Calendar 2022

Activities January to August 2022

General information.

New members please note that you pay the leader at the first session of an activity, or if you make a single attendance, you are not required to pay in advance. 

Please try to bring the correct money in cash or cheques made out to ‘Bexhill Artists’ Workspace’ to any activity where payment is involved.

The reason we make payment for a whole term cheaper than for paying for each one, is that single visit payments mean more work for the leaders of the activities and for the Treasurer.

Please take newspaper or a plastic sheet to protect tables and your own cleansing materials to all practical indoor sessions. No litter may be left at any venue but must be taken home.


Click here to go straight to the May entry.

January 2022

Tuesday Workshop.

The second of Louise’s ‘Abstract Landscapes in Acrylic’ workshops which was due to be held on 7th December 2021 had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

A replacement session has now been arranged for Tuesday 25th January at the usual time of 2.15 to 4.15 pm in St Stephen’s large hall, Down Road, TN39 4HD. This is primarily intended for people who attended the first session in November ’21, and will of course be free to members who have already paid for the session or the set of sessions last year, otherwise £5 for members who wish to attend as a ‘one-off’.

In preparation please remember to research the work of Graham Sutherland. You will also need to bring with you a photograph of a garden or landscape of personal interest as well as your painting and drawing materials.


February 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum – second Sunday of each month.

First session – February 13th, subsequently March 13th, April 10th, May 8th and all second Sundays through to December.

The Studio will run from 11.00 am-3.30pm, but we will have access from 10.30am in order to set up. The cost of each session will be £4.00 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but please bring your own lunch.

The Education room has been updated and we now have trestle tables for our own use to work on and display our items for sale and we will not have additional display tables.

Space is limited and if you would like a place at the studio please call Elaine, contact details in the newsletter, or via the contact page on this web site.

Portrait / figure drawing group

We are moving to the small hall at St. Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive.

Sadly, after over 30 years at St. Peter’s Community Centre, the group is reluctantly moving sessions away from St Peters. This is due to the very difficult parking situation at St. Peters and the Old Town.  There are now very few free parking spaces near the centre and phone payments (or payments at the corner shop) for the Manor Barn car park have to be for 3 or 4 hours.

We are moving to the small hall at St. Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive. There is a car park for about 8 cars, and on-road parking.  We will have the use of the kitchen and will be able to organise our own coffee breaks.

First session will be on Monday 21st February, 9.30 am ’till 11.30 am. Second session – Monday 28th February.

 There are 8 sessions booked, subsequent sessions are:  7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March; 4th and 11th of April. The price for the eight sessions will be £52.

We hope that members who gave up attending the sessions because of the parking at St. Peter’s will return.

Tuesday Workshops

The first workshop will be on Tuesday 8th February and the second session will be on Tuesday 22nd February, 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

The subject of these first two sessions will be ‘Collaged Portraits’, led by Di Jones.

For more information about how to prepare and what to bring, please scroll down to the ‘Important Information’ section at the bottom of this page, or see the January Newsletter.

Subsequent sessions will be on March 8th and 22nd, and a single 4-hour session on will be on April 26th, 12.30 – 4.30.

Workshops will be held in the large hall at St Stephen’s Church, Down Road, TN39 4HD, on Tuesday afternoons 2.00pm – 4.00, usually on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the appropriate month.  However the April workshop marks an exciting departure for us. There will be one session of 4 hours, on 26th April, 12.30 to 4.30.  

 The fee will be £20 for all the sessions or £5 for individual 2 hour sessions and £10 for the 4 hour session.

The tutors will not know how many members will be attending each session so please bring with you the art and research materials requested by them which will be detailed in the January Newsletter.

Life Drawing Group

The Life Drawing group will re-start on Thursday February 17th 7.15 – 9.15 pm at St. Peter’s Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town. The cost for the 8 week term will be £60.

Individual sessions available at £8 per session.

Details from Dave, or via the contact form.

Second session – Thursday 24th February.  Subsequent sessions March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and April 7th.

March 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum

Sunday 13th March.

11.00 am-3.30pm, but we will have access from 10.30am in order to set up.  £4.00 per session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but please bring your own lunch.

Portrait/figure drawing group

Continues Mondays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March at the small hall at St. Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive.  See February entry for details.

Tuesday Workshops

at St. Stephen’s Church Hall (big hall) in Woodsgate Park Bexhill  2.15. – 4.15

Tuesday 8th March and Tuesday 22nd March

See the February entry for more details.

The subject will be ‘Pencil Techniques’ led by Steve Hall.

For more information about how to prepare and what to bring, please scroll down to the ‘Important Information’ section at the bottom of this page, or see the January Newsletter.

The Life Drawing group

Continues Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd and 31st March, 7pm ‘till 9pm at St Peter’s Community Centre, in the Small Hall.  See February entry for details.


April 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum

Sunday 10th April.  11.00 am-3.30pm, but we will have access from 10.30am in order to set up.  £4.00 per session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but please bring your own lunch.

Portrait/figure drawing group

Continues Mondays, 4th and 11th April, at the small hall at St. Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive.  See February entry for details.

