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Rebecca Le Tourneau Zoom Scribble Drawing Workshop

Friday 16th April 2021

Rebecca Le Tourneau was invited to give this Zoom Drawing Workshop by Lesley Kilner, who has been taking her Adult Education Acrylics course. Rebecca is a fully qualified art teacher with 14 years’ experience of teaching both children and adults at Surrey Education Learning.  

This was the first time FCSA had tried to use Zoom for an art workshop, and it was wonderful to see 29 participants which included two new members and a visitor.  

Rebecca began by accepting that two hours is a relatively short period of time for a drawing workshop as some drawings can take many hours. However, she thinks scribble is an interesting method of drawing and it lends itself to being done quickly. Rebecca had sent out examples of her scribble drawings and reference photos to the participants prior to Friday evening. 

Rebecca provided some prompt words that might help to encourage people to try all sorts of different marks and scribbles using biro, liners or even marker pens to provide colour. The prompt words:  Dense/Sparse; Dark/Light; Thick/Thin, Tiny/Large; Erratic/Controlled; Over & Over; Layered; Scrawled; Loopy; Scattered; Interrupted; Jagged. 

Rebecca then began drawing a little dog over the top of some of her of scribble marks while she encouraged us to have a go at producing a scribble drawing using either the reference material or our own images.

There are some fun things to do with a series of scribble drawings, such as creating a collage of them as seen here.

 

Another idea is to make a little book of scribble drawings such as this. Follow this link to see how to create one of these books from an A4 sheet of paper.

Rebecca has created a Pinterest board as Pinterest lends itself well to collecting ideas and examples. As can be seen on the board are a number of famous artists who have used this technique including CY Twombly, Sally Muir and Susan Siegel, Alberto Giacometti and Adam Riches. Henry Moore used it to draw these scribble hands.

One advantage of a Zoom workshop was that Rebecca was able to show everyone a video of Adam Riches on YouTube. Adam Riches is a young artist who uses pen and ink to create striking portraits. 

Inspired by what we had been shown everyone was encouraged to have another go. Rebecca would be demonstrating at the same time. She was going to use the reference photo of the lemur and she suggested that this might make a good choice of picture for this technique.

Towards the end of the evening Rebecca showed us the drawing she had made of the little blue bird from her photo reference material. She had done this on a piece of tracing paper and she pointed out that she had then cross hatched the background on the back of the tracing paper, which produced a different look and texture to that of the bird.

A number of the participants took up Rebecca’s recommendation and when she asked how people were doing, they were happy to hold up their work for people to see. These are just a few of the screen grabs that were taken from the screen.

At the end of the workshop a number of people expressed their thanks and appreciation for a really fascinating and inspiring workshop. Of course, everyone looks forward to the time when we will be able to meet together again but during these Coronavirus days the Zoom Workshop worked well. Thank you to Rebecca for a very enjoyable evening.

Write up by Carole Head

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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2021

The date for the FCSA Annual Exhibition has been changed from July to the second weekend in September. The Exhibition will take place on FRIDAY 10th & SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2021 at High Cross Church, Camberley. The Evening Reception will be on Thursday 9th September.

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SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER

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SPRING ON-LINE EXHIBITION

1st March 2021 – 1st May 2021

A new exhibition of paintings by FCSA members will be coming on line on 1st March. All the work will be original and new to the website. Members have been invited to submit their work by Monday 15th February to  gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk. Watch this space.

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VALERIE BROOKS

Very sadly indeed FCSA learnt of the death of Valerie Brooks just before Christmas on Saturday 19th December 2020. She was a very accomplished artist who won several prizes at the FCSA Annual Exhibitions as well as winning the Jerry & Jill Seward’s Trophy, also known as the People’s Choice, twice. Our deep sympathy goes to all her family and friends. Her funeral is on Tuesday 12th January 2021.

If you would have liked to attend the funeral, due to Covid restrictions this is not possible, but you can find details of the webcast by following this link: https://valeriebrooks.muchloved.com/

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George Boyter Zoom Demonstration

James Boyter gave the third of the FSA Zoom demonstrations on Friday 4th December. It was a watercolour landscape of Great Haseley Windmill. Once again the Zoom Demo was free to members and non-members could join for a fee of £5.00.

For write up follow this link: https://fcsaonline.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GEORGE-BOYTER-ZOOM-DEMO-PDF-.pdf

This was the finished painting taken as a screen shot..

Screen shot of Great Haweley Windmill watercolour from Zoom Demo
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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2020


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Treasured Trees Museum Exhibition

No sooner was the “Treasured Trees” exhibition of paintings by FCSA artists up in the Museum and Heritage Gallery in Main Square, Camberley, than the second Lockdown was announced and the doors were closed until 2nd December 2020 at the earliest.

It is hoped that there will be an extension to the end date of the exhibition beyond Christmas and into the New Year. In the meantime here are some photographs of some of the paintings in the exhibition.

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James Willis Zoom Demo

Friday 23rd October 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

James Willis will be giving a watercolour demonstration based on the above painting of the Italian hillside town of Matera in Southern Italy.  He has said that since there is a lot of detail in this painting he will have to simplify it for the Zoom demonstration when he will explore colour relationships using complementary colours. 

The demonstration will be free to FCSA members and £5.00 to non-members.

For more details and to register interest please contact news@fcsaonline.org.uk

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British Legion Poppy Appeal

At a time when charities are finding it particularly hard to raise funds, one of our members, Sue Whitehead, has generously offered her beautiful poppy painting to put up for auction. The money raised will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

To place a bid, send an email at gallery@fcsaonline.org.uk with your offer. We will keep the auction page updated to reflect the current bid.

You can visit the auction page via this link.

This painting is part of our Lockdown Exhibition, which you can visit via this link

Sue Whitehead – Poppy field, Acrylic Framed 55cms x 45 cms