Welcome to 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and welcome to all our new members.  THANK YOU for your continued support in 2016 and we look forward to having an arty 2017.

2016 was another good year for our group, the highlight being our successful Open Day in November, with lots of visitors and several paintings sold.

Our blog continues here at www.mcartgroup.wordpress.com, and a newsletter is posted  every two months, together with any articles relating to the group and with photos of the sessions. This also gives you the opportunity to have your work on show, so please continue to look at the blog and email Susan your paintings for inclusion.

Don’t forget to become a ‘follower’, if you haven’t already done so, to ensure that you get email alerts every time something is posted on this site. The blog is for you, so please use it!

For 2017 we will be having another Open Day in November and be painting at Chalk Church in the summer.

The annual subs of £15.00 are now due.

A paying-in form is provided with this newsletter and cheques should be made payable to ‘M & C Art Group’.

Please return forms and cheques to Susan as soon as possible (an email with her postal address will be sent to you) at the latest by the end of February. Alternatively, please hand your form and your cash/cheque to Susan at one of the meetings asap.

All Wednesday evenings will be free again this year, unless we have a guest artist or model. No bookings are required for Wednesday evenings but please book for all Saturday workshops as we may occasionally have to limit numbers at the request of the artist.

Free coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided at all meetings.

The session ideas we suggest are to help you think of what to paint….if you are already working on something else, no problem at all, please come along anyway for a cuppa and a natter!

Have you got a new diary or calendar for 2017? Please write down these dates for our meetings in 2017 :-


Jan 11th, Feb 8th, March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 14th, July 12th,
August 9th, Sept 13th, Oct 11th, Nov 8th, Dec 13th (Christmas party)


Jan 28th, Feb 25th, March 25th, April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th, July 22nd (Chalk Church), Aug 26th (Chalk Church), Sep 23rd, Oct 28th, Nov 25th (Open Day)

Please note that the Saturday dates are for the 4th Saturday, which is not always the last Saturday of the month.


Please book ______________________________ on the workshop

I enclose a cheque/cash for £__________ made payable to M & C Art Group.

Post or hand to Susan, who will contact you to confirm your booking



Please complete this form and post to Susan with a cheque for £15.00 payable to ‘M & C Art Group’.  Alternatively hand in with cash or cheque at the next meeting.

Telephone Number___________________________________________
E-Mail Address________________________________________________
Your email address will be shared with M & C Art Group members only. Please advise if you do not want this information given out.

January & February 2017


Wednesday 11th   7-9pm   –   Pablo Picasso said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”

Mentally brush the dust off yourself and get ready for a year full of art. Bring along your sketch books or paper, your pencils and pens, to sketch your ideas and jot down what you’d like create in 2017. Write down 3 things you’d like to improve upon…drawing, oils, complimentary colours, portraits, a brand new medium?

Our first meeting of the year is also a time to catch up with friends, so please come along for a cuppa and a natter too.


Saturday 28th 10.00am -3.30pm – Winter White

Hopefully it won’t be snowing, but come along and paint a winter scene including snow. Before recycling all your Christmas cards, choose a few of your favourite snow scene cards for inspiration. Paint just the one, or a few, using any medium.

Leave watercolour paper white for the snow highlights. Look at snow in shadow, it can be blue, lilac or grey, depending on how strong the daylight is. A sunset on snow can make the snow glow red, orange and yellow, so your winter whites may actually be quite colourful.

The fee for today is £6.


Also on Saturday 28th – bring and buy sale

Did you get new art supplies for Christmas? Have you sorted out your art boxes or storage recently?

Bring along any items which you no longer need. Label clearly with your name and £price or £offer. Place on the table supplied and have a look to buy anything new to you, then give the money to the person on the label. At the end of the day you can keep the money, give to a charity of your choice or donate to general club funds. No catches, you just have to take home any items of yours that are on the table at the end of the day.



Wednesday 8th   7-9pm  –  Moonlight

Paint a picture of moonlight using any medium. Consider starting with blue or black paper and using pastels or chalk to define the moonlight.


Saturday 25th   10.00am-3.30pm   –   Watercolour workshop with Anthony Nield

A new artist for M&C, Anthony is coming to run our first workshop of the year. His style of painting can be found on his website… anthonynield.com . The subject we will be painting will be confirmed nearer the date.

The fee for today is £14.00.

Please use a booking form and post to Susan, or email or phone her asap to book your place.