2019 Programme

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Full Programme 2019
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What you need to know about our regular events:

Monthly Demonstrations

Meetings are held at Stratford College (CV37 9QR) on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. You are welcome to arrive earlier for tea and coffee from 6.45pm if you wish to socialise with friends before the meeting.  Bring your own mug to save money and the environment.


If you have a friend who is interested in joining us for the evening, the cost to visitors is £5.00. There is no charge to members.



All workshops are held at The Shottery Studio, above the Shottery Memorial Hall, Hathaway Lane on a Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Cost is £35.00 unless stated otherwise.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring a packed lunch.

 To Book please contact Lesley Shepherd  stratfordartsociety@gmail.com


Art Appreciation Visits

On our visits we travel by Johnson's coaches.  We provide pickup at: Henley at 7.45am (where there is free parking), at Rother Street at 8.15am and the Racecourse at 8.30am. Parking at the racecourse is £1 collection on boarding the bus.  

Art Appreciation Visits are booked at the monthly meeting; go see Sue at the Trips Table to find out what trips we are organising!

Upcoming events for 2019 in more detail:


Thursday 9th May


“The Double Life of Caravaggio”


Lecture by

Andrew Graham – Dixon





Thursday 9th May 2019 at 7.30pm at:  Other Place, Waterside, Stratford upon Avon


Tickets are now on sale at £20 each from the RSC Box Office.  You can purchase them in the following ways: 


  • Ring the RSC Box Office on 01789 331111 and reference 'Andrew Graham-Dixon'
  • Go in person to the RSC Box Office and buy the tickets over the counter.
  • Go online by logging into www.rsc.org.uk/andrewgrahamdixon


Thursday 28th March


Looking At Art


Rembrandt: Portraitist, Storyteller and Landscape Artist
Venue: Stratford College
Time: 7:30pm
Rembrandt's work displays an extraordinary depth of human understanding and compassion, which combined with a complete mastery of light and technique makes a study of his work immensely stimulating.  We will look at a wide range of subjects from tender portraits of his wife and family to biblical subjects and landscapes.  Plenty to discuss!



Thursday 11th April


Monthly Meeting


Lis Mann - Images in Cloth, Paint and Stitch

Saturday13TH April 2019




Portraits in Oil with Peter Keegan


Venue: Shottery Memorial Hall


Time: 10am-4pm



Peter is an award winning artist specialising in representational painting and is particularly known for his portraiture work and garden scenes.  He has his own working studio next door to The Courtyard Art Studio, which he runs with his wife and which is a bespoke working studio hosting a wide range of courses, workshops and classes in the beautiful setting of the National Trust’s Claydon House in Buckinghamshire. 


See www.thecourtyardartstudio.com



Please note: this workshop is now full with a waiting list.


Thursday 25th April


Looking At Art


Waddesdon Manor


Venue: Stratford College


Time: 7:30pm


Cost: £5


Waddesdon, near Aylesbury has a wonderful collection of paintings mostly bought by the Rothschild family.

We will look at a selection of these paintings from the past 500 years - works ranging from de Hooch to Chardin, Reynolds and Gainsborough to Freud

This will be a feast for the eyes with plenty of lively discussion.

Anyone planning to visit Waddesdon on the Art Society trip on 28th April (shown below) should find the evening invaluable - as well as whetting their appetite!

Places can be booked (£5) at our monthly demo evenings.


Sunday 28th April 


Waddesdon Manor

Art Appreciation Visit








Join us on a trip to Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property, located in Buckinghamshire.  Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.


The cost of the trip is £20 per person.
The departure time will be published nearer the time, so please check this website and at your monthly meetings for this information.
Departures are from Henley (free parking) Rother Street and The Racecourse (£1 parking charge, collection on boarding the coach).
Please see Sue at our monthly meetings for payment and any other questions that you may have. 

Saturday 18th May 2019




Expressing Colour and Light in Pastels (Soft, Chalk based Pastels) with Tim Fisher


Venue: Shottery Memorial Hall


Time: 10am-4pm


Tim regularly writes articles and new art material product reports for the Leisure Painter magazine and is author of two books by Search Press, "How to Paint Flowers in Acrylic" and "Perspective".  His latest book is “Beginners Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels”.


For more details see his website www.timfisherfineart.com


For those wishing to try pastels for the first time Tim will bring along a limited stock of boxes of 48 half soft pastels at £10.00 per box.  These are ideal as a starter set.


Cost £35.00

Please help to save our oceans

As a Society we want to support the reduction of plastics, particularly when it ends up in the sea. Please bring your own mug for refreshments and the price is 50 pence. If however you use one of the “use and throwaway” cups, we provide, the charge will be £1.00.  Thank you for your help.

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