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Monday, 31 October 2016

New LAS Facebook Page

Our new Facebook page is now live! If you'd prefer to keep up to date with LAS activities on Facebook, then go 'Like' our page over at

Please note: we're committed to making sure that, however you prefer get your LAS news, you don't lose out, so don't worry - the Facebook page will only contain the same information that you'll find through this blog and our monthly email round-ups.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Spotlight – The Body Of Work

This month's Spotlight post is courtesy of Tom Crowe, who directed me towards this video.
“The drive to not only teach, but to entertain, resulted in some of the strangest anatomical illustrations…” says Vanessa Ruiz in her TED Talk: 'The spellbinding art of human anatomy'.
“Nothing can elicit an emotional response, from joy to complete disgust, as much as the human body.” 

Vanessa’s talk is an enlightening and exciting tour through medical illustration
The description from the site: " Vanessa Ruiz takes us on an illustrated journey of human anatomical art over the centuries, sharing captivating images that bring this visual science — and the contemporary artists inspired by it — to life. "Anatomical art has the power to reach far beyond the pages of a medical textbook," she says, "connecting our innermost selves with our bodies through art." "

Here is the 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, 24 October 2016

Competition open free to all artists - Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. As part of the celebrations to mark this significant milestone, we are launching an open art competition, inviting members of the local community to submit artwork that has been inspired by the museums.
The free-to-enter Community Art Competition is open to both amateur and professional artists living in Telford and Shropshire. Submissions can be two or three-dimensional and created in any medium including paint, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, photography, film, multi-media and more but they must reflect an aspect of the museums.
There will be three age categories, under 12s, 12-17 years and 18 and over, plus education categories for both primary and secondary schools. Individual artists may only enter one piece, while each school can submit a maximum of five. There will be cash prizes for all categories, with the schools receiving the funds on behalf of their winning pupils.
The selection process will be based on the skill demonstrated by the artist, their artistic integrity and the work’s relevance to the Museum. Those selected will be displayed across the 10 museums from 22 May 2017 until 2 January 2018. All entries will also be photographed and displayed in a virtual exhibition.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Young at Art

From 28th to 31st October St Laurence's Church is hosting Young at Art for the fourth year.
Young at Art is a Churches Together Around Ludlow young people’s initiative that provides a platform for young people of all ages and abilities to show their talents and skills. The focus on young people who are disadvantaged in some way, either homeless, materially deprived, or with various disabilities.
A collective showcase of a rich seam of nascent talent from local schools, from Ludlow College to primaries.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Impressions of the Past - exploring our Iron Age landscape

Impressions of the Past is a community project about the Iron Age Hillforts of Pontesford and Earl's Hill.
Thursday 20th October, 7:30-9:00pm at Habberley Village Hall, is an opportunity to join and informal meeting to discuss this new project, find out about opportunities to get involved, with opportunities to join in free workshops on ceramics and poetry.  Children can join in getting involved too.
The 20th October meeting includes meeting the project's artist, Ruth Gibson, and the poet, Jean Atkin.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Committee Changes!

We're wishing a fond farewall to our Secretary Pat Innes, who is just wrapping up a few things for us and then leaving the Committee to concentrate more on painting. She's done a fantastic job, and we will miss her!

But, we are not reduced in number - in fact, we have grown. First up, we welcome onto the Committee long-time LAS member Val Turner:

Secondly, we're welcoming Tamsin Bridge and James Hurdwell, who will be jointly covering the role of Publicity Secretary:

You should certainly take a moment to check out Tamsin's website:

We're very happy to have Val, Tamsin and James on board!

Keep an eye on the blog, as we should very soon have the poster for November's talk with ceramic artist Duncan White.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Keith Noble November Workshop

I'm sure this news is of great interest to LAS members - former LAS President Keither Noble RSMA is giving a one-day watercolour workshop towards the end of November, and we've been asked to post the details, so here's what he says:


I shall be giving a one day watercolour workshop, towards the end of November this year, date to be advised.    The venue will be a beautiful, newly refurbished village hall with excellent natural light, 2 miles outside Bishops Castle, set in stunning countryside with views towards the Long Mynd.

The cost is £55 per person, 10.30-4.30pm, with a maximum of 12 people.   The workshop will include a watercolour demonstration by me and one-to-one tuition in an informal environment with also the opportunity to meet new like-minded people.  For those not familiar with my work, some details and images are below.

Those interested please contact me on or for anyone without a computer I can post further details and can be contacted at Argoed Cottage, Argoed, Clun, Shropshire SY7 8NW or 01588 640453.

Best regards


If you're unfamiliar with Keith's beautiful work, do yourself a favour and take a look at his page at Mall Galleries (a little out of date, as of course our current Present is Charles McCarthy), as well as some of his paintings included below:

Friday, 14 October 2016

'Showing Off' again - Contemporary Craft show

The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft’s “Showing Off” show is back, this weekend, Saturday 15th October 10am-5pm, and Sunday 16th 10am-4pm. 

