Tuesday, 17 January 2017

January's sketching outing is on Tuesday 24th

Our next outing is on Tuesday 24 January at 11 am to Great Saint Barthlomews Church, Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ. I have confirmed the visit with the office. There is a small entrance charge for non-worshippers but we should get the group rate so ask on the door. Oil paints are not allowed (but I don't think anyone was expecting to use them), easels are allowed but please be careful. There is a cloister café.

Barts is the oldest church in London and is absolutely stunning. It is located near to Smithfield in a quiet corner, the entrance is through an arch. Last time I was there I saw a Damien Hirst golden statue of St Bartholomew displaying his flayed skin! In spite of this challenge, Barts is a very special place.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible. Janet's mobile number for the day is 07815 772857.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year's outing to the Museum of London

Ten IAS members and guests met at the Museum of London in The Barbican for an early January outing. The Museum of London is always a good venue with wonderful displays of fantastic craftsmanship and a good retreat on a cold day. We all worked hard and then met in the cafe to compare drawings and of course have a sandwich lunch. An excellent start to 2017.

For the next outing we plan to go to Saint Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield and we will confirm details and date on the blog. There is a £5 entrance fee for non-worshippers, but it should be well worth it.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

New Year's outing on Tuesday 3 January 2017

The first outing of 2017 is on Tuesday 3 January to the Museum of London near the Barbican. We'll meet at 11am at the main entrance by the turnstiles: the museum is free in spite of the turnstiles. There are paying exhibitions as well as the free permanent collection: at present there is an exhibition on the Great Fire of London.

Usually we spread out at this venue and it is dark in places, so we may be difficult to find, if you miss us at the entrance. We will meet again at 1pm for lunch downstairs at the Benugo Sackler Hall cafe in the modern galleries. My (Janet) number for the day is 07815 772857.

The Museum's website is here and it has a 'plan your visit' and 'how to get there section'.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Winter outing to Fenchurch Street station

Nine IAS members and guests met at Fenchurch Street station on a freezing cold day. The station facade was aglow with winter sun, the last showing of autumnal colours in the trees and a winter food market. Most artists braved the cold and sat outside in the forecourt on the seats especially provided until the sun departed when we repaired to a North African hot food cafe. Some stunning results and worth the risk of hypothermia. The Caffe Nero meeting point unfortunately proved difficult to locate, but artists persevered and we all met up eventually.

The next outing will be in January to the Museum of London. The date and meeting details will go on the blog shortly.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Next sketching outing is on Tuesday 29 November

The November outing is to Fenchurch Street station on Tuesday 29 November at 11 am. All the excitement of a London Terminal. There is now a pedestrian precinct outside the station, which has a stunning facade but this could be a bit cold. Plenty of coffee shops inside the station but you may want to bring a sketching stool. Meet inside the station by Caffe Nero at 11am and then choose your spot. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Art in the Park visits Hoxton


Seven Art in the Park enthusiasts arrived at the Hoxton Overground Station on Tuesday 25 October on a grey but dry day. The views of the railway tracks with Canary Wharf in the background appealed strongly to some of us, while an old VW Camper Van and an old garage with an automobile mural and lots of notices spoke to others. Also, as before, the elegancies of the Geffreye Museum facade close by drew one artist's attention.

We felt that we had a good morning when we collected in the Geffreye Museum's cafe for coffee and lunch and talked outdoor painting against the background hubbub.

Our next sketch-day will be to Fenchurch Street Station, details to follow shortly.

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.