Tuesday 27 January 2015

Art in the Park: February outing on Monday 16th

Our February Art in the Park will take place on Monday 16 February and we are going to the Barbican so that we can be safely indoors. We plan to meet at The Food Market which has big windows on Level G at 10.30 am and we can either sketch there (we should buy cups of coffee etc) or spread out. Hardy individuals can sketch outside but can come in to get warm. There is no set finishing time, people can stay for as long as they feel like it: some will want to paint on into the afternoon, others will do a quick hour or so. 

The Barbican plan is here. The best way to get in is via Silk Street, and go through the building to the end (the glazed area looking out over the terrace) and turn right. Alternatively there are information desks near the Silk Street entrance. The nearest tube station is Barbican, and a map of the area is here: 

Sue's mobile number is: 079758 641 42. We look forward to seeing everyone. First-timers are as welcome as more regular Art in the Parkers and members can also bring a painting guest. It is a good opportunity to get to know other IAS members.

Thursday 22 January 2015

Sketching inside Union Chapel

Photograph: Graham White
We began our 2015 series of sketching outings yesterday at Union Chapel in Islington. The architecture presented the nine artists, who were scattered around the church, with numerous challenges as did the cold weather in spite of the heating being on full blast.

We happened to time our visit with the first organ recital of the year so we were able to wrestle with sketching and enjoy listening to the famous Father Willis organ at the same time. Following our visit some of us repaired to a local café to chat and enjoy lunch.

A view of our combined efforts

Thursday 8 January 2015

Our New Year sketching trip to Union Chapel is Wednesday 21 January

©Heather James
We will be starting our year of sketching outings with a visit to Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London N1 2XD. The church is open for many and varied activities on Wednesdays and we have been invited to arrive at 10am and can continue with our work until 1pm. Anyone who wants to stay after that time is welcome although three hours is often plenty of time to complete work that has been begun.

The pews, being made of wood, can be a bit uncomfortable after a while so you might want to bring a cushion with you. Likewise, although there are many cafés and restaurants very close to Union Chapel you may also want to bring your lunch with you to avoid wasting drawing time.

On this occasion there will be an organ recital beginning at 11am so we will be able to enjoy listening to the chapel's famous Henry Willis organ while we work. Please come to the front of the chapel in Compton Terrace where the front doors will be open and we look forward to seeing you. Highbury & Islington station is just a few minutes walk away and the Angel station is a short bus ride away on Upper Street. Many bus routes also pass the chapel.