Pastel workshop

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society enjoyed a workshop at All Saints Parish Church Hall at Skircoat Green in Halifax. Members could use materials provided as part of the workshop.

On the 13th September ‘Visionary Drawing with Edward Fos’ will surely attract a lot of members from 10:30am to 1pm.


Pastel seascapes

At the Friday morning session many members of the Halifax Art Society watched Matthew Evans produce three pastel seascapes with detailed and funny comments.

We learned that paper has to have sufficient ‘tooth’ to take the pastel. Watercolour paper will work, but different grades and colours of abrasive paper will produce more vibrant colours.You can even use a brush with a bit of water to highlight some areas.

On Friday 6th September, from 10:30 to 1 pm, the topic will be ‘Bees, butterflies and bugs’, when Lynda Thomas will lead a lino printing session.


A change in perspective

On Friday 16th August, many members of the Halifax Art Society met again  at ‘All Saints Hall’ on Skircoat Green and learned a lot in a ‘Perspective Workshop’ with Philip Hickin.

We were puzzled seeing an engraving by William Hogarth titled ‘Satire on False Perspective’ containing 22 errors but were told that it was deliberately produced that way in the 18th century.

In the second half of the morning we used our rulers and pencils following Philip’s instructions to create a road with lots of street lights all in perspective.


Summer is rushing by

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society went on a trip to the Ilkley Art Show. It was a lovely day out and a good time was had by all.

As the summer months are racing by, time has come that bit closer to the opening date of our prestigious Heritage Weeks Exhibition at the Halifax Minster.

Since the TV series of Gentleman Jack which relates the life and times of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, it seems the Halifax Minster is on every tourist to Halifax must-do list. People are coming from all over the world, and hopefully will continue to do so.