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  • Art on the Water - Milton Keynes

    Small group art sessions aboard Milton Keynes Community Boat, Electra Sat 8th June 10am - Sketchbook Canada Goose (2 spaces) Sat 22nd June 10am - Sketchbook Kingfisher SOLD OUT Sat 27th July 10am - Sketchbook Mallards SOLD OUT Sketchbook - During this gentle two and a half hour return cruise on the canal between Campbell Wharf and Great Linford Wharf. Liddy will teach how to make effective use of composition, to put together a creative layout across a few sketchbook pages and how to observe and work in response to the environment you're in by creating artwork on location, before starting on a watercolour painting. We'll provide materials and a sketchbook for you to keep too. About our art activities. You'll be guided by our very friendly, and knowledgeable art tutor, Liddy. You are free to take as much guidance as you like, but we certainly won't restrict your creative flair. As always our style is relaxed and enjoyable and open to all abilities Our events are recommended for anyone over the age of 14. However, please advise in the booking notes us if you are booking for anyone under the age of 18 as each venue has different licensing rules. (please arrive 15 minutes before departure time) Liddy is the creative force and main tutor with Something Less Boring. She is a degree qualified Illustrator and also a qualified teacher. Liddy taught art for over 10 years at secondary school level before leaving to found Something Less Boring in 2017 with the aim of bringing art and sport to all ages

  • Private Art Party at Brewpoint

    Small group private art party at Brewpoint in Bedford

  • Paint Like...Matisse

    Henri Matisse was a French artist, leader of the Fauve group, regarded as one of the great formative figures in 20th-century art, a master of the use of colour and form to convey emotional expression. In this online session we'll attempt to paint one of his works, gently guided by Liddy Sat 27th April 3pm - Open Window, Etretat Sat 13th July 3pm - Still Life with Green Sideboard What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible Acrylic paints in primary colours (watercolour and poster paints can be used too, please let Liddy know in the meeting if you want guidance for these) Brush examples (but not definitive) Flat Brush (1/2 inch or larger), Round Brush (No2 and No4 and No8) Canvas or Canvas Board or Cardboard (prepared with white paint) in terms of size, the choice is yours, but as a guide A4 paper size or bigger You'll need a pot of water, a cloth and a smile!

  • In the Style Of...Maud Lewis

    Drawing on the styles and techniques of some very well known artists you will be guided through this session to create and original in the style of the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis We will look at examples of the artist's work to gain an understanding of the characteristics and traits of their work and how we might carry that forward and use similar methods in our own work What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible Acrylic: Acrylic Paint - Primary Colours plus black and white (we will guide for colour mixing) Brushes - As a basic rule you will just need a range three or four different sized brushes, small, medium and large Brush examples (but not definitive) Flat Brush (1/2 inch or larger), Round Brush (No2 and No4 and No8) Canvas or Canvas Board or Cardboard (prepared with white paint) in terms of size, the choice is yours, but as a guide A4 paper size or bigger ​

  • Walking Football - Milton Keynes

    A relaxed, fun, social game preceded by a short warm up session. Everyone has to walk (walking is defined as always having one foot in contact with the ground) , the ball can't go over head height and we play 5,6 and 7 aside. It's supposed to be non contact...and most of the time it is! We are affiliated to Newport Pagnell FC, but during the dark evenings we play at St Paul's School, returning to the grass at Willen Road in May The WFA say: Walking Football is a unique small-sided ball game created by John Croot in 2011. It’s similar in some respects to Association Football and this is what makes it such a great sport. When playing the sport, all of the skills you have learned will come flooding back. Memories will come back too because the game is familiar. It’s the game you love and remember but played in a new way.

  • Paint Like...Turner

    Turner is perhaps the best-loved English Romantic artist. He became known as 'the painter of light', because of his increasing interest in brilliant colours as the main constituent in his landscapes and seascapes. His works include water colours, oils and engravings. Turner was born near Covent Garden in London and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1789. His earliest works form part of the 18th-century topographical tradition. He was soon inspired by 17th-century Dutch artists such as Willem van der Velde, and by the Italianate landscapes of Claude and Richard Wilson. Sat 27th July 3pm - Lobsters on the Beach (Study for Unidentified Vignettes:) In this gently guided session we'll try out some of the techniques that the great artists used to define their unique styles. We'll aim to replicate one of their classic works. We may choose a whole painting or a section to complete and you will enjoy an evening creating something similar to a great master! What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible ​ Acrylic Sessions (such as Paint Like...): Acrylic Paint - Primary Colours plus black and white (we will guide for colour mixing) Brushes - As a basic rule you will just need a range three or four different sized brushes, small, medium and large Brush examples (but not definitive) Flat Brush (1/2 inch or larger), Round Brush (No2 and No4 and No8) Canvas or Canvas Board or Cardboard (prepared with white paint) in terms of size, the choice is yours, but as a guide A4 paper size or bigger ​ Watercolour: Watercolour set that includes primary colours with black and white A range of brushes as above Watercolour paper or a thicker paper (to absorb the paint) ​ For both: You'll need a pot of water, a cloth and a smile!

  • Remote Art Club - Emberton

    Join Liddy to create Emberton. a watercolour based on her photograph of the Grebe Lake in Emberton Country Park What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible For Watercolour sessions: Watercolour set/paints that includes primary colours with black and white A range of brushes as above Optional - a black drawing pen Watercolour paper or a thicker paper (to absorb the paint) For Acrylic sessions: Acrylic paints that include primary colours plus black and white A selection of three brushes – flat brush, medium round brush and a detail brush will suffice Canvas, canvas board or cardboard (primed with white paint) We usually work to approximately A4 size, but feel free to use whatever is your preference You’ll also need a pot(s) of water and a cloth or kitchen towel If you’d like to paint in a different medium than the session is advertised as, please mention to Liddy at the start of the Zoom meeting and she will provide the additional guidance About the tutor: Liddy is the creative force and main tutor with Something Less Boring. She is a qualified Illustrator and also a qualified teacher. After attaining her university degree in Illustration in 2005, Liddy then taught art for over 10 years at secondary school level before leaving to found Something Less Boring in 2017 with the aim of bringing art and sport to all ages regardless of ability in a fun, creative and inclusive way. Since April 2020 we estimate that she has taught close to 500 online art sessions In her own words: "From as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about being an artist and illustrator. My passion has always been for art and I have always enjoyed being creative. Some of my fondest childhood memories are those spent with my siblings creating stories, drawing illustrations and making books. I guess it was from here that a profound love for all things creative was born and nurtured."

  • Remote Art Club - In the Rain

    Join Liddy online to paint "In the Rain" What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible Watercolour paints to include primary colours plus black and white A small selection of brushes to include a detail brush Watercolour paper A pot of water Cloth (if you want to join us with acrylics, please feel free, just mention it to Liddy at the beginning of the meeting so she can help with additional guidance) ​ About the tutor: Liddy is the creative force and main tutor with Something Less Boring. She is a qualified Illustrator and also a qualified teacher. Liddy taught art for over 10 years at secondary school level before leaving to found Something Less Boring in 2017 with the aim of bringing art and sport to all ages regardless of ability in a fun, creative and inclusive way. Since April 2020 we estimate that Liddy has taught close to 500 online art sessions In her own words: "From as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about being an artist and illustrator. My passion has always been for art and I have always enjoyed being creative. Some of my fondest childhood memories are those spent with my siblings creating stories, drawing illustrations and making books. I guess it was from here that a profound love for all things creative was born and nurtured."

  • Remote Art Club - The Zebra

    Join Liddy to paint The Zebra in watercolour What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible Watercolour paints to include the primary colours, plus black and white A pencil and eraser A small selection of brushes - two round brushes medium and large and one detail brush A white wax crayon Watercolour paper You'll also need a pot of water, a cloth and a smile! For Acrylic sessions: Acrylic paints that include primary colours plus black and white A selection of three brushes – flat brush, medium round brush and a detail brush will suffice Canvas, canvas board or cardboard (primed with white paint) We usually work to approximately A4 size, but feel free to use whatever is your preference You’ll also need a pot(s) of water and a cloth or kitchen towel If you’d like to paint in a different medium than the session is advertised as, please mention to Liddy at the start of the Zoom meeting and she will provide the additional guidance About the tutor: Liddy is the creative force and main tutor with Something Less Boring. She is a qualified Illustrator and also a qualified teacher. After attaining her university degree in Illustration in 2005, Liddy then taught art for over 10 years at secondary school level before leaving to found Something Less Boring in 2017 with the aim of bringing art and sport to all ages regardless of ability in a fun, creative and inclusive way. Since April 2020 we estimate that she has taught close to 500 online art sessions In her own words: "From as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about being an artist and illustrator. My passion has always been for art and I have always enjoyed being creative. Some of my fondest childhood memories are those spent with my siblings creating stories, drawing illustrations and making books. I guess it was from here that a profound love for all things creative was born and nurtured."

