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.

Next class 8th October - Chrissie's house

Huge thanks go to Sophie for letting us have our first class in her beautiful home!  Wet on wet was the focus.

 

No class 1st October - Rosie has another gig on the 1st so our next class will be 8th October in Thurston.

 

Rosie has set us autumnal homework - get out and about and take a look at the beautifully varied tree trunks around.  Take some close up studies to record the colours so we can try to replicate them and get away from painting them brown.

 

Due to limited space and social distancing requirements, classes will be restricted to 8 people (plus Rosie), first come etc...  so it is vital to confirm your attendance at least the day before for each class, to avoid disappointment.

 

We're trying out an online booking system to make the admin of numbers easier - take a look at it here and have a go at booking in for the next class (you'll need to checkout from the basket once you've selected the 'event').  If you struggle with this or haven't received the required password by email already, contact Chrissie or Rosie.

 

Book online

Please note that the rule of 6 does not apply to these classes as educational events are exempt.

 

Next class - 10 am, Thursday 8th October at Chrissie's, Thurston

 

 

Please contact Rosie or Chrissie for address details

Next class 24th Sept - Dalham

During our cuppa and chat on Tuesday 1st September, everyone there agreed that we would like to continue classes, still on Thursday mornings.  Until we're able to get back into Southgate Community Centre, classes will alternate between Sophie's in Dalham and Chrissie's in Thurston. 

 

Our next class will be at Sophie's on 24th September.  There might be a chance for us to paint outside if the weather is good, or a still life may be on offer but bring along a photo that inspires to make sure we have plenty of options. 

 

We thought it would be nice to have a mini-exhibition before we start to get our creative juices flowing again so bring any and all of your paintings that you have done since lockdown to show the rest of the class (if you want to - no pressure).

 

Due to limited space and social distancing requirements, classes will be restricted to 8 people (plus Rosie), first come etc...  so it is vital to confirm your attendance with Rosie at least the day before for each class, to avoid disappointment. 

 

We're trying out an online booking system to make the admin of numbers easier - take a look at it here and have a go at booking in for the next class (you'll need to checkout from the basket once you've selected the 'event').

 

Book online

Next class - 10 am, Thursday 24th September at Sophie's, Dalham

Please contact Rosie or Chrissie for address details

What to do - Next meeting Tuesday 1 September

We were blessed by the weather again on the 20th and a few of us enjoyed a class amidst the abbey ruins in Bury, very socially distanced giving Rosie a good walk between helping us all. 
 

There will be NO painting class during the week of 24th August.

 

You are all invited to discuss ideas of a new venue for the group from September onwards in case we are unable to get back to Southgate Community Centre.  We will be meeting at Dobbies Garden Centre (previously Wyvale) on TUESDAY 1st Sept 2020 at 2pm for a cuppa and chat about the future of the group.

 

Let's not allow a pesky virus to get in the way of something we all enjoy so much!

 

Catch-up - TUESDAY 1st Sept 2020, 2pm

Dobbies Garden Centre

Abbey Gardens - next class 20th August

After a lovely time in Judith's beautiful wildlife-friendly garden on the 6th, we're heading back into the Abbey Gardens for our next class on the 20th August.  We'll be meeting inside the Eastgate Street entrance and probably heading down towards the riverside for a change.

 

Please note there is NO CLASS 13th August.

 

10 am Thurs 20th August 2020

Abbey Gardens, Eastgate Street entrance.

 

 

Honington Garden - next class 6th August

Judith has kindly invited us to her garden for the next class.  The forecast looks very favourable so we should be in for another treat.

 

Some chairs and an outside loo are available to make things comfortable for us all!

 

10 am Thurs 6th August 2020

Honington

 

St Mary's Churchyard - next class 30th July

Our last class was perfect - a master class from Rosie, fab weather and some lovely paintings.  See the results here.

 

We're going to return to the Great Churchard again but will be using the church itself as a subject for our next outing, concentrating on a small part of it for those who want to build on the stone painting skills learnt on the 23rd.

 

Looking forward to seeing you again.

 

10 am Thurs 30th July 2020

Just behind the Norman Tower or in the Great Churchyard at the back of St Mary's, Bury St Edmunds

 

 

St Mary's Churchyard - next class 23rd July

We were lucky with the weather last class and got through the whole class before the rain arrived.  Those with cars got back to them with only a minor drenching... the cyclists amongst us, probably not.

 

The weather wasn't so good for the 9th and only a couple of us could make it for the 16th so our next class will be 23rd July.

