We meet mostly in London, sometimes further afield. We draw and paint together, draw each other, visit museums and galleries, and run workshops. All abilities are welcome. Some of us have bought art from each other we can give you feedback on any art purchases you are considering.
I thought shoal would be a good word to use for an art group after reading a line about"fish in their school" in a translation of Ingeborg Bachmann's poem "An die Sonne". In a school, fish all swim in the same direction, whereas in a shoal, they swim somewhat independently but communicate and still form a group. So when you come to one of our meetups expect to be able to work somewhat independently if you wish, but if you keep communicating others can appreciate and learn from what you do. On the other hand, fish that shoal can often switch to schooling, so we offer group learning excercises as well.
I hear from the feedback I ask for that many people like to know that a meetup will repeat along similar lines so that they can try it out and if they like it, come again. That's fine with me, though I enjoy change too so I try to introduce a couple of new ideas each time (or just let them happen), without disrupting the format and the rythm of activity too much.
Here are some more uses of the word shoal which I liked:-
C. Thirlwall Hist. Greece VI. l. 198 "A shoal of boats now came off from the harbours filled with people." (Oxford English Dictionary)
"There's only here and now and light; neither death, nor darkness, exists. We're all already on the sea shore. I'm one of those who'll be hauling in the nets when a shoal of immorality swims by" (Arseny Tarkovsky, translated by Virginia Rounding)
Note 1 : The quote in the Meetup Group headline is from :
Cézanne/Pissarro, Johns/Rauschenberg : comparative studies on intersubjectivity in modern art / Joachim Pissarro. Cambridge University Press