Saturday, 30 November 2013

Workshop review by Julie Lightburn

Long time member and Committee stalwart Julie Lightburn has sent us news of some recent workshops she attended and photos of the finished work

Over to Julie ....  

“I recently enjoyed two workshops.  One was a late 2012 Christmas Present – a Pastels workshop with Cath Inglis at Bishop Wilton.  Cath's workshops fill up extremely quickly and I was too late booking to get in earlier in the year.   The other was an early 2013 Christmas Present – an acrylic workshop with Robert Dutton at Follifoot.  If you're very quick you just might catch a place on his last workshop this year on Saturday 7th Dec
Both paintings include water and rocks, but the contrast couldn’t be greater.  The Woodland Glade being a very soft subtle painting and the Seascape being a strong dramatic painting.

The finished piece

The work in progress

post-workshop critique 

Workshops are a fantastic opportunity to try out new styles and techniques with different materials. Most workshops start with a demonstration followed by personal instruction whilst you work on your individual painting.  There are often further short demos during the day and then a look at what everyone has done at the end of the day with lots of useful suggestions on how to progress further.” 
Thanks to Julie for sharing these and it's particularly good to see the work in progress stages of the seascape.  Are any members interested in seeing longer articles showing stage by stage construction of an artwork ?  If so, drop a mail to this blog.

If this has given you the taste for one of Cath's extremely popular workshops, check out her own site for more details and don't forget our own workshop with her in February 2014 see here for details and application form.


Monday, 25 November 2013

Coming up in December .....

In just over two weeks, on Saturday 14th, we have the December demonstration at the usual venue of Christ church hall on Stockton Lane. 
This month we're delighted to feature Haidee-Jo Summers demonstrating flowers and still life in acrylics.
In May 2012, the SAA awarded Haidee their prestigious 'Artist of the Year' title - a great honour.  This year she had a painting in the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition and now has three works accepted for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition - which opens just before she comes to demonstrate for us in December !
To learn more about her art, visit


Ana Maus at Mermaid & Miller

Another great exhibition you really should check out is Art from her Heart by Ana Maus (aka Anna Dinsdale), currently showing at Mermaid & Miller, York.

A few of us went along to the opening night on Friday 8th and enjoyed a wonderful evening of art by Anna, ably supported by story telling from Adrian Spendlow - not to mention generous amounts of wine and sweets.

The show continues throughout November at Mermaid & Miller on Swinegate.

Artists at St Michael le Belfrey in December

It's now less than a month to the next Yorkshire Painters & Potters exhibition at St Michael le Belfrey, once again supporting the work of the Never Give Up Group.

The show takes place over the last weekend before Christmas - Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December - and will feature the following artists :
The potters will be ably represented by
  • Julie Ward
  • Hazel Anderson
  • Jo Cook
  • Mark Laws
The day starts at 10:00am on the Friday and entry is free. So come along, support a good cause and pick up a few unique Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

February Workshop with Cath Inglis.

We're pleased to announce that Cath Inglis will be running a workshop on pastels on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

A brief introduction to pastels and paper will be given, followed by a demonstration which will be returned to throughout the day.  This is planned to be an informal session, if you have any particular problem that needs addressing we can work through them individually or as a group. 

You will need a reference photo, soft pastels, art board, paper and some basic supplies for keeping hands clean and correcting mistakes.  Competitively priced individual pastels, pastel sets and paper will be available for purchase on the day.

A detailed material list will be provided with your workshop confirmation.

This is sure to be a popular session so we recommend booking early.  To secure a place, download an application form here and return to the address shown.  If you have any problems downloading, you can request a form by sending an email to


Sir Peter Blake at the Pyramid Gallery

Just a reminder that, if you haven't already seen it, this is the last week of the Sir Peter Blake exhibition at the Pyramid Gallery on Stonegate.

Follow the link to their site for more on the exhibition and the 25 signed, limited edition silkscreen prints on show - or, better yet, go along and see them for yourself.  The exhibition is open daily until Tuesday 26th November.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

November Demonstration: Stephen Coates - Reflection in Watercolour

There's been a last minute change to our autumn schedule.   In place of the advertised artist, Saturday's demonstration will now feature Sheffield's very own Stephen Coates.

Although an artist of some ability from an early age, Stephen's teachers suggested his future lay in other directions.  With 16 years in the music industry behind him and a further 16 years running his own sandwich business, Stephen finally disregarded their advice and returned to his first love Art.  Turning professional in April 2011, he now runs classes and art groups in his home city, specialising in watercolour.

Follow the link to visit Stephen's own site to see examples of his work and read about his classes and groups.

A horse named Primrose

June Whittaker
( from Catherine Inglis' Horses in Pastel course )

Art from her Heart

We've had an exciting Autumn so far with a number of exhibitions and more to come as we head into the dark days of Winter.  But let's not forget those parts of our city which keep a permanent artistic presence all year round, not least our friends at Mermaid & Miller.

Their latest presentation is a collaboration between Hull-based Ana Maus and York's Adrian Spendlow.   Art from her Heart runs throughout November with an opening night this Friday, 8th November between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.  Go along and explore an evening of art from Ana, with storytelling by Adrian.  Wine, soft drinks and sweets will be available. 

You can read more on the official FaceBook page by following this link.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Angela McCall Workshop

The much anticipated floral workshop from current YAS President Angela McCall took place this Saturday gone and we're pleased to announce it was fully attended and a great success.  Thanks to Angela for an excellent informative day. 

Here's some photographs that Shannon took on the day.

Theo and Stella hard at work
Luisa's Flowers

Valerie and Ron

Friday, 1 November 2013

Proud Tulips

Proud Tulips
Pat Thompson

St Michael le Belfrey December Exhibition.

News from Lin Taylor that there'll be another two day exhibition at St Michael le Belfrey on Friday 20th  and Saturday 21st December.   The October event was a great success so please try and get along to this one too. 

As before, this event is supporting the tireless work of the Never Give Up Group who confront the problem of homelessness in our city.

Follow the latest news of this exhibition on FaceBook