What's On

What's On

Heraldry and Still Life Courses with Angela Gladwell - 9 weeks starting 6th October, then 9 more weeks in the spring - details

'In Another Light' - 5pm - 8pm, every Saturday from 1st November 2014 to 21st March 2015, Croft Castle - details
Christmas Exhibition - opens 29th November, Silk Top Hat - details
The Aviation Art of Charles McHugh - 14th - 27th December, Bear Steps Art Gallery, St Alkmund's Place, Shrewsbury - the artist's website
Bookbinding Workshop - 7pm, 5th February, The Sitting Room - details
Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 - 30th May - 7th June - details
The Ludlow Fringe Festival 2015 - 13th June - 5th July - details

The Eclectic Sofa
- 7pm - 11pm, second and last 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
Note: the last class of 2014 is on 19th December, and classes begin again in 2015 on 2nd January.

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

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Spotlight wants YOU!

I was thinking about writing a Spotlight post on limited palettes for January, or maybe February, and it struck me that it'd be a great opportunity to pool some of the LAS's collective knowledge - and we are a talented bunch ;)

I'll cover historical use, as well as the modern-day benefits of restricting your palette.

So, I'd love to know what limited palettes you've tried, what you like, what media they might work best in, and I'll put it together into a Spotlight post.

I'm defining 'limited palette' as no more than 6 paints (plus white, which is assumed for all non-watercolour media).

Drop me a line at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk  - let's see if we can start sharing some of these ideas!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Subscription renewal, and more...

Don't forget - subscriptions to the LAS are up for renewal at the end of the year, so get those in soon! :)

The photoshoot originally scheduled for last Friday has now been re-scheduled for this Friday, same time and place. It'd be great to see you there!

Also, we've got an announcement coming early in the New Year... but you'll have to wait and see what that is.

Finally, the programme for 2015 will be up soon, as it has now been finalised.

I hope you're all able to take it easy, and you're having a fantastic holiday season!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bookbinding Workshop

The Sitting Room is hosting another bookbinding workshop on Wednesday 5th February. Now, that might be a way off but places are limited. All the details are on the flyer below (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

LAS Assembly Rooms Promotional Photoshoot

LAS members are invited to be involved in a promotional photoshoot for the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, highlighting the activities that the LAR hosts. Anybody interested is asked to bring a piece of their artwork (preferably not too large) to the Assembly Rooms at 11am on Friday 12th December, and we'll set up with direction from the photographer, LAS member Kate Maxwell.

Hope to see you there!

Westhope Craft College Courses

Westhope Craft College have just released their brochure for 2015, and possibly of interest to LAS members there are a number of arts courses. You can find a full list here: http://www.westhope.org.uk/courses/art.html

Also on that page, to the left, you'll find links to their other craft courses.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Spotlight - the Complete Works of Katsushika Hokusai

You may not know the name, but I'm sure many of you know this woodcut:

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

It was created by Katsushika Hokusai, and this month Spotlight is looking at his complete works. A short biography of the artist:

Katsushika Hokusai (θ‘›ι£ΎεŒ—ζ–Ž, Katsushika Hokusai? 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series...” While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.


The text is from the same website where you can find all the artwork, and the link is right here: http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

VP Alan Hobbs

We're delighted to say that former Chairman and current Vice Chairman Alan Hobbs has agreed to become a Vice President of the LAS.