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    05/04/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    April Blog:- Pencil study of a Tulip

    Good Morning,

    I hope you've had and are having a wonderful Easter break.

    As we slowly return to some form of normality my blogs that include an activity will be the first Monday in every month.

    I am, however, going to run a weekly blog giving news about workshops, exhibitions & open days etc.

    The weekly blogs are also going to include tips on drawing, painting materials and techniques.

    Please share the blog and let me know how you get on.

    Amina x

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    22/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 13:- Matisse - Oil Pastel Study

    Good Morning,

    It's week 13 of the blog!!!! I can't believe how quickly time has gone.

    As lockdown eases, the weekly blog is reverting back to a monthly blog, the first Monday in the month.

    The next blog is Monday 5th April.

    Workshops start up from the week beginning Monday 12th April and Wednesday Art Club starts on the 21st April.

    All the information is on the adult workshop page and Art Club page.

    This week's blog is making a colour study in oil pastels of Matisse's 'Still Life with a Magnolia'. 

    Oil pastels are great for blending and using on larger pieces, the colours are vibrant and they give a stunning end result.

    Enjoy the session, please share the blog, and, if you would like to share your results with me drop me an email.

    Have a great week,

    Amina & Murphy xx

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    15/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 12 :- Optical Illusion

    Good Morning,

    Hope you are well on this beautiful sunny March morning. The blossoms are blooming, daffodils are everywhere, days are drawing out... I love spring.

    However, after that build up, this week's blog has nothing to do with spring.

    I've always loved the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, both Op Artists , they had a considerable impact on the world of textiles & design.

    Op Art is a style of abstract painting which flourished in the 1950's & 1960's, it explored the effects of optical illusions.

    I digress... enjoy the session, it's inspired by Op Art.

    Workshops:-

    Workshops are up and running from 12th April, if you go to 'adult workshop' page and have a browse. Call or email for bookings.

    Art Club:-

    Art Club starts on Wednesday 21st April, 10 am - noon. Bring your own projects & materials. I'm on  hand for guidance, advice and to ply you with tea, coffee & biscuits.

    Murphy is on hand for cuddles. First session is only £10.00 ( only £12.00 after that).



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    08/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 10:- Paint & Doodle 4 Good Mental Health

    Good Morning,

    This week's blog has a really relaxing art activity which is excellent for good mental health.

    So, if you want to lose yourself for 30 minutes, or longer, give it a go.

    Not long now before you can 'lose' yourself in a workshop in the studio/ gallery.

    Go to the 'Adult Workshops' page and have a browse, there are new workshops available. 

    Also, Art Club every Wednesday morning 10 am - 12 noon, go to 'Art Club' page for more information.

    Have a great week, it's lighter in the mornings and evenings and, how beautiful are the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils?

    Amina & Murphy xx


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    01/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 9: colour mixing ( Abstract Trees)

    Good Morning,

    Happy St David's Day, happy 1st March.

    I hope all is well in your world & you're looking forward to the easing of restrictions.

    I have updated my workshops on 'Adult workshops' page. Why not have a browse, something may just take your fancy. There are some new additions to the workshops. 

    From Wednesday April 21st, why not come along to Art Club from 10 am - midday to work on your own pieces. Bring your own projects & materials, help, advice, tea/coffee & biscuits are provided all for £12.00. Spaces are limited to 6 at the moment, booking is essential.

    This weeks blog is on colour mixing ( Abstract Trees). A great skill to master and practice.

    Please share the blog and let me know how you get on with the activity. It can be adapted to different abilities.

    Enjoy the session. 


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  • drawing feather forms drawing skills colouring pencils sketching observational drawing art skills kids families therapy wellbeing mindfulness peacock feathers
    21/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 8:- pencil study of a feather

    Good morning,

    How are you in this last week of February.

    March is around the corner, warmer days and more daylight hours... not that I'm wishing my life away!!

    This week's blog is a drawing activity.

    I love peacock feathers and, although they look complex to draw, they're not.

    Follow today's technique and before you know it you'll have your own unique drawing of a peacock feather.

    Enjoy the activity, please share the blog.

    Have a great week, next week... March1st!!!

    Amina & Murphy x

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    15/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 7:- Colour Matching - Monet's Water lilies

    Good Morning,

    Hope all is well in your world on this mild February morning. It's positively balmy compared to the snow and freezing conditions last week. Not warm enough for shorts yet unless you're a post person.

    I'm hoping to confirm workshop dates as soon as Boris sets out his plan to get us out of lockdown. Can't wait!!

    In the mean time this week's art activity is colour matching using mixed media, Monet's water lilies.

    Enjoy the session, let me know how you get on and please share the link.

    Amina & Murphy x

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    08/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 6:- watercolour heart wreath

    Good Morning,

    It's a winter wonderland outside my gallery windows today. Very picturesque, I'll have to dig out my snow boots for my daily walk. Perfect weather to stay in and create a unique art work.