 

We're returning to St Mary's churchyard and Rosie will be showing us how to start off a painting of some of the wonderful buildings there.  Not one to miss!

 

Hope to see you there.

 

10 am Thurs 23rd July 2020

St Mary's Churchyard, just behind the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens - next class 2nd July

A few of us made it to Nowton Park and it was lovely to catch up after all this time.

 

Our next class will be in/around the Abbey Gardens.  We'll meet in St Mary's churchyard at 10 am and decide where to go from there.

 

10 am Thurs 2nd July 2020

St Mary's Churchyard, just behind the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds

 

We hope to be back at Southgate Community Centre sometime in September.  Please contact Rosie to let her know if you plan to come back in September, especially if you're not able or expecting to join any of our summer classes before then.

 

 

Nowton Park- next class 25th June

We're back in action and are going to start with a summer class outside as we would normally at this time of year.  Nowton Park will be the venue, meeting at the edge of the car park near the cafe at 10 am.

 

If more than 6 people turn up, we can split into groups to stick to the current social distancing guidelines.

 

Bring your own chair, plenty of water, sun cream and hat cos it's going to be a scorcher!  Nowton Park has plenty of space and shaded areas so we should be able to find somewhere suitable.  Car park charges will probably apply as they do now in the rest of Bury.

 

Can't wait to see you all and hear your lockdown stories (at a safe distance).

 

10 am Thurs 25th June 2020

Nowton Park, Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU

 

We hope to be back at Southgate Community Centre sometime in September.  Please contact Rosie to let her know if you plan to come back in September, especially if you're not able or expecting to join any of our summer classes before then.

Staying healthy - no next class planned yet

We hope everyone is keeping fit, healthy and happy in this worrying time. 

 

We had hoped that things will be back to normal enough by the end of April for us to start classes again.  Sadly this isn't the case. Watch this space for updates.

 

Rosie has asked everyone to drop her a line if you're still interested in coming to classes after the current crisis has passed.  Please send her an email or text - I'm sure she will be thrilled to hear from you.

 

 

This is the painting that Rosie started in the last class.  Beautiful as always!

 

We really hope to see you all soon.  Stay safe xx

Contre-jour - next class 19th March

We really let ourselves go and allowed the paint to do its thing in the last class.  A gallery is available here.

 

There are only two classes left in this term so we're going to make the most of them. 

 

Next class we will be using our homework pictures of backlit objects or scenes that we've been working on for the last few weeks (or should have been...).   If you still need to get a picture to work from, set up some objects on a sunny window sill and take the photo into the light.  We'll be concentrating on keeping the light rim around the objects and getting the brightness to shine through.

 

10 am Thurs 19th March 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

 

Free flow - next class 12th March

Elker MemmlerAfter a couple of weeks working hard on getting our shadows right, we're having a fun (easy??) lesson on the 12th. 

 

We're going to be painting on saturated paper, covering the page with free form puddles and building up layers with abstract shapes, lifting out, adding textures and who knows what else.  Check out this video for a good demo of various lifting out techniques.

 

Come with salt, cling film, inks, crayons, granulation medium and anything else you want to play with and an object or plant to paint.  We'll be using a potted plant - primroses are plentiful and colourful at the moment - or something else similar and relatively easy to paint as inspiration.

 

Another reminder - we will be using our contre-jour photos (backlit objects/scenes - see here for more info) in our class on the 19th so gather your pics in readiness.

 

10 am Thurs 12th March 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

 

Landscapes with strong shadows - next class 27th February

Half term already so there is no class on the 20th.  Back on the 27th.

 

Continuing our shadows work, we'll be using our own homework photos or sketches of landscapes with strong shadows in the next class. 

 

Don't forget the other piece of homework that we've been set for a class soon - collect pictures with objects that are well backlit (perhaps take your own photo of things on a windowsill if we get a sunny/bright day).

 

 

10 am Thurs 27th February 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Small objects - next class 13th February

There is no class 6th February but we'll be back to it on the 13th working on at least two paintings of small objects on colourful backgrounds. 

 

Bring in a small something to add to the shared subjects - a tiny bowl, an interesting pebble or anything else as long as it's something not too difficult to paint - and hopefully we'll get a good mix of natural and manufactured things. 

 

Our two weeks of winter landscapes have been wonderful - the gallery can be seen here.

 

10 am Thurs 13th February 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Winter landscapes II - next class 30th January

Colours were really strong in our winter landscapes this week and we're going to try to keep this up in the next class.  More winter landscapes are planned for the 30th but using photos or one of your own sketches only.

