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


Looking at Art


One Thursday every month, Vivien delivers a talk about the history and art of a chosen artist related to the next Art Appreciation Visit.


Art Appreciation Visits

On our visits we travel by Johnson's coaches.  We provide pickup at: Henley (where there is free parking), at Rother Street, Stratford and the Racecourse. Parking at the racecourse is £1 collection on boarding the bus.  Departure times will be posted under each exhibition, plus an email will be sent out within that week to confirm departure times.

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 2019/20 in more detail:

Thursday 9th January 2020




Bex Gouverneur


Drawing Realistic Animals in Charcoal




Becky Gouverneur is a professional artist specialising in realistic, detailed portraits of animals. She works primarily in graphite and charcoal but occasionally in colour with pastel or coloured pencil. Her high contrast, quirky images, most often presented on a stark white background, are born from her background as a professional studio photographer. Becky uses this experience to combine dramatic, high quality photographs which capture the personality and character of her subject with her intricate and detailed drawing work. These two abilities combined set Becky apart in her field and result in some dramatic images full of life and fun!




Sunday 26th January 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


Paul Gauguin National Gallery 

Pre Raphaelite Sisters National Gallery, London


This is the first ever exhibition devoted to the artist Paul Gauguin, and our event is on the last day of the exhibition, so please book soon to avoid disappointment!


Departure times:


Johnson's CoachDepot - 7:45am with free parking

Rother Street, Stratford - 8:15am

The Racecourse, Stratford - 8:30am


Thursday 13th February 2020



George Boyter


Achieving Mood and Atmosphere in Watercolour



George Boyter is a professional artist specialising in painting watercolour landscapes including figures and buildings.

George comes from the little fishing village of Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland and studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.

He enjoyed an award-winning career as a creative director in advertising in London and now lives in Oxfordshire.  George is a member of Bucks Art Society and concentrates on watercolour landscapes as well as portraits, life drawing and oils.  


Saturday 15th February 2020



Judith Yates 


Dramatic Seascapes in Acrylics

(not suitable for oils)


Forget thinking that acrylics are harsh and bright; Judith is always being asked if her acrylic paintings are oils!  


Cost: £35


To see more of Judith's work, visit her site: www.judithyates.com


Sunday 8th March 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


David Hockney 'Drawing From Life'

and Nicolaes Maes 'Dutch Master of The Golden Age' at the National Gallery


Tickets to see Hockey are £17 without donation, and free for members and patrons.   The Hockney exhibition features around 150 public and private collections across the world, as well as the David Hockney highlights, include a series of new portraits and coloured pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s.  We shall also view the Nicolaes Maes exhibition, which is a free exhibition.


Departure times:


Johnson's CoachDepot - 7:45am with free parking

Rother Street, Stratford - 8:15am

The Racecourse, Stratford - 8:30am



Saturday 21st March 2020



Andrew Geeson


Wet into Wet in Watercolour



Andrew will guide you through his very loose ‘wet into wet’ watercolour technique with great skill and some fun too!


To see more of his work visit www.andrewgeesonartist.com  


COST £35


Thursday 12th March 2020



Louise Pocock


My Life as a Modern Day Hatter



Cotswolds based Artisan Milliner Louise Pocock has developed her passion and creative flair for millinery following an extensive career in retail fashion design and her art and design background.

Each hat is hand blocked and hand stitched. Louise is known for her attention to detail with a love for colour and contemporary twists on vintage styles.
Straw, felt, trilbies, cloches, perchers, buttons, fedoras and many more styles are entertained by Louise who makes hats for both men and women.

Louise opened her flagship studio store in Chipping Campden in 2015 where she makes bespoke hats to order, runs a hat-hire service, workshops and leads her own millinery school.
She has also been featured in the Guardian, on BBC One’s Inside Out and even made a mini top hat and bowler hat as part of a Whoopi Goldberg commission!

This promises to be a fascinating evening!


Thursday 9th April 2020



Peter Keegan


Portraits in Charcoal


Peter returns to us by popular demand! He last came to do a demo for us in January 2019 when he did a portrait in oil of an audience  member.  This time he has suggested that he does two portraits in charcoal - again, of members of the audience.

Peter is a professional artist living and working in Buckinghamshire, specialising in portraiture. Trained at Cardiff School of Art, Peter follows traditional techniques but uses them in a way to depict the people he meets in a modern and original style. His aim in portraiture is to always create a painting or drawing that reflects the subject's likeness and personality, as well as capturing those special elements which make the subject truly "them". Peter is the director of The Courtyard Art Studioa bespoke working art studio, based at Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire.



Saturday 18th April 2020



Vicki Norman


Landscape in Oils



Sunday 26th April 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


Titian & Artemisia Gentileschi

National Gallery, London


We shall be exploring Titian's sensuous interpretation of classical myths of love, temptation and punishment, together with the first major exhibition of Artemisia's paintings also at the National Gallery.  The exhibition features some of her best-known paintings and self portraits, as well as more recently disocered artworks.


Please book tickets online to save disappointment. 


Departure times:


Johnson's CoachDepot - 7:45am with free parking

Rother Street, Stratford - 8:15am

The Racecourse, Stratford - 8:30am


We shall leave London at 4:30pm.





Thursday 7th May 2020


Founder's Lecture


Dr James Fox - "My Love Affair with the Art of Stanley Spencer"


RSC, The Other Place, Waterside at 7:30pm



Dr James Fox is an art historian, BAFTA-nominated broadcaster, and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He has written widely on the history of art, and next year Penguin will publish his first trade book, The World According to ColourJames has made numerous arts series for the BBC, including A History of Art in Three Colours; Forest, Field and Sky: Art out of Nature; and The Art of Japanese Life. He is also President of the Friends of the Stanley Spencer Gallery.



Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is perhaps the best-loved British artist of the twentieth century, whose visionary paintings of the English countryside are seared into the public's consciousness. Since a childhood visit to Spencer's village of Cookham, James Fox has been captivated by the eccentric artist’s work. In this talk James will describe, in embarrassing detail, how his obsession started and later developed. He will tell the dramatic story of Spencer’s life, analyse his greatest pictures, and argue that this idiosyncratic figure is actually one of the most important artists of the modern era.


Tickets for members will be available to purchase from the RSC from March – further details to follow.

Sunday 10th May 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


Hampton Court


A marvellous opportunity to see this historical  building and its gardens.


Group concessions of 15 people or more: £16.72


Departure times:


Johnson's CoachDepot - 7:45am with free parking

Rother Street, Stratford - 8:15am

The Racecourse, Stratford - 8:30am


We shall leave at 4:30pm.




Saturday 16th May 2020



Lis Mann


Mixed Media


Thursday 11th June 2020 Demonstration


Zoe Taylor


Contemporary Oils


Zoe works from a small studio in Worcestershire, she currently works in oil with cold wax on aluminium panel. She is inspired by the worked land and the skies here in Britain. She says, "These have made us who we are and are intensely emotional, powerful voices that are part of our very soul.  The skies are constant, yet ever-changing, the land responding to the cast light."


Sunday 14th June 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


RA Summer Exhibition, London


This exhibition has run since 1769, and is the world's largest open submission art show.  Each year, a committee of diverse artists choose an array of art in all mediums for everyone to enjoy.


Departure times:


Johnson's CoachDepot - 7:45am with free parking

Rother Street, Stratford - 8:15am

The Racecourse, Stratford - 8:30am


We shall leave at 4:30pm.


Saturday 20th June 2020



Rob Wareing


Portraits in Oils/ Pastels


More events to come soon.  Please refer to your emails to find the full calendar of SAS events.

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.