Monday, 3 October 2016

Our next outing is to Hoxton on Tuesday 25 October

Our October Art in the Park outing is to Hoxton and the Geffrye Museum. We will meet at 11 am on Tuesday 25 October in the alley (Geffrye Street) at the back of the Geffrye Museum, next to Hoxton overground station. The plan is to draw the workshops in the railway arches or the view from the upper levels of the station. If cold or wet we have the opportunity of drawing inside the Geffrye museum, where there are lavatories and a café. There are also coffee shops and a bar/café/restaurant directly adjacent to the entrance to Hoxton Overground Station. This is Caffeine Central after all.

Information about the Geffrye museum can be found here. The website also includes directions for how to get there. Janet's mobile for the day is 07815 772857 and Sue's mobile is 07975 864142.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

September's outing to the pergola at Inverforth House

The September Art in the Park outing was to Inverforth House with its magnificent pergola. Inverforth House is on the edge of Golders Hill Park and tucked away behind trees. The garden is open to the public and it is one of London's lesser known gems, in an amazing setting with incredible planting. The pergola offered some challenging perspective, offset by the pre-autumnal vegetation.

The day started off by being rather wet, but five valiant artists either found cover or worked under umbrellas to produce some good work. We were rewarded eventually by brighter skies and lunch outside in the café in Golders Hill Park.

Art in the Park will be moving to settings with more cover as autumn sets in. Our next outing is to Hoxton and the Geffrye museum. There will be inside and outside options with possibilities for sketching the workshops under the railway arches. The date and details of the October outing will be posted on the blog shortly.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sketching outing to Golders Hill Garden on 29 September

The September Art in the Park outing is to the Golders Hill Garden and Pergola on Thursday 29 September 2016 at 11am.

The Pergola is on the West Heath adjacent to Golders Hill Park, the nearest underground stations are Golders Green and Hampstead. The 216 and 268 buses run along North End Road. The Pergola  is in the grounds of Inverforth House which dates originally from the late eighteenth century and was substantially altered by Lord Leverhulme. It is privately owned but the gardens and Pergola are open to all. The location is stunning.

There is a café in Golders Hill Park and the Bull and Bush pub is nearby. There is some cover under the Pergola but come prepared if the weather looks bad as this is an outdoor location. It is always a good idea to bring sketching stools.

A map can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

An August visit to Abney Park cemetery

The last Tuesday in August saw nine artists, IAS members and friends, sketching in Abney Park cemetery. We had a lovely sunny day with plenty of deep shadows, luxuriant undergrowth and mature trees, where Victorian monuments lurked. There were plenty of angels and even a lion. The disused chapel was being renovated and was unfortunately covered in hoardings and scaffold but there were plenty of other subjects to grab our attention. The quiet of the cemetery was disturbed for a bit by a persistent overhead helicopter, but it was fortunately not looking for artists.

We had lunch in a trendy new café on Stoke Newington Church Street where we compared work and encouraged each other. And very importantly no-one got lost in this maze of a cemetery. Watch this blog spot for details of the next outing in September.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Next meet up is on Tuesday 30 August

Our next sketching outing is on Tuesday 30 August at 11am at Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH. We are meeting at the main entrance with the Egyptian gates.

Abney Park in Stoke Newington, one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries of London, is a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve. There are many interesting memorials, especially some featuring angels, and there is an atmospheric, ruined chapel in the centre. General Booth of Salvation Army fame is probably the most famous person buried there.

At this time of year the cemetery is particularly bosky and overgrown, so if you can't find us call my mobile on: 07815 772857, for use on the day only please. Buses serving Abney Park include the 67, 76, 106, 149, 476, 393 and 243. The 106 goes from Finsbury Park Station. Stoke Newington overground is very close. 

The informative website can be found here. There are plenty of cafés in Stoke Newington Church Street and even some on the High Street. There are not many benches in the cemetery so we advise you to bring a sketching stool.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Sketching on the hottest day of summer

The July outing for Art in the Park took us to Newington Green on a very hot day. Four artists, two Islington Art Society members plus two guests found a shady place under the huge plane trees and worked away. Unfortunately the café in the park had suffered a power cut, nothing to do with us, but we found a very pleasant alternative nearby for lunch where we sat in the garden.

Newington Green has a distinguished past with links to the Dissenters and Mary Wollstonecraft, and also boasts the oldest surviving terraced housing in London. It is currently a pleasant square with ample seating, a children's play area and of course plenty to draw.

Our next outing will be to Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington. Watch this blog for the next date.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Our July outing is to Newington Green on Tuesday 19th

The next Art in the Park outing will be to Newington Green on Tuesday 19 July. We are meeting there from 11am in the café on the Green itself. Newington Green has a fascinating history, several Listed Buildings, a Unitarian chapel, the old facade of the China Inland Mission and also London's oldest surviving brick terrace.

The Green itself was revitalised a few years ago and is a pleasant area with seats, a café and paying loo, planting and a children's playground. There are many cafés and pubs nearby.

Newington Green is served by the 73, 476, 21, 141 and 341 buses. The 236 runs from Finsbury Park station but is not the fastest bus that London Transport runs. Canonbury Station on the overground is close by.

Hope to see as many of you as possible there.