 

Homework has been set to get us prepared for classes later in the term:  collect landscapes with very strong shadows and pictures with objects that are well backlit (perhaps take your own photo of things on a windowsill if we get a sunny/bright day).

 

10 am Thurs 30th January 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Winter landscapes - next class 23rd January

Welcome back to watercolour world!  How lovely to see everyone having a good go at a tricky still life - the photos will be available for this class and the last ones of 2019 shortly.

 

It might be unseasonably warm outside but we're going to be painting winter landscapes on the 23rd.  Find yourself a picture of interesting trees as snowy as you fancy and consider bringing your inks along as well if you want to have another bash with them.

 

10 am Thurs 23rd January 2020

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Free choice pen and wash - next class 28th November

In the last two classes of 2019, we're being given free choice on subjects with the option of using pen and wash. 

 

For those who want to give pen and wash a go, we'll be working on the drawing more than usual.  The subject can be anything you fancy - a still life of something natural, a landscape with buildings or anything else that has enough detail for you to get into. 

 

If you don't fancy pen and wash, just bring any subject, photo or still life.

 

10 am Thurs 28th November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

White objects - next class 21st November

Moving on with our new found love of colours, we're going to be painting white objects in our next class.  This will give us a chance to see that white is not just one colour but many and needs to have strong colours around it to stand out.

 

Bring along white objects - eggs, jugs, bowls etc - to add to the still life subjects.

 

Paintings from last week have been added to the gallery from the previous class - they look pretty fab!  Check them out here There's also a photo montage here done by Andy Abbott from his visit to the class.

 

10 am Thurs 21st November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Colourful landscapes 2 - next class 14th November

Wow!  We were truly inspired to create some amazing paintings in the last class.  See the gallery here.

 

We're going to have another go at the same thing for the next class - more colourful landscapes - but for those who fancy an added challenge we're going to try adding gouache or inks to the mix.

 

Bring a picture to use as a guide and let your colourful imaginations run wild!

 

10am Thurs 14th November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Painting by Michael David Sorensen

Colourful landscapes - next class 7th November

There's no class on 24th October as it's half term and the class of 31st October has been postponed due to commitments.

 

We'll be using photos of landscapes that suggest patterns and shapes to create colourful paintings in the class on 7th November.  Be adventurous with colours and use the photo as inspiration only, using the shapes but staying away from realistic hues.

 

10am Thurs 7 November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Painting by Michael David Sorensen

Negative spaces 2 - next class 17th October

Who would have thought that negative spaces could be enjoyable?  Most of the class agreed...  The gallery is here.  We also agreed that more practice would be a good idea so the next class we'll be doing the same again.

 

There will be two options for a still life to work on - garden tools or a plant based subject so please feel free to bring along something suitable.  We'll be looking at how the objects relate to each other concentrating on the shapes made between the objects.

 

10am Thurs 17th October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Painting by Ann Pember

Negative spaces - next class 10th October

Closeups and colour variations really allowed us to play with our palettes and the results were even more outstanding than last week.  See here for the paintings.

 

As we can now see and use colours that are not immediately obvious in our subjects, we're going to use this skill to create our backgrounds whilsts our subjects are going to be left as negative spaces.  We will use masking fluid, chinagraph pencils or wax crayons to mask out the spaces or paint them in afterwards using gouche or white ink.  Doing two paintings to use each technique, masking and painting in, should give us a great chance to experience the difference between them.

Cow parsley, poppy seed heads, honesty etc can be used as the subject for the class. 

 

 

10am Thurs 10th October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Sheila O'Brien Cow Parsley in Blue

Closeups - next class 3rd October

We really tried to loosen up and let go in the last class.  The results were lovely.

 

Concentrating on subtle use of colour, our first class of October will be a great test for us all.  We'll be painting details of subjects that appear to be a single colour like hydrangea flowers, corn cobs, tree bark etc. and working on seeing the  variations of hues and shades.

 

Try to find your own subjects so you can get up close and personal with them.

 

10am Thurs 3rd October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Autumn still life - next class 26th September

It was lovely to get back into the classroom and catch up with everyone after the summer holidays.  We have a couple of warm up classes planned as the weather cools.

 

For our next class, we'll be working on another autumnal still life - whatever people bring in - just make sure anything you bring is paintable (no potatoes!).

 

 

10am Thurs 26th September 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Felixstowe - next class 22nd Aug - note date change

Our last official class of the summer term was wonderful.  Another great morning at Nowton Park and paintings that were even better than last week.

