A couple of still life set ups to challenge us this week. Once again Linda brought in an interesting and varied selection of objects and arranged them for us in a way that certainly challenged our drawing skills. Depending where members decided to sit there were some serious ‘fore-shortenings’ to be dealt with. The legs of the folding garden chair certainly gave people lots to think about! Our thanks again to Linda for taking the trouble to fill her car with so many interesting things and set them up for us.
This week’s theme was ‘people and figures’ It was good to see quite a few members having a go, some working from imagination, others from newspaper pictures and reference books. You can see some examples in the pictures below.
We had such an interesting talk today from one of our members, Jan Firbank. Like many of our group, Jan has more than one string to her creative bow. She makes beautiful items using stained glass techniques. Today she brought some examples and explained a bit about the history, materials and techniques involved. We were shown some slides of different styles of stained glass work over the ages then Jan told us about the different types of glass available, each with its distinctive properties giving different effects in the finished work. As well as different types of glass there is more than one way of joining the pieces together, depending whether it is a flat piece or 3 dimensional. You can see some of the examples of glass and Jan's work in the pictures below. After her fascinating talk, Jan invited members to have a go at cutting a piece of glass, just to get the feel of how the process works.
Our thanks to Jan for a very interesting afternoon.