Pole to pole

The Halifax Art Society started the new year with a workshop led by Janet Gledhill. About 22 members came along with a couple of child visitors, this was a good number considering the Christmas season.

Janet was inspired by a question from her father when she was a child – “Why don’t the polar bears eat the penguins?” She read us a couple of poems, one of them about Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, and provided plenty of pictures from both the North and South Poles to inspire us.

On the 17th January Naseem Darbey will talk about ‘Approach to Drawing ‘ in connection with a workshop. 


Figures on a beach

Last week HAS member Janet Gledhill led the session ‘Figures on a beach’. She gave very useful advice, displayed a vast collection of beach photos and magazines and even had thought of tracing paper. So we all worked hard and enjoyed the morning thoroughly.

From the 26th July to 9th August there will be an alternative programme, as All Saints Parish Hall will undergo some renovations. On the 26.7. we will meet at the usual time 10:30 – 1 pm, but at the Skircoat Green Allotments for Outdoor Sketching.


Sketch sketch sketch!

The Halifax Art Society‘s Friday meeting held a workshop on the importance of using a sketch book, run by Dorothy Simister.

Most of the members knew Dorothy and were aware of her techniques as an artist, and her helpful advice was readily given. Dorothy brought her many sketch books to show us how she does quick drawings/paintings whilst on walking holidays. She used our screen and projector to show us photos of landscapes that she wished us to sketch using Inktense pencils or watercolour. A few minutes were allotted to each task and we quickly found that we had no time to bother with detail. Concentrating on lights and darks, format and colour became most important.

We met as usual at 10:30 am at ‘All Saints Parish Hall’, Godfrey Road in Halifax.