2019 Programme

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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 Talks


One Thursday every month, Vivien delivers a talk about the history and art of a chosen artist.




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:

Sunday 27th October 2019 


Tour to RWA, Bristol, for Autumn Exhibition







Departure information:


Johnsons Henley depot at 8.15 am
Rother Street, Stratford 8.45am
The Racecourse, Stratford 9.00am
Return 4.15pm


Thursday 31st October 2019


Looking At Art


William Blake and Lucian Freud 


Tate Britain's current exhibition celebrates the work of the visionary artist, William Blake.  It is the largest show of his work in a generation.  We will discuss some of these extraordinary drawings and prints which show his radical and rebellious spirit as well as his technical innovations.

The Royal Academy have an exhibition of Lucian Freud self-portraits (opening in October).  Over 50 works will be displayed spanning nearly seven decades. We will discuss some of these unflinching works from one of the most celebrated artists of our time.

These two artists couldn't be more different - in scale, approach, technique, medium and subject.  So it promises to be a very interesting evening - and useful if you plan to go to either exhibition.

Thursday 14th November 2019


Tom Shepherd


Exploration of Techniques and Media

Monthly Demonstration


Tom is a well known and very popular local artist who has demonstrated for us before.  This time he will show us just how versatile different media can be and how different painting techniques can  be used to achieve  particular and spectacular effects.


Saturday 16th November 2019


Paul Weaver


Colourful Autumn Landscapes in Watercolour


Paul has already run several workshops for us in his wonderful loose style.  On this course he will cover his techniques for capturing the atmospheric qualities and colours of Autumn, a season of vibrant yellows, reds and browns, hazy morning mists and long shadows on the landscape.


He is a popular demonstrator and tutor and runs courses both here and abroad, as well as contributing to The Artist magazine, so book early to avoid disappointment.


To see more of his work visit www.paulweaverart.co.uk


10am-4pm at Shottery Memorial Hall

Cost £35


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

To book onto the course, contact Lesley Shepherd at stratfordartsociety@gmail.com

Sunday 24th November 2019 


Two tours:

1) Lucian Freud Self Portraits at RA

2) William Blake at Tate Britain 


Two greats in the world of art and worlds apart: Lucian Freud and William Blake.  We will be dropping members off first at the RA and then the coach will go onto Tate Britain.  Book early online so you're not disappointed, and concessions can be had at both exhibitions.  The coach will depart from Tate Britain at 4.30pm. 


At the RA, we will unite Lucian Freud's self portraits in one extraordinary exhibition.  See more than 50 paintings and drawings which this modern master of British art turns his unflinching eye firmly on himself.


Afterwards, we will continue on to Tate Britian to see the William Blake exhibition.  With over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It will rediscover him as a visual artist for the 21st century. 


The coach is £20 per person with the following departure times:

From Johnson Coach Depot 7.45 am

 Rother Street, Stratford 8.15am 

The Racecourse, Stratford 8.30am


 Sue and Di will be at the September monthly meeting to take your bookings for these tours.



Departure times:


Johnsons Henley depot 7.45am
Rother Street, Stratford 8.15am
The Racecourse, Stratford 8.30am
Return from Tate Britain only at 4.30pm

Thursday 28th November 2019


Looking At Art


Women Painters from the 16th - 20th Century


Why are there so few women artists before the 20th century?  Were they less talented, less inspired, less able than men?  We will try to find answers to this fascinating subject by looking at the teaching academies in the 18th century and at the women who succeeded despite the obstacles.  Artists will include Artemisia Gentileschi, Angelica Kauffman, Vigee LeBrun and nearer our own time, Berthe Morisot, Gwen John and Paula Rego.


Thursday 5th December 2019


Christmas Spectacular at Waddesdon Manor


Come and join us on this spectacular tour of Waddesdon Manor at Christmas!  You can have a superb Christmas lunch in the Dairy, which is only used on occasions such as Christmas.  It has a beautiful aspect overlooking the lake. It is £26 per person for two courses plus a glass of red or white wine and coffee. 


Tours of the beautifully decorated house will be taking place, and you can also enjoy the light show at 4pm.  There will be around 80 gift stalls at the market in front of the house. You will leave this fantastic day feeling very Christmassy!

This is free entry to National Trust members.


Entry Fees: £5 entry for National Trust members (please remember your National Trust cards), and £21 entry for non-members.  

Your coach fee is £20per person. Please come to our members tour table to find out more from Sue or Di at your monthly meetings. We are always happy to help.


Departure times:


Johnsons Henley depot 10.00am
Rother Street, Stratford 10.30am
The Racecourse, Stratford, 10.45am 
Return 5.30pm


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.