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Current news and class information for Southgate Watercolour Art Group        

The watercolour group meet usually meet at the Southgate Community Centre each Thursday morning to paint and exchange pleasantries.  They're a friendly bunch.


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The classes for the term starting 21st September are going to be based on the following (or that's the plan at the start of the term):


Week 1:  Autumn still life

Week 2:  Individual autumn still life studies using flat brushes

Week 3:  Flowers, berries and leaves using large brushes

Week 4:  Studies of large leaves on large paper, adding drawings, using inks etc.

Week 5:  Square formats - subject of your choice

Week 6:  Square format - Black and white, strong contrasts

Week 7:  Layers and shapes and subtle abstracts.  Look back at your old paintings or pictures upside down as a starting point

Week 8, 9 and 10:  Choose a favourite theme to work on for the last 3 weeks, a portrait, photo, object or anything that inspires you.  Prepare an interesting background in advance for week 8.  Cutouts and colour and more will be the aim for weeks 9 and 10. 

Scroll down for details of each week 


High contrast - next class 2nd November

There's no class 26th October as it's half term.


For the next class our focus will be on high contrast images.  If your square format painting from last week doesn't lend itself well to being transformed into a high contrast painting, Rosie has suggested that we can choose something else to paint.  A black and white, high contrast image may be best.


10am Thurs 2nd November 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Square format - next class 19th October

Using square paper, we will be encouraged to consider the affect the shape has on the composition of our paintings.  

The subject can be anything that you like and inspires you - a portrait, still life, landscape, abstract etc - but choose your subject carefully as you'll be using the same again for the following class.


10am Thurs 19th October 2017 (confirmed date)

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Mixed media leaves - next class 12th October

Keeping it loose, using big brushes and large format paper, we're painting leaves.  Just leaves.  But to make things really interesting, we're introducing mixed media. 


Bring big brushes, large paper - lining paper will do perfectly - inks, pencils, soap (yes, soap) etc. and we'll have a go at painting and printing with leaves and generally going leaf mad.


Oh, and you might like to bring some leaves.


10am Thurs 12th October 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds