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What is an Art Group?
An Art Group (or Art Society, Art Club, etc) is a place where artists can gather to share experiences and learn from each other. An Art Group is an extension of an art class where the artist can take part in the activities provided by that Group.
Below is a list of activities generally provided. Go to the OUR ACTIVITIES page on this website to see the specific activities provided by SCAG.
- Workshops - ranging from a few hours to a few days. These workshops can be casual affairs where artists can work together and chat at the same time, or they can be very structured gatherings with an experienced artist as leader and mentor.
- Members' Nights - These are nights when you can come along and do your own thing. You can just paint or set up a still life and paint individually or as a group. You can paint a portrait with members taking turns to be the sitter. You can just have a social chat if that is what you want. These nights are free but you'll need to bring your own supper including tea or coffee.
- Critiques - perhaps the most useful and educational of all our gatherings. An experienced artist usually leads these activities, suggesting ways to improve the paintings that are presented to him or her for an assessment. Of course there is no compulsion for any artist to follow these suggestions, but even just watching and listening can help a new artist to see where problems occur and find ways to improve the paintings.
- Classes - some groups provide classes for their members while others provide opportunities for members to learn from more experienced artists but outside a class format.
- Demonstrations - Most groups provide Demonstration times with well known experienced artists, sculptors, photographers or other visual arts practitioners. These times are very popular with artists who are always keen to see what others are doing and to learn from them. Be early for a good seat!
On Swap Night, members bring along a painting of their own, to swap with another member. Paintings are small, eg 8 inches by 10 inches, framed or unframed.The painting is given a number and each member is issued a separate number. Tickets are drawn out of a hat so no-one knows whose painting they will get to take home. You may receive the work of a highly esteemed artist!