contrary to the nursery rhyme, we hope the rain doesn't go away just yet...
For the first time in what feels like months, we've woken up to rain here at court robert arts and we're pretty excited about it. if you've visited court robert arts recently, you'll know our garden is looking a little worse for wear, and extremely thirsty. although christine has tried her best to keep the plants hydrated, the heatwave was battling against us, it has proved near impossible. we probably won't be seeing any more flowers in the garden this year, but some flowers in the courtyard are still in bloom and looking glorious thanks to christine and her watering system.
we doubt we'll be having many visitors today, and we hope the rain will have subsided by tomorrow for our first and only saturday open day in august! we hope to be welcoming many of you to discuss art courses, our teaching spaces and to explore our sculpture exhibits!
Check out the photo of the cows in the field behind court robert arts, they seem to be enjoying the rain too.
we currently have 32 of christine's sculptures on order (eeee!), so we thought we'd give you a little insight into how our iron and bronze resin sculptures are manufactured.
firstly christine, isobel or liam prepare the mould. this includes repairing any tears with a silicone mix. Next they rub on the iron or bronze resin, using toothbrushes. this is made using a iron or bronze powder mixed with resin to make a paste.
after the iron or bronze resin paste has completely coated the inside of the mould, it is placed into its outer fibreglass casing. The casing is held together using bolts and wing-nuts. once fixed together, the interior of the sculpture is poured into the mould in a liquid resin form. the liquid contains resin, and two different types of aggregate (sand).
Normally, after around three hours the sculpture is set and cool enough to remove from its casing. The sculpture is quality checked, and any visible casing split lines are filed and filled.
The bronze sculptures are then finished with a patina and left to dry. The iron resin sculptures are brushed, and dipped into an acid bath, that creates a rusted finish.
on friday 3rd august, we had our second open day. the purpose of the oen day is to allow prospective students to meet our tutors, visit the studio and talk to us about the courses we have available. the sculpture exhibitions are also open for viewing. What a turnout we had!
we also had an open day the previous friday, 27th july. For last friday's open day, we more than doubled our visitors!
disappointted you missed the previous open days? we have one upcoming this saturday 11th august. as usual, our tutors will be around, you can visit the sculpture exhibitions and teaching space and grab a prospectus. tea, coffee and homemade cake will also be available.
it's 10am and we've already welcomed the first visitor to our second open day!
our open days are a chance for prospective students to speak to our course tutors, enjoy christine's lovely homemade cakes and explore our sculpture exhibitions.
We've recently opened our art gallery and introduced new exhibitors into both our indoor and outdoor exhibitions. it's well worth a visit.
if you can't make our open day today, we'll also be holding two more this month. Saturday 11th august and friday 17th august, we hope to be seeing you then!
Christine, isobel and liam are busy in the studio today making hares for galleries, shows and orders. (there's currently 18 on order!!)
did you know the collective noun for a group of hares is a "drove".
Have a look at Christine's drove of hares in production below.
what a week! we finished the art gallery in time for our open day, had a record of 7 students attend our creative clay class and our 'portrait in oils workshop' on saturday 18th august is officially fully booked! and we're feeling pretty pleased.
we're still receiving enquiries about the portrait class so alex has decided to run exactly the same class the following saturday, 25th august. if this is something you're interested in follow the link! https://courtrobert.weebly.com/store/p366/Portrait_in_oils_workshop.html
as you may have seen advertised, we had an open day today! we've had several people join us for it, and christine's cake proved very popular. everybody enjoyed walking around the sculpture garden and art gallery.
we're now excited for the other open days we have planned, with even more cake! join us to see our teaching space, speak to alex and christine about our art courses, and maybe even stroll around our sculpture garden.
a few weeks ago we posted a job advert for a graduate mould-makin/casting assistant, and the role has now been filled! isobel started with us last friday, and she's absolutely loving being mentored by christine. she's already learnt how to make several different sculptures, including christine's popular hares.
today, isobel took christine's creative clay class as she has her own ceramics business. the students are loving learning how to make coil pots correctly. check out the short video below to see how it's done!
Saturday saw seven students attend alex's turner watercolour workshop. after all arriving promtply, it was straight into alex's talk and demonstration. they even watched a short clip from the film 'turner', starring timothy spall.
alex guided students through every step, from the initial first wash of colour, to applying the subtle definition of buildings in the venice skyline.
the day was then filled with colour, determination and laughter. every student thoroughly enjoyed their day, most have now booked onto alex's other courses in the coming weeks! make sure you check our class schedule to see if anything takes your fancy.
see the photo's below from the fun and inspirational day.
Yesterday saw us begin the fun (yet huge) task of rearranging the studio spaces... to make room for the court robert arts art gallery! even pinky and sami wanted to join in.
so far, we've mopped (thanks liam), swept, hoovered and moved a lot of tables. Christine's ceramics storage has moved into the kiln room, alex's teaching area has moved downstairs, and we have the beginnings of the art gallery upstairs.
We're not finished yet, but sign up to our newsletter to find out when we are and when the official opening is.
Christine Baxter and Alex Brown are the artists in residence here at Court Robert Arts. From everyday goings-on to new pieces of work, its all here. Alex is a painter and Christine a sculptor.