Susan Erskine-Jones Spring 2015 Printmaking Workshops

Printmaking Workshops

Pressmore Studio, Ashley Green Road, Ashley Green (near Berkhamstead), HP5 3PF, Bucks

Small classes of up to six people

Painterly Monoprinting – 1 day workshop

Wednesday 11th March 10am-3pm

Cost: £40 plus materials

The appeal of monoprinting lies in its unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from painting on paper. The artwork can also be drawn into and manipulated using additive and reductive techniques. We will work on aluminium or drypoint plastic plates using everything from paintbrushes and palette knives to rags fingers and cotton buds. The creative process encourages experimentation and imagination.

Collograph – 2 day workshop

Wednesday 18th & 25th March 10am-3pm

Cost: £80 plus materials

Making a collograph is a constructive process – materials are added to the surface of the plate. Rich tones can also be created with the additional use of carborundum powder (silicon carbide crystrals).

Drypoint with mountboard – 1 day workshop

Wednesday 22nd April 10am-3pm

Cost: £40 plus materials

Drypoint is a direct way to make an intaglio print. We will use heavily varnished card which I find more robust than drypoint card. The plate can be cut into for areas of grey, sandpapered and drawn into with a sharp edge to create tone as well as line. A second plate of clear drypoint plastic can later be used to add colour.

Solar Printing – 1 day workshop

Wednesday 29th April 10am-3pm

Cost: £40 plus materials

A solarplate is a light sensitized polymer material used by artists as an alternative to etching. It is a simple, safer and faster technique than traditional etching printing.

Monoprinting with Rollers – 1 day workshop

Wednesday 6th May 10am-3pm

Cost: £40 plus materials

Ink is rolled onto the plate. The image is developed by drawing into the plate or manipulating the ink using additive and/or reductive techniques

Materials needed

Materials for printing can be bought during the workshop. Please bring protective clothing – apron or similar. Sketch book/ ideas for prints. Art materials you think would be suitable and you would like to use. I will also have equipment for you to use. Please bring a packed lunch, (refreshments are provided)

What to do

To book a place or if you have any questions, please phone 07818 293847 or email me: susan@erskine-jones.com

Alternative dates for a minimum of three participants can be arranged if you can’t make the listed dates. Please contact me to discuss the type of workshop you would like and suitable dates.

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Tiffany Logan shows at Candid Arts, Islington

ANB member Tiffany Logan is showing at the mixed media exhibition at
Candid Arts Trust Galleries
3 Torrens St, Angel Islington
5th – 8th February 2015
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Jon Canty Solo Show at ArtTrend, Luton

Luton Art Show second prize winner and ANB member Jon Canty has a solo show at ArtTrend, Luton. The Private View is on Sunday 8th March at midday.

Event on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/412283458940912/

http://arttrend.co.uk/index.php

www.joncanty.co.uk
 

 

 

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‘Some notes about promoting your art in social media’ by Beatriz Acevedo

Beatriz Acevedo ‘Homage to Frida Kahlo’

The artists in my network hub asked me to give them some tips in using facebook and other social media for promoting our art. I thought I would try to collect both my  experience (I am just learning about this journey of becoming a professional artist) and a glimpse of the excellent advice of websites and groups like “the Abundant Artist“, Create and Inspire, specially Cory Huff’s “The abundant artist”  that is the one I most consult because it is down to earth and practical.

Social media can be a minefield, because there is so much outside and it is changing all the time. For instance, Facebook is a “top-dog” platform with almost 1 billion members, perfect for advertising and a very enticing “time-waster” (I know that so well as I spend a lot of “5 min only” procrastinating in Facebook… of course, it is always more than 5 minutes while I check, like or follow the 100 daily posts of my 320 ‘friends’). And there is also Twitter, and Instagram; Pinterest and Ello (the new kid in the block that promises a fee advertising social media!).

Forbes magazine website estimates that social media will become a necessity, so it is not an option for artists, whether “I like it or not”… if we want to become professional and sell our art, then we have to engage with what is going on.  But before getting into the particularities of the numerous platforms for social media, it is important to remember that for artists “you are the brand” and your art is “your product“, thus any social interaction needs to get that message clear.  So social media is not only internet-mediated interactions, but any social interaction, from the neighbourhood, to the bus queue, or business or artist networks, or the apparently innocent daily interactions: your choir group, your church, your friends.  I am not suggesting that you are all the time at “selling” – that is too rough!-, but what I would like to remind is that we carry our identity everywhere we go.  So I started by making some questions (for my self and my group of fellow artists):

“What do I want to say?”…

Describe in few words what is interesting about my art and myself. If somebody ask you in a party (specially in Britain) the usual “What do you do?” what would you say? What would you like people to remember of you. Here, as well as in any other social media platform, you need to be quick, you need to be memorable, you need to be basic.

This is one of the first tips for social media, to keep it simple, something that people understand. I remember at the beginning of my artistic career defining my art in such a flamboyant terms: “psychodelic expressionism”, “graphic impressionism” (please don’t laugh…well not so loud!), etc, only to find that nobody (not even myself) will remember.  Still now I am struggling to find what defines my art. Just recently I thought that what I do is not exactly botanical illustration, rather is botanical design, but I definitively think that “botanical” is a tag that can be attached to some of my work.  This does not mean that you are limiting yourself only to that type of art, but you need to “invite” people to learn more about you, and having clear directions on what you do is the simplest way.

