What you need to know about our regular events:

 We have a full program of Monthly Demos, Workshops and Looking at Art all on Zoom due to Covid 19.  Keep an eye out for further details in your emails.see below for full details.


We hope meetings and events can resume as normal soon, but in the meantime we will keep you up to date on this site and by email.

Monthly Demonstrations 

Meetings are held on Zoom on the 2nd Thursday of each month and members must log on via the link by 6.55pm for the meeting to start at 7.00pm.


All workshops are held on Zoom and cost £35.00 unless stated otherwise. 

To Book contact Eva Bazhenova by emailing:  stratfordartsociety@gmail.com


"Looking at Art"

This art appreciation illustrated talk is held once a month on a Thursday every month on Zoom members must be signed in by 6.55pm for a 7.00pm start.


Art Appreciation Visits are not running due to Covid 19, but see below for Virtual Tours



Art Appreciation Virtual Tours 

At the National Gallery you can find out more about the wonderful Artemisia Gentileschi and Titian exhibitions which Covid 19 prevented us visiting https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events. Members can also take a virtual tour.

Search YouTube What did Leonardo’s Last Supper really look like? for a 48 min exploration.

‘If you like Leonardo da Vinci, this is for you. It takes you on a historical journey about this amazing painting’ says Di.

Other recommendations:




for entertaining & informative discussions with art critic Waldemar Januszczak and art historian Bendor Grosvenor. 


Member contributions: If you have a website or podcast to recommend, please email the link & brief details/image to Sue: stratfordartsociety@gmail.com so that it can be posted on this page.

At https://www.youtube.com/user/nationalgalleryuk you’ll find a range of presentations about art and artists, from the NG and elsewhere around the world. (I found myself linking to a 5 minute meditation contemplating Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses the other day!)



 with Andrew Geeson
Places are still available for the above workshop. Please contact Eva on evabazh@gmail.com to secure a place.

The workshop timings of 10.30am till 2.30pm will a break as and when people wish to take one.

We will do 2 paintings in the session in loose watercolours


See email from Tony for full details


Upcoming events for 2021 in more detail:

Wednesday 23rd June 2021


Workshop with Andrew Geeson 10:30am-2:30pm 



Andrew says, “We will do 2 paintings in the session in loose watercolours

I have attached a kit list but don’t worry if you don’t have all of the brushes or colours; I will suggest alternatives at the beginning of the workshop.

I will guide you through my watercolour process and any questions please just ask!"  Below are the kit lists:

Thursday 24th June 2021


Looking at Art


Zoom at 7.00pm


Aspects of Pieter Bruegel the Elder


Our last Zoom Looking at Art for this season is on Thursday 24th June at 7pm when Tony will be looking at the fascinating work of the 16th century artist Pieter Bruegel.




Thursday 8th July 2021


Zoom Demo at 6.55 pm for 7.00pm start


Jeweller and sculptor


Binks Edmonds




For this evening, Binks will demonstrate hand-building techniques, that is, not using a potter's wheel or casting with moulds.  She describes her techniques.


The first is slab work: I roll out flat pieces of clay, cut pieces using either templates or by freehand, and assemble them by slipping and scoring, which is basically making the joining edges rough and "gluey," then blend the seams for a smooth join. I use stretching and compressing methods after assembling the sections.

The second technique is form and hollow: I make a shape with a solid chunk of clay, and then hollow out the shape from the back or bottom.

The third might be a combination of different decorative techniques, including impressions, stretching, and sgraffitto.

Binks takes her inspiration from many sources, ranging from nature to poetry, storytelling to dreams, and humour is always a plus. She creates sculpture and jewellery in a range of media, her primary medium being clay for sculpture and some jewellery; and sterling or fine silver with gemstones, beach pebbles, or seaglass in her jewellery.

Binks trained in the USA and UK in fine art & design and jewellery; her jewellery has been published in two Lark Books publications and her sculpture awarded Public Jury prize in an open international exhibition; her work is in private collections around the globe.

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 Summer Exhibition 2021


18th to 29th August



Build - Saturday 14th

“Had In”  -Monday 16th

Preview  -Tuesday 17th

Wednesday 18th  Open to the Public


Thursday 9th September


Zoom Demo at 6.55 for a 7.00pm start


Andrew Field



A short introduction about my journey as an artist will be followed by a series of demonstrations working with a traditional 19th Century landscape palette but applying a contemporary approach to painting focusing primarily on my love and enjoyment of working with colour and mark-making. During the demonstrations I will explain how colours and marks can be used to bring a painting to life and when to acknowledge that a painting is finished. The images that I will be working from will be based on the countryside surrounding Stratford Upon Avon. Some of the colours that I will be using include: 

zinc white  (for making admixtures and half-tints, especially with transparent colours; viridian, yellow ochre, orange ochre, raw sienna, indian red, burnt sienna, ivory black, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium yellow. 


In addition I will be using the following materials, mediums and supports: Brushes, turpentine, linseed oil, dammar varnish, white spirit, old rags for cleaning brushes, a palette, a couple of canvases or prepared panels (medium to small size) 30cm x 30cm, 30 x 40cm, 40cm x 40cm as a guide.


MEL’S MILESTONE CHARITY BALL IS STILL on the 11TH SEPTEMBER 2021 and now at a changed venue which is the Hilton by Double Tree almost in the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon and very close to the railway station. Address - Arden Street, CV37 6QQ.


Ticket prices remain at £75 per person and includes an arrival drinks reception with the addition of a gin cocktail option along with canapés (gin was Mel’s favourite drink), followed by 3 course meal with half a bottle of wine per person. There will be entertainment during the evening along with various auctions. 


BUYING TICKETS: To have every ticket booked through Eventbrite would lose us nearly £1300 and to have every ticket booked directly with Beat would be too much for them to cope, so:


If you are able to book preferably a whole table of ten, or at least eight of the ten seats, please do so through Beat at: Mel's Milestone 40 Charity Ball Booking Form using the Next button at the very bottom of the first web page


But if less than eight seats:      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mels-milestone-40-charity-ball-tickets-63879903511   


Thursday 14th October


George Boyter


Zoom Demo at 6.55 for a 7.00pm start


Making a 'Dull' Landscape into an Interesting Watercolour 

George is a watercolour landscape artist living in Oxfordshire. He is a member of Bucks Art Society and teaches watercolour techniques at Sunningwell Art School, Abingdon. He has studied under modern day masters of the medium, Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet George originally hails from Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland and attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, graduating in Drawing and Painting. Whenever possible he paints en plein air and particularly likes the landscapes of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.



Thursday 11th November

James Ort

: ceramic sculptor

James is a sculptor who specialises in making animals, mainly in ceramics, but also wire and metal. He likes to push ceramics to its limits and will often add other mediums to the sculpture too, such as metal. James also manages a private art school called the Phoenix Studio, which is situated in Oxfordshire. He has been there for 10 years now, where he teaches students of all ages from children up to adults.

On this demonstration James will give an overview of creating animals in ceramics, discuss the joys of clay and his life at the Phoenix Studio. He will demonstrate how he makes a wall mounted animal head and will talk through the key processes in making ceramic sculpture.





Thursday13th January: Christine Russell -


Poppy Field in Ink and Pastel







Dr James Fox on



On the evening of 12th May, we have our Founders Lecture given by Dr James Fox