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, 1:30pm - 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 www.maggieread.co.uk

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 in that members must have attended at least 4 sessions in the previous year. New members must attend at least two of the three Autumn meetings to qualify for entry in the current year’s Exhibition.

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

Thursday Group

This group meets in the clubroom of Lord Pirbright's Hall, on Pirbright Green, 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. Please note new times.

Monday 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. Please contact Maggie Read if you are interested in joining.

NEW - Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group

The Thursday Watercolour Plus! Group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Clubroom between 1:30pm - 4:00pm. This group has its own themes. It has a maximum of 26 members and is now full with a waiting list. Please contact Maggie if you would like to be added to our waiting list.

Dates, Themes and Media for early 2018

Thursday and Tuesday Groups

Thurs Tues Subject (@) Medium
Jan 18th 30th Critique of a finished picture and advice on exhibiting for 2018. Bring a recent piece of work and get advice on your style and media. Continue own work, ideas and projects, during the rest of the session, whilst awaiting your turn.
Feb 15th 27th Portrait Drawing practice session. Tuesday evening - model session, please bring £3 fee. Thursday - use reference. Drawing materials and paper (*). Pencils, charcoal, putty rubber. Bring own board and easel. Some large easels are available.
Mar 15th 27th Local scenes with pen and wash. Thinking ahead to printing as cards. Photo reference. Permanent ink pens, HP watercolour paper (*), paints and watercolour brushes.
Apr 19th 24th Flowers in pastel - impressionistic style! Bring own flowers Large and expressive pictures! Creative use of colour. Dark pastel paper / card, pastels in a wide variety of colours.
May 17th 29th Selection of work / advice session for the Railings exhibition (July).
Continue with own projects
Frame Swap - bring unwanted, good condition frames to sell to other members.
Bring new and previously exhibited work for possible selection.
Jun 21st 26th Continue own work  
Jul 19th 31st Sunflowers Acrylics

Maggie will normally demonstrate or show examples at each session.

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

Monday Group

  Monday Subject Medium
Jan 22nd Drawing with Charcoal - tone and shading techniques. Still-life. Maggie will bring still-life objects. Charcoal, Bring large sheets of Cartridge Paper(*).
Feb 12th Berries and Fruits in close-up. Bring own objects for this still-life. Pastel Pencils. Pastel Paper in dark colours such as navy blue, deep purple, burgundy or black.
Mar 5th Photo reference - cityscapes / buildings in  landscapes. Maggie will bring reference or bring own photos of preferred. Pen drawing on coloured paper. Drawing Pen (either dip-pen with black ink or 2/3 draughtman's pens - fine and medium nibs). Coloured printer paper or smooth coloured card in green, blue, orange or other bright colour.
Apr 16th Portraits of children (light skin) Soft pastels on pastel paper or colourfix card. Paper should be cream or flesh colour. Bring sketch book and pencils for practice of proportions. A few pastel pencils will be useful for detail.
Apr 30th Portraits of children (black and asian skin) Soft pastels on pastel paper - brown or dark grey. Sketch book required for practice of features, etc..
Jun 4th Selection of work for the Railings Exhibition - advice on presentation and display.

Continue own projects.
If you would like help on choosing for framing or exhibiting, bring a selection of work.
Jul 23rd Simple still-life studies in pen and wash (watercolour). Household objects with print and pattern, e.g. crockery / ornaments on coloured fabric. Pens as before. Hot pressed (HP) watercolour paper(*). Watercolour paints and brushes,
Aug   No Meeting. Subs due by end of month.  

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