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Enthusiasm for art

Posted on January 23 2014 at 2:11:31 0 comments

Picture by Gwyneth Solly

Betty Addison, who wrote about Burcot Art Group in 2003, gives us an update.

On the morning of the first Friday of the month (except August), with pleasurable anticipation, I set off for Burcot Village Hall. There, I meet a few fellow enthusiastic amateur artists.

We exchange convivial greetings, then set out what paintings we have done since the previous session, for appraisal.

Generally this constructive critique is undertaken by one of our two visiting professional artists and the whole group can benefit from their observations. However, on other occasions we perform our own group review.

Our tutors are Jess Hand and Marianne Ryan who are encouraging and inspiring – so says Dorothy, and we all agree!

Their sessions may include a film show of selected paintings to illustrate a particular point, to help us in tackling the next project. For example, how well-known artists depict reflective surfaces, or draped cloth.

Jess and Marianne, sharing the same curriculum, bring many items and materials to set up a challenging task. Each of us, in our own style, sets to work in response to the challenge.

Meanwhile the tutor offers individual advice and instruction. Then we survey the collective works, appreciative of each unique style, and attentive to the tutor’s comments.

As time is limited – just two hours each session – the work to undertake at home preparatory for next month may be to follow up this project by repeating it in a more finished or varied way.

Whilst we are free to choose in which medium we work, favourites tending to be acrylic or watercolour, we may be set tasks in specific media, such as pastel, charcoal or bold fibre-tipped pens. We have used limited palettes and worked in monotone.

We have had two different approaches to a portrait of a person in an interior; one with a live model, and the other from an extensive collection of newspaper cuttings.

After the “crit” in December, we have our annual art quiz, bring in goodies and enjoy a buffet lunch.

For our July session, we have an outing. We have sketched and painted at Witley Court, Avondale, large gardens and Compton Verney.

We visited art galleries at Compton Verney, Birmingham, Walsall, Worcester and the Picasso Exhibition in London.

We have held group exhibitions at Droitwich Library and Birmingham Botanical Gardens, both of which received favourable comments.

We would welcome newcomers, especially beginners whose talents could be nurtured in a friendly and encouraging way.

For more details, see our listing in the What’s On section.

Above: Picture by Gwyneth Solly

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