Welcome to 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and THANK YOU for your continued support.

2017 was another good year for our group, the highlight being our successful Open Day in November, with lots of visitors, several paintings sold and commissions taken.

A year ago you wrote down 3 arty objectives that you wanted to achieve in 2017. Did you try new mediums and techniques? Were you pleased with your achievements?

Our blog continues here on mcartgroup.wordpress.com where the newsletter is published every two months, together with anything 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 2018 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) 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.

If you no longer wish to be a member, please let Susan know asap, so she can offer a place to someone on the waiting list.

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 2018? Please write down all these dates for our meetings in 2018:-


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


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

Please note that the Saturday dates are for the 4th Saturday. Some months have 5 Saturdays but we meet on the 4th one.


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 2018


Wednesday 10th   7-9pm   –   Snow scenes/Christmas cards

Before you recycle all your Christmas cards, choose a few favourites and design your own card. Use any medium and consider getting your own painting published as a Christmas card, like a few members do already.

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, and remember your subs too.

Our friend Tom Monk very kindly left his art materials to the group, so Patrick will be bringing them today. If you’d like anything, please make a donation to club funds, so they can continue to be used to subsidise future workshops that we have.

Saturday 27th   10.00am -3.30pm   –   Pot Luck Landscape

Bring your pencils and paints and pick an envelope. Inside will be photos of a landscape or seascape, a building and some people, not necessarily to scale. Paint a picture combining all three elements and see what you can create.  If you paint quickly then choose another envelope. This is a good way to get back into painting if you’re short of inspiration.

To make your painting work well, try painting using one of the palettes that we learnt about when Melanie Cambridge visited us. Use a vibrant, analogous, triadic or Zorn palette. Google them or look back on the blog to October 2017 where all the palettes are explained.

If there are any of Tom’s art materials left from the Wednesday session, they will be available for a donation to club funds.                                                                                            

The fee for today is £6.



Wednesday 14th   7-9pm   –   Gustav Klimt

One hundred years ago the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt died. Be creative using his distinctive style – use a human figure, add patterns and gold leaf or paint. Visit klimt.com and gustav-klimt.com for inspiration.

Saturday 24th   10.00am-3.30pm   –   Collage Workshop with Fiona Spirals

Fiona is running a collage workshop with us again. If you think that collage pictures belong in school, come to the session and be inspired by creative and bubbly Fiona. You’ll take home a completed picture and never look at collage the same way again!

All you need is a canvas or board (new or an old one that you go over) but not paper, as it would get too soggy. Bring along a picture or use one of Fiona’s. She’ll also be bringing all the magazines and glue that you’ll need.

See her website at… fionaspirals.co.uk

The fee for today is £10

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