The second question, is

“who are you wanting to talk to?”

It is impossible to try to talk to “everybody”… because not everybody would be interested in your work. Indeed, some people “like it or may not like it” and I remember exhibiting in some local fairs without so much success. My art was not saying anything to those audiences. So part of coming out of the closet as an artist has been to find those who like my art: they are like diamonds, and thus, it is important to get to know them better. A good tip for that is to think about the people who have bought your art: what type of people are they, gender, age, socio-economic background, education, hobbies, etc. You have to be systematic in that regard, as it will help you to know your collector. And you have to talk their language, be where they hang around (and this include social media) and make your presence there.

And the third question is:

“with the limited time that we all do [not] have, where do you think is best invest resources and energy? “

This made me think about my dear bro Eduardo, who at the beginning of his now very successful career as an antique dealer and curator, repeated the buzzword: “find new markets, find new markets, find new markets”… and sometimes we think we can do so many things! but the reality is that time & resources are precious and we need to prioritize.  Of course, if we want to be serious about our art we need to invest (at least) 50% of our time in marketing and management!  So, once again, you need to focus on the platform that will help you most to show who you are to the people that matter to you?  This is not an “exclusivity” condition, in fact, most of social media is connected and whatever you post in pinterest can be shared in twitter, facebook or your blog.

As artists we have a great advantage of working with images, which based on Forbes prediction will be the most successful type of networks. Of course, do not expect that this will happen overnight, it is a matter of work, perseverance and seduction. This all require time for you to learn what is happening out there, and as a plant, you need to spend time under the soil developing the solid seeds of what you want to tell the world.

So what will be my advice for those starting to think on social media? Respond at least to the two first questions, and spend time playing with the different platforms, to find where do you feel more at ease. Everything is very user friendly and as I said to my students, it is easy to open a blog or a Facebook account, the challenge is to keep it going, with interesting posts, with timely announcements and as a way to build up your image and brand.

More expert advice and training can be found in the mentioned websites and for inspiration read this blog about Natasha Wescoat and how she managed to sell US$50000 in Facebook.

Hope this helps us all!

Beatriz Acevedo ‘Verbenacea and Rubinacea’

 

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ANB Artists Show at Princess Helena College, 11th October 2014

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ANB September Art Trail Party 2014

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Peter Warren Ceramics at Hitchin Festival

Peter Warren’s ceramics will be for sale at St Mary’s Summer Fair (Sunday 12th)and the offshoot of the Hitchin Festival in West Alley (Sunday 20th):

Saturday, 12th July 9.00am until 4.00pm, St Mary’s Summer Fair, Market Square, Hitchin and Sunday 20th July 10.00am until 4.00pm, Hitchin Festival, West Alley, Hitchin

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Louise Wooldridge, Joanna Stone and Lynn Horsnell showing at Life Class, Moat Farm Gallery

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‘Frida and Me’ ANB Member Beatriz Acevedo Exhibition at The Art Nest, Hitchin

“FRIDA AND ME”: Art Exhibition of Beatriz Acevedo at the Art Nest Hitchin
25-July to 9-August/2014
Private view: 24th of July/2014
Beatriz Acevedo is a Latin American artist living in the United Kingdom. For this exhibition, she explores the influence of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Frida’s self portraits talk about pain and passion, love and disappointment as they focus on her very intimate persona.  Frida’s work is passionate, raw and very personal, and it has been very influential in the development of contemporary female artists.  The exhibition becomes a conversation between these two artists: Beatriz vibrant paintings explore the exoticism of Latin American heritage, including a wide range of paintings:  pop images, realistic portraits and colorful souvenirs.  Botanic paintings and illustrations magnificent flora will be also exhibited here to bring rainforest and nature to the audience.  Beatriz has said:  “As far as I can remember I have been intrigued and inspired by the life and intimate paintings of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. In this exhibition, I will be exploring the topics of Femininity, Religion, Identity, Dreams and Adventure, composing Frida’s name”. Music, dance and fiesta will contribute to create the Latin vibe for this exhibition. The private view on the 24th of July/2014 (7:00 pm) promises to be an exciting event and it is part of the Hitchin Festival. A seminar/workshop about Frida’s work will be presented on the 30th of July/2014 (7:00 pm).
Find out more with info@artnest.com, beatrixace@yahoo.com
The Art Nest
4-5 West Alley, Town Centre,
Hitchin
SG5 1EG
The Art Nest is located in the vibrant cultural alley, just at the end of the Arcade in Hitchin Main Square, if you come from town. If you come from Waitrose, just cross the street and take the alley to your right. From the train station, it is a 20 minutes walk.
 Beatriz Acevedo
Artist and Educator
http://beatrizacevedoart.wordpress.com/www.beatrizacevedo.com
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Ian Grinham Exhibition Priory House 20th July to 23 August

ANB member Ian Grinham is having a show at Priory House from 20th July- 23rd August.
Opening times are Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.
The address is Priory House, Monkswalk, Chicksands, Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ
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