Last Saturday 6th November 2021 was a bit of a milestone in our art groups' navigation of the Covid saga. We held our first workshop in nearly 2 years, with Jayne Farleigh giving us her guidance and tuition in producing a landscape/coastscape. We had 12 people there, so it was a lively and friendly gathering, and Jayne's cheerful hands-on approach kept the day interesting and engaging. We all painted different scenes, so all had to adapt the methods to suit, so Jayne was kept busy answering the many queries put to her. All managed to produce a decent piece of work, with maybe a little brushing-up to do later, but by the time we were getting towards 4 pm most of us were feeling exhausted from having to concentrate on painting for more than 5 hours for the first time in nearly 2 years! So, well done everyone and heartfelt thanks to Jayne Farleigh for the excellent workshop she gave as our 'opener'.
PAUL KETTLE-BUCHANAN WORKSHOP 01.02.20
The above workshop was on the subject of Botanicals. Everyone could choose which medium they wanted to use and most of the examples are in water colour or graphite. Paul began by demonstrating how to draw flowers using quite a simple format and then fill in the details. Paul brought along a selection of flowers and pot plants to choose from and then asked us to concentrate on approx. three flower heads. As we were all painting, Paul would helpfully go around talking to individuals about technique and colour to assist where necessary. An enjoyable and informative day's painting....
Book making workshop with Kathie Weedon
Saturday September 14, 2019, 10-4 pm.
Kathie provided all the materials to make a hand made book with a spine.
We all produced 2 books. Some had fabric covers, others had traditional paper covers- what ever we fancied.
The inside of the books were filled with sketching paper, cartridge paper, water colour paper and lined paper- again whatever we decided.
Some of us decorated the books with buttons .
I believe there were 10 members who enjoyed the day.
Kathy Bewsher Workshop - Book Making- 13th April 2019
No drawing or painting just a group of members folding, cutting and glueing to create lovely hand made books
Careful step by step directions from Kathy enabled us to master our introduction into the art of bookmaking
An excellent and fulfilling day skilfully lead by Kathy and enjoyed by all
A return visit is planned for Autumn
Watercolour Pencil Workshop with Kari McGowan - Sat. 9-3-2019
Please find below some images for what was a very interesting and informative workshop
Workshop with Paul Kettle-Buchanan
Saturday 26th January 2019
Today we enjoyed the expertise of the famous Wildlife Artist Paul Kettle-Buchanan who spent the day challenging our artistic abilities!
I believe we all enjoyed this workshop as Paul took us out of our comfort zones.
A full house with 16 artists who all took home something to think about especially when we draw an oranges or lemons.
Jayne Farleigh Workshop - 24th Nov 2018
Jayne Farleigh commented on Face book “The Newton Abbot Art Group were fab today. Look at their wonderful paintings! A talented bunch. Great work in only 5 hours”.
As already stated Jayne was very helpful to each individual who attended her workshop and made the experience very informative and enjoyable.
Polar Bear (on Ice Flow) – Margaret Hadley
Polar Bear (under water) – Lesley Byers
Lamb – Jacqui Thomson
Ginger Cat – Pat Tout
Exotic Cat – Helen Truckle
Polar Bear (under water) – Theresa Grove-Jones
Emperor Penguins – Sheila Stokes
Irene Hill – Leopard (spots to be added!)
Tony Homer Workshop - 20th Oct 2018
On Saturday, 20th October we had a very enjoyable workshop with Tony Homer, a local and well-known artist from Teignmouth. His work ranges from landscapes, sea and estuary scenes, through to town studies, mostly abstracted to a degree and all in remarkable brilliant colours.
He started by showing us how he started by giving the white paper a wash of colour, then drew into these washes with scenes taken from his prolific sketch books. He worked in layers and glazes of colour, gradually building them into an intricate, multi-layered surface, including collage drawn from multiple sources. Surprisingly, when the group's finished works were displayed, they were all so different, even though they all employed the techniques demonstrated by Tony, as can be seen from the photographs.
I know that, when I arrived home, I was absolutely tired out, but also inspired to continue using the vibrant colours that made Tony's artwork sing.
Thank you to everyone who made the workshop a success, and also to Tony, for giving us a leg-up into abstracting and collage techniques.
Jayne Farleigh - Demo Friday 21st Sept
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Amy Mc Carthy - Stained Glass Workshop - 29th June 2018
Ten members of our Group had a full day’s stained glass workshop at the site of ‘Newton’s Place’. This workshop gave the opportunity to create small glass artworks inspired by objects from Newton Abbot’s museum collection and the Group worked on various of stained glass techniques
Many thanks to Amy McCarthy and Kate Green of the Newton’s Place team for arranging the stained glass workshop.
Keri McGowen - Pastel Demo and Workshop - 27/28 April 2018
On Friday 27 April we were treated to a lively demo by Keri McGowen .
