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Recycled surfaces

Linda had prepared thoroughly our Recycle Workshop. On display was a book about Toulouse Lautrec who already worked successfully with recycled materials. Lynda had even found a recent winner in a painting competition who said that painting on packaging material often creates surprising results.  Lynda had brought many diverse images to pick from and during the workshop the silence proved that people really enjoyed working on cardboard, brown paper etc. 


Grandad Wheels talk

Last Friday a lot of members came to listen to our guest speaker Brian Abram. He gave a very interesting and moving illustrated talk on how he came to write 6 books in the series ‘Grandad Wheels’. Brian goes to many primary schools reading out of his books and talking to the children, thus breaking down prejudices about people in wheelchairs.

Many of us had seen him recently on TV on the One Show or read about him at the website

After the break, with cake baked by our member Jenny, Lynne Hickin explained in fascinating details how she went about illustrating the books.

The books are being sold for £6.90. All proceeds go to two charities that offer support to people who have suffered a spinal injury – the ‘Spinal Injuries Association ‘and ‘Back Up’.


Jubilee Party

Last Friday our chairwoman Lynda Thomas had done everything to make the morning of the Queen’s jubilee memorable: There were displays of different memorabilia, photos, even of different dogs. We just brought paper or even sandpaper and pastels and it was astonishing what great work our members created in such short time.

For the extended break Lynda had bought patés, cheese, biscuits, cakes, nibbles etc. We drank the tea out of cups with matching saucers and some of us were smartly dressed for the occasion.

We had time to chat and admire each other’s work before we went on with our artwork.


Nose and lips workshop

Last Friday many members of the HAS were present when Lynne Hickin shared her knowledge and skills once again. Dennis Kilbey had assembled a camera, microscope and screen so that everybody in the large room could join in the experience. The morning was informative and inspiring.

Lynne explained the anatomy of the head to help us with the proportions. She showed us pictures of faces by famous artists.

She had prepared little papers with drawings of different lips and noses for us to copy before we could choose photos of full faces or part of some.