Review

Birds, animals and dancers

It was a good week for the members of the Halifax Art Society to hone their drawing skills. At Friday’s meeting at the All Saints Parish Hall, Edward Foster held a drawing workshop. His chosen subjects were ‘Birds and Animals’. We were taken back to basics as Edward had us filling pages of lines and circles. We then progressed to putting the circles into our drawing of a Woodpecker, then progressing to drawing animals. Edward gave us many tips and advice, which we noted down and hope to put into practice at our next meeting.

In addition a workshop was kindly given by members Philip and Lynne Hickin on Saturday at their lovely home. It was a more sophisticated event than Friday’s with dancing figures as the chosen subject. Lynne and Philip, both talented artists, had arranged different ways for us to pursue our objective. With videos, easels, photos and books we were not short of inspiration. Lynne’s drawing demonstration of stick-like figures, showing what position the skeleton would take when a certain pose was adopted, was much appreciated. We all felt that in the space of three hours, our understanding of movement in a figure and getting it down on paper had vastly improved. Our thanks go to Lynne and Philip for hosting and leading the workshop. We sincerely hope that they will invite us again.

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