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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. (no meeting in August.)  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 afterwards.



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.  


Members of the group jointly decide on future destinations for 2018 and 2019. Suggestions so far include Durham, Yorkshire Farming Museum and Saltaire.


Sketching outdoors is subject to the weather.


During the winter months, we visit indoor venues in 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 from 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 - look for our display on the office notice board to see what we are doing.  If you wish to join, please contact the group leader first. Knee easels are provided, but bring your own paper and drawing materials.


Suitable for people with hearing impairment and limited vision.


Members can attend one or both groups if places available.



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



Aspects of Architecture

This year we are going to look at a number of interesting buildings, situated more locally than we have in the past, not necessarily the grand ones or those always included in the tourist guides.


With each building we will look at the design to see its relevance to the society that built it, and the political context in which it was built, the materials used, and relevant construction techniques.  


We may also look at individual architects, or building types, to follow how designs developed over time.


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