12TH APRIL

ART EXTRA
TUESDAY 16TH APRIL

NEXT DEMONSTRATION EVENING
WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 18TH MAY

Details see previous Blog

NEW DATES

  ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING MORNING 10.15 – 12.30 (approx.) King John’s House, Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT  Sketch in the garden and chat over a drink in the café. Voluntary donations (£1- £3) via Di to King John’s House would be appreciated
 
ART EXTRA AFTERNOON
TOTTON & ELING COMMUNITY CENTRE 1.30 – 3.30 p.m., Draw or paint among friends.  Please book beforehand with Claire Palmer. Cost £1
SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019   MEMBERS’ SATURDAY WORKSHOP
Totton & Eling Community Centre 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
 
                 ART NOUVEAU         with BETTY RACKHAM
We will look at the way the Art Nouveau movement developed and the different styles of painting that arose and try some out ourselves. MORE DETAILS AT THE AGM.
Claire Palmer will be taking bookings for our next ‘in-house’ workshop at the AGM meeting. Please bring your £5 booking fee when you put your name on the list. Alternatively contact Claire to arrange a postal booking. The fee is due to be paid before the day.  


 
 

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Hawthorns Cafe

Sketching on Southampton Common

Four dedicated members sketched on Southampton Common on a cool and breezy morning in March. It was good to study the natural forms of the trees. The hot drink in Hawthornes Cafe afterwards was well-earned.. 
 




Thursday, February 28, 2019

March Dates

 IMPORTANT NOTICES

FRIDAY 8TH MARCH ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
Meet at the Café at the Hawthorns, Southampton Common at 10-15 am. Parking in Cemetery Road SO15 7NN. Bring a seat - few benches on the Common!

TUESDAY 19TH MARCH ART EXTRA
Meet in the Lilac Room 1-30 to 3-30pm. Names to Claire.

WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH AGM
Also demonstration about different painting surfaces.
SUBSCRIPTION is £ 25 each - cash or cheque. Helen will be in attendance.

WE NEED A TREASURER AND PUBLICITY OFFICER!!!!!
The Society cannot function without these officers so this is VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!