The summer term in ACL at Northbrook College has finished. I’ve added the final few images to a new page under galleries – 2016/2017 Summer term. It’s been a great year for creative, inspirational, exciting artwork. Look at all three pages – Autumn term, Spring term and Summer term – the amount of paintings and drawings created has been awesome! Details of the new courses starting in September will be added soon to the Courses info page – when I’ve had time to catch my breath from the Worthing Artists’ Open Houses Art Trail! We have one more weekend to go – there are some fabulous venues – don’t miss venues 58 and 5 – and I’ve heard that venue 69 is worth a visit too. And of course Venue 65 – not just my work here but 6 other artists too – here are two pics of our show – hope to see you this weekend!

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I’ve added the last few images to the spring gallery for 2017. Please let me know if your work is missing. I can assure you, if it’s not there, it is an honest mistake. Photos easily go astray when I’m processing them. So much artwork has been produced this term – you have stunned me with your artistic skills! Go to the spring gallery to see the full range of work and please feel free to comment on each other’s artwork – but be nice!

Here is a taste of the work produced by those of you following the ‘Painting the Landscape’ course this term. We had a mini display during the final session – very impressive I’m sure you will agree.

Have a lovely Easter break.

Maggie

I’ve added some more images to the latest gallery – some fabulous new artwork! The ‘Painting the landscape’ course this term included a new project – ‘Mountains and hills’ and the artists referenced were Georgia O’Keeffe, Lawren Harris and Cezanne. Some really beautiful paintings have been produced so far – there are still a few more to be completed. You were all inspired by one or more of these three artists to create bold, colourful, confident pieces of lawren-harris-20work. If anyone does not know the artwork of Lawren Harris, then look him up! One of the Canadian ‘Group of Seven’ he worked in a graphic style, creating beautiful shapes and graduated colours, as in this example.

Two other new projects this term have been ‘Shopfronts’ and ‘Food’  and those of you who have undertaken these tasks have also produced some lovely artwork – on show in the gallery. More work will be added as paintings are finished so remember to check into the site again before the Easter break.

I will be teaching a Life Drawing course at Northbrook College – West Durrington campus after the Easter break – on Thursday mornings 10am-12 noon, so if you feel that your observational drawing skills need updating then get in touch with the college and enrol on this 7-week course.

I’ve added a new gallery page for Spring term 2017. A great start to the year – more images will be added soon. I’ve also created a page called Worthing Open Art Exhibition to show the work of my Northbrook College students and ex-students who had work accepted for the exhibition at Worthing Museum. If you haven’t visited the exhibition yet I encourage you to go before the show finishes in March.

Season’s greetings! I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!

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I’ve added more of your lovely artwork to the gallery page for autumn term 2016 so go and have a look!

Just to let you know that, thanks to your generosity, we raised £200 for St Barnabas Hospice at the open art weekend and coffee morning. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to support these events.

Finally – wasn’t the weather amazing last Sunday? I went for a lovely walk in Houghton woods, north of Arundel. It is such a beautiful place and it has inspired my artwork for many years. Here are a few of the photos I took at the weekend.

Maggie

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I’ve created a new gallery page for 2016-2017 Autumn term to show all your fabulous artwork. I would like to add more images soon so please bring your completed paintings and drawings back into college so that I can photograph them to add to the page.

Don’t forget to drop into the Museum if you are in Worthing to see the West Sussex Art Society exhibition in the Studio Gallery downstairs. It’s worth a visit!

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West Sussex Art Society are holding their Autumn exhibition at Worthing Museum, Chapel Road, Worthing West Sussex BN11 1TD from Saturday 5th November to Saturday 26th November 2016.

wsasposter2016The Society has been meeting in Worthing since 1929 and consists of professional, semi-professional and amateur artists. Membership is by selection so you will be sure to discover artwork that is creative and inspirational in a wide range of media from paintings and sculpture to digital and textile art. At the preview afternoon on Saturday 5th from 1pm to 3pm you will be able to meet many of the artists and talk to them about their work.

I won the Juliet Pannett Award last year for my painting ‘Stack’, which, as a result, has been used on the poster for this year’s exhibition. The Award, a silver-plated rose bowl has been sitting on my shelf all year! I have just one week to get the thing polished so that it can be handed on to this year’s winner! The judge this year will be well-known local councillor and art lover Bob Smytherman.

Glen Langler has an exhibition at the ‘Train of Thought Gallery’ in Worthing, which runs until the 25th July 2016. The exhibition ‘Picture This’ celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk rock. However you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate the skill needed to create these multi-imaged, layered artworks that combine text, photography and paint.

WAOH Venue 34 34I’ve been living with one of these artworks for the past few weeks as it hung in my Open House gallery – a fabulous image of David Bowie. You can now see this painting in the ‘Train of Thought’ gallery along with around 16 others.

Glen has been studying on the Painting and Drawing Intermediate course for the past year and has developed his own way of working with mixed media, cleverly incorporating old copies of music magazines, text, paint and photography to create a style that is both graphic and expressive. Many congratulations to Glen for organising this show and for producing such inspiring and innovative pieces of work. Try to visit if you can. There will be two film shows to accompany the exhibition – details on the Train of Thought Facebook page.

2016 Open HouseHi – I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything on the site since May. I’ve been so busy – with art courses coming to an end and preparations for the Open House weekends. I have one class left to teach before the summer break and there’s one more weekend of the Worthing Artists’ Open Houses. Here at Venue 34 we’ve had a great couple of weekends so far – meeting and chatting to all kinds of people who like making, looking at or even buying art! Thank you to everyone who has visited our venue to see work by eight very different and diverse artists and makers. There is still one weekend to go – so please visit us, if you can tear yourselves away from the sport on TV!

It is now possible to enrol for September Adult art courses at Northbrook College and I’ve just found out that one of my morning courses is fully booked already with people on the waiting list. If you are unable to enrol onto the Friday morning ‘Painting and Drawing course’ please consider the Friday 12.30-2.30pm ‘Drawing’ short course in the autumn term. You can follow this with the ‘Painting the Landscape’ course in January. All these course are ‘all ability’ courses and some of the projects in the longer course and the two shorter courses may be very similar so the learning experience will be just as enjoyable and informative.

If you would like to talk with me more about art courses running from September, please feel free to pop into Venue 34 of the Open House Art Trail this weekend for a chat. Let’s hope the weather picks up before then!

Maggie