Broadstone Methodist Church offers ideal facilities for various community groups. One of three Poole U3A Art Workshops using the premises, Chriss Hall’s group meets on a Wednesday morning. For many years they met in the previous building and, for the past 8 years, have enjoyed the accessibility and convenience of the divided Sharland Hall.
Each Wednesday morning in term-time concentration fills the room as these amateur artists focus on their individual work in water colour, acrylic and gouache. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere is punctuated by murmurings of encouragement, advice and laughter.
Leader Chriss Hall stresses this Workshop is not a Tutor group. Each artist brings their own unique talent and experience from 90 year old Stan who has been sketching and painting for over 75 years to Sandra who, until last year, had not picked up a paint brush since leaving school.
Members come to the group from a wide area including West Moors, Bear Cross and Corfe Mullen. A great value of the group lies in the way they share useful suggestions and possibilities. One member, without hesitation, called the Wednesday sessions “a life-saver”.
The University of the Third Age (U3A), a national organisation for the 55+, opens new avenues for creative activity so highly cherished by more and more ‘retirees’. Although the group does not exhibit, they are happy to share with you a sample of their work in Pivot.
Chriss Hall says: ‘Our friendly group are pleased to be able to use the facilities at BMC. Our tea/coffee and biscuits break in the café give our artistic efforts a boost. I think we have all learned that there is no such thing as a failed picture. It is just another step on the learning curve.’