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Mono Print Workshop with Tracey Ashman - 17th September 2017

Cambridge Drawing Society Mono Print Workshop with Tracey Ashman - Granchester Village Hall, Cambridge. 17th September 2017
When Sep 17, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
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Monoprint ImageMono printing is a fascinating printing process, which can be challenging, but is also very rewarding. This workshop will guide you through how to lay colour on the printing plate, and then the process of layering different ‘masks’ – inked and un-inked – to build up a final image. The ‘masks’ used in the demonstration will be dried grasses, flower petals, lace, feathers and leaves. Inks, paper, rollers and printing plates will be provided. I hope in the time provided each of you will take home at least two A4 prints. There is a huge selection of found objects that can be used as masks, corrugated cardboard, embossed wallpaper, fabrics, netting, etc, so please bring along whatever inspires you. As we will be using a table top press, please don’t bring sharp or ‘bulky’ objects such as buttons, glass beads, paper clips and the like. Materials to bring: One Small Cutting Mat Craft Knife Sketchbook, Pencils, Rubber, Ruler Found objects for masks. Workshop cost: £30 for Members and Friends, £40 for Non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Lecture; The Art of a Darwin - about the life of Gwen Raverat

The Art of a Darwin - about the life of Gwen Raverat. A lecture delivered by William Prior
When Sep 28, 2017
from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where The Wilkinson Room, St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN
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William Prior (Gwen Raverat's Grandson) will give a talk about Gwen’s life and work, focusing on Cambridge connections. 

209. Cambridge; 151 x 114, state 2, 1932 (Raverat)Gwen Raverat (1885-1957), grand-daughter of Charles Darwin, was a leading figure in the revival of wood-engraving in the first half of the 20th Century. One of Rupert Brooke's Neo-Pagans and Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury group, her best-selling memoir, Period Piece is still in print 64 years after its first publication. She has an extensive following; with work in galleries, museums and private collections worldwide, and a number of publications written about her life and work.

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Pastel Workshop with Colin Hayes - Sunday 8th October 2017

Pastel workshop, Colin Hayes, Granchester, Cambridge.
When Oct 08, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
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Overview: This is for artists who are keen to try working in soft pastel, or who already have some experience. Proficient pastellists are more than welcome too! Soft pastels are a wonderful medium: versatile, expressive, quick and easy to apply, and forgiving. They also combine well with other media such as watercolour, ink, and acrylic. They work for all subjects, and being a dry medium can remain fresh and stable (under glass) for centuries. Degas was one of the greatest exponents.

Ragwort Meadow (Hayes)Programme: I shall begin by providing detailed guidance on the practicalities of using pastels both in the studio and en plein air, and on the range of available brands and supports. Printed notes will be provided for members of the class to take away, and a bibliography of good ‘how to’ books and CDs on pastels. Using finished works of my own as examples, I shall then demonstrate the steps in how I build up a successful pastel painting, the way I use the sticks, and techniques for achieving different kinds of effect. The class can then briefly experiment with these. Members will then create a work or works of their own, using either sketches or photo references or their imagination. I shall advise and critique individually as they develop.

Blakeney (Hayes)Bring:
• Sketches or photos from which you would like to work.
• Your easel and board, floor-standing or table-top.
• All the soft pastels you have. (Not oil pastels)
• A mid-tone pastel pencil. Stabilo are good.
• 2 large sheets of pastel paper in a mid-tone of your choice (e.g. sand or grey but not white). Tindalls stock both the standard Canson pastel paper and Canson Mi-Teintes Touch; the latter has an excellent fine abrasive tooth.
• A small stiff brush, e.g. size 3 hog, and a putty rubber.
• A small lid or box to hold the pastels you select for your work.
• Flannel or wet-wipes. • A nose-mask if you are uncomfortable with pastel dust.
• Black ink and reed-pen or sharpened stick (optional).
• Fixative (optional). • Jam-jar and large soft brush (optional). 