 

A gallery will be available here some time soon with some of the paintings from the last few classes.

 

Although we have officially broken up for the summer holidays, Rosie thought it would be nice for us to spend a day at the seaside (painting of course).  Currently, this is pencilled in for 22nd August but this may change depending on people's availability. 

 

Go to the Summer painting day page for details and the chance to add your comments/ideas/arrange meetings.  Once all of the details have been confirmed, they will be available back on this class page as usual.

 

Pakenham Watermill is holding a charcoal making workshop on 15th August, 10.00 am  1.00 pm.  I have no doubt that a few of us will pop in at some point.  See here for details:  Charcoal Making at the Mill

 

The next regular watercolour class will be in September with details here when they're confirmed.  Hope to see you all at the next class.

 

 

Nowton Park revisit - next class 11th July

We were really inspired by the light coming into the copse of trees that we chose as our location for the last class.  It also became obvious that not all greens are made equal and not all leaves are green so colour and contrast were definitely our biggest challenges.

 

As we wanted to explore more of what the park has to offer we've decided to head there again for the next class - probably away from the avenue of lime trees for the allergy suffers amongst us - and maybe look for something more architectural.

 

 

Bring your chairs and big brushes again and be prepared to sit a while before putting brush to paper.

 

10am Thursday 11th July 2019

Nowton Park Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

 

Nowton Park - next class 4th July

As expected, Pakenham Watermill was a great setting for our last class and the weather was perfect.

 

Nowton Park will be our next class venue.  Bring your big brushes.  We'll meet outside the cafe and find a spot that is suitable for all of us from there. 

 

Chairs will be needed but there are loos and drinks and snacks are available from the cafe.  Parking is £1 for 2 hours, £2 for longer.

 

10am Thursday 4th July 2019

Nowton Park Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

 

Pakenham Watermill - next class 27th June

Fullers Mill Gardens has to be one of the most beautiful places we've been to paint and we had a great turnout, good weather and lots of lovely cakes and biscuits.  Thank you to Judith for organising the day so well.  

 

We're going to have another try at getting to Pakenham Watermill for our next location. 

 

There's no entry charge to the grounds but this will be a normal class so Rosie's fees apply as usual.  We might stay for a cuppa in the cafe afterwards as well.

 

10am Thurs 27th June 2019

Pakenham Watermill, Mill Road, Pakenham, Bury St Edmunds IP31 2NB

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

Fullers Mill Garden ALL DAY - next outing 20th June

Join us for a full day of painting at the wonderful Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow on the 20th June

 

We'll be getting there for 10am, meeting at the entrance, and spending as long as we like there.  The weather is no problem as there will be plenty of shelter.

 

The garden and indoor area (in case of rain) and tea and coffee making facilities are being opened especially for us. 

 

Rosie will not be charging an additional class fee but asks that we cover her entrance fee between us.  Bring a picnic lunch, snacks and £6.50 entrance fee as well.

 

10am Thurs 20th June 2019

Pakenham Watermill postponed - next class 13th June Southgate Community Centre

We had perfect weather, a perfect place and a lovely morning in Walsham on the 6th and were hoping for the same next week.  Pakenham watermill was our planned location for more outdoor painting. 

 

Sadly the forecast for Thursday looks pretty grim so we'll be playing it safe and going to our usual haunt, the Southgate Community Centre instead.

 

Hopefully we'll be able to rearrange the Pakenham watermill visit soon and perhaps enjoy a cuppa in the cafe afterwards. 

 

10am Thurs 13th June 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Fullers Mill Garden - 20th June ALL DAY

For an extra special treat, we're having a full day of painting at the wonderful Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow on the 20th June

 

We'll be getting there for 10am and spending as long as we like, whatever the wheather! 

 

The kind people there are letting us have the garden and indoor area (in case of rain) and tea and coffee making facilities all pretty much to ourselves.  Picnic lunch and £6.50 entrance required.

Half Term - next class 6th June

The half term holiday is upon us already so there's no class on the 30th.

 

We'll be venturing out to one of our favourite gardens on the 6th, if the weather allows, for a bit of plein air painting.  Find Moriarty's Cafe and take the drive to its right and the garden is on the right behind the house there.  Parking is best on the street outside or in the village hall car park.

 

10am Thurs 6th June 2019

Behind Moriarty`s Cafe, The Street, Walsham Le Willows IP31 3AZ

If bad weather is forecast, we'll be at the Southgate Community Centre

 

 

Small scale simple scenes - next class 23rd May

How is it that we all still struggle with keeping things simple?!  We know we shouldn't but still don't know when to stop and do too much... 

