Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Tuesday 27 March: The Flask pub, 14 Flask Walk Hampstead London NW3 1HE

This time we are going to Hampstead, to another new venue for Art in the Park, The Flask pub of Flask Walk. This offers the full Victoriana interior combined with an old-fashioned, and charming, Dickensian lane outside and wider street vistas round the corner. Artists should bring their sketching stools so that they can work outside if they feel that it is warm enough. More details and images here

We will meet at the Flask at 11 o'clock, when the bar, presumably offering tea and coffee, will be open. The saloon bar, with food, opens at 12. Menus can be examined here and they do have veggie options.

Flask Walk is a couple of minutes' walk south from Hampstead tube station (Golders Green arm of the Northern Line). see map here

The 210 bus runs from Finsbury Park to the Whitestone Pond, (and on to Brent Cross), but if you alight at the Pond you can walk down the hill to Hampstead tube station, and then onto Flask Walk.

Sue's telephone number for the day is 07975 864142, we look forward to seeing everybody and  another productive day out with our sketching gear.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 13: Day in The Woodman pub, Highgate N6

Another new venue for Art in the Park, ten of us very much enjoyed ourselves in the fascinating Woodman pub. We admired its Arts and Crafts interior, and its assorted statuary in various rooms, and we worked our socks off with our sketchbooks!

We sketched the mirrors, the staff, and the statuary (but there are more statues to be done on another visit!)

Some experimental work was carried out, inspired by the ethos of the Woodman and its artefacts:

One person had so much to say that she had to use two hands at once, even with the most sophisticated travelling sketching kit possible:

We had a great day in The Woodman; the staff were very welcoming, and the food was delicious, and there is a covered verandah at the back so this would be a good place to be on one of those summer sketching days when it pours with rain. We look forward to a return visit.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Visit to Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, on 30 January 2018

Thirteen IAS members and their guests came to the “Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement”, Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, on Tuesday 30 January. We found lots of fabulous material to sketch. We very much appreciated being able to draw and watercolour inside such a gorgeous building, and thank the Church staff for allowing us to do so, and being so helpful on the day.

Most of us shot straight into the warmth of the Church, but one hardy soul produced this lovely pic of the outside of the building:

Some of the work we produced inside the Church:

For most of us, Holy Trinity was a revelation, and we were astonished at the artwork within. We hope to come back and have another go at catching some of its beauty.

Monday, 29 January 2018

February Sketching Day: Tuesday 13 February: The Woodman, Highgate

Our February event will be held inside (or outside) the Woodman pub, , and we will meet at our usual time of 11 o'clock. 

This arts and crafts pub is on the A1 a little way north of Highgate Tube station on the Northern Line.   If the weather is warm enough, people can sketch the pub itself (quite pretty with several gables) from the little green across the Muswell Hill Road, or the Victorian shop fronts on the other side of the A1.  Otherwise, we can get cups of coffee, and later, lunch (veggie options) inside the pub which has a panelled interior with lots of varied arts and crafts windows, co-ordinating fireplace, and nooks.  One side of the interior is more interesting than the other.  There are also large reproductions of dramatic figure artwork, which would be interesting to incorporate into compositions involving the architecture and the pub patrons.   There is also a central bar, with bar staff and objets.   Parts of the decor are quite quirky.    On a recce visit, the pub was fairly empty.   Various images here
Menu options can be seen here here

The Woodman is on the junction of the A1 Archway Road with Southwood Lane and Muswell Hill Road, see map

As well as the tube, there are multiple buses which run up to the A1/Muswell Road junction, including the 43, the 134, and the 263.

If you want to sketch outside, please bring your sketching stool and wrap up warm.   Sue's number for the day is: 07975 864142 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December's Outing

On a crisp but sunny day in mid December eight artists went to the British Museum to sketch the Greek friezes and other artefacts. A favourite was the Bassae Room, up a little stair and only open part of the time. We had lunch in the Great Court and some people set off again after lunch to do more work and fight off the coming mid winter darkness. There was some great work done, including collages. I have tried to put up more examples of work and to do justice to a great day but I have not been able to include everything.

Don't forget the next outing on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Meet at 11 am at Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square,  

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

January's outing

The next outing is on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Meet at 11 am at Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square,   Holy Trinity Church is at the top of Sloane Street, just off Sloane Square. The nearest tube which is less than a minute from the church is Sloane Square, one stop from Victoria. The Church (Parish office) is expecting us.

The Church has been chosen because it is a good example of an Arts and Crafts interior with fine stained glass, Betjemann called it the Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts movement. From the church's website:

'In common with the aims of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the architect of Holy Trinity Church, John Dando Sedding, believed that a church should be ‘wrought and painted over with everything that has life and beauty—in frank and fearless naturalism…’.'

It is also of course an active C of E church.

This should be a good challenge for a January day. Loos in the church and lots of cafes near by.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

December outing to the British Museum

The December outing is to the British Museum on Tuesday 12 December meeting at 11 am. Meet by the totem pole in the Great Court. We will be concentrating on the Greek friezes, so latecomers should look for us there. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857. You are of course free to sketch anything you want but the friezes have relief and movement. The Museum only allows dry materials, so no water colour unfortunately. They do usually provide sketching stools though sometimes these have all been taken. There are of course loos and cafes. Visit for more info.

A good indoor spot for a cold December day.