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Artists in Dudley encouraged to brush up on the traditional canal style
5:16pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A LEADING artist will be helping people brush up on their skills during a course on traditional canal crafts.
Julie Tonkin will be hosting the course at the Black Country Living Museum on Saturday November 9 where the history of boatman's art and techniques will be under the spotlight.
The distinctive style of narrow boat art features designs usually based around images of roses and castles and were used to brighten up the cramped boats which were used to transport cargo around the UK.
Julie Tonkin said: “I took up canal art 40 years ago as a hobby, painting narrow boats and traditional items of canal ware.
"The boatmen wanted their boats to look as nice as their cottages so they painted pictures to depict the boatman’s paradise.
"Castle pictures always include a castle, mountains, trees, land, a bridge and a yacht. The roses we paint are only red, white and yellow because the people in the boat yards weren’t accomplished artists. Canal art is very naïve and easy to do for that reason.”
Mel Weatherley, Head of Learning said “Life was very cramped inside the tiny canal boat cabins and the boatmen cheered up the interiors for their wives, making them as homely as possible, without taking up extra precious space, with displays of canal art or lace trim along shelves.”
Courses cost £45 per person and must be booked in advance, for more information call the museum on 0121 520 8054 or book online at www.bclm.com
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