25 May 2019 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Iffley Church Hall
Church Way
Penny Tyack
07813 692866


Try your hand at drawing, painting and looking at what makes St Mary’s Church, Iffley, special to you!





Iffley artists Phil Whiting, FRSA and Sally Levell have generously agreed to run a second day-school in drawing at Iffley Church. This is in response to the great success of last year’s inaugural session. The day is intended for amateurs eager to learn and experiment under the guidance of professional artists.

Last year, one spring Saturday, Iffley was full of people quietly looking, with a new concentration and from a new angle, at the ancient church and its even more ancient neighbour, the 1400-year-old yew tree in the churchyard. Everywhere, even under the shadowy boughs of the ancient tree, there were artists on stools intensely capturing their impressions in pencil, charcoal and paint. At the end of the day they bravely exhibited their work in the Church Hall.

Sally and Phil spent the day inspiring and teaching the 16 participants. Both have impressive portfolios. Sally has worked with different techniques and methods but focuses on zinc-plate etching, exhibiting regularly with Oxford Printmakers and the Oxford Art Society. Phil finds that for him painting the landscape is the best way of evoking and excavating memories or hidden truths. He has held 20 solo exhibitions including shows at The European Parliament in Brussels in 2006 and at New College, Oxford in 2009. Both artists are rooted in Iffley and its church. They live in the village and are always to be found prowling round, soaking up the beauty and history of St Mary’s, and inspiring others. Their way of looking, and of expressing what they see, is infectious.

The participants loved it. Here’s what they said. ‘It was a fantastic day on Saturday. Many thanks to you and the Living Stones home team. The organisation and hospitality during the day was superb…could not have asked for anything better.  Iffley village and church have a bit of magic that really lifts the spirit making it an ideal venue for creative efforts. The group leaders were super. I look forward to the next one.’

INFORMATION about DRAWING IFFLEY CHURCH, a day-school for amateurs

Sat 25 May 2019, 10.30-4.30

The day-school is intended for amateurs aged 15+ to try their hand at representing aspects of St Mary’s Church and its surroundings. They will work on paper with a range of drawing techniques under the guidance of artists:

Sally Levell, http://www.sallylevell.com/sallylevellart/About_Me.html

Phil Whiting, https://www.axisweb.org/p/philwhiting/

The day will conclude with an informal exhibition of work done during the day after which participants may take their work home.

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sketching stool, sketch book, or anything you are working on if you wish.

Numbers are limited. If over-subscribed, a waiting list will operate.

All applications to be received by Saturday 18 May.

Please note: we cannot accept applications from children under 15. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Coffee, tea and fruit juice will be available throughout the day. Please bring a picnic lunch or pop to The Prince of Wales, The Isis Farmhouse or The Tree for a snack at lunchtime.

Course fee: £20


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07813 692866