The old beech

After a few of our members met up in Manor Heath Park recently, member Brigitte has finished and shared her picture.

The photograph below from the Halifax Courier shows some of the park’s trees surrounding the Victorian mansion before it was demolished in 1958. Three years later the new sunken garden in the mansion’s original footprint was opened, and the sundial where our members met up was placed at its centre.


Meet at the sundial

For the second time in these difficult Covid-19 days, some members of the Halifax Art Society met at the old sundial at the top of Manor Heath Park for some sketching.

Last Tuesday we brought our own chairs along and even gladly sat in the shade of the mighty old beech, as we had unwittingly picked one of the last glorious days of this summer. Who knows when we can finally be back to our normal Friday morning sessions in Godfrey Road.


Keep in touch

In these difficult days in the Corona Virus lockdown, we decided to have different ‘Keep-in-Touch Projects’ via our Facebook site. The first one was ‘Spring Flowers in a favourite Cup or Jug’ and quite a number of members did send in their pictures online.

For the following week our painting challenge subject was “Three Objects, in Three colours.”  Janet chose three very ordinary objects that most of us would have around the house. Members had a go at painting the light filtering through them.

Look out for more ideas on our Facebook website from our committee members in the future weeks.



Edward Foster workshop

Last Friday about 30 members of the Halifax Art Society came together for a ‘Edward Foster Workshop’ at Skircoat Green.

For the second time Edward led us skilfully to some imaginative drawing.  He is known in many parts of the world for his unusual way of developing imaginative drawings from real objects.

On the 27th September there will be a demonstration by Tracey Krupianka at our usual venue in Halifax. And don’t forget there are a few more days left to visit our exhibition at Halifax Minster


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.