The official website of the premier Derbyshire Art Club.
Who we are?
We are a group of enthusiastic artists, amateurs, improvers beginners and professional all believing in the common goal , the love of art and the willingness to share it!
What we do?
Life and portrait drawing have long been the basic skills which artists aim to refine, so it is not surprising that they provide the backbone of our club’s activities. Live models are provided at all life and portrait sessions. Members draw or paint at their own pace using their own media. Both male and female models are employed by the club . The club does not provide tuition, but watching others draw and chatting to them during the break can be very helpful. If you have never drawn from life or portrait models, remember, we all had to begin sometime.
Still life drawing and painting is another activity which artists down the ages have undertaken. On the club’s still life evenings, varied objects are displayed from which members arrange their own compositions on the page or canvas. Still life evenings tend to be relaxed and provide good opportunities to meet other club members. On these occasions some prefer to bring in and continue with their work in progress.
The demonstrations included in the annual calendar are very popular. Usually, well known local artists are invited to talk about their work and demonstrate their techniques. On occasions, one of our own club members volunteers to lead a session. For some, demonstrations are the most satisfying aspect of club
Workshops, which take place on Sundays, are occasionally arranged in which a working artist provides practical tuition in some aspect of art. Those taking part often take home a finished piece of art work. Again, these sessions are very popular.
Some people join the club merely to take part in our annual exhibitions. In recent years we have exhibited in the Guild Hall and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery Hundreds of people visit our exhibitions and exhibits can be offered for sale
Who can join?
Anyone interested in art is welcome to join Derby Sketching Club. No particular skill level is required. People say that it is a friendly club and there is certainly no division into those who excel in their craft and those just starting out. All that is needed is enthusiasm and a desire to improve.
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