What a scorcher! Today our Summer Sketching was at Foxfield Steam Railway. It is a delightful little railway tucked away in Blythe Bridge, Stoke on Trent. A wonderful venue to sketch the old railway buildings, steam trains, the station and the workers who keep this little gem of a station going.
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Join us on Tuesday 23rd August at the Star Inn, Stone for an afternoon sketching and painting plein-air - members and non members all welcome - for more information go to events.
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August 27th was our sketching date for Ingestre. The area offered views of the stables, Ingestre Hall, The Orangerie and grounds plus the beautiful and historic St Mary's Church. We were kindly invited to attend an afternoon talk in the church about it's history, and to join them in tea and cake- but had to refuse as we had some...
Members of the Art Group met today for an afternoon of sketching at the impressive Bishton Hall. Fortunately the weather was a little kinder than yesterday, but we still had a very warm afternoon with a few spots of unexpected rain! Members could choose a wide variety of subjects from the Greek inspired gardens, Dynamic trees and greenery, to...
We have created a page dedicated to all the lovely work that is taking place during the summer break.
Mindfulness seems to be the buzz word of the moment, even the NHS recommends it - it is good for you. Although it comes mainly from Buddhism, it is nothing to do with religion.
Week ending 15th May 2021 was Mental Health Awareness week. Many people find that being creative, in whatever way, helps improve their mental health. Below are some articles that reinforce this finding.
Every year the Urban Sketchers hold a national meet to pull together Urban Sketchers from all over the country. This year the meeting will be in Leeds, on September 9th-11th.
The Urban Sketchers are a very welcoming group, and would be happy for interested sketchers to join in. It is all free, just turn up.
A few members from our local USK Stoke on Trent , will be attending, if anyone fancied going along. A great opportunity to sketch with like minded people in an amazing city.
Although this is a free event, Eventbrite are doing tickets to help with the management of the event. If you click to register you can see the itinerary for the weekend. Looks good!
The June edition of the Urban Sketchers magazine is now available.
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Here you can not only see the current month's magazine, but previous editions also. Always an interesting read, especially as the weather is now more favourable to plein air!
The March edition of Drawing Attention is now available. Take a look to see how Urban Sketchers are working globally.
USK have also got a new website which makes life far easier to not only find the most recent USK magazine, but also gives you great information . I found out today that there is also a Black Country sketchers group, as well as the more familiar Stoke group! Give the website a look- a really useful resource for information and ideas.
The December Issue of Drawing Attention is now available, apologies for the delay.
There are some good articles from sketchers across the world- gives you an insight into these beautiful, and probably warmer, places!
The June edition of the Urban Sketchers magazine is now available..
There are articles from Brazil. India and America... always good to see how urban sketching is developing in other countries too.
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Very own YA exhibition display at St Chads
Skulduggery Pleasant book covers: The colours in the background contrast with the theme colour splash which changes with every book and the characters are created to fit around the theme of that single book, which can give an insight on what happens in that book by characters and their facial expressions and positioning on the cover. ..... Jack
This is Williams (age 10) ... amazing for his very first pyrography work. Thank you Sheila A for forwarding.
Overall for me the S.A.A Masking fluid pen out performs the other two on speed for drying, ease of application, no brushes or tools to clean and easy to remove.
Alcohol Painting Stage 1 notes - Sheila
Non porous surfaced paper /card or Yupo paper
This weeks donations = £40 !!!
Current donations = £852
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