Thursdays 23rd and 30th March and 20th and 27th April
Beginners Oil Painting…the next step
If you have done a beginners oil painting class, or have a bit of experience with oils, this is what comes next. You will look at painting with different palettes, and using different techniques. Some materials will be provided.
The river Test runs through a series of mills in Whitchurch, from Bere Mill, Town Mill, and the Silk Mill, down to Fulling Mill below the town.
Footpaths, streams, islands and bridges weave their way through the town. Over many years the keepers at the Whitchurch Fishery have managed the banks, weed and wild areas to keep the flow of the river and the diversity of wildlife in balance.
The Silk Mill in Whitchurch is an interesting piece of industrial heritage with the original water wheel restored and working. Silk is woven on site using 19th century machinery. It also has a first floor cafe with dangerously tasty looking cakes and sandwiches.
You are welcome to do the tour of the Mill or simply to use the cafe and visit the grounds. A large part of the mill is visible from the garden.
In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.
From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.
With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.
£11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions
£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members
*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
Entry to exhibitions is free for Ashmolean Members and for Under-12s.
Please call 01865 278 112 to book tickets by phone.
This month we have two different approaches to Life Drawing, on two days, in two different places, 13th and 14th February, Wherwell and Bransbury.
Monday 13th February
Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again
£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)
This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing and life collage (a new art school discipline?)
It is so easy to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time. How can you encourage yourself to improve?
Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas. Looking at other artists work is a good way to learn new techniques, and trying something you may not have thought of before can help. I like to take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure.
In this class you will recycle and reuse your own marks, tones and textures, and introduce others from outside sources. Once you have tried this technique you may have a fresh approach to drawing with a new regard for line and mark.
Tuesday, February 14th (St Valentine’s Day)
Life Drawing, Chocolate Cake, Happiness
Instead of sitting at home, or eating at an overpriced restaurant (talking in hushed tones) join us for St Valentine’s Day, eat cake and draw.
My blurb about the course at Wherwell on 13th February is all about thinking outside the box, trying new approaches etc. All a very good thing to do.
It is just as important to sink into the comfy-armchair-of-Life-Drawing, remind yourself about its relaxing qualities, drift into ‘the zone’.
This is Life Drawing as a pleasure.
If you know someone who has not tried life drawing before, bring them along. I will guide you through the evening and there will be chocolate cake included…
Materials will be provided. Suitable for all standards.
Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters
£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance) or £80/couple