Friday, 27 April 2012

August Macke

August Macke (3 January 1887 – 26 September 1914) was born in Meschede, Westphalia. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art which saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements. 
Macke's career was cut short by his early death, at the age of 27, during the second month of World War at the front in Champagne in September 1914.  

His final painting, Farewell, depicts the mood of gloom that settled after the outbreak of war.
My art classes used watercolour pencils to  recreate some of August Macke's images this week.

Friday, 20 April 2012


We had a successful  exhibition at the Curve Gallery in Churchdown School. Thank you all the classes for all your help, putting up and taking down the exhibition. Also, for attending our preview night. We sold four paintings. The school are keen for us to do another exhibition in the future. They said the exhibition had lots of visitors.
Our next exhibition is at St Michaels Tower in Gloucester in August,, 11th- 17th. We are limited in space so will be painting to size 8in x 6in. We will be mounting but not framing the pictures. David has purchased mount cards with backing cards and bags to display your artwork.  He plans to hold some classes  dedicated to this project.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Curve Gallery Churchdown Exhibition

Monday 16th - Friday 20th April 2012
The Curve
Churchdown School
Winston Road
Churchdown Academy School, a Visual Arts College are letting us use their gallery space (The Curve) from 16th- 20th April 2012.
The gallery is open from 8.30am - 3.45pm daily. (School hours are 8.40am - 3.05pm).Parking can be limited during school hours so it may be best to park in the surrounding streets.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Sunset Misty Ruins - Mixed Media

Sunset Misty Ruins
This week my art classes were painting misty ruins. We started with a graphite line drawing.  Using lots of graphite including all the shadows and building texture. Make the building dark as we are painting a sunset.

The next step is to apply water colour make the sky a flat yellow the building a deep red, purple or blue and the ground green or any deep colour. 

When the paint is dry use pastel to place in cloud and smug delicately with a finger tip. Apply a band of white pastel right across the building and smooth out to simulate mist. Finally add pastel in small blocks of colour to highlight the building. 

Tintern Abbey by David Ochiltree