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Current "Art and Architecture"  Interest Groups.           Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                    Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

Art for Leisure

Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month throughout the year from 2pm to 4pm.  There is no formal tuition and we work with our chosen medium on a self-help basis.  


Venue: During the winter months from October through to March we meet in the Woolman Room.  Cost £1 per session which includes a hot drink and biscuit.  


In the summer months from April through to September we arrange to meet at various sites in York and details of this will be given out to members in March.  We usually chat and compare notes in a convenient café later.



Outdoor Sketching/Painting

The group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the year. The group is suitable for anyone interested in drawing whatever your ability. Trips out of York are by train, bus or members' cars. We usually set out between 9 and 10, spend up to a couple of hours at the chosen site, and then usually return to York about 12 or 1 pm.  


Sketching is outdoors subject to the weather. During the winter months we visit indoor venues in York


2016 dates are 24/08/16 Ampleforth, 21/09/16 Bolton Abbey, 19/10/16 Halifax, 16/11/16 York.


Life Drawing

We are a friendly, self-help group aiming to improve our life drawing skills, supported by visiting artists and tutors.  We draw each other (clothed!) in a variety of poses, lasting between three to twenty minutes, which can be static or moving. We usually use pen, pencil, crayon, pastel and charcoal for this type of quick drawing, but we encourage experimentation.  All abilities are welcome.  


Group members can attend either one or both groups.  Knee easels are provided, but bring your own paper and drawing materials.


Venue: Woolman Room 10.00am - 12.00 noon on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of the month.


We have regular lunches once a month.

Aspects of Architecture

In the last couple of years, we have, for the most part, looked at medieval architecture, however, this year we are going to be looking at the period from the late Victorian to the twentieth century. We will be exploring how the replacement of ornamentation by a focus on proportion, line, and form, heralded the start of the modern movement.  We shall also see how new materials and technology influenced design, how good design transcends fashion, and why any word that ends in ‘. . ism’ should be banned from the lexicon of architectural debate.


Venue:    Fell Room, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, on the 3rd Friday of the month, starting in October.




A 4-part course on Michelangelo. I will tell and illustrate the life of Michelangelo with stories, legends and slides. There will also be a DVD about his 'David'.


All enquiries welcome. No costs involved for the course.


Venue:The Music Room at Hartrigg Oaks York, on the 2nd Wednesdays of the month from 10.00-11.00 am