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Visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Members are invited to the group visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on Wednesday, 14the August. The Ashmolean Museum has on display some of the most incredible art objects in the world such as the Alfred Jewel, Guy Fawkes’ lantern, Egyptian mummy, Raphael’s drawings, Japanese and Chinese objects, Islamic art… Please visit the website for more details.

Please see further details below:

Train from Droitwich at 9.30am arrives at Shrub Hill 9.38.

Train to Oxford leaves 10.14 arriving at 11.29am. 

Some may prefer to drive to Shrub Hill.

With a rail card off peak return is £12.60 and anytime return £13.75. Without a rail card it is  £19.10 or £20.80

Admission to the museum is free!

A rooftop restaurant needs to be booked tel.01865 553823
Food buffet style downstairs is very good too and no booking necessary.
There is also the Morse cocktail bar over the road at the Randolph!

 

Art activities in February

Though February is the shortest month, it is a lot of things going on at the moment. The exhibitions in Park’s Cafe are always very popular and this month we can see two artists. Roger Ricketts opened his exhibition in January and the paintings for this exhibition are mostly dedicated to Love and Valentine’s Day. Roger’s paintings are made in mixed media and resin and they attracted a lot of interest. 

From 19th February, Park’s Cafe will host the exhibition of Rosie Philpott’s artworks. Her watercolour and ink illustrations of wonky Droitwich with many of the town’s important spots (canal, Vines Park, Dodderhill Church…) are well recognisable. 

Rosie Philpott

Hanbury Hall award winners’ announcements and photography workshop with Rhys Jones

The DAN meeting on 7th November was held at Spectrum Days, Old Coach Road. Helen opened the meeting by congratulating the artists with the most votes by visitors to the Hanbury Hall Exhibition. 

Adult votes:

1st Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”

2nd  Graham Wilson for “Your Delivery Has Been Dispatched”

Joint 3rd Julia Rollit for “Breaking Calm” and  Lyn Davies for “Bright Harbour”

Children’s votes: 1st Tina Watkins for “Hare”,  2nd Tracey Whittam for “Toby”, and 3rd Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”.

Congratulations to all winners! 

Total sales at the exhibition were £400 higher than last year. It will take a few weeks for artists to receive their money as we need to reconcile our sales records and recover the value of debit and credit card sales from the National Trust.

Rhys Jones then gave a talk entitled “Shooting People, with your camera”. The first topic was Composition, and suggested that knowing the reason for taking a photo helps with the “framing”. Portraits do not need to be in portrait format; landscape and square are interesting alternatives. Rhys emphasised that the eyes are usually the most important part of a portrait and must be in focus.

The second topic was Light. Rhys talked about different sources of light and the positioning of people in light and shade, avoiding harsh sunlight. He also outlined ways to make the best use of flash, and when to avoid using it.

Photo took by Rhys Jones during his workshop using the studio lights

The third topic covered the different types of camera, and how taking control of camera settings can improve the quality and impact of your photos.

We then had the opportunity to take photos of each other using two portable studio lights.
For those interested in the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO, more useful information can be seen at  https://www.slrlounge.com/iso-aperture-shutter-speed-a-cheat-sheet-for-beginners/