Prepare: Do look at some leading pastel artists. Google: The Pastel Society and go to their Mall Galleries entry which contains many works from this year’s exhibition. Also Google John Tookey, whom I much admire, and again select his Mall Galleries entry.

Workshop cost: £30 for Members and Friends, £40 for Non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Autumn Exhibition 2017 - The Leys School

Cambridge Drawing Society Autumn Exhibition 2017 - The Leys School Cambridge
When Oct 21, 2017 10:00 AM to
Oct 28, 2017 04:00 PM
Where The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1RP
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The Cambridge Drawing Society Autumn Exhibition will be held again this year in The Leys School, Cambridge. The public exhibition will run from Sunday 22nd October through to Saturday 28th October 2017. Over 250 original works will be exhibited, which will include Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture.

More details to follow. Call for entries will go out to members during mid August. 

Urban Landscapes - A Demonstration in Oils by Paul Alcock

Urban Landscapes - A Demonstration in Oils, Paul Alcock
When Nov 01, 2017
from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where The Wilkinson Room, St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN
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Paul Alcock is based in Southend on Sea, Essex where he's enjoys a successful career as an artist and tutor with 15 years teaching experience. Paul completed his foundation studies in Art and Design at Southend College of Art; a degree in Fine Art - Painting followed at Camberwell School of Art, completed in 1986. Since then Paul has practiced as an Artist, exhibiting in a range of exhibitions in London and the South East. 

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Watercolour Workshop with Chris Lockwood - 12th Nov. 2017

Cambridge Drawing Society Watercolour Workshop with Chris Lockwood, Grantchester Village Hall, Cambridge. 12th November 2017
When Nov 12, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
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Autumn Colours (Lockwood)Overview: Prepare to be creative and experimental with colour and texture. In this workshop we will explore the stunning colours of Autumn, from rich reds and browns to vibrant yellows and greens.

Learn how to combine watercolours with acrylic inks and oil pastels in a loose exciting wet in wet style with lots of spattering for texture.

In the morning we will create an autumn landscape painting, looking at composition, perspective, colour mixing and brush techniques. Fallen leaves will be the subject for the afternoon, exploring shape and tone with hard and soft edges.

Lively demonstrations will be given as well as individual help and advice.

Materials to bring - Watercolours, watercolour paper, brushes, palette, water containers, masking fluid, watercolour pencils, oil pastels ( optional ), Acrylic Inks ( optional ). Reference Photos of Autumn landscapes. Photos will be provided but you are very welcome to bring your own if preferred. Leaves - a variety of different coloured leaves to work from.

Workshop cost: £30 for Members and Friends, £40 for Non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Fully Booked.... Portraits in Charcoal from Photographs - A Workshop with Andy Dakin - Sunday 10th December 2017

Cambridge Drawing Society - Portraits in Charcoal from Photographs - A Workshop with Andy Dakin. Grantchester Village Hall, Cambridge.
When Dec 10, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Grantchester Village Hall CB3 9NF
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WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED.....

Overview: This is for artists who enjoy working from photographs in a clean, patient manner.

What makes a good portrait? Likeness? Expression? Mood? Detail? Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder, but in this workshop we will look at number of techniques and considerations involved in creating a dynamic large-scale portrait in charcoal.

While working in black and white can simplify the process, a number of subtle techniques are required in taking a drawing from personal photograph to a finished and ready-to-frame piece of art. There is much more to this than one person and their stick of charcoal.

I will bring a number of my own works, photographs and preparatory pieces as reference. Please bring 2 or 3 portrait photographs to be looked at critically, considering images that can offer a variety of ingredients, including (but not necessarily all) light and shade, areas of detail, mood, facial expression and most importantly, how the finished piece will look on the wall. I will provide a number of my own black and white photos for those without.

The Gardener (Dakin)What to bring: Large white paper, ideally no smaller than A2 and a drawing board to match. Charcoal/charcoal pencils, pencils, erasers/pencil eraser, ruler (ideally large) fixative.

Workshop cost: £30 for Members and Friends, £40 for Non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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