October News

The workshop ‘Graphite and Coloured Pencils’  by Sue  Vize on 16th October was very informative. Sue talked us through her vast collection of pencils explaining how she used the different makes and their qualities in her work. Sue brought some interesting seed heads and berries for us to draw and came around giving help and advice.

Members of the Society will be at three events in the near future. We will be at the ‘Big Draw ‘ at Stirchley Baths on Sunday 23rd October from 1.0pm demonstrating and helping members of the public to have a go. One week later we will be at a ‘Big Draw’ event at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens on Saturday 29th October fro 12.30. Come and join us and have a go.

The Society has a stand at ‘Art Materials Live’ at the NEC from 3rd to 6th November. We will have member’s work on display and there will be demonstrations in progress on each day. Come and chat to us.

Important message

It is with regret that the monthly meeting for October is cancelled.

There will be no meeting on 16th October 2016 as there will be no access to Stirchley Baths due to the Birmingham Great Run.  The Sue Vize Workshop on that date will now be held at Centre of England Arts, Hampton in Arden. Those members with a place on the workshop will be informed of all arrangements by email.

Sunday 23rd October the society is organising a ‘Big Draw’ event – ‘Science Meets Art in the Garden’. 13.30 to 16.00.

This is a free event everyone is welcome to have a go at drawing the plant material provided

See web site for further information – www.thebigdraw.org

Also second event Saturday 29th October – Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, 13.30 to 15.30

Glorious Garlic

Painting with Gouache was the workshop led by Jeni Neale on 21st August 2016 and the subject – ‘Glorious Garlic’. This was a well attended meeting. Lovely images were produced despite painting using gouache and onto coloured mount board being new to many of the members. There are images on our Facebook page.

This autumn the society will participate in two ‘Big Draw’ events and have a stand at Art Materials Live at the NEC in November, further information to follow.

Summer News

Thank you to Jenny Major for the workshop on July 24th entitled “The Devil is in the Detail”. Jenny went through how to take a critical look at a piece of work to see if it is really finished and how to rectify any issues identified. Also covered were what checks to do if you wish to exhibit your work.

There are a number of exhibitions to see this summer.

  • Hanbury Hall, Droitwich Spa WR9 7EA – some of our members are exhibiting at the Birmingham Watercolour Society Exhibition which is on until the 1st September 2016.
  • Maria Merian’s butterflies – Queens Gallery, London until 19th October 2016.
  • National Gallery – Dutch Flowers, showing the evolution of Dutch Flower painting over two centuries – until 29th August 2016.
  • Tate Modern – Exhibition of paintings by Georgia O’Keefe, until the 30th October 2016

Meeting 26th June 2016

A well attended AGM, changes to the Societies constitution were outlined and unanimously accepted. Following the AGM Sheila Smith led a workshop on ‘Book binding for beginners’. A pack with notes, different papers and instructions on the binding was provided. Sheila led us through each stage of making this reference book which was finished with hand made paper, thread and beads. This technique is useful for combining colour charts and painting preparatory work as well as cards or scrap books.

Members of BSBA will be exhibiting at the Birmingham Watercolour Society Exhibition at Hanbury Hall from 23rd July – 1st September in the Long Gallery.