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Last Sunday, 28th January, St Andrews based artist, Alan Stephens, visited Kirkcaldy Art Club to demonstrate how he develops  an oil painting. Alan chose to paint a view from the sand dunes on the west sands looking over towards St Andrews.  He began by talking through his choice of colours in a limited palette, to mix for the colours required. Alan blocked areas of colour over the canvas and then progressed to work through the painting, the sky and clouds, the outline of St Andrews in the distance, the sea and shore. All along Alan talked through his use of colour, the brushes he used and how he used them. His preferred main technique is to use thin layers of paint with brushes, creating a smooth surface. Throughout this demo Alan was very informative about his progression as an artist, being completely self taught after leaving school but learning so much  from being in many different art clubs over the years around the country. He would see something new and would keep working at it until he had developed that skill. Members of Kirkcaldy Art club attending really appreciated his input, tips and suggestions and ' how to paint a tree using only the side of a brush' ! On Sunday 4th February, 1-4 pm, Jenny Rae, one of our tutors, will lead a workshop in 'Garden Gargoyle Planters'. This is now fully subscribed but will be repeated on Sunday 4th March. The next demonstration at Kirkcaldy Art Club will take place on Sunday 18th February, 2-4 pm. There is a change in the programme. Dorothy Black, a Fife artist based at her studio in Markinch will demonstrate ' Big Flowers using Acrylics with Texture'. January has been a very busy month and has gone in very quickly. February looks just as busy, and meanwhile, we are all working towards our annual exhibition in March.



Last Sunday at Kirkcaldy Art Club Susan Forsyth led a workshop in 'Developing a painting in oils, using a palette knife'. Many people, including Susan, travelled quite a distance to get there, despite a forecast of even more snow. Susan took people through the basics of oil painting   and also using a palette knife. She set a comfortable pace, putting across her techniques in an easy to understand way. Her encouragement and enthusiasm gave confidence to many people new to this, and answered all questions with clarity. Everyone also appreciated her individual support. This workshop was enjoyed and very much appreciated by all participants.

This coming Sunday, 28th January, 2-4 pm, we will have our first daytime demonstration by  St Andrews based artist Alan Stephens. Alan is a highly respected artist whose paintings include seascapes, landscapes and portraits. This demo is free to all members and does not need to be booked in advance. On Sunday 4th February, 1-4 pm Jenny Rae, one of our tutors, will lead a workshop in 'Garden Gargoyle Planters.



All classes began last week. New members are settling into their new classes and getting to know people there. This coming Sunday, 21st January, 1-4 pm, Susan Forsyth will lead her workshop in 'Developing A Painting In Oils, Using A Palette Knife'. This class is now fully subscribed, but we are hoping to offer members another date for this workshop at a later time - it has been very popular. Our first afternoon demonstration will take place on Sunday 28th January, 2-4 pm, when Alan Stephens, a St Andrews based artist, will demonstrate his skills and techniques in oil painting, in this case a local scene in St Andrews. Many of Alan's  paintings are now in private collections around the world. In early February, on Sunday 4th February, 1-4 pm, Jenny Rae, one of our pottery tutors, will lead a workshop in 'Garden Gargoyle Planters'. Information on this workshop will be displayed soon in the Art Club.



This was the first week back at Kirkcaldy Art Club, with present members returning to classes to begin the new term , and new members joining their new classes. Some will be learning new skills and techniques and others will be working towards our annual exhibition later this term , at the Kirkcaldy Galleries. On Sunday 21st January, 1-4 pm, Susan Forsyth will lead a workshop in 'Develpoing a Painting in Oils'. Susan is a well known artist and tutor in Fife, teaching in several classes around the St Andrews area. A week later Alan Stephens,  also a well known Fife artist, is coming to Kirkcaldy Art Club to demonstrate his skills and techniques on Sunday 28th January, 2-4 pm. Alan's paintings include landscapes, seascapes and portraits and many of them are now in private collections around the world. We look forward to both of these artists visiting us this month. There are still a few spaces left in some classes. They can be seen on our website on  It is not too late to join a class - if you are interested you can get more information from Morag on 01592 267641.



Kirkcaldy Art club's Christmas Party took place last Friday evening, 8th December, and was greatly enjoyed by everyone there. Thank you to all those who organised the food and drinks, and set up the Painting studio, turning it into 'party mode'. In January 2018 another painting class will start on Monday evenings. There are still places available at the moment. If anyone would like to learn how to paint, or to take up painting again, this class can cater for this. The class will run for ten weeks, the winter to spring term. Further information can be had from Martine on  or call Morag on 01592 267641. 



This week at Kirkcaldy Art Club is the last week of term for most classes. The Monday afternoon and Thursday morning painting classes , and also the Monday evening pottery class, will end next week, on Monday 27th and Thursday 30th November. Last minute arrangements are now being made for Kirkcaldy Art Club's Christmas Art and Craft Fair. The painting studio is being transformed into an exhibition / craft fair mode, within a Christmas setting. Paintings are being hung, ceramics, jewellery, Christmas decorations, glass, cards, notebooks and many  other items are all being carefully displayed, and also a coffee/tea area is being set up. The Christmas Art and Craft Fair will be open over this weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, 11 am - 4 pm each day. Entry is free - a great opportunity to find a unique, hand made gift or card for someone special.



On Sunday 5th November local artist, Pat Bray, led a life drawing class. This annual event is always very popular and several new members were very keen to get a place in this workshop. As always Pat was very organised, first outlining the plan for the afternoon to participants. She began with everyone drawing, using charcoal or pencils, of a 15 minute pose. Next came two 5 minute poses, followed by ten 2 minute poses. This progression  helped everyone to develop structure and shape. Despite the time of year it was possible to manage all this in natural daylight, with the help of one spotlight. As the afternoon progressed the light changed into a different soft light which definitely added to the effect. The whole afternoon was very enjoyable and appreciated by all class members, some very experienced in life drawing and , for some, a first experience of life drawing. Pat and model, Kay, worked seamlessly together to provide an excellent afternoon. It is not long now until our Christmas Art and Craft Fair. The Wednesday morning craft group are busy working towards this, planning and advertising the event, and also producing items for the Fair. Art club members are also busy working on paintings, pottery, cards etc to display at the Fair. As always there will be a wide range of items on offer - jewellery, glass, ceramics, notebooks, all handmade. There will also be coffee, tea and home baking available. This will all take place at Hot Pot Wynd, Dysart, on Saturday and Sunday, 25th and 26th November, 11 am - 4 pm.

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