The Group was set up by Margaret Page in October, 2002. The idea was to provide a local facility giving encouragement to anyone interested in starting, or enhancing their art skills.
Margaret, although not a qualified teacher, is a successful local artist in her own right, and has learnt various techniques by attending numerous courses with such artists as Ian King (Anglia TV series), Michael Chaplin (from Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge), Hazel Soan (Anglia TV series) and Anthony Osler, the marine artist.
Margaret provides guidance, ideas, enthusiasm and great encouragement to those attending.
Work is mainly in watercolours with a very wide variety of subjects covered, including landscapes, seascapes, buildings and gardens. Some members do their own thing and prepare paintings for
future exhibitions. Several members have since exhibited and sold their work at local exhibitions.
The Group has a core of 16 members (there is a waiting list). It meets in Barking Village Hall on Monday afternoons, from 2pm - 4pm from September to Easter.
Fees are currently £2 per session per member.
For further details, contact:
Margaret Page, The Blackbirds, The Tye, Barking, IP6 8HU.
Telephone: 01473 658397
The Art group enjoyed an afternoon at Mulletts Farm, Buxhall. Despite the unkind weather and for many of the group it was their first experience of painting 'on location'. All enjoyed the chance to do this and the group thanks John Biles, a group member, for his invitation to visit his farm.