La Belle et la Bête

Screenprint - 2011 by This Window
Screenprint – 2011, a photo by This Window on Flickr.

I have begun a series of paintings (screenprints) ready for my exhibition in the ‘Long Gallery’ (West Buckland School, Barnstaple, North Devon). The loose idea for these images are based around the title ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – the ‘beauty‘ will be a large ape. This will coincide with a workshop I am giving on how to create woodcuts. Read more…

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale. The first published version of the fairy tale was a rendition by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740. The best-known written version was an abridgement of her work published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves; an English translation appeared in 1757.

Variants of the tale are known across Europe. In France, for example, Zémire et Azor is an operatic version of the story of Beauty and the Beast written by Marmontel and composed by Grétry in 1771. It had enormous success well into the 19th century. It is based on the second version of the tale. The tale has perhaps been made most recently famous by the retelling in the 1991 Disney film.

Amour pour amour, by Nivelle de la Chaussée, is a 1742 play based on Villeneuve’s version.

Beauty and the Beast. (2011, April 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:47, April 7, 2011, from

Monday 16th May 1977

“Just off the quay somebody has drawn a maze in the sand, it looks rather good. It is a nice idea to draw something that will only last for a few hours, to be reclaimed again by the sea; maybe I’ll have a go. The time factor is interesting.”

Printmaking Workshop:

Saturday 11th June 2011 – 10-1.30pm
Room: Print Room in the 150 Building
Tutor: Peter Bright

West Buckland School, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0SX
Course Aims:
A hands on introduction to woodcuts and how to create a series of prints. Within the time frame it is hoped that each participating member will be able to create a finished image. The techniques shown will be simple ‘kitchen table’ processes that will be easy to replicate at home.
Read more about my work .. .
Equipment needed:
All materials are provided.
Additional costs: No additional costs.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Contact me for more details.
Location:West Buckland School, Barnstaple. As you turn onto the school site, take the left turning to the car park. The 150 building is located adjacent to the main car park, and the front door is at the far end of the building as you walk towards it.

Cost: £28.75. There is a 15% discount to current WBS parents and staff, and would ask that all course places are pre-booked.

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About peter

'Death by Sushi' Fish can kill me. When I was very small (maybe 3 or 4 years old) my grandfather, who lost the sight of one eye from a bullet fired by a German sniper (fortunately not a very good one) during the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, wiped my face with the corner of his apron, an apron he had used to wipe his filleting knife on. He was a grocery shopkeeper who specialized in wet fish.

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