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 In early 2016 we were invited to take part in a workshop at the Royal Academy; based on a current exhibition of the life and works of Jean Etienne Liotard.

Liotard was a very popular portrait artist among royalty and social elites of the 18th century. Despite spending time in England and being commissioned to do portraits for many english dignitaries, this is his first exhibition in England.

 Photography was not allowed in the exhibition. 

The exhibition finishes on January 31st.

A short workshop was held after the tour, instructing our group in the use of Liotard's preferred medium, pastels. 
We were given the opportunity to draw our own portrait, someone elses likeness or just to experiment with the pastels. 

 We talked through each others work and what we'd learnt from the day.   



'interesting Artist, Very good facilitators, great company'
'informative, educational, beautiful venue, excellent staff'
'unique opportunity'
'good to be with people. togetherness'
'nice to switch off'
' I felt very relaxed after'
'confidence in workshops and talks'
'lovely to be with the arts network crew'

Do you reckon we should submit our portraits for the RA summer show?

Many Thanks

 All About Autumn was a workshop on the autumn/winter timetable for 2015.

This workshop was a chance to create unique pieces of art using natural materials from the local area.

Using twigs, leaves, seeds and pods. 

We experimented with different printing techniques. 
Using acrylic paint and writing inks, we created beautiful collages and works.

We made clay leaf bowls, using fresh leaves to imprint into the clay.

These were painted to look resemble some impressively life-like leaves.

As the winter season progressed the leaves began to dry out and we could no longer use them for  different printing techniques.... 

but we took a lot of joy in listening to the sound, and feel of the leaves change.
And found a spot of mindfulness in the session. 

As we were no longer able to use our materials to print, we used them to inspire us.
Using polystyrene (repurposed pizza bases!) we created our own version of printing blocks and made some wonderfully creative pieces.


'I don't feel stuck like I have with other workshops, with nature it's easy'


'good motivation'

'good to use different materials'

'social and supportive'

Many Thanks

Members of Arts Network
The trees and plants that provided inspiration 

In the summer of 2015 we attended the hottest show of the year, with an astounding 480,000 visitors over 21 weeks.
Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A.

Photographs from the exhibition. Cameras and recording devices were not allowed in the exhibition, all photographs were obtained after the event. 


Posted on Twitter by V&A
For more links to videos of the event go Here

At the end of a wonderful day we stopped for some refreshments and shared our thoughts about the exhibition. 


'I like fashion and clothes - but that was amazing!'

'blown away! I can't believe how glad I was that I came'

'I couldn't take it all in. I wanted to stay forever'

'I had a lovely day'

'I felt like it want there to be liked aesthetically pleasing, it was there to be emotional. 
I like that it moved me.'

Many Thanks 

V & A

Everybody who came along

Cameras and recording devices were not allowed in the exhibition all photographs were obtained after the event. Apart from the photographs of us having tea!