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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. 

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Project week 2 - next class 23rd November

Well, what a lot of fun we had playing with different techniques, papers and styles in our last class.


Using the same themes, we're going to continue expanding our creativity and range. 


Don't worry if you missed Project week 1 - you can still start at week 2.  Just be prepared to let yourself go!  Oh, and you might like to bring along some tissue paper and PVA glue...


10am Thurs 23rd November 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Project week 1 - next class 16th November

For the first week of our 3 week project, we have free choice of subject - anything goes just as long as it holds our interest for this and the next 2 weeks.


Each week you'll be painting the same subject but with a different treatment: using pre-prepared paper (e.g. stick on tissue paper, apply gesso), magnified sections, different formats or range of colours.  Let your imagination run wild!


10am Thurs 16th November 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Subtle abstracts - next class 9th November

For our next class we will be working on subtle abstract painting with patterns of layers and shapes. 


For inspiration and subjects, look back through your old paintings and consider leaving out details or using a different colour scheme.   Alternatively bring in photographs that didn't work out - poorly focused, badly exposed or printed with low ink.


10am Thurs 9th November 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds