Chair:Laura Procunier Co-convener: Anne McGilvary Do Crew:Doreen Brisbin, Laura Procunier, Carole Moore, Wendy Adams, and Wendy Walker. These members have volunteered to help out at many of the following events.
Up-Coming Educational Events:
Each year the Foothills Art Club provides members the opportunity to expand their artistic horizons through workshops put on by professional artists. Artists from our club also share their expertise by offering demonstrations at evening and weekend workshops.
Watch for our list of presenters as they are scheduled throughout the year. For more information contact: Laura Procunier
On the first Wednesday of every month, a club member presents on a topic of interest. These sessions are held at St Andrew's Church hall.
Oct 24 Marcella Wheatley: Figure Drawing: bring graphite or charcoal, newsprint and ruler Nov 7 Theme Night - TBA Nov 28 Theme Night - Jeff Mackenzie: Making Mountains Jan 9 Theme Night - Anne McGilvary and Laurie Praucnier - Texture: bring your texture creating supplies and put them to use. Feb 6 Guest Theme Night - Doug Smith: water colourist Feb 13 Reference material sharing night - bring your favourite books Feb 27 Theme Night - Sarah Karelse - figure drawing Mar 27 Book Report by Karen Orser April 3 Theme Night - Anne McGilvary - On Framing, professionalism and what Juries look for. April 24 Book Report - Barb Kohn May 8 Demo - Val Rangen: Painting with Acrylic Inks.
Weekend Workshops at Beaupre Hall Nov 3 & 4 Curtis Golomb of Canmore: water colour Saturday and acrylic Sunday - $50 each day or $90 both. curtisgolomb.com March 2 & 3 Bobbi Dunlop: FROM THE STUDY TO THE STUDIO PAINTING join Bobbi in developing a beautiful scene from Rome’s Piazza Navonna from Bobbi’s personal photo reference, which will be supplied. All demonstrations will be done in oil. Imagine yourself standing in Rome’s historic Piazza Navonna. As you observe the bustling scene before you, your senses are filled with the myriad smells, sights and sounds – all the while you’re imagining yourself recording them in paint. From this incredible historic piazza in Rome, to our personal studios – learn how to “simplify” this complex scene with preliminary studies and then take it to your larger studio painting. This 2-day Workshop will touch on all the Simple Ideas; that Bobbi emphasizes throughout her teaching: logical ideas; ... the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong, beautiful painting. Ideas that help take the mystery out of painting and add the magic you are seeking; ideas that will take your work to the next level. On the first day you will learn how to simplify the photo reference by painting a small preparatory black-and- white value study, as well as a smaller study in colour ~ then, on day two, using your studies, painting your truest reactions on a larger studio painting. Using the supplied photo reference, we’ll be exploring all the fundamentals of painting: SHAPE, VALUE, EDGES and that scary thing called “COLOUR”. Bobbi Dunlop www.bobbidunlop.com
Paint-outs at Beaupre Hall September - NO paint-out October - 6 & 7 November - 3 & 4 Workshop Curtis Golomb December - 1 & 2 January - 5 & 6 February - 2 & 3 March - 2 & 3 Workshop April - 6& 7 May - 4 & 5
Cochrane Clubhouse Art Walk: monthly show at the Ranche House Historic Site. A call for artists for show and Sale at the ClubHouse Activity Centre from 10:30-2:00 pm. The map and updated poster is attached. We are hoping for crafters, fine artists writer, poets ect. Saffron Collective Studio is our featured artist. Registration is on the Town of Cochrane website. The link is http://www.cochrane.ca/838/clubHouse-Art-Walk
The Lethbridge Artists Club and the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association are partnering to offer the Alberta Southern Zone Juried Show and Sale on May 5 & 6, 2018. We are distributing the attached Call to Artists as broadly as possible to give many artists the opportunity to exhibit their 2 and 3 dimensional artworks. Download registration form . . .
The following are some of the artists and presenters that have joined us for past workshops:
Carole Bondaroff Jeremy Mayne Jan Gauthier Mary Lou Brooks David Kitler Curtis Golomb Linda Wilder Marla Blackwell Dale Kennard Anne McGilvary Michael Downs Tracy Proctor Ele Davies Cheryl Peddie Karin Ritcher
Jerry Markham Leah Markham Shannon Luyendy Ursula Reynolds Linda Thomas Doug Swinton Jean Pederson Darcy Presiloski Karen Orser Sue Penry Robert E Wood Michelle Grant Jean Geddes Lorri Pullman- MacDonald
Tips on Pricing and Naming Your Artwork:
In the articles below the authors have been referenced within each of the documents and more information is available by searching their links on the Internet: - presentation by Wendy W. and Laura P.
Doug Swinton Workshops: A SPECIAL Doug Swinton: a well-known Calgary artist and instructor demonstrated his techniques in oil painting. Doug is a “walking wealth of information and knowledge” and he readily shared everything he knows and does with Art. Go to Doug’s website is at www.dougswinton.com , and sign-up for his newsletter.
Doug Swinton's Five Levels ofDominance (from 2014) - Compositional Tools: 1. Motive: Select Dominant/Minimal areas and shape sizes (determines the Why and What)
Areas: foreground, mid ground, back ground
Shape Sizes: large, medium, small
Don’t forget the exit point
2. Centre of Interest: not in centre, golden rule, 13:5/8, DaVinci, primary, secondary, tertiary centres of interest. Contrast vs blurry areas 3. Value patterns: sizes. Dark, medium and light 4. Direction of Light: morning or evening, Not flat noon light. Light and shadows 70:30, 80:20 ( not 50:50). On all elements in painting. 5. Temperature: am cool, evening warm. Overall painting temperature - Warm/cool or Cool/warm should be 90:10 or 80:20 but not 50:50 or even 60:40. Colours: ex blue/orange 70:30 cool temperature. Note: Yellow, red, orange = warm. Blue, purple, green = cool.
