Stratford Now 2018



I hope you all had a good Christmas and cannot wait to get back to your creativity! Perhaps you have had some thoughts about the Stratford Now Project or have even made a start on exploring your ideas.


If so then please come and share them with other members.

If you are still uncertain about what Stratford Now is about then please ask me.


The first sharing meeting of the year is planned for:


Tuesday January 30th, 10:30 am.

Venue: Royal Shakespeare Theatre Downstairs Café


I hope to add March 27th and May 22nd as sharing meeting dates too. I will confirm these as soon as I know what peoples’ preferences are. If weather permits and we are so inclined we can add some drawing/painting days. Let me know what you want please.


All members are invited to join in with the 2018 Challenge!

The following titles are purely suggested starting points for your consideration and may lead you into all sorts of exciting explorations!

  1. Seasonal Colours
  2. Through my Window...
  3. Watching
  4. Close Observation
  5. Doors
  6. Contrasts


Stratford Now is about sharing with and encouraging each other in our creative pursuits. It is about experimenting and developing skills. It is about the process of making art as much as it is about final outcomes. It is about finding inspiration in our locality.


Thinking about those aims the Stratford Now Project offers these challenges:


      A) Use a sketchbook/journal to explore a particular theme. Find 3 or 4 pictures by artists that you admire. Write notes to yourself as to why you like their work and how it might influence the development of your own approach.

Make drawings in different mediums, colour studies and compositional studies for how you could develop your own ideas…see where it takes you!


      B) Try something completely different!

                  A new medium

                  A different scale 

                  A different surface or ‘ground’

                  A new technique

                  A different genre


Experiment and above all have fun!!


Sharing meetings will take place at the start and/or interval of Thursday Demonstration Meetings. I will arrange a Tuesday morning meeting in Stratford for the end of January, March and May, weather permitting! I will send an email confirming times, dates and place etc. All information will also be found on the Art Society website: