If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.
Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
£25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours – one of the largest and most important in the world.
Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn
Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.
Once you have been around this exhibition we will go to the cast room, downstairs in the museum. You will draw the statues using some of the artists’ techniques seen in the show.
You will need to bring a Sketchbook and dry drawing materials. There are some portable stools provided by the museum.
I love the work of American artist Jackson Pollock. The Tate, Liverpool has a show of his paintings over the summer. Hopefully I will get there. There is an excitement, rhythm and vibrancy to his work that is rarely seen in the pictures of other artists.
For more information have a look at the exhibition tab. www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
Until then I have our own Jackson Pollock (aka Roger the Jack Russell). Sadly not on my wall, but in slightly chewed biro on a cushion. Like the work of the more famous of the two artists Roger’s reassures you that he was very much alive and there in the moment.
I have been planning the next class for my Charcoal into Oil Painting group and wondering how much longer they will put up with me banging on about tone. BUT TONE MATTERS. It doesn’t matter what colour you paint a tree; if you get the tone right it will work.
A strong use of tone releases you from the tyranny of trying to match a colour.
You can play around with any colour, use any palette so long as the tone works. Suddenly colour and painting become more fun.
If you want to come to the colour into tone: tone into colour class or the Charcoal into Oil Painting Course join us for the morning at 9.30am on Thursday 14th May, at Wherwell. It does not matter if you haven’t been with us for earlier classes on this course. The painting element of the morning will be using oils, and we will be doing another tonal drawing using charcoal. More classes in this course over the next few weeks.