Coming up

Coming Up:
Fri 18th October: Social Evening 8pm at The Blue Boar.


Thursday, 31 January 2013

Spotlight - Muddy Colors: Composition Basics: Sketching Thumbnails

This month, Spotlight is looking at the foundation of creating compositions - the thumbnail sketch. Going back to the Muddy Colors blog, this is illustrator Dan Dos Santos' method for finding a strong and clear thumbnail. It's his approach to sketching for a client, but it's a great way to establish a strong beginning for any piece. It's also worth looking at his post on Value Structure, linked to in the article below, but I'll also provide a link here.

Here's the link:
Value Structure link:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion! 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Upcoming - Bobby Britnell talk

We start the year's programme on 7th February, when we have guest speaker Bobby Britnell giving us a talk entitled "Working with passion: textile and mixed media". As usual, we meet in the Studio of the Assembly Rooms at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, it goes on until 9.30pm, and it's £2 for Members and £3 for non-Members.

Bobby has kindly sent along some samples of her artwork (click to enlarge):

You can find more of her work on her website:

Changes to Committee

Ahead of our AGM in March, the LAS Committee has shifted slightly. Richard Bell is now in charge of the exhibitions, and we welcome Val Alexander, who has agreed to be in charge of publicity. These changes will be officially put forward at the AGM.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Drawing and Painting Course at Ludlow College

There is an art class beginning on 6th February at Ludlow College!

It's a 10-week course, 2 hours each lesson, from 7pm until 9pm, and the cost for the whole lot is £100.

The medium is of your choice: oils, watercolours, gouache, acrylics, charcoal or pencil.

If you are interested contact the College on  01584 871 050 /  01584 872 846 and ask for Painting and Drawing.

However, this class is dependent on interest!

Further details can be found on the College's website. Here's a link to the full details, the course is covered on the first page:

Thanks to Elizabeth Owen for mentioning this!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Art Series on Portrait Painting

Many thanks to Ruth Tune for forwarding this email. It may be of interest to Members:

Storyvault Films are currently working on a new art series for a major broadcaster that will centre around portrait painting. Filming for the series will take place this summer in eight cities around the UK and Ireland, ready for broadcast in the Autumn. The key element to the series is a competition for portrait painters in each city, along with a grand final.The competition is open to all artists, from the well-established to emerging talent to hobbyists. Each artist will apply to the city nearest their home and a group of artists will then be selected to take part in the competition within that city.

If you think you might be interested it would be great if you could send me a photo of yourself, short biography including any hobbies/interests/family life/anything you think might be interesting as well as a link to your work. This is purely for my own records as I am trying to get to know a little about who each artist is.

Alternatively, if you are able to pass on this information to any groups and artists you think may be interested that would be a great help. Please feel free to get in contact if you need any more information.

I look forward to hearing from you and many thanks.

Best wishes,
Harriet Mathams

Storyvault Films Limited
Bridge Studios| 107a Hammersmith Bridge Road | London |W6 9DA
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 741 3929

Castle Artists and Marches Book Art Group, and Dru Cole's Workshop

The Bishops Castle Art Festival runs on Thurs 21st to Sun 24th Feb, and on the 23rd and 24th the Castle Artists and Marches Book Art Group are exhibiting their work. Here's the information, provided by Dru Cole:

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Feb
Castle Artists and Marches Book Arts Group
Public Hall, Station Street , Bishops Castle
11am – 5pm with a CREATIVE CAFÉ 11am – 4pm
VIEW Paintings, photographs, linocuts, textiles, prints, cards, handmade artists’ books and other new local work.
ENJOY tea, snacks and cakes
LISTEN to guest poets
WATCH artists’ demonstrations.
PLAY with Paper
Free entry and Parking
All welcome

Also, Dru (who came over to give us a talk on printmaking in 2011)  is running a workshop on the same days. The details:

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Feb
Drusilla Cole
Cadet Hall, Station Street , Bishops Castle
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Experimental methods of printing onto paper and card using a variety of simple and exciting methods
Bring an apron
Donations please
All welcome – however, children must be accompanied by an adult

Friday, 11 January 2013

John Horton's Courses for 2013

Remember John Horton? Back in July 2011 he gave us a watercolour demo. Well, he's running painting courses this year, and has sent over some details. Click to enlarge:

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Art Workshops with Maggie Humphry

Maggie Humphry, who has spoken to us at a previous monthly meeting, and who has exhibited with us before, is running several one-day workshops this year. Here's what she has to say:

I have set dates for four tutoring days, to be held here at The Pink House - up to five people each day. Participants will have individual support & tuition in the medium they choose: from pen and ink, acrylic, drawing techniques, and oil painting.

    The cost is £35 a day from 10am-4pm.

    Wednesday January 30th
    Friday February 22nd
    Saturday March 16th
    Sunday March 30th

To book and find out more phone me on 01952 881037

Or email

Places are on a first-come basis, but other days can be fixed up to meet needs.

Participants need to bring all the art materials they'll require (call me to talk about what would be needed.) Coffee & tea provided, but please bring own lunch.

Maggie Humphry - The Pink House,  23 King Street, Broseley, Shropshire. TF12 5NA


Maggie's website also has a page about these workshops -

Monday, 7 January 2013

Shropshire Open Art Exhibition

Entries are now being accepted for The Shropshire Open Art Exhibition, at the Gateway Arts Centre in Shrewsbury.

Submissions must be received by 8th Feburary.
All details can be found here: