Meetings

Covid – 19 Update – All Physical meetings currently suspended . Virtual Zoom meetings to be held from October 2020 onwards until further notice.
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Meetings are held once a month September – May on the 3rd Thursday of the month and are usually demonstrations by professional artists or social / activity evenings. Usually  7.45 – 10.00pm (Please check individual dates as times vary slightly depending on activity)

From January 2020 , Meetings had been held at
Gilbert Inglefield Academy

The Dining Room
Gilbert Inglefield Academy
Vandyke Road
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 3FU

Entrance is through doors in the dining block (not the main entrance) Please see diagram below.

Signage will be outside the building pointing the way on the evenings of our meetings.

You can find the Google Map Here

Thursday 15th October 2020

LBAS Zoom Catch Up
7.30 – 8.15pm

Join us on Zoom for a catch up with fellow members. All members should receive a Zoom invitation by email during the weekend of 10th/11th October. This is a practice go for when we start demonstrations via Zoom the following month. It will be a chance to see fellow members, try the technology and hear from the committee what plans there are for the future. it will also be a chance to put forward any ideas you have for managing our art during this difficult Covid time. If you are a member and you do not get an invitation please email Sally threadsandpatches@gmail.com.

Thursday 19th November 2020 7.45 — 9.30pm
Chris Forsey RI SGFA
Down By the River in Acrylics
Demonstration Via Zoom

CHRIS FORSEY RI, SGFA

I began my art career as an illustrator in a publishers studio after studying Graphics in Bristol. I am a self taught painter in watercolour, acrylics and mixed-media and am constantly trying to extend and add to my skills in all water-based painting media. I am an elected member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) and The Society of Graphic Fine Artists (SGFA). I am also a tutor of painting and run holidays and courses in the UK and abroad. I also give lively and informative demonstrations of my painting approach to Societies and Art Groups. 

To see more of Chris Forsey’s work go to https://chrisforsey.com/



Members will receive their Zoom invitation via email the weekend prior to the event. Visitors are welcome with the payment of £4. Please contact Sally by the 17th November via email threadsandpatches@gmail.com to arrange your place.

Thursday 19th December 2020 7.45 pm – 9.30pm,
Zoom Demonstration
Kate Cochrane

Colour Theory

Since first being able to hold a crayon I am at my happiest drawing and painting, which I do in my garden studio. My paintings are about landscape: trees, rocks, castle ruins and reflections in water.  I consider colour, light and composition and apply layers of paint and glazes.

I work in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, gouache, oil and dry pastels. My process of creating paintings, often combined with a difficult struggle to express how I feel about the subject, results in a rich tapestry of colour and texture. My hope is for the viewer to be able to sense the passion, joy and vitality of my work.

Recently I have been exploring illustrations for traditional stories including the Firebird, The Skeleton Woman and the Crescent Moon Bear using a variety of media.

Paintings have been shown at the Royal West of England Academy, The Mall, Bath Society of Arts Open, and Southampton Art Gallery. My work can be seen at the First View Gallery, Stourhead where I am one of their regular artists.

Prints and cards of paintings are available from the artist on request.

Members will receive their Zoom invitation via email the weekend prior to the event. Visitors are welcome with the payment of £4. Please contact Sally by the 17th November via email threadsandpatches@gmail.com to arrange your place.

Thursday 16th January 7.45 pm – 9.30pm
Zoom Demonstration

Pan Pastel, Mixed Media Figurative Work
Pascale Bigot

Pascale Bigot was born in France and enjoyed drawing from a young age; she studied Architecture and began attending evening classes at ‘Les Beaux Arts’, she then started exhibiting her artwork in 1992 and is yet to stop.

 Since moving to England in 1994, with her family, she has developed her own techniques and ideas concerning the use of soft pastels, leaving her artwork to be based on a strong composition, vibrant colours and very contrasting tones.

She also does mixed media, using pastel as a base, and then adding paper, fabric, inks, acrylics, etc… to complement the pastel work. Her subjects are extremely varied, ranging from landscapes to figurative, animal and flowers.

In 2003, her artwork was spotted by Solomon & Whitehead (publisher of David Shepherd and Beryl Cook) who published over 30 of her paintings as limited editions. She has also been included in the ‘Who’s who in Art’ since 2005, as well as her work being present within many private collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Tokyo and Australia, with one painting on show in the Opera House and one in the House of Parliament, in London.

