Three Things; Spotlight – Art Dredge Masterclass with Matt Sewell

Art Dredge Masterclass with Matt Sewell

This week we are not spotlighting one of our courses, instead we are blogging about our visit to Fred Aldous in Manchester to take part in the Art Dredge Masterclass with artist, author and illustrator Matt Sewell. The Art Dredge is Arts Council and Lottery funded and began with a section of canal being dredged for junk by volunteers. The junk was then cleaned before being turned into works of art in the Masterclasses.

All the works produced from the Art Dredge will be exhibited at Piccadilly Place in Manchester. The exhibition opens on the 22nd May and is on until the 7th June.

Matt Sewell painting on pallet wood

Matt is a firm favourite at Shore Cottage Studio and the younger members of the team are particularly fanatical about his bird and wildlife illustrations. Here he is painting on pallet wood that has been reclaimed from the canal.

Matt Sewell work in progress Magpie painting on wood
Matt Sewell’s work in progress

And here is Matt’s piece; we love how he has used the existing paint stains and knots and faults in the wood for his birds to perch on. Look at the stripes on the magpie’s legs, lovely!

Heron and kingfisher by Knox Heath
Work in progress from Shore Cottage Studio’s 7 year old artist in residence.

Here are some of the pieces made by Kris and Laura’s talented 7 year old. We are proud of how well he did in a room full of adult artists. How exciting to be an exhibited artist at age seven!

Here is a gallery of images from the day, click one to enlarge and then scroll between the images.



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