Drawing and Painting for Pleasure


We are a group of mixed ability who mostly work on our own projects.  Sometimes someone has an idea which we explore, with interesting results!  We take the subject seriously, but are a friendly group who make newcomers welcome.  Watercolour is the medium most of us use but you can explore with whatever you like.  Some experience is useful but Derek is there to offer guidance when required and in the summer we may have a day outdoors depending on the weather.  If you would like to join us just ring one of the numbers below.

Where and when

We meet at 2pm on the first and third Thursday of the month in the Langton Room.

Contact details

Derek Brittan (leader) 01858 410432 and Anne Mitchell (reporter) 01858 462393


Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – February

We were very happy to meet up in January after our December holiday, and most of us began to work on new projects. We had decided on “Winter” as a theme, and this has encouraged most people to produce wintry birds, flowers and snow scenes. Whilst water colours are still the favourite medium in which […]

Drawing and Painting – December

Our final meeting this year is on December 5th, when we meet for a buffet lunch before enjoying a DVD on watercolour techniques. This should be a most agreeable way to begin the lead-up to Christmas. We should all like to thank Derek for putting so much effort into helping us with our artwork throughout […]

summerhouse and steps painting

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – November

We have happily continued with our individual projects throughout October, overseen and assisted, as usual, by Derek. However, Richard spent a great deal of time over the summer learning about, and practising, the skill of painting with a natural sponge. He has put his newfound ability to good use in painting trees, and we eagerly […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – October

Although we did not meet in July and August, a group of 12 of us went to Thornby Hall, the new Buddhist Centre, on an outdoor painting day in mid July. The weather was idyllic, and the house and grounds provided us with inspiration for some really lovely work. The lunch and afternoon tea completed […]

Drawing and Painting – July

There will be no meetings in July/August as  members’ holidays interrupt our usual routines. We shall meet again on the first Thursday afternoon in September. However, Sue and Elaine have arranged a summer painting day at Thornby Hall on Thursday 19 July. We aim to meet for coffee and then use the grounds, house and […]

Drawing and Painting – June

We have settled down to finish what may well be the final productions of this session, and are in the process of completing paintings on the agreed theme of fruit or birds. One group, however, has continued to develop a variety of work based on flowers, a sample of which may be seen in the […]

Drawing and Painting – March

We should like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the display of some of our work at the Open Meeting in February.  Your positive comments were very encouraging, and much appreciated.  As a result of that meeting, we have four lovely new members to the group, which means we are now virtually full […]

Drawing and Painting – February

We got off to a flying start in the first January meeting, in our new venue, the Ashley Room.  Group members found the room warm, bright and inviting, and most of us settled to develop new projects.  We are a mixed ability group who work principally in watercolours, acrylics and pastels, and meet on the […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure

We have settled down into a large and friendly group, mainly working on our own projects, though often there is something to inspire those lacking inspiration!  This is a mixed-ability group meeting in the Langton Room from 2-4pm on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  If you fancy joining us just give one […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure

The recent outdoor painting day went well with some good paintings to show for it.  It was nice to be outside for a change, but are now back indoors working on our own projects.  Occasionally we will ring the changes with a class project… maybe a still life, or someone will bring something interesting, hopefully […]