Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their 2011 Christmas  Party at the Todman Centre (next to the Cedars), Castle Road Rayleigh on Wednesday 7th December 2011.

Festivities will commence at 7.30 pm , and members are asked to bring a painting being based on ‘A Winters Theme’ for the Reg Whiting Award. In addition, a plate of food would be most welcome but drinks will be supplied by Rayleigh Art Group.

This is a fun and social evening where you and your guests can get to meet and chat with fellow members with no painting involved although there will be some organised fun games throughout. Your committee would be very pleased to see as many members and their guests as possible.

We will be taking bookings for the Rayleigh Art Group Quiz Night with Fish/Chicken & Chip Supper at £6.50 per head, planned for Wednesday 8th February 2012. This a very popular fun packed evening with the benefit of not having to cook dinner before you come. Places are limited so book early to save disappointment.

Location of Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh

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Exhibition 26th November 2011

Just a quick reminder that the Rayleigh Art Group Exhibition is on 26th November 2011 at the W.I. Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Entry forms are available by clicking on Exhibition Entry Form. Volunteers are always required to assist setting up in the morning and removing screens at the end of the day, and Stewarding during the day – please contact a member of the Committee if you are available to assist in some way.

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Click  on Pushpin for more information on location of W. I. Hall, Bellingham Lane.

Sylvia Paul Demonstration

A really good turn out of 36 Rayleigh Art Group members and guests for this demonstration. With us all sat with 100% attention, Sylvia started to lay various colours in acrylic down on a square piece of MDF board. She was working from a sketch that she had done in October whilst out in the woods.

The sketch had been done on coloured paper and then in pastel as it is a quick easy medium to use whilst out.

Having spent all of about 15/20 minutes on the under-painting using a large decorating brush, Sylvia changed size brush to a cheap thin long handled brush with which she started to scratch out using the metal end and then put in odd black lines to give a little more detail to work on later.

With the oil painting in mind she applied dark areas made up Half Timewith a mixture of Veridian and Cobalt Violet and then in some of the areas where there were going to be yellow leaves etc, she applied a light purple working on the basis of this being the opposites.

After a quick break for teas and coffees we were off again and this time the oils came into play but applied to the painting with just one palette knife. With a dab here and then another dab of paint there in many colours that most of us probably would have been too scared to use, this colourful, exciting picture emerged. Another 40minutes or so down the line and the picture was finished and had a frame placed around it for the full effect – wow!Sylvia Paul





Report and Photos by Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group AGM 2011

At the Rayleigh Art Group Annual General Meeting held at the Cedars centre on Wednesday 26th October, the committee were re-elected, apart from Barbara Barnes, who resigned as Publicity Officer for personal reasons.

The Treasurer presented the annual accounts indicating that Guest entrance fees will increase to £3.00 and refreshments up to 40p, allowing the club to maintain a healthy financial state.

Tributes were made to Stan Pickford who sadly passed away in April this year and who had been treasurer for some 30 years. Stan was the sort of member every club needs and will be greatly missed.

Members were reminded that Rayleigh Art Group is entering it’s 50th Year, Golden Aniversary and the Chairman asked all members to support the Club’s Socials, Demonstrations, Workshops and Exhibitions.

The only proposal submitted by the committee and agreed to, was the implementation of a ‘Suggestion Box’ to allow members to put forward ideas for the committee to consider.

Members were reminded that there are meetings in the summer following the ‘At Home’, the last event of the winter and more details will be presented nearer the time.

Demonstration 9th November 2011

The next demonstration, by Sylvia Paul, is  on Wednesday 9th November 2011 at the Cedars Centre commencing at 7.30 pm.

Sylvia’s demonstrations and workshops are truly inspirational. Working at speed she shows her unique style with wonderful use of colour, freedom of expression and confident draughtmanship.She has had numerous invitations to Art Clubs and her demonstrations are both informative and entertaining

Entry fee for Members is £1.00 and Non-members £3.00.

Refreshments available at £0.40

See map for location.

Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.
Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.