Southgate Watercolour Art Group Archive

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

Landscapes with people - next class 22nd February

This next half term, we're going back to a favourite subject (for some) - people.


Ever tried painting a person or two in your landscapes?  It's harder than it looks to simplify bodies down enough but we're going to have a try in the first week back after half term.


Use your week off to look through your photos and magazines for inspiration and keep practicing the techniques we've learnt over this last half term.   


10am Thurs 22nd February 2018

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds


Detailed buildings - next class 1st February

John Lovett

We will be continuing our buildings theme and returning to the very popular and fun world of mixed media on 1st February.  Where did January go?


Zooming in to the details of a building, we will be using inks, tissue paper, newspaper and what ever else you fancy to create interesting textures and collage effects.  Prepare your paper before the class to maximise your painting time.


10am Thurs 1st February 2018

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Buildings - next class 18th January

That time of year again - Christmas holidays are already upon us.  We're not back in the classroom until 18th January.


During our first half term of 2018 will be concentrating on buildings.


We have lots of time to prepare ourselves and gather inspiration over the Christmas period.  Research different styles of paintings of buildings, gather pictures you like from magazines, books, your own photo library or even this year's Christmas cards.  


Practice all of the wonderful techniques we've learnt from this half term and keep the imagination flowing.


10am Thurs 18th January 2018

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Autumn Term 2017

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. 


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


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

Autumn studies - next class 28th September

To build on the work done last week, our next class will be concentrating on autumn objects.  We're going to paint individual studies using only flat brushes.

For tips and guidance, Pam suggests looking at this interesting site that mentions using flat brushes and there are many videos on YouTube as well e.g. this short demo or this longer video (skip the first waffly 4 minutes or so to get to the demo).


Bring pots, acorns, leaves, flowers, autumn veg from your garden or market and don't forget your flat brushes.


10am Thurs 28th September 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Summer holidays - next class mid-September

Thank you to everyone who let us use their beautiful gardens as class venues this summer.  It's been a real joy and even the odd rain shower failed to spoil our enjoyment.


Classes have finished for this summer and will start again mid-September.  Watch this space for an exact date.


Homework has been set:  paint a postcard of your summer holiday and send it to Rosie (or keep it until the first class of the new term).

New term, new sketchbook - Next class 27th April

During the summer term, we plan to create a 'Summer 2017 Sketchbook' each to capture the beauty of the coming season.


Enjoy your Easter break by getting out and about to take photos of your local environment, your garden or nearest park for you to paint during the first class back.  Bring a sketchbook and your photos.  See this YouTube video for a nice way to make a 'proper' sketchbook, or this page for a simpler version, if you don't have one to use already.


Once the weather warms and becomes more predictable, we will move the classes outside to various locations to continue adding to our sketchbooks.


10am Thurs 27th April 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds


Free choice - Next class 23rd March

As this is the last class of this term, we're having a free choice week.  Do whatever takes your fancy - continue from last week's very enjoyable and successful abstract landscapes, perfect a portrait or have a go at something else completely different.


10am Thurs 23rd March 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds


Please note there will be no classes during the Easter holiday but we will be back on 27th April.

Abstract Landscapes - Next class 15th March

Using artists such as August Macke and Paul Klee as style inspiration and a favourite landscape picture as reference, we're going to be delving into the world of abstract landscapes for our next class.  We will be concentrating on using simplified shapes and colours and building up layers.


Bring along any landscape picture that truly inspires you.  Skyscrapers, fields, roads and bridges - whatever grabs your fancy.


10am Thurs 15th March 2017

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds