The Shipping Forecast, Painting the Squall, the Storm and Poor Visibility


The Shipping Forecast is a well known friend to many, sailors and non-sailors alike. The poetry and rhythms are companions to the insomniac and the early riser.

In this course you will endeavour to capture something of the broadcast, whether you find it alarming, stormy, mysterious, frightening or calming.

We will look at other artists whose work has reflected the sea, storms, or otherwise. You will be drawing and painting, thinking about colours, tones and textures that inspire similar emotions to the Forecast. The Royal Academy have an Abstract Expressionist exhibition in Autumn 2016. Their essay about this might add to your approach to this Class. https://artdrawpaint.com/abstract-expressionism-a-beginners-guide/

The intimate delivery from the radio opens a world beyond the words.


Painting the Squall, the Storm and Poor Visibility

18th and 19th November, 2015

9.30am –  4.00pm

£140/2days

For more information, or if you want to join the course, please contact Kate Measham on: kate@artdrawpaint.com


The forecast contains:

  • details of gale warnings in force,
  • a general synopsis
  • sea-area forecasts containg forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility.
shipping forecast sea areas
  • The shipping forecast is issued four times a day at 2300, 0500, 1100, 1700 UTC and covers a period of 24 hours from 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC respectively.
  • The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas show on the map
  • Gale warnings are issued as required (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).
  • The forecast, excluding the header line, has a limit of 370 words, and has a very strict format.

There are warnings of gales in Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, and Fair Isle Humber, Thames. Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor. Tyne, Dogger. Northeast 3 or 4. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor. Rockall, Malin, Hebrides. Southwest gale 8 to storm 10, veering west, severe gale 9 to violent storm 11. Rain, then squally showers. Poor, becoming moderate. Southeast Iceland. North 7 to severe gale 9. Heavy snow showers. Good, becoming poor in showers. Moderate icing.

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