We aim to arrange several outings and to bring expert tutors in several times each year to help our members to improve their work. Although members will have priority - on a first come first served basis - we can offer places to non-members provided they are willing to be put on a reserved list. So, if you see something you fancy and are not already a member then feel free to get in touch via the contacts page and we will put your name down.
Our Annual Exhibition falls on 3rd and 4rth October this year.
We have an opportunity to display our work in the Land of Oak and Iron Heritage centre at Winlaton Mill for the whole of May 2020.
We have invited John Harrison back again this year following his successful workshop last year.
A Saturday workshop has been arranged with Peter Woolley on 25th March 2020. He is a watercolour artist whose focus on 'a light touch and building layers' helps budding watercolourists achieve much better results. He lives in Yorkshire and many of his pictures reflect his passion for the area - stone buildings, modest streams, trees and sheep. You can see his pictures at www.peterwoolley.co.uk
The Annual General Meeting will be held on 19th February. All subs must be paid before this date. Unless hall hire fees go up significantly, it is quite likely that we will still charge only £20 per year per member.
We are preparing to hold an exhibition on the second floor of Newcastle Library from 9th January to the 6th February.
About once a month members are invited to participate in a themed night where they can try out something different. These nights are organised by members who volunteer to provide the ideas and perhaps also reference material. The latest one was to have a go at painting on velvet. The reference material was animals because with velvet it's possible to get a very nice impression of fur as you can see from the picture by Carole Moore and Ann Flint below.
This pleine air day was organised in conjunction with the National Trust. It involved Gibside Art Club members and also Knightsbridge Art Club and Ebchester artists. This year we were able to paint within the walled garden or anywhere else that we fancied and there was no shortage of good landscape subjects to inspire us. The weather was really kind - a bit breezy at first but quickly warming up. The photos show some of the people who joined us on this really good painting day. Photos by Barbara.
We have organised a bus to take artists for a day out at the Alnmouth Arts festival for several years and it has always been a success. This one was just as good as all the others and people came back inspired and determined to do even better. Thanks very much for Pat and Barbara for organising it.
John is Yorkshire born and bred and uses the Yorkshire countryside and East coast for much of his inspiration. He says he is not much of a painter but produces pen and ink drawings to which he adds watercolour. Of course he is too modest. Our members love him and his work and have asked him back again this year for another workshop. You can see his pictures at www.drawninyorkshire.com
This is a sample of the work produced by the class during John's workshop.
We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop run by Barry James on 6 March 2019 showing us how to exaggerate facial features into caricatures and yet still retain a likeness. It was great fun and a nice change from more serious painting.