Thursday 20 December 2018

The Hangar Schedule during Xmas and New Year 2019

Nelly, Marina, Marie and Pim are giving their last classes of 2018 - Pim will give his last Acrylics this Saturday morning (22 December)... Then it will be Christmas and New Year

Pim will not teach on Monday 24 December and Monday 31 December
(His other classes will take place as usual)
Nelly starts again 8 January
Marina starts again 14 January
Marie starts again on 10 January

There will be an Atelier Expression Artistique (as well as the New Year's Receptionon Sunday 13 January. Theme: "mes souhaits pour la nouvelle annĂ©e"
You will receive the regular updates in time... But for now...

Enjoy your Break!

The Hangar Board & Teachers wish you a wonderful, interesting and creative New Year!!

Saturday 8 December 2018

Multimedia workshop with Benjamin - DAY4

The topic for day 4 was stencils. And let me start out by presenting the winner (at least in my opinion) - Agnieszka. Her finished work was so dainty - and look how beautiful when framed. Well done Agnieska !!!

We were introduced to several ways to do stenciling. The first - geometric stencils. Benjamin did a demo where he started out working on a cheap canvas board. He covered the front (that is the canvas side) with masking tape. He uses the blue type which is for painters. As you can see at the top - he has drawn his design on to the tape and then he has cut out a geometric pattern.

Benjamin decided on yellow and red with orange as the colour between. On a palette he first mixed his red paint - adding a good amount of acrylic gloss and a small amount of retarder (a retarder is a substance used to slow the drying time). With a sponge roller he put the colour on a little more than a third of the pattern.(Not exactly a third - because it needs to extend in to the next colour).  

He then did the same with the yellow - starting from the opposite side. Finally he added orange in to the middle layer so thata it blended both with the yellow and the red.

Then this was left to dry. When dry - the blue masking tape was peeled off revealing the painted pattern.

On the web site: pinterest there are many example of art made with masking tape. Just take a look: PINTEREST

The second method for stenciling was to look through old magazines to find an interesting photo or picture. Benjamin had found a little superman figure in a magazine. He tore at the page and reinforced the back of the figure with blue masking tape. He the proceeded to cut out the little superman figure - very precisely. He then had a cutout figure to use in some other project and a superman stencil. He took the stencil page and attatched it to the background with masking tape (the same backgrounds that were made in the DAY 3 workshop). Final step was to use acrylic spray paint.

Below is the result after removing the stencil.

The final method that was discussed today was using a freehand drawing. Benjamin discussed several ways to design the subject. Here is the stencil he made showing a glass of water. ALl the colour is because he has used the stencil many times. To produce this he made a drawing with to two nuances - black for shade and white for light. He then cut out the dark bits - because those would be filled with colour.

And the result

So now it was up to the group to try. Once lesson quickly learnt - its never as easy as it looks when the teacher is doing it. First out a freehand drawing of a bottle made in to a stencil (this is the stencil after use)

And the result when put on to paper

Here is an ancient egyption that has beeen cut out of a magazine (and then glued on to the paper on the right)

And another masterpiece by Agnieska on last weeks backgrounds

These have been produced on last weeks backgrounds using a stencil made from a freehand drawing.

And finally Agnieskas work

and here is the stencil she made using palette paper

The group has now learned a lot of techniques to make backgrounds and to compose artwork - so now its up to the participants to use their creativity to put it all together.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Workshop Art and Sensations - next Sunday - 9 December

 - a new Workshop by Francesca, on Sunday 9 December

This workshop will allow you to express your inner creativity by establishing a better quality of contact with your physical sensation.
Through painting and drawings, you will describe visually your perceptions of the physical sensations you have experienced.
Contact with sensativity is a strong instrument which opens greater possibilities for attaining the present moment feeling, for an increasing one's energy and for increasing one's level of attention.

Materials will be provided.

Registration is required by telephone or email.

Hours: 9: 30-12: 30
Place: Le Hangar - Arts Center - 310 chemin du Ranch - Chateauneuf de Grasse

price: 35 euro

Tel. 0787693950
email :

Monday 3 December 2018

Zentangle - an experiment in watercolours

 Michele C

Most of youu are doing it, or have done it: 'doodle'! While you are on the phone, in a meeting, having a lecture - you make simple little drawings. A very 'right half of the brain' thing, very personal and often looking surprisingly good. That doodling now has a name and a lot of official websites, classes, youtube channels and blogs!! It's called 'Zentangle': Creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 
The Aquarellistas gave it their own swing: we start on a base of colour. As you can see we love doing it - and we love the results, they are so original!  It is a good thing to do when you are fed up with copying from photo's or other paintings, but don't exactly know what to do instead....

NB: if you want so see the lines and patterns in their full glory - click on the picture to make it bigger!

 Vanessa created 3 Christmas cards, the first a delightful one with zentangle baubles

Judith finished her fantastic version. It is inspiring to look at it -you keep discovering new stuff!

Katherine did an absolutely awesome job on her first zentangle set! Not finished yet, more later!

This amazing work is done by Ilse- in the real zentangle, the green is darker and more varied, but it works even without that...

Celina's zentangle feather is so delicate and dreamy... Could be a successful series...

Marie-Claire has filled her Zentangle in a much more open way. Very original, it is as if the objects float. Next one with an even thinner fineliner!

Diana's wonderful Zentangle with such interesting patterns... love it.

Saturday 1 December 2018

Multimedia workshop with Benjamin - DAY 2

Benjamin Baccarani is doing a 4-day workshop at the Hangar. 17th November was the second day.

Benjamin started with a demo of how to do a quick background using few colours. He emphasized the importance of working omn more than piece at a time.

After finishing the background he asked us to look carefully to see what we could distinguish. Could we see shapes - or maybe figures ? As a demo he outlined what he saw in his background.

Below is a quick background - what do you see ? An animal ? People sitting around a table ?

After outlining we were encouraged to fill in the shapes - or paint around them. Below you see 3 very different ways of completing the exercise.