“Looking At Art”

The special interest group involved looking at pictures, there artists and origins had a wonderful trip to Upton House on Thursday. The exclusive tour of the Bearsted Collection was undertaken by Tony Mawbey who gave us a wonderful insight in to many of the pictures in the collection. After the tour lunch was held in the old kitchen and in the afternoon members were free to revisit the house, the shop or stroll round the exquisite gardens.

Many thanks Tony and Allison for a great visit.

“Looking At Art”

The next meeting of this special interactive group, which is limited to 25, will meet in the Methodist Church Centre on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm. Part 1 and Part 2 on Thursday 26th July - £5.00 each places limited to 25. When Vivien Heffernan will lead the group looking at “British Landscapes - Gainsborough to Hockney” this will be the fourth event, places are limited and as they have proved very popular please sign up at the Monthly meeting on the 12th of June. or email: stratfordartsociety@gmail.com


British Artists in Love With Landscape: Gainsborough to Hockney

The British have always had a great affection for their landscape.  This genre was preferred by Gainsborough to the more lucrative portraiture and his lyrical depictions of the Suffolk countryside greatly influenced Constable.  Turner is perhaps our most original and greatest landscapist and his near abstract works where form dissolves into colour will be contrasted with Constable's more literal interpretations - a fascinating comparison! Samuel Palmer, from the early 19th century, will be looked at as well as Victorian artists such as Holman Hunt. Moving into the 20th century, we will look briefly at the Newlyn School who pioneered plein-air painting in Britain as well as some of the Scottish Colourists.  Their romantic approach was pursued by many 20th century artists - including Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and our contemporary, David Hockney.  The evening is intended as a discussion rather than a lecture and there will be plenty of participation!


Please help to save our oceans by bringing a Mug!


We want to support the reduction of plastics, particularly when it ends up in the sea. As a result we would like you to bring your own mug for refreshments and the price will remain at 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.

Members Forum


A Members’ Forum page has been added to the web-site which provides members with the opportunity to post comments which might be of interest to other members.


Please <<double-click>> on the Members Area page and then <<double-click>> again on Members Forum. Then follow the instructions to post a comment.


We hope this will be a welcome facility. Please go to the Forum from time to time to see the comments which members have posted.


Monthly Painting Competition


The winner of the June competition was Julie Smith.

The current competition in the 2017/18 season is now open and ends at noon on Monday 9th July. The winning entry will be chosen at the June demonstration meeting.

Entries for the Christmas card competition close on 30th June.


Entries are free and give you the opportunity to win a £40 Picturesque voucher


Please send entries to saswebmanager@gmail.com. Please include the title of the work, the medium and the dimensions. Please see the competition pages for further details.

Summer Exhibition 12th To 27th August 2018

Entries will be opening shortly for our Summer Exhibition where there will be the following Awards presented at the Preview Evening, Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards plus Commendations, watercolour Award and The Presidents Surprise Presentation selected from all the Monthly painting entries

To see photographs of the  2017 Preview and the Exhibition click the link:http://img.gg/Qt9WWbZ

Information about local painting

classes, events and art-related



Art Material Discount for Members at Picturesque

Painting Holiday with Tom Shepherd

New Painting classes held by Tom Shepherd

Life Drawing Classes with tuition by Wayne Attwood,  Monday at Shottery

Starts Monday 18th June for 6 weeks

Contact Stratfordartsociety@gmail.com for more information