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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Did you know that November 1st is International Self Portrait Day? It's a loosely organised event, which is currently based on this Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SelfPortraitDay

Here's how it works: on November 1st, you create a self-portrait using any medium you like. That's it, it's that simple! Doing this year on year is a fun way to chart your artistic growth, and I thought it'd be interesting to see what Ludlow Art Society members come up with this year.

If you take part, it'd be fantastic if you emailed a picture of your work to me at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk, and then I'll gather them all together for a mini-gallery blog post right here.

InkTober



I ran across InkTober very recently - it's a month-long ink-based art challenge, with the idea being just sharpen your skills and have some fun. The project was started by artist Jake Parker, who's been doing this each October since 2009.

The InkTober website, with the rules on how to play, is here: www.inktober.com

If any LAS members do have a go, whether it's daily, weekly or just once, why not send a picture of it, show us how you got on, maybe tell what you learned from it? The address to send to is samsketches@yahoo.co.uk

Monday, 29 September 2014

Spotlight - the Art of War and Propaganda

This month, Spotlight's looking at artwork created during wartimes.

Firstly, the National Archives have 350+ pieces of art that they've made publicly available to view online. It "includes oil paintings, drawings, posters, caricatures and portraits produced as propaganda for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War." Here's the LINK

Also, there's an article on 100 Years of Propagands: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - this covers art from across the world, right up to the present day. Here's the LINK

This work can be assessed in several ways - the political message at the time, how elements of design have been exaggerated to convey or stress a certain meaning, or how compositions and colours have been chosen to create a poster with immediate visual impact. It can also be interesting to look back and see how styles have changed over the years.

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Upcoming - Brontë Woodruff Talk

On Thursday 2nd October we have local artist Brontë Woodruff coming along to talk a little about her work, and to demonstrate the materials she uses. Brontë has kindly sent along some images of her work:



As usual we'll be at the Assembly Rooms, 7pm for 7.30pm and it's £4 for guests, £3 for LAS members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

See you there!

The Big Draw 2014

The Campaign for Drawing's annual event, The Big Draw, is taking place between 1st October and 2nd November and runs across the UK and twenty other countries. Some of the events are for kids, but there are others aimed at adult artists, too!

Locally, there are a couple of events happening. On 5th October there's From Micro and Macro at Carding Mill Valley - all the details are HERE.

On 11th October there's... something (details are sketchy, pun intended) at Apley Farm Shopnear Bridgnorth, in association with he Campaign for Rural England - details HERE.

Near Cradley there'll be an exhibition of postcard-sized art (but send yours in before 1st October!) at the Blue-Ginger Gallery - details HERE.

On 18th & 31st October there's tile-making at the Museum of Royal Worcester - details HERE.

From 18th October to 1st November there's a huge mosaic-making event, again at the Museum of Royal Worcester - details HERE.

On 25th October, you can draw from nature at St. Peter's Church, Cradley - details HERE.

On 27th & 30th October, at Malvern Theatres, there's an opportunity to get involved with some drawing - details HERE.

From 27th - 31st October, there's a large-scale mixed-media piece being created at Blists Hill Victorian Town - details HERE.

On 28th & 29th October you can create cathedral-inspired artwork at Worcester Cathedral - details HERE.

On 28th - 30th October, at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, drop in a draw your own lunch! Details HERE.

On 29th October, again at Newhampton Arts Centre, draw your own island in the sun - details HERE.

Then, on 29th October, Hereford Museum and Gallery hosts The Big Draw Herefordshire in the Great War - all the details are HERE.

Again on 29th October there's a drawing session focusing on industry, at Batnock House Museum, Wolverhampton - details HERE.

Once more, on 29th October, there are frog-based (?) arts and craft activities at Southwater, in Telford. Details HERE.

On 30th October, be a part of your own projected drawing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - details HERE.

On 1st November a collage is being made at Worcester's Tudor House Heritage Centre - details HERE.

If you do get involved, why not send over a photo or scan of what you did, and let us know what you thought of the events?

The Big Draw's website is  www.thebigdraw.org

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Annual Dinner

This year's LAS Annual Dinner with be on 12th October and will be held at the Chang Thai Restaurant - if we have your email address then you should have all the information, and if we don't then there'll be a letter for you arriving very shortly.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Big Art Show

I've just had an email through from David Dawkins, who ran the Big Art Show this year. He's running it again in 2015, and has asked that I pass on some details to LAS members.

There was a lot of information given, so rather than put it all in a blog post I'm going to (temporarily) give it page, which you can find here: http://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-big-art-show.html

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Drawing Isn't Difficult at Westhope

Westhope Craft College's beginner's art course, Drawing Isn't Difficult, is nearly booked up, but there are a few places left!

If you're interested, you can find all the details here: http://westhope.org.uk/courses/art.html

Saturday, 13 September 2014

LAS Summer Exhibition in the Teme Valley Times

Courtesy of Anne Fox, here's a clipping from the Teme Valley Times that covers our recent Summer Exhibition:

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Pictures from the Members' Work Night

I couldn't get to the Work Night (work and illness...), but the pictures kindly taken by Tom Crowe make me wish I'd been able to go sketching there!


Don't forget, as per the blog entry below we're heading out to the studio of painter Craig Sumner on the 10th of this month.

Also, we can now confirm that Bronte Woodruff will be our speaker for October - more details to follow!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

h.Art trip to Craig Sumner's Studio

On Wednesday 10th September we're heading out on a visit to the studio of Craig Sumner, whose Leominster studio is open as part of h.Art, and then we're following this up with a plein air painting/drawing session around Leominster Grange and Minster.
We're to meet at the Talbot Hotel in the car park at 10 a.m. since the studio is there.

You can find Craig's website here: www.craigsumnergallery.co.uk