March News Letter

Dear Members
This month saw an amazing display at the meeting, a very successful workshop and your committee making great strides in the preparations for June’s Art Trail and Exhibition.
March Display Dr Jasmine Pradasito laid before us an amazing array of items and ideas and not only showed techniques we’ve never seen before but a few twists to watercolour painting.
Photo-chromatic qualities of ordinary plastic were the first out of her magical hat. Cutting these into leaf and flower shapes, then passing a chromatic filter over them, the array of colour change was certainly dramatic and beautiful; adding heat, with a kitchen blow torch, to the plastic leaves on the table sent their prismatic colours into shape and colour alterations, certainly surprised members present. Our guest then added to this by showing the head casting Jasmine had made of Professor Arthur I Miller of University College London; as you move around it the colours changed to give a new perspective at every small movement.
Bringing out some different leaves that she had cut, from what looked like fabric, she told us they were metal, fine weavings of different metals, and then proceeded to show how they changed colour under the same heat. More fascination.
Jasmine also showed us her way of watercolour mergings on a slanted table easel, with a final addition of Indian Ink. Then we were invited to come and try all these ideas for ourselves. The front tables were full of members getting their hands on new techniques to take to their future paintings.
We thank her for a horizon changing and very informative, entertaining, display.



 The workshop “Improve your drawing skills” on March 1st run by a new member Stephen Pierce- Smith, was a great success and well attended. Stephen taught a new skill to members, using a sharp pencil point in sketching animals hair and fur. Also how to improve our drawing by looking for ‘negative’ spaces in still life; which stretched most members. A good teacher, members attending appreciated his calm, clear directions and examples, especially as this gave them more ideas and courage to embolded their own work.
The following workshop in May 16th , will also be run by a society member, Simon Bishop, who will be tutoring an acrylic workshop on painting animals, suitable for all levels.

Art Trail and Exhibition

Your committee members have been working hard to prepare this new venture to a well organised culmination in June. We held an extra meeting the last week in this month which, together with time in the first weeks meeting, meant many important decisions were showing encouraging progress:
• All members have received the application forms for the Trail/Exhibition • PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BACK BY APRIL 14TH • Single designated paintings for Crown Centre( one per member exhibiting elsewhere) to be brought there at 1.30pm on the 17th June • Second visit to all 70 participating business’ completed, letting them know that the next
person to contact them will be the member/s whose work/s are to be displayed on their premises in June • Hooks for all works will be provided to exhibiting members at the May Demonstration • Orange ‘SOLD’ dots likewise • Publicity is now going out to the Gazette, Wiltshire Life and other district magazines/papers • Banner, poster, box stands and flyer designs have been agreed • Volunteer forms for the week at The Crown Centre will be at the April Demonstration (A Committee member will be the nominated person in charge on each day.) • Please note: you need to bring your own drinks for each 2hr shift • Date for re-painting the display boards agreed
Some business proprietors are running a special week with their own publicity to link up with our Trail/Exhibition. Anticipation is high amongst them all for our event in June.
Time to get those applications in folks.
All the best,
The Committee. Lawrence Society of Art

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