In 2014, she had the privilege of representing France in an international exhibition in Nigeria, with 10 of her original paintings.

She is a member of the Birmingham and Midlands Pastel Society.

She began teaching art to adults in 1996, and is still enjoying every minute of it! (For more details click here

She also demonstrates and offers workshops all over the country (For more details click here)

In 2009, Pascale Bigot discovered Polymer clay and is now deeply addicted; she began by creating various shapes and canes and then started to compliment her featured handmade beads with semi-precious stones to create unique pieces of Jewellery. She spends considerable time designing each piece and finds the process similar to creating a painting.

She is a member of the British Polymer Clay Guild and has started the West Midlands Branch organising regular workshops all through the year.

She is also teaching Polymer Clay to adults on a regular basis and offers demos and workshops, with the hopes of allowing more people to discover this wonderful craft.

Members will receive their Zoom invitation via email the weekend prior to the event. Visitors are welcome with the payment of £4. Please contact Sally by the 14th January via email threadsandpatches@gmail.com to arrange your place.

Thursday 18th February 2021 7.45 pm – 9.30pm
Zoom Demonstration  
Rob Wareing
Portrait in Oils

  Rob was born in South Africa to an English mother & South African father. He grew up in South Africa but after finishing his education travelled extensively receiving private tuition from various  portrait painters in the USA & Europe as well as studying the techniques of traditional classical painting. He became a professional portrait painter at the age of 23 and since then has had a very fulfilling career spanning over 40 years.  He has painted numerous portraits of people of all nationalities and received many commissions to paint dignitaries,  CEOs  and their spouses and children in countries such as the USA , Mauritius , Botswana , South Africa & the UK. He has also given live portrait demonstrations on TV shows in the USA , Mauritius & South Africa . More recently he has gained a considerable following on YouTube & regularly posts clips of recent demonstrations & trailers of his popular series of portrait tuition videos. He has also written articles for various art publications including The Artist (UK) , International Artist & The South African Artist magazines. He is also a founder member of The Artists Gallery, KZN, South Africa. Rob currently divides his time between the UK and South Africa and is available for portrait commissions in both countries. He also produces a limited number of paintings for sale each year and these are available for purchase through his represented galleries in South Africa & the UK. Rob has become highly sort after as a demonstrator & tutor and spends a large part of the UK spring, summer & autumn demonstrating his skills at various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops. His upcoming book on how to paint portraits in oils is due to be published in the UK in December 2020.   
https://www.robwareing.com/

Members will receive their Zoom invitation via email the weekend prior to the event. Visitors are welcome with the payment of £4. Please contact Sally by the 16th February via email threadsandpatches@gmail.com to arrange your place.

     

18 March 2021  
7.45 — 9.30pm
Sonia Bacchus   
Subject TBA  



My name is Sonia Bacchus, I was born in Lodz, Poland where I studied for a Master of Fine Art Degree. On completing my degree I worked as a teaching assistant at the Academy of Art in Poland and as an Art Therapist for people with Mental disabilities. I was also involved with the film industry as a scenery artist and wardrobe assistant. From 2000 I worked on various international films including Proof of Life (Russell Crowe), George and the Dragon (Val Kimer) Four Feathers (Heath Ledger), Elizabeth the 1st (Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren) and Damned United (Michael Sheen). My work involved painting murals and making costumes.

I now live in the UK where I give demonstrations, talks and offer tuition. My subjects include portraits of people and pets, landscapes, still life, murals and nudes, plus paintings inspired by the old masters. Plus I have a new demonstration on caricatures. I am also available for talks on The History of Art, Art composition and The Relativism of Colours. I also make narrative jewellery.

The inspiration for my work is from the Old Masters, I appreciate their attention to detail. I like the light in Rembrandts work, the subtlety of the soft light in Vermeer’s paintings. My paintings are figurative, metamorphic representation. The main key to my art is the relationship between light and shadow. Colours are also a very important aspect of my work so I use them sparingly with respect and with the knowledge of the relativism.

15 April 2021                                  –             Phil Madley                      Encoustic Wax

20 May 2021                                  –             Jane Rhodes                    Landscape in Pastels