Photo: Sheep
by Jill de Gray Birch

Art Group

Group Leader: Karen Latham -

All are welcome to join the art group, whether you have done no art work since school or are already skilled artists. No experience is required!  The group is mixed media, mixed experience and ability.  We often try new things just to have a go.  We all enjoy being together, often in quiet concentration fully absorbed in our individual work.  It's a very therapeutic, immensely satisfying and supportive group.

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 which pays for the venue, refreshments and also builds a fund to pay for the occasional guest tutor and life drawing sessions.  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.


Work in Isolation

The lockdown provides time for members to produce work at home. Here are some examples of work from members.

 by Alan Quincey


 by Alan Quincey


 by Alan Quincey


 by Alan Quincey


 by Alan Quincey


 by David Barlow


 by David Barlow


 by David Barlow


 "Doubt" by Alan Quincey


By Thelma Mabey


By Ruth Brown


By Alan Quincey


Hare by Karen Latham


By Alan Quincey


Cartoons by Francesca Bantock


Workshops with Karl Sylvester

The pictures show two recent very successful workshops with guest tutor Karl Sylvester. We were exploring “tone” using a limited palette of two colours and black and white. There were some excellent pictures produced in a great atmosphere of concentration.


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.