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Beginners Courses – Week 7 & New Courses starting February 2020

Hi everyone

We have now come to the end of the current term and the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course finished with a splash of gold in these Buddha pictures.  The Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 focused on accuracy in both proportion and tone to create a group jigsaw where everything matched up brilliantly.    In the Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 we painted directly from objects rather than photographs and practised all the techniques we have learned so far!  What a great term full of fantastic pictures!  I hope you’re all pleased with what you’ve achieved.

We’ve got a bit of a break before the next term starts in February but remember to book your place as spaces can fill up quickly.  There will be a one day Gustav Klimt Pattern Workshop on 10th February 2020 and the following courses will be starting in the week commencing Monday 24th February 2020: Beginners Birds Drawing Course, Beginners Drawing Course Level 1, Beginners Portraiture Course Level 1 and Beginners Animal Portraiture Course 2.  For further details on all these courses go to the “Courses for 2020” page.  Email me at:  leedsartgroup@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 07788 871286 if you have any questions or would like to book a place.

Hope you can all join me next year.

Bye for now.

Wendy x

 

   


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Beginners Courses – Week 6 & Pop-Up Exhibition!!

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In the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course this week, we created these colourful, mosaic style pictures using magazine collage.  The Beginners Drawing Course Level 2  had two challenges in one: drawing both glass and water, with some brilliant results.  The Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 used all the techniques we have practiced so far to produce beautiful, enlarged paintings of flowers.

Then after we’d done all that, we had our “Pop-Up” Exhibition!  Thank you to everyone who took part and came along on the night.  It was a great turn out and fantastic to see so many of you exhibiting your work and getting to meet other members of the group.  We had over 110 pieces of work on display looking brilliant all together.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with setting up and packing away.  The winner of the Favourite Picture Vote was Maureen Cormack.  It was a tie between 2 of her pictures: “Harold The Hare” and “Winter Landscape” (both pictured below).

2nd place:  “Leigh” by Eliza Perdon

3rd place: “Bridge at Malham” by Marie Imeson

Well done everyone.  I’m so proud of you all and really pleased that you got a chance to show off a bit!

See you all soon.

Wendy

 

   


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Beginners Courses – Week 5 & Pop-Up Exhibition!!

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Can you believe we are on week 5 of the courses already?  The lessons are flying by, hope you’re enjoying them.

This week, in the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course we used watercolour pencils to create these fantastic pictures of the Statue of Liberty.  The Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 used pen and cross hatching technique to produce tonal still life drawings.    In the Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 we looked at how to paint white objects and scenes by painting the shadows.  Well done everyone!  I can see many of you slowly starting to gain confidence in your drawing/painting and so you should, you’re improving every week!  I can’t wait to see what pieces of work you will be submitting for the “Pop-Up” Exhibition.  Here are the details again for anyone who has missed them.

On Friday 8th November we will be having a “Pop-Up” Exhibition at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Road, Headingley, LS6 3AW, 6-9pm.  This means you bring your work along with you on the night and take it away again at the end.  Anyone who has ever attended a Leeds Art Group course is welcome to exhibit.  Friends and family are also welcome to attend or anyone who just wants to come along and see what we do.  If you would like to exhibit a piece of work please email me for further details at:  leedartgroup@yahoo.co.uk.  There will also be a secondhand bookstall so please bring along any spare books you have on the night.  Hope you can make it!

Don’t forget, there are no classes next week but lessons will resume in the week commencing Monday 4th November.

Enjoy the break and I’ll see you all soon.

Wendy

 

   


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Beginners Courses – Week 4 & Pop-Up Exhibition!!

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This week the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course used charcoal blocks to create these industrial images.  It’s a pretty messy process but worth it for such striking results.  In the Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 we tried a few different exercises to help us to draw what we actually see and also to think about “negative space”.    The Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 experimented with different ways to paint landscapes using all the techniques we have covered so far.

You always rise to every challenge I give you.  So thank you to all of you for being willing to just have a go no matter what seemingly bonkers ideas I present you with.  Now it’s time to show off…..

On Friday 8th November we will be having a “Pop-Up” Exhibition at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael’s Road, Headingley, LS6 3AW, 6-9pm.  This means you bring your work along with you on the night and take it away again at the end.  Anyone who has ever attended a Leeds Art Group course is welcome to exhibit.  Friends and family are also welcome to attend or anyone who just wants to come along and see what we do.  If you would like to exhibit a piece of work please email me for further details at:  leedartgroup@yahoo.co.uk.  There will also be a secondhand bookstall so please bring along any spare books you have on the night.  Hope you can make it!

See you next week.

Wendy

 

   


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Beginners Courses – Week 3

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In the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course this week, we used images from the city of Brussels to put together these great studies in water-soluble graphite. The Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 faced “The Pinecone Challenge” and emerged triumphant!  In the Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 we combined all the techniques we have practiced so far to produce these colourful paintings of pencils.

A bit of a tough one for everyone this week I think, but you did not let me down.  Well done everyone.

See you all next week.

Wendy

 

   


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Beginners Courses – Week 2

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This week the “Places” Beginners Mixed Media Course looked at somewhere a little less exotic but no less colourful – a pantry.  I showed these fab paintings to a friend and she coined the phrase “Pop Pantry Art!”  You heard it here first!  In the Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 we focused on shading and how to create the correct tones.  The Beginners Watercolour Painting Course 2 used layering techniques to build up different tones in these monochrome paintings.

Well done everyone!  We’ve covered a lot already in this term but you’re doing fantastic.  Hang in there, lots more to come.

See you soon.

Wendy