December 2020



Zoom Art Demonstration by Janet Forry

Thursday 10th December at 2pm


Thank you to everyone who took part in the Zoom demo. It was a first for the club and judging by the feedback we have received, it was a great success. People said they really appreciated the close up view of the painting as it progressed as well as being able to interact with one another. It was great seeing everyone again. Thank you to Janet for all her hard work in setting up and providing such an enjoyable demonstration.


Let`s go to Vienna!


Today is a big day for the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna as it opens its doors after lockdown. The museum has a fine collection of arts and crafts including paintings, Flemish and Italian lacework, decorative chairs, Bohemian and Venetian glass and cartoons by Gustav Klimt.

Vienna is famous for the works of Klimt. Many of these works are exhibited in the Belvedere Museum but you can see a selection and an illustrated talk below. There's also information about Kilmt's acclaimed Beethoven frieze.


To go into the museum, click on the virtual tour link here;

Gustav Klimt ( 1862 - 1918)


Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna and as a student, studied architectural painting at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.   He began his career painting interior murals and ceilings in public buildings. These were much admired and led to his receiving the Golden Order of Merit from Frank Josef 1 of Austria for his contribution to the Burgtheater in Vienna. He also painted on canvas and won critical acclaim in the use of gold technique and Byzantine imagery in his art work.



View some of Klimt's paintings




View some of Klimt's paintings



To see the presentation, click here.


Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt in Succession Building, Vienna


This was a frieze by Klimt to celebrate the work of the composer, Beethoven. It stands 6ft high and 112 ft long. Here is an interesting articke about how the painting was executed and the materials used.


Tom Hovey, the artist illustrating the bakes for the Great British Bake Off 



Do you watch the Great British Bake Off? Most of the ideas are painted in advance so you can see what the outcome should be. Here, the artist, Tom Hovey explains how it's done and gives us some info on his life.



To find these answers and to tackle more questions, click here.

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