 

Rosie is going to work through with us on the next class - small scale, simple scenes.  We need high contrast photos of landscapes with plenty of tress and greenery and we'll concentrate on picking out the light and dark to reduce the detail.  

 

10am Thurs 23rd May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Trees and green flowers - next class 16th May

There were some truly beautiful paintings of blossoms from our last class.  These and others from before Easter are now available here for you to see - follow the links in the Recent Happenings section (to the right or below).

 

More of the same or branching out into bigger things is on the agenda for our next class.  We'll be trying to capture the vast variety of greens from nature so bring plants or pictures of trees or plants that really get your juices flowing.

 

10am Thurs 16th May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Blossom - next class 9th May

Everyone had a great catch up in the class after the Easter break.

 

Hopefully we'll still have some blossom around, after all the wind and rain, to use in our next class as our subject.  If you can't find the real thing, bring a photo of blossom - a closeup or trees full of it, your choice.  Consider bringing large paper if you want to get into the real detail of a closeup.

 

10am Thurs 9th May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Water landscapes - Next class 21st March

For our last class of the Spring term, we will be finishing our watery landscapes by painting a scene of our own choice but in two different ways. 

 

From a photo that inspires you, preferably one you've taken yourself, you will attempt one limited palette painting using the techniques learnt in the fabulous step by step class of the 14th.  You will start the second painting in monochrome and apply washes over it.  We can't wait to see what happens!

 

10am Thurs 14th March 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Step by step landscape - Next class 14th March

With only two classes left for this term, we're going to have another step by step treat from Rosie on the 14th, using 'The Beautiful Norfolk Broads' as our subject.

 

Click here to go to the download page to get the full-size version of the image for you to use during class.

 

Dig out your rough paper and stick it down well on your boards to give yourselves a better chance of being able to emulate Rosie's expected masterpiece.

 

10am Thurs 14th March 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Reflections and shadows 2 - next class 28th February

No chance of overpainting in the last class as most people only got part way to completing their first painting.  There's so much to think about with reflections and shadows in still life that we're going to have another bash in our next class after half term but closer up.

 

We're going to be working on individual still life subjects so bring along a few shiny things and a white cloth to put underneath them.

 

HALF TERM - NO CLASS 21st FEBRUARY

 

10am Thurs 28th February 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Reflections and shadows - next class 14th February

Lemons by Benoit Philippe

Continuing the theme of relections, we will be paiting a still life for our Valentine's class.

 

Bring simply shaped reflective things, glasses etc. and we will be putting them together to make two sets of objects for us to work on.

 

A full gallery of the reflections in landscapes paintings from the last two classes is available here.  Most of them are great and some of them are real works of art!

 

10am Thurs 14th February 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Reflections 2 - next class 7th February

We enjoyed the last class and learnt a lot so we're going to have another bash at reflections.

 

Bring along inspirational images again and have at least two pieces of paper prepared.  Consider something a little more challenging or improve on the same images from last week.

 

A still life option will also be available again so don't feel pressured...

 

10am Thurs 7th February 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

 

Reflections - next class 31st January

Quick landscapes were a huge success and lots of fun.  No overpainting, most people managed to finish four pictures and the results were wonderful.  A gallery of the last two weeks' classes will be available shortly.

 

For the last class of January and the first of February we will be attempting to capture reflections.  These can be in water or on any shiny surface.  Bring your own subject along with you, whether that's a photo or your reflective objects and have your paper prepared again as we will be aiming to complete at least two paintings each to maintain the freshness and avoid overworking. 

 

A still life option will be available for those not brave (or daft) enough to try reflections.

 

10am Thurs 31st January 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Quick landscapes - next class 24th January

Why do people have a tendency to overpaint?  Well, we're going to try to avoid this pitfall by painting four pictures in our next class, all of the same subject as our last class.  

 

Bring your paper ready prepared, that's four pieces.  To add variety, try different types of paper, rough, smooth and tissue paper stuck to one so you can compare how they all react.  Inks, salt and watercolour pencils and different colour ways (think seasons perhaps) will allow for even more variations.

 

10am Thurs 24th January 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Snow scenes - next class 29th November

Well, portraits from life proved more difficult than anticipated, mostly due to the constant movement of the models :o)  Still, lots of great paintings were done - see the gallery here.

 

The next class should be a little less taxing as we're going to be working from photos.  Bring in a snow scene, preferrably one you've taken yourself, and have a go at recreating the image.

 

10am Thurs 29th November 2018

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

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