Art Palette

Well, a fabulous year for the Art Group is drawing to a close. We have had a wonderfully creative time and this shows no signs of abating.

Kathy’s Beginners’ and Improvers’ taster session last Wednesday was a great success with many signed up. These classes will be reinstated on Wednesdays 2 – 5pm from 15th January. It costs a mere £140 for a ten-week term and this includes all materials for your first year. Just turn up with an apron! There is a carefully structured syllabus to teach you basic techniques and improve your confidence and abilities.

Booking is also open to all comers for all the usual classes. Further information on the Art Group noticeboard or the Art Group pages of the Members’ website at If you want to try a new class at the beginning of term, this costs £20 (£25 for Life Drawing) and if you decide to continue, (space permitting) this money will be deducted from the £140 term’s fees (£180 for Life Drawing).

Please book at Reception in the usual way.

Art Group Membership

Join the Art Group (forms under the Art Group noticeboard in Reception) and enjoy our subsidised series of lectures and visits which run throughout the year with a break over the summer. For just £20 per year, you have free access to all six lectures (usual entry price £5 per club Member, £10 guests). In addition, you are entitled to enroll in any of our art or photography classes. This subscription will be added to your membership subscription debited in January.

For enquiries about joining the Art Group please email

Please also state if you wish to attend classes as well as art lectures and visits. For details please see the Art Group noticeboard in Reception or see the Art Group pages of the Members’ website at

Dates for your diary –

Art Lectures 2020

These take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 8pm to 9pm with supper available beforehand on booking through

21st January, As Good As Gold – the symbolism of gold in art history by Alexandra Epps

18th February, Joaquin Sorolla – Spanish painter of light by Jacqueline Cockburn

17th March, Vermeer – Girl with the pearl earring by Lucrezia Walker

21st April, Andy Warhol and American Pop Art by Barrie Garnham – Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern from 12th March – 6th September 2020

22nd September, Can art change the world? Art with something to say by Val Woodgate

20th October, Rafael – Genius of the Renaissance in Rome by Jo Walton

April Art Classwork Exhibition

Friday 6th March is the deadline for submission of your best work. Don’t forget to paint your watercolours to fit the cream mounts available to purchase through the tutor.

Spring drinks and AGM

Tuesday 24th March, 6.30 – 7.30 pm in the Art Studio. This is a convivial occasion at which the new Chair will be officially in post.

Finally, have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the Art Studio week beginning 13th January.

Festive Greetings from all the Art Group. Make a New Year’s resolution to join us next year!

Sian Goddard | Art Group Chair |