The venue is The Beacon Rooms at Ludlow Castle (you can access the rooms without going into the Castle just follow our Shropshire Guild Contemporary Craft signs).  
A chance to buy one-off local HandCraft Designer gifts for Christmas - if you can bear to give them away.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Studio Handmade Christmas Fair

After her fantastic talk last Thursday, Ann Wallace has sent this flyer over for her Studio Handmade Christmas Fair (26th & 27th Nov + 3rd & 4th Dec) and asked if LAS members would be interested in placing any of their works in the sale.

Ann takes 2d and 3d pieces - 2d pieces just need to be mounted and and backed with a plastic leave to sell rather than framed up.

She takes 20% commission on all sales and I staff the event for the 4 days so there's no stewarding involved

I take 2.D. & 3.D. pieces. 2.D. pieces just need to be mounted and and backed with a plastic leave to sell rather than framed up.

Interested LAS members just need to let Ann know what they would like to put in and then deliver the work to her with any display stands/ business cards and a price list within the week running up to the fair.

Payment is made in either cash or cheque or bank transfer after the event and any unsold work needs to be collected in the week after the fair ends.

All contact details are on the flyer (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Monthly Draw Returns!

If you were at our evening meeting last week you'll have heard about the return of the LAS' Monthly Draw, but if you weren't there then here's how it works:

There's a topic set for each month, and we invite you to have a go at drawing, doodling, painting, or in some way creating something on that topic. There's no need to put in a finished piece, it's more about the ideas than anything else - and it's great fun to see how different people choose to interpret the same idea.

What are the topics, though? Here's the list:

November - 3 items in still life

February - Castle

March - A pet (or pets)

April - Garden life

May - Livestock

June - 20 years ago

July - A single flower

Also, and totally unrelated, November 1st is International Self Portrait day (a tradition dating back all the way to... er, 2006. Well, everything has to start somewhere!). The LAS isn't running anything on that theme this year but it's a really interesting exercise.

Hopefully you can make it to our talk on 3rd November, and if you feel like having a go at our topic, '3 items in still life', we'd love to see what you come up with!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Minter-Kemp Drawing Course

I'm not sure if this is too late and sign-ups are over or if you can still attend (so my apologies for not spotting this earlier), but this does look interesting:

Click to enlarge!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Pictures from Ann Wallace's Talk

Last Thursday, Ann Wallace came along to talk about her life in art, to explain her processes and to show us a selection of her various creations. We also had a couple of tasks to complete - one of them was attempting to complete the mirror half of a glass\face image, and the second was to answer a series of questions to determine what kind of learners we were - visual, auditory or tactile. Unsurprisingly we were mostly visual, but there was some variety in the audience!

Some pictures from the evening (click to enlarge):

Also, Margaret Booker brought along some art materials that were offered in exchange for a donation to Severn Hospice, with £37 being raised for the charity.

Next month, on Thursday 3rd November, we welcome Duncan White, an artist specialising in three dimensional cartoons and miniature ceramics (you can find more details if you look a couple of posts below). See you then!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Silk Top Hat Tour - Birmingham’s Aston Hall and the Jewellery quarter

Aston Hall is a grade I listed building, with the hall restored to its Jacobean splendour.  Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which contains intriguing attractions. The Pen Museum is based in an imposing red brick former pen factory, celebrating the Birmingham pen trade during the 1800s.  The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers Coffin Museum are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery working again, you can experience how this old firm, established in 1882, once operated in its heyday in the 1960’s, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture.  The museum and its tours celebrate a time when England was regarded as the template for funerary pomp and extravagance.

Closing date: Thursday 13th October is the last day for bookings. Please book your places in good time.

Charges: Coach £20 / £18. Admission to Aston Hall £8/£6, to be paid with coach fare; entry to the Pen Museum £5/£4, entry to the Coffin Works £6/£5.

Timings: The coach departs from the top of Corve Street, Ludlow (outside the florist’s) at 9.00 am and arrives at Aston Hall at about 10.40am. We leave from the Jewellery Quarter at 4.30pm, returning to Ludlow by about 6.15pm.
Refreshments: There is a picnic area and small café at Aston Hall (no hot food.) There is a cosy 1960’s themed café with pyrex cups and a flask at the Coffin Works.

New November Speaker - Duncan White

As our November speaker, Ann Wallace, was brought forward to tonight's October meeting, we found ourselves with a gap in November which has now been filled by Duncan White, whose work you may have seen in Isaac Smart's at 3, Quality Square.

Duncan is an artist specialising in three dimensional cartoons and miniature ceramics, a topic I don't believe we've had a talk on before, and if you'd like to read more about him you can find it online HERE.

See you tonight, though, for 'Aspects of Drawing and Learning' with Ann Wallace!