Thursday, 28 February 2013

Art Class Guildhall Exhibition



David  teaches  adult  art  classes  in Brockworth-Hucclecote-Churchdown.

He says’ Some of my pupils are beginners and some are more experienced, but what they all have in common is that they are local people and are very enthusiastic about their art!’

The pieces are original and lovingly crafted.
Proud David

The real workers


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Guy Denning

Guy Denning  was born in Bristol  1965.  He became famous during in the past five years, he has painted consistently for over thirty years. During the  mid-nineties he considered his abstract painting  to be 'painting a dead aesthetic into a dead-end' and he looked around for fresher ideas.
At that time he was supporting himself with a job in a stationery shop; it was here that he returned to the photocopier as a tool to work with. He left abstract in favour of  figurative art. 
 In 2007 he left his native Bristol for Brittany where he now lives and works.
 My art class recreated some of Guy Dennings  images with charcoal.
Some links:
Guy Denning Blog a drawing a day

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Pre-Raphaelite

This week's art class subject was the Pre-Raphaelites

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form the seven-member "brotherhood". 

Dante GabrielRossetti: Fair Rosamund 
The group's intention was to reform art by rejecting what it considered the mechanistic approach first adopted by Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. Its members believed the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art, hence the name "Pre-Raphaelite". In particular, the group objected to the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds, founder of the English Royal Academy of Arts, whom they called "Sir Sloshua". 

Bubbles, originally titled A Child's World, is a painting by Sir John Everett Millais that became famous when it was used over many generations in advertisements for Pears soap. During Millais's lifetime it led to widespread debate about the relationship between art and advertising.


Thursday, 7 February 2013


This week my art classes were painting wet streets in watercolour paint. Henderson Cisz other artists and photographs were our inspiration.

Born in Brazil in 1960, Henderson grew up in a small village near Maringa. His talent for painting was clear from as early age, but he never considered pursuing a career as an artist. Instead he entered the banking profession and continued to enjoy painting as a hobby.

By the mid 1980s however, Henderson had become convinced that art meant more to him than banking! In 1986 he moved to London in order to study painting, and to make his passion his profession. He has never looked back and now paints full time in his London studio.

A seasoned traveller, Henderson has spent time in Europe, Australia and of course his native South America. While he loves the ocean and has always found it a source of inspiration and joy, he is also a true city-dweller, and many of his most inspirational works feature scenes from the world’s most beautiful cities.

Painting in acrylic, oil or watercolour on canvas, Henderson’s trademark palette utilises cool, soft tones to convey the atmosphere of his subject. His works are regularly displayed in London galleries and at international art fairs.

Friday, 1 February 2013

John Sell Cotman

Cotman was Born in Norwich 1782 died in 1842. Cotman worked in oils, watercolour, pencil and chalk, and produced many hundreds of etchings. His work can be found in the UK at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Norwich (well over 2000 pieces), Tate Britain Gallery, the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, City Art Gallery and other regional centres. In the USA, Cotman is represented at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut and other galleries around the country.

After an inspiring vist to The Dulwich Picture Gallery to view an exhibition of Cotman. I decided to use some Cotman images for my art classes to reproduce in sepia ink and watercolour paint.

Cotman's name is used as a trademark by Winsor & Newton for a range of artist's watercolour materials.