Category Archives: Demo Nights

2nd June John Hopkins update

Fab demo tonight by John Hopkins. He sketched the picture below out in 10 mins flat! A view of Bewdley that we all know and have probably tried to sketch or paint. He then proceeded to show us how he paints skies then blocks in the buildings. He advised us to ignore the small details and used large paintbrushes except for a few final touches. A very realistic result yet very little detail. Brilliant evening and lots of tips picked up. We will have a go at street scenes on our sketch crawl in Stourport week after next, so get your pencils sharpened, and the paints and brushes ready. And don’t forget there is a work night next week having a go at figure drawing. It’s all go!

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2 June 2016, guest artist John Hopkins

Kidderminster Art Society welcomes guest Artist John Hopkins at Trimpley Village Hall at 7.15pm.

John studied illustration at Birmingham College of Art. He prefers to work in a fast, loose, impressionistic style but always with the emphasis on good drawing skills.
John is an associate member of the RBSA and a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.
Why not come along and enjoy an informative evening in good company? All welcome, non-members £5 on the door.

14 April Talk by Peter Bishop

Cader Idris

Kidderminster Art Society enjoyed a talk by artist Peter Bishop about his work and methods of creating his art last Thursday. He also made comparisons with other artists who painted the same subject and gave the members an insight into the many ways a scene might be interpreted. Peter has been painting Cader Idris, views of Snowdonia since 1987 and has recently published a book on the subject.

image-18-04-16-12-47-2 Cader Idris (Craig Cau) acrylic & enamel on canvas 104 x 150cm - Copy

3 MARCH – An evening with artist Rob Leckey

KAS enjoyed a wonderful evening with guest artist Rob Leckey. He Rob Leckey, Artistshowed us how he created his paintings, the techniques he employs and the various mediums he uses, and not a brush in sight!  Rob uses a variety of tools to apply paint, ink and oil pastels to his paintings using pieces of stick, credit cards, cardboard and anything else he can make a mark with. The painting literally evolved before our eyes.

Thanks Rob for coming to Kidderminster Art Society and entertaining and educating us!

3 March 2016 – Rob Leckey Presentation

This Thursday 3rd March 2016, Kidderminster Art Society are looking forward to welcoming Rob Leckey ARBSA.

R Lecky 01 R Leckey 02 R Leckey 03Rob works with acrylic paint and ink, collage and mixed media. The acrylics are applied with rollers, pieces of shaped wood, card and any found materials. Collage materials comprise of torn or shaped tissue paper, newsprint, and magazine illustrations. Details are also added with oil and chalk pastels, pen and ink.

Rob says “By the very nature of how I apply the collage, paint and inks I can never fully predict the outcome. Along the way many accidents happen, interesting colours and unique shapes emerge”. Boats and harbours, landscape, town and cityscapes all provided inspiration for Rob’s impressionist style.

Come along to Trimpley Village Hall and enjoy a fascinating insight to Rob’s techniques. Start time 7.15 pm. Guests welcome for the usual entrance fee of £5 on the door.

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14 Jan 2016 Work Night

David Spurrier DemoOn Thursday 14th Jan members enjoyed a good evening trying their hands at printing with David Spurrier. A variety of inks and papers were made available along with various supports including Lino and one member brought a woodcut she had been working on. There will be another chance this coming Thursday 21st to have a go, so come along and try it out.

7 Jan 2016 Printing with David Spurrier

Canyonland1, Mixed Media
by David Spurrier
We meet again on Thursday 7th January when we will welcome David Spurrier. He will be taking us through the process of how to make a plate for printing. Materials supplied so come along and try your hand.
The following two weeks (14th and 21st), a press will be on hand for you to use to try out your ‘plate’.


1 October 2015 Drawing and mark making

Join us at Trimpley Village Hall this evening for a session with Claire Spencer on drawing and mark marking. All materials will be provided.  The October – November newsletter is now available under the Newsletter tab above. There are lots of activites going on this autumn so don’t forget to put the dates in your diaries!

10 September Demo Angela Gaughan

What a fantastic evening with Angela Gaughan! Angela Gaughan bookAngela is renowned for her wildlife paintings and brought copies of her book and some of her paintings to show us.

Angela showed us how she went about creating her paintings using acrylic washes built up in washes over a detailed Inktense drawing.

Even though Angela only had a couple of hours for her demo the result was amazing!

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I am sure that those attending the demo learnt many valuable tips about working in acrylic.

To see more of Angela’s work visit her website here.


September activities

This month’s theme is- Painting in Oil and Acrylic. You can choose to paint in either medium for your subject.

  • 3 rd September. We kick of the month with a work night
  • 10th September – Demo Night with Angela Gaughan . She will be demonstrating in Acrylic
  • 17th September – Work Night. We will also be having a photo session with Colin Hill. He will be photographing your entry for the Annual Exhibition in Kidderminster Library in November. Please bring along your UNFRAMED WORK (not behind glass) but can be mounted. Only one piece per member. There will be one more chance in October if your piece isn’t ready.
  • 24th September – Appraisal night with Shirley Bonas. If you are in Bewdley why not pop into St. Georges Cafe and have a look at Shirley’s exhibition.