demonstrations and workshops

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 Thursday 2 September 2021 10.00am – 4.00pm

Base: Cropthorne and Charlton Village Hall, Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore WR10 3LU

Participants: maximum of 10



Experience: No experience required.

Refreshments: Tea, Coffee and milk will be provided by the Art Society. Please bring your own lunch as these are not provided. There are toilets and a spacious car park. We have hired a meeting room at the hall and the kitchen will available for us to use. Please beaware that this room will open, but not manned so if you have expensive items, please donot leave them unguarded in the meeting room.

The day will be a free format day, with Sara Chandler offering guidance to you through the day. We will gather any time from 9.30am in the car park, with the day formally starting at 10.00am.

Chosing your location/s – best to have a good look around to see what you like and whatinspires you! If anyone needs help carrying kit, please let us know so we can get you some assistance.

A note from Sara:

Work made “plein air” is that done on location, outside. Therefore, there are obvious pros and cons but, when compared to working in the studio, the experience should provide the artist with a different set of visual challenges and opportunities. We might relate this to the Impressionists: they often made finished paintings on location, outside, battling the elements and the passing of time to capture a sense of place and the effects that light had on it and its colours. Their knowledge of colour theory and a need to work quickly (before the light changed too much) impacted on their brushwork and colour palette…and their “style” emerged.

For your day in Cropthorne you may want to follow in the steps of the Impressionists and complete a painting on location, using your favourite medium…OR you may want to make a series of sketches in colour or black and white to take back to your studio for furtherdevelopment: YOUR CHOICE.

Practical tips to consider:

1. Consider and prepare your ground/s: the surface for your work and its colour/tone

2. If using oils, you may want to prepare a “short” ground (adding chalk (whiting) to acrylic or gesso. Standard mix= 1-part chalk (paste) to 3 parts acrylic). This gives an absorbent surface and is especially helpful to keeping your colours clean if you want to lay down thin layers in the early stages.

3. Acrylics will dry very quickly on a hot day so a drying retardant/flow improver might be helpful to mitigate this a little.

4. Pen and Indian/acrylic inks, dry media, water soluble “stuff”…all great choices, too and a mixed media surface eg. Windsor and Newton 135lb mixed media surface will manage them all.

5. Consider what can be left in the car (just in case) and what you really need to carry on location. Eg: limit your colour palette to a warm and cool of each primary plus black and white (and your favourite extras if you’re feeling naughty!)

Other things you might want to consider:

  • Easel and seat

  • Materials – paper or canvas, paints or drawing materials, kitchen roll, brushes and palette knives, pots for water etc

  • Suitable clothing/footwear

  • Umbrella or hat

  • Camera or phone

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Bags for rubbish