Art Class at the Village Hall
Art classes are held every term at the Badwell Ash Village Hall on Tuesday afternoons from 1.15 - 3.15pm. The class is part of the Adult Education programme put on by West Suffolk College, and is taught by one of Badwell Ash's own artists, Jenny Antoine.
The course is called a ‘Painting and Drawing Workshop.' At the Badwell class people use a wide variety of ‘media' ranging from pencil, pen and ink, chalk crayon and acrylic to oil.
Jenny takes newcomers through basic techniques and ideas in all kinds of media; she goes through methods such as shading, negative shape, mixing colours, making washes etc.
Jenny offers themes at each class to inspire students and introduce new techniques and ideas. Topics have ranged from 'trees' or ‘capturing the elements' to painting posters or making a design for a fan. Still Life tableaux, art books, photographs or models appropriate to the themes are offered as subjects.
Students are invited to participate in the themes, but are free to continue with their own work. They can bring in their own projects, or photos from home as inspiration, or use the still life available.
There is at least one still life composition at every class - some are held over for a couple of lessons to allow more detailed work.
For some classes different media and techniques will be offered, for example mono-printing or using gesso. One year many of the class made their Christmas cards using the lino printing facilities offered over a couple of weeks in November.
There is a tea/coffee break during which Jenny may give a short lecture about an artist, often related to the current theme, and show pictures of their work. Again, students can listen in or continue working.
Jenny also teaches an evening class in Pakenham on Tuesday evenings.
Terms are 10 weeks long. The term fee is £110 (in 2016/17), with 5% off if you enrol online. The art class course code is 16LP0947CHA
To book, for further information, or to get a copy of the full Adult Education brochure visit www.westsuffolk-ac.co.uk, or phone 01284 716333.
Art Class: a pupil's view
Like so many people, I've sat at home thinking I would like to go to an art class. Then cancelled the thought by believing I wouldn't be very good and that others would laugh at me. Finally I took courage in both hands, bought some art materials and enrolled.
Tuesday afternoons became a key point of interest in what could have been boring a winter.
I met very pleasant people, all with the same interest as myself, some beginners, others with tremendous ability making the most admirable paintings and drawings. But nobody laughed at my efforts. Quite the contrary, they were helpful and suggestive.
Consequently I made new friends, opened my mind and began to see what had after all been in front of me all my life, in a very different light.
We chatted, expanded our thoughts and inspirations, and, by listening and putting advice into practice, came up with some decent pieces.
Now I look forward to this year, my skill hopefully will improve and just maybe there is an artist lurking in there somewhere.
Why not come and join us? You could be very surprised at what you can achieve (and the tea and biscuits are fun).