    I hope all is well where you are. This week's activity is influenced by the 14th February. 

    However, it is a great watercolour exercise and it can be whatever you want it to be.

    Enjoy the session and the snow!

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    01/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 5:- Black & White Tones

    Good Morning,

    It's February!!!! Days are slowly getting longer and spring is around the corner... snowdrops are making a grand entrance which warms me to the core.

    I hope you are keeping well and staying positive.

    I'm waiting on Boris to lift the lockdown for workshops to recommence.

    I can't wait, I'm itching to open my gallery/studio doors. Murphy is missing your lap to sit on and lots of fuss. 

    However, to keep your creativity flowing this week's activity is painting in black and white tones.

    Tone describes the relative lightness or darkness of an area of colour.

    It can be easily understood when it deals with black, white and grey.

    Enjoy the session, if you would like to 'show and tell' I would love to see your outcomes.

    More next week. 

    Have a fun filled, sparkly week.

    Amina & Murphy xx


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    25/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 4:- Shades of Green

    Good Morning,

    Happy Burns Night.

    How are you on this sunny day?

    My blog today is inspired the artist Henri Rouseau who painted lots of jungle scenes with lots of plants and trees. He had never been to a jungle but used pictures and  plants in  conservatories and gardens to help him.

    It's also a great exercise in creating as many shades of green by using minimum colours.

    Enjoy the session. Let me know how you get on.

    x


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    18/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 3:- Light and Dark Tones

    Good morning,

    Happy 'Brew Monday', hope you're keeping well on a lovely sunny day.

    This week's art activity is all about how tones can change the mood of a picture.

    This is a continuation of last week's blog... experimenting with tones.


    Workshops:-

    All workshops for this month and February are being postponed till March/ April. I will finish posting/ email new dates soon. Some workshops already have new dates. Check out the page' Adult Workshops'.

    Enjoy the activity, more next week.

    Amina & Murphy x

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    11/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 2:- Experimenting with Tones

    Good Morning,

    During lockdown I'm hoping to publish an art blog every Monday. This will include an art activity which is great for mental health and well being. This week's activity is 'Experimenting with tones'. 

    If you want to message or comment on this blog please do, 

    take care.

    Amina x 

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    04/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Poppy in Black Pen... January's Blog

    Good Morning,

    Happy New Year, I hope you are well and staying positive.

    Due to more COVID restrictions and being in tier 4, I will keep you informed with upcoming workshops.

    If a workshop has to be postponed I will send out different dates when it can go ahead. However, I can refund you the deposit if you don't want a different date. I will try my best to accommodate your wishes.

    The grand opening of the gallery is postponed until we are all free to move around too. The artwork is open virtually on my website for you to view. If you would like to purchase a painting this can be done in monthly deposits, please call or email for details.

    This month's activity is how to draw a poppy in pen. It is suitable for everyone and can be adapted to suit different needs.

    Have a great January... the nights are slowly drawing out, spring isn't far away.

    Amina x


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    02/11/2020 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Pen, ink, water and colouring pencils...November's Blog

    Good Morning,

    A.S.K Art Gallery & Studio

    I was hoping to give you dates and booking details for a private view for my exhibition F.A.B ( Flowers & Butterflies) at my new A.S.K Art gallery and Studio.

    Unfortunately, like most events across the country it's on hold for now until our current situation improves. It just means I have longer to make it a more spectacular and beautiful space for you to come and sit and drink tea/ coffee.... a glass of wine?


    Workshops

    I have new dates on my 'Adult Workshop' page for 2021, so, if you get a chance and want to be inspired in the New Year, why not take a look.


    Gift vouchers

    Why not give a loved one a gift voucher for A.S.K Art & Design, Gallery & Studio, this Christmas ( or birthday). The vouchers can be used for workshops or to buy a painting & and are valid for 12 months.


    Commissions

    Do you have a particular painting, portrait or  drawing you would like to commission, look no further. I can work alongside your desires and wishes and make a bespoke piece of Art just for you.


    Please call or email if you have a question/s about any of the above.



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    05/10/2020 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Drawing Eyes... October's Blog

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to October's Blog.

    My major news is the extension of the studio. The wall has been knocked through, the ceiling plastered and a new roof is now keeping the heat in and the cold out.

    The result is a beautiful bright and airy space.

    We are now in the process of decorating and laying the floor.

    There will be a grand opening ( by appointment only ) at the end of November. More about that next month.

    I have new dates for workshops for December... Christmas extravaganzas, a much more enjoyable way of spending a Saturday than shopping amongst the masked crowds!

    There is still room for the workshops Friday 16th October in 'Watercolour Techniques', and, Saturday 17th October 'Large Dramatic Skies in Oil Pastels'. 

    Call or email me for more information.

    The art activity this month is 'Drawing Eyes', straight forward and little outlay needed.

    Enjoy beautiful October, autumnal leaves, pumpkins, warm knits, wooly hats and open fires.

    Amina & Murphy xx


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