Colour: (lest important element of a painting)
Hue – name of colour
Value – light, dark or medium
Chroma – bright (out of tube) or dull (add dot of opposite colour to grey down)
Yellows – CAD Yellow, CAD Yellow Light
Blues – Ultra Marine Blue, Manganese Blue Hue
Red – Quinacridone Rose
Orange – CAD Orange
Burnt Siena, Yellow Ochre (modifiers), Viridian Green for turquois and sage
Foothills Art Club - Critique Nights
On the third Wednesday of every month, bring along any artwork that you would like feedback on strengths or helpful suggestions on weaknesses. A club volunteer will lead each critique session. Participation in the critique is optional. 7:pm for approximately 15 minutes then free painting. This years Critiques evening conveners are: - Nov 21 TBA - Dec 12 TBA - Jan 16 TBA - Feb 20 TBA - Mar 20 TBA - Apr 17 TBA
April 12, 2018 Anne McGilvary - How to Framing workshop. Anne recommended purchasing professional Framing Hardware and Point gun ex. Fletcher. She demonstrated the proper method applyingPaper backing:
place face down on towel
Mirror clips to mount frame into frame
sign back on canvas and name (date optional)
tape 2sided (Destination Art)
on edges of frame
Paper: roll of brown paper
Cut over size
Press on to tape from middle to corners
Crease paper edges
Sand paper block at 45°
Spray paper with water
Loops 1/3 down
Pre-drill or awl for a starter hole
Check screw length and image right-side up
Wire: w plastic coating
Wrap 8x, press tight
Cut to length so 2” down from top when finished
Label w address label
Tie business card to wire with title, cost, your name, notes about painting and artist
Gallery frames: Eyelets inside frames w wire
March 28Samantha Williams-ChapelskySamantha gave us a very informative demo explaining the differences between heavy body, open, high flow and fluid acrylics. She also showed us examples of the different gels, pastes ,and mediums. We all learned a lot and now are ready to try new things.
March 3-4 2018 Workshop with Karin Ritcher, she is great instructor with a very dynamic style. Oil and acrylics, Topic: Impressionistic Landscape.
Feb 7 thJanette Whittle Soft Pastels Janette presented club members may ideas and tips for creating with pastels:
Work from dark to light colours and from hard to soft pastels
For a kneeling eraser buy "Sticky Tack"
Work on an easel so debre falls off the paper
Sharpen pastel pencils with sandpaper, electric sharpener or sharp paring knife
Oil pastel and Conti are less erasable
Used coloured background paper or sand papers
Be careful with blending, don’t use your finger (too oily) and heavy, use a blending stick or q-tip, blend second layer not first or top layer
Buy individual colours rather than kits. Kids provide too many colours that you may never use. Suggested buying 2 of each basic colour to start
She buys pastels and paper from Mona Lisa Art in Calgary
Janette showed us her first painting, a floral produced with kid's caulk
Use handi-wipes to cleanup and wear gloves
Cover work with wax paper to prevent smudges
Paint background with acrylic paint. Use acrylic containing a grit.
Matte board works well but watercolour paper doesn’t (not enough bite to hold pastel)
Finish with a spray of Workable Finishing Fixative. Some people spay between layers. Janette only sprays when finished. Be careful as old spray can leave spots. Spray outside.
Frame under glass.
Jan 24 Lily & Sarah's Portrait Drawing Workshop and some portraits by Janette.
Nov 4-5 Cheryl Peddie - Winter Landscape Cheryl provided many tips for painting winter landscapes and added an infectious dose of Art Therapy. She started by demonstrating the benefits of value sketches and Notans (Japanese for light and dark). . .
Critique of class works . . .
Oct 11, 2017 Marla Blackwell - Wednesday workshop. Marla emphasize the importance of planning ahead and demonstrated making a value sketch using a grey background then painting in the darks and lights with white and black paint . . .
. . . next Marla demonstrated painting with acrylics on 6mm birch board. The board was sealed with GAC100, coated with modelling paste or gel to texture, painted with a neutral grey and sealed with a medium. For the snow she used Light Ultra marine Blue. For blacks Marla mixed Chr Burnt Orange with Phthalo Blue (red shade). She used a sunrise image on her ipad and worked up the painting using values and colours from the image but developed the shapes based on her feelings and knowledge of design . . .
January 11: Michelle Grant - Western Theme: Michelle talked about the politics and techniques of a professional western artist in Calgary. She demonstrated her painting techniques with an oil painting of a horse's head on 1/8" mdf board (Masonite). Michelle first used GAC100 to seal the mdf then covered the board with clear gesso (by Liquitex).
March. 5 & 6 Lorri Pullman-MacDonald:Acrylic Glazing techniques - Luminous Landscapes in Acrylics We learned how to give our paintings a glow with light. Lorri taught her favorite painting technique of layering glazes of paint using a limited palette of three primary colours. Photos from March 5th . . .
April 3: Ele Davies painted these fantastic sunflowers as she demonstrated "Wet on Wet" watercolour techniques using a variety of brush strokes.