Pirbright Art Club now has four  groups. Thursday Group 1, which was the original group of the Club, is an afternoon group, meeting on the third Thursday of each month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Tuesday Group, meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:30pm - 7pm is the only early evening group. Monday Drawing Group, which opened in 2013 has meetings on selected Mondays each calendar month, 1:30pm - 4pm. Our new group - Thursday Watercolour Plus! - meets on the second Thursday of each month, 1pm - 4pm. Each group has a maximum of 26 members and some members join more than one group.

Maggie Read is on hand to help members with their work on an individual basis. Maggie is a qualified art tutor, teaching all aspects of drawing and painting in many different media. For further information on Maggie Read, see her website at

There is an optional theme and suggested medium each month for anyone who needs inspiration! Members bring their own reference or source material to work from and use the medium of their choice. We work in a wide range of media, including watercolour, pen and wash, acrylics, pastels and oils. Please note, oil painters should only use water-mixable or low-odour oils.

A condition for exhibiting at the main Annual Exhibition is that current members must have attended at least 4 sessions in the previous year. New members must attend all three Autumn meetings to qualify for entry in the Annual Exhibition this year.

Members can purchase a card of 5 vouchers at a slight discount from the monthly fee of £7 (cards are £30). Maggie will then stamp one session each time a member attends. Voucher-cards can be purchased at meetings.

Thursday Group (1)

This group meets in the clubroom of Lord Pirbright's Hall, between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. This group is limited to 26 members and is currently full.

Tuesday Group

This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Clubroom, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. It has a maximum of 26 members and currently has spaces available. Please contact Maggie Read, if you are interested in joining.


Monday Drawing Group

This group meets in the Main Hall on selected Mondays once a month between 1:30pm and 4pm. The group is limited to 26 members and is currently full. Monday group has separate themes, see the table below.

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Clubroom between 1pm - 4pm. Demonstrations based on the monthly themes take place in the Main Hall at 1pm. This group has a maximum of 28 members and is currently full with a waiting list. Watercolour Plus! Group re-enrols at the end of April. Places may be available then.

Please contact Maggie Read if you would like to be added to the waiting list for any of our groups.

Dates, Themes and Media for Spring 2019

An overview of Club Meetings, for all groups, for Spring 2019, as well as other important Club dates, can be downloaded here. This is the Word version and this is the PDF version

Thursday Group (1) and Tuesday Group

Thurs Tues Subject Medium
Jan 17th 29th Individual progress advice. Critique of a recent picture & advice on exhibiting in 2019. Continue to work on your own projects while waiting for your critique Own choice
Feb 21st 26th Tonal drawing - still-life theme. Objects from kitchen or shed! Black & white drawing on grey paper(*) Study of light, dark & shadow. Composition of intersecting shapes White pastel-pencil & charcoal + sheet of grey drawing paper(*). Bring own objects or choose from a selection of oddities!
Mar 21st 26th Steam engines & machinery. Acrylic monochrome painting. Close-up studies - bold shapes & tones using black & white on coloured ground. Black & White acrylic paint. Bring a primed & painted board or canvas (e.g. yellow or green). Ref: bring - own photos if possible
Apr 18th 30th Butterflies & moths in pastel-pencils. Close-up studies from photos. For those with a love of detail and colour - create your own fantasy painting/s! Dark pastel paper / board. Pastel-pencils - various colours (You could use another medium if preferred). Reference photos will be available.
May 16th 28th Advice session. What to exhibit for the ‘Railings’ Exhibition plus Frame re-cycling! Sell your unwanted frames (good-as-new condition). Also continuing with own projects Bring new work for selection and for tips on how to complete. Also bring any new/used frames for re-sale to other members. Your choice of medium & subject
Jun 20th 25th    
Jul 18th 30th    

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

(*) Maggie will have paper for sale at these sessions.

Monday Drawing Group

  Monday Subject Medium
Jan 28th Drawing in reverse - white on black Still-life objects provided              Use black paper (Maggie will have some for sale on the day) and white pastel/pastel pencil
Feb 25th A harbour scene in pastel  Please bring your own reference of boats in a harbour (Maggie will have some spare photos but not enough for all) You will need pastel paper or colourfix in a harmonising colour such as blue; coral or pale green/grey
Mar 25th Urban landscape in charcoal and white pastel on grey paper Bring own photo reference of close-up buildings/rooftops or city views. It’s all about shapes and angles this time - the results will be slightly abstract!  You will need grey sugar- paper or pastel paper, a large sheet if possible. Also bring white pastel and charcoal
Apr 29th

Line & wash - buildings in moorland/mountainous setting  Maggie will have some reference but please bring your own photos - perhaps of Exmoor; Scottish Lochs or Lake District?

You will need non-permanent ink pen/s, as the grey washes will come from adding water to the line drawing. No colour involved this time.
May June 3rd Selection of work for the ‘Railings’ Exhibition Advice on presentation and display. If you need help choosing piece/s of work to mount/frame for the exhibition - bring a selection of your drawings or paintings. You may work on your own choice of drawing project this session - using a preferred medium
Jun 24th Portrait in coloured pencil, using cross-hatching - mature/aged faces. We will build up colour gradually and softly in layers. Good quality coloured pencils (not w/colour pencils please) and fine surface cartridge paper. Also bring an HB pencil
Jul Aug 5th Real-life studies from nature - trees, clouds, reflections Working outdoors, around the village green, if the weather allows - if not Maggie will have some back-up reference photos. Bring a folding seat and wear layers of clothing. You may work inside if you prefer, of course.   Bring a sketchpad and range of drawing materials

(*) Maggie will have paper for sale at these sessions.

Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

  Monday Subject Medium
Jan 10th Watercolour equipment overhaul A play-session to explore some of the materials you have got: What are certain brushes used for? Do you need to upgrade some older items or throw others out? Some of you have acquired a lot of materials and you may need to slim down your kit, or even add items. Bring it all along and I’ll advise! Bring several sheets of watercolour paper (*).
Feb 14th Wet-in-wet backgrounds for still-life. Learn how to suggest a background using ‘dropped-in’ colour. To get the most from this session, you may prepare a couple of still-life paintings in advance (draw and partly paint still-life objects - leave background unpainted)  We will use masking fluid on the edges before adding the background. Bring prepared paintings on ‘not’ or ‘rough’ watercolour paper; masking-fluid & your own reference objects.  You will need spare paper to practice wet-in-wet.
Mar 14th Rabbits & March Hares! Using light line drawing with delicate washes, in the style of Beatrix Potter. We will work from photos of real rabbits or hares. Please bring your own reference photos from your own family pets, if possible. Otherwise, Maggie will have some photos you can select from.    You will need sepia pens (or dip-pen & ink) as well as your watercolours. Hot-pressed paper(*) (HP/smooth watercolour paper) is best for this technique.
Apr 11th Spring flowers. Coloured acrylic inks used with watercolour, on ‘not’ or ‘rough’ surfaced watercolour paper. The style will be impressionistic and the flowers will be close-up studies. Bring some real flowers or work from photos. Maggie will have some photo-reference as backup. You will need acrylic inks in several bright colours, as well as watercolour materials. Bring white acrylic ink or white gouache to add detail.
May 9th    
Jun 13th    
Jul 11th    

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