We meet weekly for a 2 hour Tuesday afternoon session from 2-4 pm at Kidderminster Baptist Church, Franche Road, Kidderminster DY11 5BE , apart from during August and Bank Holiday weeks. See Map
Group members swop ideas and take a keen interest in each other's work.
It is a mixed group of beginners, improvers and some who have been painting a long time. All are developing skills and techniques.
There is a variety of media used, including water colour, acrylics, pastels, gouache, and water colour pencils and pen. Subjects include landscape, still life, flowers, portraits and animals, some from life and others from pictures and members' own photographs.
Due to the weather last summer, it was difficult to organise outings to work outdoors, which we have done in the past.
The group has a collection of art books which are available for members to borrow and work from at the sessions. As there is no storage space at the venue, members need to bring their own materials.
Back after Easter on the 30th April until 23 July
We will be back at Franche Baptist Church on 8 January at 2:00.
The Art Group will restart at 2 pm on Tuesday 9 th January.
Look forward to seeing you.
We are back at art after Easter on 17th April
We are back after summer break on Tuesday 4 September at 2 pm.
The Art Group will start again on Tuesday 5th September at 2 pm
Group will restart on Tuesday 10th January at 2 pm
The art group will have an exhibition in St Georges Hall, Bewdley for 3 weeks from the 13th February.
Art - Encaustic Art
Report of Encaustic Art demonstration given by Jane Carter on 19th March 2013
Members of the Art group were given an opportunity to gain an awareness of an approach to painting unfamiliar to many. Jane Carter provided a practical demonstration of some of the processes she uses to produce cards and pictures using the encaustic wax process.
The word ‘encaustic’ means to fuse coloured pigments, usually wax-based, by means of a heat process. It is an ancient art form where coloured pigments are mixed with beeswax and, through the process of applying heat, moved about a surface to produce pictorial or patterned designs.
The coloured waxes for use by artists are sold in blocks each roughly the size of a matchbox. Any number of colours can be obtained and blended to produce other tones and shades. Jane usually works on card sheets that have a glossy fine surface which prevents the wax soaking through as it would do so if ordinary paper was used.
An encaustic iron, similar to a travelling iron, is used to melt the wax and ‘paint’ the design. The tip, sides and flat base of the iron can be used to create different strokes and textures in the melted wax. Finer control of the wax medium can be obtained by using a heated stylus in much the same way as a paint brush is used. The stylus is similar to a soldering iron and can have interchangeable bits to extend the range of working techniques – e.g. scrapers, small flat iron shapes and wire brushes.
Another useful tool providing a different approach to the shaping of the hot wax is the hot air gun, similar to a small hair dryer. The wax can be melted by the blast of hot air and moved about the surface using shapers, cocktail sticks – in fact anything can be used to shape the wax whilst it is kept in molten form by the hot air. A particularly effective technique is to move the wax in its molten state by blowing through a drinking straw – this can create striking effects as the wax is moved across the surface. Care however, needs to be taken during this process to ensure that the straw does not melt as the wax is being worked!
Although not shown on this occasion, hot plates (e.g. household hostess-type hot plates) can be used on which the card is secured, allowing the wax to be moved about over the continuous heat of the hot plate. Obviously whilst the card is secured to the hot plate, the wax remains in molten form, so care needs to be taken about how the design is applied and maintained, without all the colours running together in a molten mass!
After seeing different techniques demonstrated, members had the opportunity to try them out for themselves. Most of Jane’s work is used to produce cards to support the Pets As Therapy charity, and members of the group were pleased to be able to provide a generous donation towards the work of this charity by way of expressing their thanks for the opportunity to discover and experience a different approach to painting.
Using the tip, sides and flat of the iron Using hot air gun and drinking straw
Report by Mike Carter