2016 We celebrated 10 years of classes

 

Cakes and Pimms

Cakes and Pimms

The group photo June 2016

The group photo June 2016

the 10th Anniversary Sunday tea party

Kev's Amazing Cheesecake

Kev's Amazing Cheesecake

Created by Kev it took two people to carry it and half of it fed nearly 30 people. It was absolutely delicious and if you want to order one just visit the cafe at Heene and ask for the baked cheesecake

My sponge

My sponge

Roy on photography

Roy on photography

Roses for the tables

Roses for the tables

Gorgeous cupcakes :)

Gorgeous cupcakes :)

The Cheesecake

The Cheesecake

Peacock by Jemima

Peacock by Jemima

This was Jemima's very first painting at the drop in class on Thursdays

Lindsay first painting

Lindsay first painting

at class

Lindsays painting

Lindsays painting

after the 1st class, at home

Old Harry

Old Harry

by Mark who says that he did this in class in 2006

A little note to you all

 

This special tea party in June 2016 was for everyone who has ever come to a class to say a big thank you. I started off in a very small converted garage at the end of Heene Road which was freezing in winter and so windy in summer. In these early days email wasn't really up to scratch and I had to send out invites by post about what was on in class! Nevertheless it gradually grew.

 

We then  moved up the road to Heene Community Centre which was is lovely and warm! 

 

Other courses and Saturday workshops ran in Mill Road and at Angmering and for a number of summers we held our very popular annual art getaway weekends in the countryside near Arundel, until they put the venue up for sale! We also started going out at Christmas for some great Xmas bashes, the record number of 32 for one Xmas bash at the East Preston curry house was great fun. 

 

Other get togethers have included art cinema visits, gallery visits to Pallant House and any excuse to eat cake has always been popular.

 

We continued with numbers growing and declining over the years and had several years showing as a group in the Worthing Open Houses with the lovely Jonathan Nulty in Heene Terrace. We managed to survive through a recession where things became trickier but still classes went on. A number of you have attended from 2006 - which is delightful!

 

Over the years you have all produced a staggering amount of art, shown each week on the website (this is the 3rd website now). You have entered competitions off your own back, won some prizes and some have even gone on to do a degree in art.

 

For my part you have all given me so much. When I completed my teacher training at Northbrook College I then went and worked at various colleges, Northbrook, the London College of Fashion as well as teaching Skyblue classes (formerly known as Brooks Studios) Over the years I have gained the most experience with Skyblue, researching many techniques and practical approaches of how to apply paint and to how to refine techniques so that people can enjoy drawing as much as I do. We have all worked out a lot of creative things together. 

 

Teaching has also given me a  much needed 'sense of community'. Being an artist can be a solitary profession and during harder times my classes have kept me going body and soul and enabled me to develop as an artist too. Most of all your enthusiasm and willingness to give things a go has been inspirational. So 10 years on I still love teaching for all of these reasons and love getting on my bike and cycling every Thursday to see you all.

 

It is here we celebrate :)

 

Thank you all so much, 

 

x Jane

www.janedenman.com

 

 

 

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Skyblue Art Classes, affordable art classes for adults in the Worthing and Angmering area of West Sussex, U.K

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Tel: 01903 856999 ask for Jane

Teaching Locations: Heene Community Centre Worthing Sussex UK