Tuesday 24 February 2015

Next sketching outing: Tuesday 17 March

We have been given permission to sketch in the Museum of London's permanent collection for our March outing. We are planning to meet at 10:30am on Tuesday 17 March and the museum is well served with cafés and lavatories. There will be fold-away stools to use so we don't have to stand to work and we can spread out around the galleries according to what interests us. We cannot take photographs and we can only use pencils on this occasion so watercolours are forbidden this time. Entrance is free but there is a charge if you wish to see the temporary exhibition on Sherlock Holmes.

The nearest tube stations are Barbican which is on the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and St Paul's which is on the Central Line. This is the first time we have visited a conventional museum for a sketching outing so please post a comment in the comment box if you would like to join us.

Wednesday 18 February 2015


Seven IAS members and their guests came along to the Food Market in the Barbican and had a good art day. Some of us sketched outside on the terrace, because there are very interesting circular pools off the main lake which are topped off by rather good palm trees, until the chill set in. Other people sat at the window bench in the Food Market and painted the ancient church across the lake and the unique Barbican construction shapes. We also found the diners in the café good subjects.

There was plenty of room and we were undisturbed by the staff. We also looked at the little art gallery outside the library, which could be a future venue for an Art in the Park exhibition. This was a good location for Art in the Park, and a place worth going back to in warmer weather when the many outside possibilities could be explored.