What's On

What's On (scroll down for main blog)

Westhope Craft College courses, many different media covered
- varied dates over the coming months - website

Sunny Side Art Exhibition - Wem Town Hall, 6th Nov - 21st Dec
Perceptual Property, An Exhibition from James Reid - 11am - 11pm, 10th Nov - 6th Dec, Chang Thai Bar - poster
The Light, Private View: 59 Wonderful Artists - 6.30pm - 9pm, 27th Nov, Kingsland Church HR6 9QW - details
The Light: 59 Wonderful Artists - 10am - 4pm, 28th Nov - 13th Dec, Kingsland Church HR9 9QW - details
Opening of Silk Top Hat's Christmas Exhibition - 28th Nov, Silk Top Hat
Handmade Christmas Gift Fair - 2pm-4pm, 28th & 29th Nov, then 5th & 6th Dec, Greenacres - details
LOAD Workshop: Understanding the Art Market - 10am - 1pm, 7th Dec, Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster - details
LOAD Workshop: Funding and Public Art Commissioning - 10am - 1pm, 11th Dec, Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster - details
Castle Artists' 2015 Xmas Exhibition - 10.30am - 5pm, 12th - 13th Dec, Public Hall, Station Street, Bishop's Castle - poster
LOAD Workshop: Marketing For Free - 10am - 1pm, 14th Dec, Parish Hal, Yarpole, Leominster - details
Shropshire Hills Art Week - 4th - 12th June - sign-up page, the SHAW website
Ludlow Fringe Festival 2016 - 18th June - 3rd July, details TBA
Ludlow Fringe Live Paint Jam - 10am - 4pm, 18th June, details TBA

The Eclectic Sofa
- 7pm - 11pm, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, The Sitting Room - details

Life and Portrait Drawing at Ludlow Assembly Rooms
- Fridays, Morning session: 10am - 12.30pm; Afternoon session: 1.30pm - 4pm.
5-week block-book for £55 (or £27.50 for half days), drop-in for £7.50 for a half-day, £15 for a full day.
For more information, and to book your place, contact Chris Bean on: 01584 841668

Seen something going on? Drop me an email at: samsketches@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Greenacres Xmas Gift Fair

At Greenacres, at the end of November, there's a two-day gift fair being run by LAS member Ann Wallace (you may recall that, back on 30th September, we posted a call-out for artists interested in selling work here). There will be work from 12 UK-based artists, including Ann and LAS member Elizabeth Moss. If you're in the region, why not go take a look?

You can find all the details on the poster below:
Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Light - Private View and Exhibition

The Light is an exhibition of the works of 59 artists, including LAS President Charles MacCarthy, and it's taking place from 6.30pm to 9pm on 27th November at Kingsland Church HR6 9QW.

The exhibition itself is held from 28th November to 13th December, 10am to 4pm daily, and all the details are on the poster below:
Click to enlarge!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Ludlow Open Artist Development December Workshops

Ludlow Open Artist Development has three workshops lined up for December, all taking place in Yarpole, Leominster and each one costing only £10. The workshops are subsidised by funding from Arts Council England. The events are organised and run by Jo King, who you may recall opened our 2014 Summer Exhibition.

The LOAD topics are: 1) Understanding the Art Market; 2) Funding and Public Art Commissioning; and 3) Marketing for Free

You can find all the details and contact information on the form below:
Click to enlarge!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Cleobury Mortimer Festival of Art

On the 28th and 29th of November, the Cleobury Mortimer Festival of Art is running - and it's looking for art entries! You can enter up to 8 pieces of work at £1 per piece, and there's 20% commission taken.

You can find all the details, along with the entry form and all contact details, in the Festival's document right HERE.

Don't miss out!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Perceptual Property at the Chang Thai Bar

There's a new art exhibition opening today at the Chang Thai Bar - all the details are on the flyer:

Click to enlarge!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

6th November 2015 - Paul Weaver’s watercolour workshop at Little Hereford Village Hall.

After a stunning demo at the Ludlow Art Society’s evening meeting 5th November, eight participants met to take part in Paul’s watercolour workshop.  LAS member Margaret Booker had recommended Paul for both events and what an excellent suggestion it was.  At £25.00 for the day we more than got our moneys worth!

Paul started us off with technical tips on applying watercolour to obtain different effects and to give a variety of marks to suggest three dimensional objects.  He provided a selection of photographs of figures, and we concentrated on painting these quickly, applying paint in these various ways whilst getting a sense of shape, mass and movement in the figures.  

Then it was buildings in street scenes; he started with tips on cropping our own photos to obtain the best composition and then roughly sketching them out, onto rough paper, and including tone to check that the composition would work effectively.  Next he thoroughly demonstrated painting both sunny and rainy scenes, including suggestions for colour mixes for various parts of buildings and also to give a sense of distance.  

The rest of the day was spent by us drawing out our own compositions and then painting them whilst Paul continually helped, assisted and suggested ways of improving our work.  It was certainly one of the most informative and useful workshops I have attended and I believe all attending were of the same opinion.  Paul strongly believes in teaching his students how to solve the problems themselves, rather than just giving them something to “fill in”.  

Few of us managed to finish our work but here are a few photos I took during the day showing some of Paul’s demos, completed in record time, and some of our attempts.

Pauls Demo

Some student's efforts

Pauls demo of a street scene

the student's effort


More student's efforts

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Pictures from Paul Weaver's Demo

Paul Weaver's demo rounded off our year of monthly meetings in quite some style - he brought with him a wide selection of his paintings, and he talked us through his speedy process. In the two hours he was there, Paul had created a tonal sketch, a finished watercolour painting, and then a rougher rainy-day watercolour piece

Here are some pictures from the evening (2 and 4 courtesy of Anne Fox):

Well... that's nearly it! We've a report coming in from Paul's demo (courtesy of Jean Simnett), but our programme for the year is now complete. As always, this blog will keep you up to date on the artistic goings-on in and around the town (and there are still a couple of things in the pipeline fron the LAS), Spotlight will carry on every month, and the monthly round-ups will continue.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 4th February, when we have the fantastic Matt Smart giving us a talk on his approaches to sculpture. See you then!