Source help for art exam students 

The Fitzwilliam Museum is offering a series of art exam help workshops and gallery research talks and tours 

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A 360• landscape

Using the idea of a fish-eye lense to create a round composition. This is the watercolour challenge for Hills Rd. adult ed class this week. Tips for you folk.

•Mark out a good sized circle on your watercolour paper so it fills the paper.

•mark the centre of this circle. This is where the imaginary you is standing.

•on a separate piece of card or stiff paper, cut a triangle view finder that is the same size as a slice of imaginary pizza or pie that would fit exactly onto the circle you’ve just drawn.

•use this view finder with the widest (crust edge) at the top and point is down to your feet. Draw your chosen landscape through it. If it helps mark out a triangle on your drawing paper first. 

•turn to your right and draw again. Repeat until you have enough ‘slices’ to complete your circle. 

•Cut and assemble these drawings to create your 360• view. 

•transfer this circular landscape onto your watercolour paper.

Have fun and remember rules are there to be bent so experiment and find your take on this challenge;) 

Landscapes of the imagination workshop at the Heong Gallery, cambridge 

Hideki Arichi and Sarah Blake enjoyed exploring the kettle’s Yard exhibition ‘ a sense of place’ followed by an art workshop with 20 visitors. We really enjoyed your art work as you visualised your sensory memories of a landscape familiar to you. Here are some of the works created:

Watercolour, still life underwater. Hills Road Adult Ed

This is a cool way to rethink the ‘still life’ theme, by placing your chosen objects in, or partly in, water. The water distorts and refracts the way you see these objects. If you really want to go into detail it also creates a slight colour change and the tiny bubbles that form on the surface of your objects blurs their clarity. Painting glass, particularly clear glass offers its own challenges – how do you paint something that is clear? Look at the highlights, reflections, mix a range of light washes – my preference is a light aqua and a very light grey shot through with a colour of ‘brights’ to lift areas. Less is definitely more. So clear glass is a tricky subject… add to this clear water… yeap another set of light washes and a definition of highlights. What you are really concentrating on is your observational skills – those tiny tell tale details  – from the obvious distortions to the subtle thickness of the water surface tension. This was a tough and everyone did really well – from beginners to the seasoned pros.

Here’s a selection of their works – thanks folk you aced it!!

With thanks to… Dom, George, Geoffrey, Martin, Catherine, Helen, Riki, Jackie, Marion, Katie, Elena, Louise…