Thursday 8th October    Peter Keegan


Zoom demo


'Colour Theory and Mixing in Acrylics'

Sarah Wimperis Zoom Demo on Thursday 17th September


Zoom is a great way to keep in touch in these very difficult times and although it’s not the same as seeing everyone in person it is the best we can do at the moment.


Sarah was full of enthusiasm and was a tonic, encouraging everyone to get their paints and brushes out, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day! We had an excellent demo, with 55 members signed in, her subject was "From sketch to a finished picture". Based on her early morning open water swimming experiences!


The finished pictures:

Virtual Demo

Thursday 11th June 2020


By Vicki Norman


We had a great response to the first virtual demo with over 85 members signed in. See below for more details on the demo and Virtual Holidays (Workshops) that Vicki has on offer.


The next Virtual demo is on Thursday 9th July.

Vicki has filmed herself finishing the painting and included the footage as a time-lapse sequence in the video so that you can watch as she adds the details and finishing touches.

Demo Recording

Password: Tuscany


More information about my forthcoming ‘virtual holidays’ to Bermuda and Morocco can be found here


Vicki’s next workshop – A Virtual Visit to Tuscany – still has some places available, they can be booked here


Michael Harding paint sets, Rosemary’s brushes sets and other materials are available in my online shop here:


Vicki has a live colour mixing at 3pm on Friday 19th June on Michael Harding’s Instagram account, here:


Thursday 12th March 2020



Louise Pocock


My Life as a Modern Day Hatter

Thursday 9th January 2020




Bex Gouverneur


Drawing Realistic Animals in Charcoal



Sunday 26th January 2020


Art Appreciation Visit


Paul Gauguin National Gallery 

Pre Raphaelite Sisters National Gallery, London



Thursday 5th December 2019


Christmas Spectacular at Waddesdon Manor


Sunday 24th November 2019 


Two tours:

1) Lucian Freud Self Portraits at RA

2) William Blake at Tate Britain 



Saturday 16th November 2019


Paul Weaver


Colourful Autumn Landscapes in Watercolour


Saturday 19th October 2019


Tom Shepherd


Being Bold with Figures in Oils or Acrylics Workshop


Thursday 10th October 2019


Andrew Geeson


Watercolour Wet into Wet

Monthly Demonstration


Saturday 21st September 2019


Jake Winkle

'Going Wild' in Watercolour Workshop


Thursday 19th September 2019


Looking At Art


The Scottish Colourists


Thursday 12th September 2019


Jayne Tricker


Mixed Media Landscapes 

Monthly Demonstration


Sunday 28th July 2019


Art Appreciation Tour




Quotes from members on the Tour:


"All in all it was a really enjoyable day."

"Yes, a lovely day and the weather didn't really spoil our enjoyment."

"Thank you so much for organising the Althorp tour, and the weather couldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits or interest once inside the beautiful house or viewing the gardens."



Thursday 11th July 2019


Rupam Barthakur

Painting Figures in Action to Music

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Sorolla Exhibition


Testimonials from the members who went on the visit:


"Worked out fabulous for us both; saw both exhibitions and had a marvellous lunch."


"An excellent day out."


"The restaurant was one of the best."

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Van Gogh Exhibition



Saturday 15th June 2019


Paint a Van Gogh Style Landscape in Watermixable Oils with Sarah Wimperis Workshop


Thursday 13th June


Sarah Wimperis 



Saturday 18th May 2019




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



The Double Life of Caravaggio


The Studio Theatre at RSC The Other Place was buzzing with anticipation on 9th May as Stratford upon Avon Art Society members celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a very special Founders Lecture.  


Celebrated art critic, author, journalist and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon gave a fascinating account of the tempestuous life of 16th century

Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.   Members expecting a dry scholarly lecture were instead treated to a compelling, irreverent journey back in time as Andrew used his archival research to immerse us in the historical intrigues and artistic fashions in Rome at the same time as William Shakespeare was writing his plays in England.


The revered art of the period was in a late Mannerist style typified by Michelangelo in the Sistine chapel.   Remote and spectacular, it was not

designed to be understood by the poor people looking to God for hope in their desperate lives.   Caravaggio broke all the rules and was the first artist to produce arresting, dark and brooding canvases of everyday life which

depicted moments from the Bible that poor people could understand.  

Andrew animatedly described Caravaggio’s painting style as

“make it Real - make it Now”     These pictures have now been accepted as some of the greatest in the history of art and are to be found in the famous art galleries of the world.


Sadly, the lecture had to end before we could hear more of the violent and unpredictable life of this troubled artist which culminated in his early death.


Luckily, the talk was followed by an opportunity to buy signed copies of

Andrew Graham-Dixon’s book, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane which gives the whole story in great detail.    Many members quickly queued to talk to Andrew and buy copies as souvenirs of this fascinating night.