Calendar 2015


Club Night: January 7th
Sophie Ploeg Demonstration:
Painting a pastel portrait focusing on colour and tone.

Thornbury based Sophie has always painted and drawn people. She loves the mystery and secrets of a face and paints interesting faces she comes across in daily life. She has shown her work within prestigious exhibitions such as the annual shows of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society and the BP Portrait Award. She won the BP Travel Award in 2013 which gave her the opportunity to research 17th century portraiture and the depiction of lace and fabrics in it. A selection of her paintings were exhibited within the BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition.

Location: The Cossham Hall


Annual AGM

Cheese and Wine starts at 19:00, AGM at 19:30

Location: The Old Bakery Annex


Club Night: March 4th
Anne Strong Talk: John Piper, An Artist on Architecture.

Looking at a selection of paintings which illustrates John Piper's ability to capture the atmosphere of buildings.

Location: The Cossham Hall

Coach Trip: March 14th
London Royal Academy

Exhibition: Rubens and his Legacy


Club Night: April 1st
Siân Dudley Demonstration:
Loose and Expressive Seasonal Flowers.

Siân will share her enthusiasm for both watercolour and flowers, sharing how she has found practical ways to avoid the strictures of rules whilst maintaining a healthy respect for the medium. She aims to combine fun, form and freedom in her painting, and to encourage you to do the same.

Location: The Cossham Hall

Coach Trip: April 16th
British Museum

Ancient Lives: New Discoveries

Workshop: April 25th
Siân Dudley: Loose and Expressive Seasonal Flowers.

A follow-on from Siân Dudley's demo on 1st April

Location: The Old Bakery Annex


Club Night: May 6th
Paul Burgess Demonstration:
Drawing the Light From the Dark & the Positive From the Negative

Paul has been exploring the Wye valley for most of his life and it has been a major influence on his work for the past thirty years. In his demonstration he will be giving us an insight into the technique he uses in his semi abstract landscapes and forest scenes.

Paul was recently awarded Artist of the Year by

Location: The Cossham Hall


Club Night: June 3rd
Adrian Sykes Demonstration: The Art of Capturing Buildings, Using the 'Capriccio' Style.

In his cityscapes, Adrian hopes to capture the essence of places, the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of great cities without labouring on the mundane, so he both moves and eliminates buildings to suit the final condensed composition, very much in the ‘Capriccio’ style. He seeks to achieve the sense of standing on an ordinary rooftop overlooking backyards and every day life, being able to observe a place’s highlights whilst being removed from them.

Adrian was the winner of the Bristol Prize in 2013

Location: The Cossham Hall


Outdoor Summer Painting Sessions

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Coach Trip: 2nd July and 4th July
Hampton Court Flower Show

In support of Thornbury in Bloom. Reserve your place now, coach £18.50 & entry £21.50, by calling Tricia on Tel 01454 417236

Coach Trip: 18th July
Art in Action

£15 for the coach and either £14 adults or £11 senior citizens for entry, call Tricia on Tel 01454 417236


Thornbury Art Club Exhibition

Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th August (except Sunday) 10am – 6pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Thornbury


Club Night: September 2nd
Elizabeth Hough Demonstration:
Animals in Pastel - an Introduction.

Liz is an animal portrait artist based in Mid Wales. She trained in Graphic Design and has been drawing animals from an early age. She tries to paint the "essence" of the animal, especially enjoying drawing the animal's eyes. Liz will demonstrate animal portrait painting in pastels.

Location: The Cossham Hall

Workshop: September 19th
Elizabeth Hough: Painting a pet or other animal in pastels.

A follow-on from Elizabeth Hough's demo on 1st September.

Location: The Old Bakery Annex


Club Night: October 7th
Hannah McVicar Demonstration:
Talk about botanical prints and a demonstration on screenprinting techniques

Hannah is an illustrator and printmaker whose floral illustrations are influenced by her childhood, growing up on an organic herb farm and helping her parents at all the major RHS flower shows, including the Chelsea Flower show and Hampton Court Flower show. Her upbringing around plants and her passion for drawing became naturally entwined. Hannah has developed her style through years of practising the technique of screenprinting. When Hannah is not working on commissions for her various clients, she is producing colourful and vibrant collections of floral screenprints that she exhibits throughout the country and internationally.

Location: The Cossham Hall


Club Night: November 4th
Paul Weaver Demonstration:
Capturing the Landscape Abroad.

Using reference from his painting trips to France, Portugal and Spain, Paul will demonstrate his approach to watercolour landscapes, with advice in capturing mood and atmosphere and painting in a warmer climate.

Location: The Cossham Hall


Club Night: December 2nd
Pauline Wilson Smith Talk:
40 years of Christmas Cards

Location: The Cossham Hall