Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 13: Day in The Woodman pub, Highgate N6

Another new venue for Art in the Park, ten of us very much enjoyed ourselves in the fascinating Woodman pub. We admired its Arts and Crafts interior, and its assorted statuary in various rooms, and we worked our socks off with our sketchbooks!



We sketched the mirrors, the staff, and the statuary (but there are more statues to be done on another visit!)


Some experimental work was carried out, inspired by the ethos of the Woodman and its artefacts:


One person had so much to say that she had to use two hands at once, even with the most sophisticated travelling sketching kit possible:


We had a great day in The Woodman; the staff were very welcoming, and the food was delicious, and there is a covered verandah at the back so this would be a good place to be on one of those summer sketching days when it pours with rain. We look forward to a return visit.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Visit to Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, on 30 January 2018

Thirteen IAS members and their guests came to the “Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement”, Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, on Tuesday 30 January. We found lots of fabulous material to sketch. We very much appreciated being able to draw and watercolour inside such a gorgeous building, and thank the Church staff for allowing us to do so, and being so helpful on the day.

Most of us shot straight into the warmth of the Church, but one hardy soul produced this lovely pic of the outside of the building:

Some of the work we produced inside the Church:

For most of us, Holy Trinity was a revelation, and we were astonished at the artwork within. We hope to come back and have another go at catching some of its beauty.

Monday, 29 January 2018

February Sketching Day: Tuesday 13 February: The Woodman, Highgate

Our February event will be held inside (or outside) the Woodman pub, , and we will meet at our usual time of 11 o'clock. 

This arts and crafts pub is on the A1 a little way north of Highgate Tube station on the Northern Line.   If the weather is warm enough, people can sketch the pub itself (quite pretty with several gables) from the little green across the Muswell Hill Road, or the Victorian shop fronts on the other side of the A1.  Otherwise, we can get cups of coffee, and later, lunch (veggie options) inside the pub which has a panelled interior with lots of varied arts and crafts windows, co-ordinating fireplace, and nooks.  One side of the interior is more interesting than the other.  There are also large reproductions of dramatic figure artwork, which would be interesting to incorporate into compositions involving the architecture and the pub patrons.   There is also a central bar, with bar staff and objets.   Parts of the decor are quite quirky.    On a recce visit, the pub was fairly empty.   Various images here
Menu options can be seen here here

The Woodman is on the junction of the A1 Archway Road with Southwood Lane and Muswell Hill Road, see map

As well as the tube, there are multiple buses which run up to the A1/Muswell Road junction, including the 43, the 134, and the 263.

If you want to sketch outside, please bring your sketching stool and wrap up warm.   Sue's number for the day is: 07975 864142