Drawing, The basic skill for good art.

Our first demonstration in 2022 was about drawing. This skill is essential to make good art. The more you look at an object the more you get to know it so it is very good to sketch first before proceeding with the finished piece.
Draw what you see not what you think is there. Squinting will help you to do this. You should start drawing the main shape and ignore the details. Start in the middle of the object and work out. You start this by lightly sketching the shape with pencil. Once you are happy with the accuracy, darker lines can be applied. You can estimate the angles of your object using your pencil. By drawing a line down the middle of your drawing you can paste dots on the outer edges of the object . To ensure that it is vertical place the pencil along the edge of both sides of your paper to ensure that your drawing is vertical.
Once you have your drawing underway look at the shapes in between your lines which are referred to as  negative shapes. This can help with the accuracy.
When you draw still life, draw the nearest object first and then follow with what is behind.
Continue to draw in order to improve your drawing skills and enjoy. .Practice, practice, practice!
Sketching from light to dark with center line.
pencil strokes from light to dark
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Dupont Art Club Starts 2022 in January!

Dupont art Club will begin the 2022 season on January 5th (1:30pm) and January 6th (10:00 am). Caroline will be starting the Wednesday class with a Drawing Skills demo. Drawing with a live model will start on the Thursday.

New members are welcome. Just come along to Ventnor Hall on Blatchington Road and George Street, Hove. Everyone must wear a mask

Hope to see you in 2022!!

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Geli Pad Workshop

On November 18th twelve Dupont members attended a Dupont Art Club workshop taught by Seana Mallen on Geli Pad Art.

She introduced the supplies being used including two sizes of geli pads, acrylic paints, rollers, and many types of papers including old maps, music, and tissues. She also showed us how to make a concertina book for our work.

We were told to bring various leaves and objects to make makes on the pads.

The art was approached with enthusiasm and soon produced a variety of small pictures. A number of members were excited about following up this type of art  printing and painting in the future.

The deli pads are available at many art stores and I found that Lawrences Art in Hove had discounted many of their geli pads for those interested in following up with this delightful way of painting.

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