  • Remote Art Club - Dabbling Ducks

    Join Liddy to paint the delightful Dabbling Ducks in watercolour in the comfort of your own home, Gently guided by Liddy, you'll need watercolour paper, watercolour paints in primary colours plus black and white and a selection of brushes including a detail brush. Liddy is the creative force and main tutor with Something Less Boring. She is a qualified Illustrator and also a qualified teacher. Liddy taught art for over 10 years at secondary school level before leaving to found Something Less Boring in 2017 with the aim of bringing art and sport to all ages regardless of ability in a fun, creative and inclusive way. Since April 2020 we estimate that Liddy has taught close to 500 online art sessions In her own words: "From as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about being an artist and illustrator. My passion has always been for art and I have always enjoyed being creative. Some of my fondest childhood memories are those spent with my siblings creating stories, drawing illustrations and making books. I guess it was from here that a profound love for all things creative was born and nurtured."

  • Paint Like...Mondrian

    Piet Mondrian was a Dutch artist famous for his iconic Composition series of grid paintings composed of black lines, white grounds, and primary colors. In Broadway Boogie-Woogie (1942–1943), Mondrian represented New York’s streets as a series of squares and lines in an attempt to capture the rhythmic vitality of the city. However, true to SLB form we have decided to look at his lovely floral paintings Sat 20th June 3pm - Still Life with Sunflower 1907 In this gently guided session we'll try out some of the techniques that the great artists used to define their unique styles. We'll aim to replicate one of their classic works. We may choose a whole painting or a section to complete and you will enjoy an evening creating something similar to a great master! What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible ​ Acrylic Sessions (such as Paint Like...): Acrylic Paint - Primary Colours plus black and white (we will guide for colour mixing) Brushes - As a basic rule you will just need a range three or four different sized brushes, small, medium and large Brush examples (but not definitive) Flat Brush (1/2 inch or larger), Round Brush (No2 and No4 and No8) Canvas or Canvas Board or Cardboard (prepared with white paint) in terms of size, the choice is yours, but as a guide A4 paper size or bigger ​ Watercolour: Watercolour set that includes primary colours with black and white A range of brushes as above Watercolour paper or a thicker paper (to absorb the paint) ​ For both: You'll need a pot of water, a cloth and a smile!

  • Paint Like...Hopper

    Edward Hopper defined 20th-century realism with austere, eerie scenes that convey the isolation of modern life. He infused his paintings of spare architecture, desolate interiors, coastal views, and cityscapes with an appreciation of light and shade that contributes to a significant sense of alienation (artsy.net) In this gently guided session we'll try out some of the techniques that the great artists used to define their unique styles. We'll aim to replicate one of their classic works. We may choose a whole painting or a section to complete and you will enjoy an evening creating something similar to a great master! Sat 9th March 3pm - Gloucester Beach, Bass Rocks Sat 26th May 7pm - Coastguard Cove What do I need? We try to keep the requirements very simple to ensure the sessions are as accessible as possible ​ Acrylic Sessions (such as Paint Like...): Acrylic Paint - Primary Colours plus black and white (we will guide for colour mixing) Brushes - As a basic rule you will just need a range three or four different sized brushes, small, medium and large Brush examples (but not definitive) Flat Brush (1/2 inch or larger), Round Brush (No2 and No4 and No8) Canvas or Canvas Board or Cardboard (prepared with white paint) in terms of size, the choice is yours, but as a guide A4 paper size or bigger ​ Watercolour: Watercolour set that includes primary colours with black and white A range of brushes as above Watercolour paper or a thicker paper (to absorb the paint) ​ For both: You'll need a pot of water, a cloth and a smile! Tutor - Liddy graduated from Derby University in 2005 after gaining a BA Hons Degree in Illustration. She completed her PGCE before embarking on a 10 year secondary school art teaching career in Bedfordshire and Buckinghmshire. She is currently undetaking a course in the History of Art. Liddy left teaching to start her own business Something Less Boring in 2017 to bring art and sport to a wider audience Liddy lives in Buckinghamshire delivering art and creative drawing workshops aswell as relaxing Sip & Paint evenings. She also produces contemporary abstract art and papercut work, undertaking commissions too.

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