2018 / 2019 Meetings

All meetings are held at Duncombe Drive Day Centre on the third Thursday of each month from September to May.
With the exception of the Christmas celebration evening and the AGM, all meetings start at 8pm and conclude at approx. 10pm. There is a short break at 9pm for complimentary tea and coffee. Non-member guests are welcome for £6 per meeting. Please note that we occasionally have to change a demonstration due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather or illness.


Thurs 19th Sept 2019
David Wilcox – Watercolour Racehorses

Born in 1950, David was educated and spent his early years in the West Midlands. After studying painting and Art History at Bournville School of Art, he studied under Brendon Neiland, the Photo-Realist painter at Wolverhampton College of Art and Design.

He graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 1978 and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Distinction at Birmingham College of Art and Design. After teaching in Devon for three years he became a professional artist in 1983.

As a watercolourist David uses the traditional English technique of many transparent washes, allowing the white of the paper to create the highlights. By contrast, in his canvases, David has been using the Baroque technique of pulling the image out of a dark background for dramatic effect. His repertoire encompasses a wide variety of subjects including The Dance, landscapes and figure studies. He is at present collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in a series of works, exploring aspects of dance with a greater emphasis on dynamic composition and colour.

David’s work is well represented in collections across the British Isles and has been included in exhibitions at Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery, and has been published in open and limited editions in Britain and New York.

Thurs 17th Oct 2019

Lewis Hazelwood-Horner – Oil or Acrylic Figures

I studied at Central Saint Martin’s school of art and then went on to pursue my passion of painting and drawing at LARA. My training is chiefly centered around the skill of drawing with the ability to draw accurately depicting what I see before me.

The basis to my own practice is draftsmanship and with my solid grounding of drawing and painting I apply these fundamentals of technique to many different mediums.

For more examples of my paintings please visit my website

Thurs 21st Nov 2019

Vicki Norman – Pastel or Acrylic Snow Scene

I just love paint.

And I love to travel. And to teach other people to paint.

That’s it really.

In recent years I have studied with master painters from Italy and the USA, all the time searching for traditional skills and methods which can be applied to paintings of a modern world. I give workshops and classes on various aspects of drawing and painting and also painting holidays for those who want to work outside the studio. I have always been a painter, I graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting and later studied for a teaching certificate specialising in post 16 education. I have won awards for both my teaching and my painting. Recent prizes include Best Painting in Show at Plein air Bermuda in Nov 2017. First Prize at ‘Painting the Parish’ in Dublin in 2016 and Second prize at ‘A Brush with the Broads’ in 2016.

My fondness for travelling and painting has naturally led me into the world of Plein Air painting. Working quickly on location to capture the essence of a time and place encourages a looser, more impressionist style of painting. This puts an emphasis on atmosphere rather than detail, and colour is the vehicle through which I seek to capture light and place.

For more examples of my painting please visit my website

Thurs 12th December 2019

Fiona Pruden – Watercolour Flowers

Fiona began painting in watercolours with the Midland Bank Art Club under the patient and comprehensive tuition of traditional watercolourist Keith Burtonshaw, now sadly deceased. She took redundancy in 2000 to concentrate on her family and develop her obsession with watercolours.

She started the ‘Willow Watercolours ‘ group at the beginning of 2001 based at her home in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, and soon began teaching around the area. She now tutors seven groups each week from beginners, through to more experienced and adventurous watercolourists.

Fiona also presents a series of regular monthly Saturday Watercolour Workshops helping develop ‘Confidence in Watercolours’ through a range of subjects, from Skies, Trees, Wild Seas, Animals, Flowers, Snow-scenes, Starting with Abstraction, Mixed Media Adventures etc etc at Ace Arts, Artscape in Harpenden and the Arts Centre in Ware, Herts

As an active Art Society member herself, she also really enjoys visiting other clubs and societies to present either demonstrations or workshops for evenings, days or weekends. She also tutors private groups and clients by arrangement.

Fiona can adapt her teaching style as required from a traditional approach using a limited palette to much more contemporary work using bright and colourful primary pigments and a loose and splashy, free style.


Thurs 16th January 2020

Tony Jackson – Acrylic Still Life

Tony studied painting at Bath Academy of Art (1963-66). He then taught art in secondary schools for 30 years and was Head of Expressive Arts at a school in Hemel Hempstead. He now paints and exhibits, mostly in acrylics and pastels, and has run many adult art classes in Hertfordshire. He runs a regular private class in Chorleywood, Herts. on Friday mornings.

If you would like to see more of Tony’s work you can visit his website Here