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Artistic License

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFriday
Time10.00 - 12.00 noon
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Bern Haigh and Trude Hey

What we do

The second Art group now has the name Artistic Licence -we hope this conveys our inclusive ethos.

Our regular membership is about 10, so we have room for a few more. Between us, we use a wide renge of media and are happy to show other group members who would like to try a different medium.

Phone Bern Haigh for more information.

You can see examples of the group's work on the Art Gallery page.


May 2018

Our Artistic Licence Group is flourishing and has had some more members joining recently. The work produced is excellent and encompasses a variety of different mediums and styles. Occasionally group sessions are encouraged but there is no compulsion to join in. Everybody can express themselves as they wish. We support and help each other as required and enjoy the social aspect of like-minded companionship.

For information contact the co-ordinators.

November 2017

Artistic Licence continues to go from strength to strength.  On several sessions we have had 11 or 12 persons and we now have some regular new members.

We are a friendly, relaxed group continuing to express our art in all different media.  Some members like to stick to their own style and subject, whilst others tend to diversify and try different topics using different materials.  All aspects are welcome and encouraged and I am delighted to report that we are becoming keener and more adventurous all the time.

In the last Newsletter we suggested that we would try a group session when we would all work on one set theme.  This we did by bringing in some objects such as bowls, jugs and pieces of fruit from which we made up a central 'still life' subject.  We then used our preferred media to put the still life onto paper/canvas.  It provided for a very interesting period of discussion afterwards.

Since then some of the group have done portrait sketches of other members and we are now considering a regular session every so often for group artistry.  Being a convivial and sociable group there is no compulsion to take part and anyone is free to 'do their own thing' should they so wish.

For more information please contact either of the co-ordinators above.   


July 2017

Our friendly, relaxed group now has a core of 8 or 9 regulars and we would be delighted to welcome new members.  Our first meeting in the autumn term is the 8th of September and this will be an open day for any interested potential new members to come and meet us and see what we have to offer.  Please feel free to come and look at some of the different styles of work that we do and enjoy chatting to us over tea and biscuits.

At present we all do our own individual artwork, be it graphite or coloured pencil sketches, pastels, crayons, painting in watercolour, acrylic or oils.  Any subject, style or medium is welcomed including digital art. 

We intend once a month to try a group session when we will all work on a set theme.  This could be anything from still life to landscapes or portrait painting or sketching.  Individuals would choose their own medium and the session could provide valuable discussion and mutual advice, with friendly constructive communication.

All abilities are most welcome to come and enjoy two hours of leisurely entertainment.  Anyone interested should come along to the Open Day on the 6th September and our first meeting on the 8th September.  For more information contact either of the co-ordinators above.

(Standard – 3rd year and upwards).

March 2017

We are now regularly seeing eight members each week.  We are well aware that our numbers are low and we are keen to increase our membership.  After discussion amongst the group we consider it logistically possible to double our numbers without detracting on working space. 

We are a friendly group with an eclectic mixture of individual artistic modes.  Individuals with a desire to express themselves artistically in any style or media and at any level will be made most welcome.  We each bring our own materials and are relaxed enough to offer advice and comments to one another within the group if this is welcomed.  This is very useful as we have no official art teacher but have some very talented artists amongst us.

Our group is considering organising an open morning on one of our Fridays, to which anyone in SLU3A is welcome.  It will be a chance to show the variety of our work and meet and greet people with tea/coffee and biscuits.  The date will be publicised later.

For further information please contact Bern Haigh or Trude Hey.

November 2016

Artistic License continues to thrive, although the numbers are still relatively small.  However of late we have been pleased to welcome four new members and we hope the numbers will continue to increase. There is a wide variety of skills within the group, allowing for a diverse and interesting mix of subjects and media.

One of our members, Ian James, gave a demonstration of digital art at the South Lakes U3A Open morning in September and this has stimulated new interest within the group.

The session is relaxed and friendly and all members feel able to offer helpful advice to one another if and when necessary.

All abilities and those working in any medium will continue to be made most welcome.  A calming and productive couple of hours is assured.  

2017 Meetings - 6 Jan – 28 April . Not 14 April.


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