Pastel painting of the Moors was her subject- one dark and moody and another one was daylight on the moors.
She showed us how to really scrub with the heel of our hand ,the pastels into the surface of the paper ,to build up the many veils of colour she said.
It was an interesting evening.
The workshop on Saturday was attended by 11 members plus Keri . As you can see ,everyone brought All their pastels and pastel pencils . Again the moors was the main subject but you could do your own picture as well.
We covered the floor with a ground sheet as pastel dust can mark the floor. Lots of hands covered with colours.
I am sure everyone was very productive especially Dinah who finished at least 4 pictures.covered with colours.
I am sure everyone was very productive especially Dinah who finished at least 4 pictures.
Paul Freestone - Watercolour Workshop - 17 March 2018
Skies,Seas.Flowers and Aninimals were the areas covered by Paul in this workshop introducing some new techniques to this watercolour session
Despite the weather a pleasent and relaxing day was enjoyed by the members who attended
Rosemary Ensor - Abstract Workshop - 3 Feb 2018
Had a lovely workshop yesterday, with Rosemary Ensor . She talked us through the developmental stages of producing an abstract work of art, and many were so engrossed in their painting that they didn't even pause for lunch. Personally, I was tired out when I got home. Brilliant day was had by all that attended. Thanks to everyone who came, and also to Rosemary, for making it a really worthwhile, intensive day. The following photos were taken by Rosemary, who emailed them to me this morning
Linda Hampson - Colour Pencil Workshop - 20 Jan 2018
Many thanks to Linda Hampson today, for giving us an intensive introduction to making art with coloured pencils. Absolutely fascinating,
and the time flew by. Learned so much about building up layers and also, how to 'do' a dewdrop on flowers!! Which led very tidily into how to 'do' a bird's eye convincingly. What we also learned was, that there is so much more to learn about this neglected and under-appreciated medium. All in all, a very successful workshop. Thanks to all who participated, and well done on the work you all did - we were way outside our comfort zone, but responded well to the challenge.
John Skinner Workshop - 18th Nov 2017
A well attended and entertaining workshop was lead by local watercolour artist John Skinner
With generous knowledge and various tips the attendees were guided by John via friendly critiques to creating various pleasing artworks
The NAAG look forward to John's return in 2018
Paul Reilly Demo - 13th Oct 2017
Jan Newton writes :-
Paul Riley local Devon artist.
Very interesting artist, keen to pass on tips, painted flat on table.
Had a large collection of brushes which he loved talking about.
He kept a lot of white space in his paintings which made his paintings appear very fresh and clean.
The Magic of Watercolour Flowers is his book- very informative.
A very nice man- we should have him again.
Greg Wellman Demo - 20 January 2017
We had a real treat in store on Friday 20th January when Tiverton based artist Greg Wellman demonstrated his skill with acrylic paint, bringing a wild buffaloall the way from Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve to the Burdett in Newton Abbot with just a few brush strokes.
Greg gave us a very entertaining demo, full of anecdotes and tips, as well as a master-class in wildlife painting..
Dick Smith - Workshop - 12 November
Fabulous Workshop with Dick Smith today.
Dick gave everyone two miniature framed pictures to paint, to start everyone off. The resulting tiny pictures were amazing
and encouraged everyone to go on to bigger works using pallet knife and filler to give texture. The workshop was great fun
and we all got thoroughly ‘painty’. Attached are some photos of results
2016 Programme - please see our Calendar page for list of forthcoming demos and workshops.
21 MAY - All day demo and workshop with Angie Carter-Woodward
16 APRIL - Evening demo of mixed media with Cherry Lyons
17 April - All day workshop of mixed media with Cherry Lyons - Comments from members included :
Just wanted to say what an enjoyable and informative day I and the other four people who attended the workshop have had. As someone who has come to painting in recent years and has used water colour very infrequently with little or no confidence I can say that Cherry's demonstration of 'mixed media' certainly gave a very interesting and for me exciting way of using water colour in a new - Janet Clipsham
I did enjoy Cherry's workshop very much. Learnt lots of new and interesting - Margaret Hadley
5 FEBRUARY - Evening demo of Chinese Brush Painting by Lisa Glass
13 FEBRUARY- All day Workshop Chinese Brush Painting with Lisa Glass. A very enjoyable workshop. Lisa taught us some fascinating techniques using Chinese brushes, ink and watercolour paint. With one stroke of the brush our paintings came to life. See some of the results below.
SEE BELOW PICTURES OF WORKSHOPS AND SOME OF THE WORK PRODUCED BY OUR MEMBERS
May 21st 2016
Reurn visit by Angie Carter- Woodward
Following an excellent morning demo Angie took everyone out of their comfort zone in leading them into producing works based on a long winding country road
Once again members enjoyed and interesting and informative day
Not to be missed when Angie returns next year