Photo: Flowering wall
by Jill de Gray Birch

Art Group

Group Leader: Karen Latham -

The Art Group meets on the first Tuesday of the Month starting at 10:00am and finishing 12:00 to 12:30pm.  The usual cost per session is £3.00 and members should bring their own materials.  (Some materials may be provided for beginners until they can acquire their own.)

Venues may vary depending on weather and subject matter. Check this web site or contact the group leader, Karen Latham.


Events in 2019

3rd of December - 10.00 a.m - Top floor of the Museum.

Please bring along anything you want to work on - I will bring some drawing options but would much rather this was a "free" and easy session.

I have asked about booking the Museum Room next year but as yet the organisers will only let me book for the 3rd December so lets hope this will not be the last session in the Museum. If some of you have time, and enough money left after the Christmas shopping budget, we can (or not) go for lunch somewhere, lake, Herb Garden, Hampton?? In your hands we, you can decide on the morning.


July 2018 meeting at The Rock Park

The art group met at the Rock Park on the 3rd of July where Steve Ashley gave a repeat performance of the presentation he first gave to the art history group on the work of the master Sesshu Toyo who worked in ink wash and was the “Turner” of his day, changing formulaic landscape painting to creative atmospheric masterpieces. It's the first time our group has started with a presentation. It will not be the last!  It was truly inspiring and several of us spent the next hour happily engaged in experimenting with the techniques we had been shown. I for one thoroughly enjoyed and can appreciate the lifetime it would take to master what appears so deceptively simple. Thanks Steve. I can see a lot of happy and frustrating hours ahead!

By Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506) (attrib.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

The Art Group session in the Rock Park. Photos: Karen Latham


The Zentangle Method

During 2017 we had a couple of very interesting sessions led by Alan Quincey on "Zentangle"

“The Zentangle Method is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one stroke at a time”. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. Both the tangles used, and the resulting completed tile are intended to be unplanned, abstract, non-objective creations that grow organically as each deliberate stroke in laid down. The results can be surprising, beautiful and are always unique even when the group works together and is given the same instructions!

More photos of our work on Zentangles are shown below. You can see photos from other art group meetings on our photo gallery page.