Friday, 6 September 2019

Meeting Tuesday 27 August 2019 - AGM and Art Competition

Karin and Linda registering members with competition entries

Excitement mounts as registration takes place

Members enjoyed socialising before the AGM started

Welcome to our new members on the left!

Members chat as they collect books from the CAS library

Ian delivering the Chairman's address and thanking the many people who have made this a successful year for CAS

Voting for the artwork that best interpret the theme 'Space/ Spaced'

Artland generously sponsored the prizes

First place to Karin Davel for her clever interpretation inspired when washing her husband's coffee cups! Amidst evenly SPACED cups "One Hollow SPACE Has Been Satisfied"

Second place to Jennifer Mitchley for 'No SPACE'

Third place for Kim Watermeyer's very creative interactive artwork "Watch This SPACE"

Fourth place to Judy Hilton-Green for "Looking into SPACE"

Fifth place to Lyn Northam for "My SPACE"

The TOP 10 Prize Winners

One of the lucky draw prizes - open to everyone who entered the competition

Just some of the creative works entered for the competition

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Meeting Tuesday 30 July 2019 - Speaker Paul Birchall

Paul talked us through the 5 elements that make a good painting, illustrating his points with many artworks throughout his career

From a rock band to photography, drawing and painting,
Paul held us enraptured with an inspiring account of his journey as an artist

Members braved a cold wintery night to attend Paul's talk

An image from one of Paul's most recent videos made using his hands, some props and a cellphone.
They are entertainingly humorous, intriguingly curious and all deliver a thought provoking message

This 'creature' was the last animation that ended Paul's rich and interesting talk

Warm and sincere thanks that were followed by such appreciative feedback from members

Monday, 1 July 2019

Meeting Tuesday 25th June 2019 - Demonstration in sculpting by Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson explains his approach to becoming a succesful artist

Examples of work by Harry Johnson

Harry demonstrating how to mould a human head

Ian Jay thanking Harry for his valuable insights to art

More sculpture by Harry Johnson

The ladies at the front desk attend to mambers questions

Members messing about with sculpting wax

Members listening to Harry Johnson

Work by unidentified member - please let me know if you recognise this as your work.

Work by Claude

Work by Joy Swift

Work by Vanessa Mc Donell

Vaughan-Jones Prospector

Work by Vaughan-Jones

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Meeting on Tuesday 28 May 2019 - Speaker Yvonne Ankerman

Yvonne Ankerman, resident artist on an Arctic Expedition ship delighted members with a presentation that covered art as well as the wildlife and environment of the Arctic. 

Watercolour sketch of the Arctic by Yvonne Ankerman

Members eagerly awaiting the talk

An iconic polar bear drawn as a zentangle

Yvonne explaining that she did many qualifications to enable her to work on board an Arctic Expedition boat. These ranged from First Aid to driving a Zodiac (rubber dinghy)


Yvonne illustrates a route chart map of each trip with scenes and animals seen. At the end of the expedition, the chart is auctioned to raise funds for the Planeterra Foundation which develops community-owned enterprises in areas where their tours operate as well as suporting Ocean Health

Smelly, moulting walruses slouch around looking quite comical

Polar bears are having to hunt further and further afield to find food, with the males often having to leave females and their cubs behind as they cannot traverse the distances, leaving them at risk of starvation

This ancient black ice is now being surfaced and is melting as a result of climate change

Ian thanks Yvonne for a really interesting talk illustrated by beautiful watercolours

Members were so intrigued looking though Yvonne's sketchbooks that they did not want to go home!

Friday, 26 April 2019

Meeting on Tuesday 23 April 2019 - Facilitator Karin Davel

Karin Davel led a fun hands-on session in which members were taken on a creative journey, learning drawing techniques, how to utilise space, line, shapes and texture to supplement their existing skillsets.

Lots of chatter and anticipation gave way to rapt attention as Karin started her session.
A huge Thank You to all those who helped set up (and clear) the room!

We started with Karin expanding on what she had written in the Palette about drawing circles and ellipses and soon we were all drawing jugs, mugs and imaginary pots

Several members offered to untangle the easels before the meeting but this was an example of Karin uses props to break up spaces, add interest to a composition and even create a whole new scene

Karin's husband patiently and very ably supported Karin with great camerawork so we could follow each part of the experience - Kudos and recognition to him for allowing this session to be part of their Wedding Anniversary evening!!
At the end of the evening we collaged all our work - this is just a small section of the wall that was covered in red and blue.
Based on the excited, energised and animated chatter and our difficulty in getting people to go home this practical, interactive session can certainly be considered a huge success!