Tuesday Workshops

at St. Stephen’s Church Hall (big hall) in Woodsgate Park Bexhill  2.15. – 4.15

Tuesday 26th April, 12.30 – 4.30.  See the February entry for details.

The subject will be ‘Botanical Illustration in Watercolour’ led by Lesley Smith.

For more information about how to prepare and what to bring, please scroll down to the ‘Important Information’ section at the bottom of this page, or see the January Newsletter.

The Life Drawing group

Last session this term – Thursday 7th April. 7pm ‘till 9pm at St Peters Community Centre, in the Small Hall.    See the February entry for details.

Art and Craft Exhibition

Friday 29th April, 10 am ’till 4 pm – A one-day Art and Craft Exhibition at Bexhill Sailing Club, De La Warr Parade, TN40 1LA. Free entry, approximately fourteen tabletop collections of locally-produced art- and craft-works.

May 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum – second Sunday of each month.

Sunday 8th May. 11.00 am-3.30pm, but we will have access from 10.30am in order to set up.  £4.00 per session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but please bring your own lunch.

Portrait/figure drawing group

For the next set of sessions we have decided to return to the St Peter’s Community Centre, Church Street, Old Town.

The 8 week term will resume on Monday 9th May at 9.30 am. Second session Monday 16th May.

Subsequent sessions: Mondays: May 23rd and 30th; June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

Bring any materials of your choice including protection for a table and floor if they are messy materials. Tea/coffee served by the centre is not included in the fees.  Fees will be £39 for the term and £7 for any single session.

There are few parking places by the Centre.  Parking can be (payment by machine) in the Manor Gardens Car Park.  Nearest road parking is in Lychgates Close, north of King Offa Way if you can climb steps and have a head for heights to cross the footbridge over King Offa Way.

The Life Drawing Group.

The Life Group will resume its sessions on Thursday 19th May, 7.15pm at St. Peter’s Community Centre, Old Town, in the ‘Small Hall’.  Subsequent sessions: May 26th; June 9th, 16th and 23rd; July 7th, 14th and 21st. We are now able to call on one gentleman and three ladies as models. Prices as follows: a block of eight sessions will be £60 and individual sessions will be £10.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to re-schedule the June 9th session. There will be NO session on June 9th.

Bring any materials of your choice including protection for a table and floor if they are messy materials. Unfortunately no refreshments are provided.

Summer Outside Painting and Drawing Sessions.

Our attempts to draw outside have for some years been thwarted by bad weather but we are hoping this year the weather will be kind to us. Our first venue Athelas Exotic Plants Nursery will have cover anyway. The other venues will not, so will be cancelled if it is raining.

This year we will be concentrating on drawing and painting in gardens which will be more private than other venues we have used in past years.

Some of our members have kindly offered their gardens as venues for us and we thank them very much.

Please bring along paper/sketchbook and any art materials you wish to use. A folding chair would also be useful.

Tuesday 24th May 2-4pm.

ATHELAS EXOTIC PLANT NURSERY, Straight Lane, Hooe. TN33 9HU.

There are green houses for shelter here.

Subsequent sessions are in private gardens, details are in the newsletter. 2 – 4 p.m., dates as follows: June 14th and 28th and July 12th and 26th.

26th July – HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE GARDENS, Herstmonceux.

Meet at 2 at the entrance to the grounds.

( Please use Wartling Road entrance rather than the postcode)

There is a cafe in the grounds as well as a well-stocked art and art-book shop.

There is an entrance fee into the gardens of £7. 

If you buy Gardeners World Magazine available in shops from about 8th April (it will be the May issue) you will receive a 2 for 1 Annual Garden Entry card for entry into hundreds of gardens nationwide. Herstmonceux being one of them. You could buy the magazine between two people and then go for half price.

June 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum – second Sunday of each month.

Sunday 12th June – please see the May entry for details.

Portrait/figure drawing group

Monday mornings 10 ’till 12 at St Peter’s Community Centre: June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th (final session of this block). Please see the May entry for details.

The Life Drawing Group.

Thursday evenings 7.15 ’till 9.15 at St Peter’s Community Centre (The Small Room): June 9th, 16th and 23rd. Please see the May entry for details.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to re-schedule the June 9th session. There will be NO session on June 9th.

Summer Outside Painting and Drawing Sessions.

June 14th and 28th. Please see the Newsletter for details.

July 2022

Open Studio working at Bexhill Museum – second Sunday of each month.

Sunday 10th July – please see the May entry for details.

The Life Drawing Group.

July 7th, 14th and 21st (final session). Please see the May entry for details.

Summer Social Event

Planned for Friday 15th July. Details will be circulated to members nearer the time.

Future Events.

SUMMER EXHIBITION

Our exhibition at the Studio of the DLWP  will be open from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August (handing in Thursday 25th and hanging Friday 26th). It will be primarily an exhibition of items which may be exhibited by hanging on a wall or screen but there will be a square yard of table space each to display a small selection of quality craft work for eight members. Craft work which is sold is replaced by other items stored for the purpose.

Exhibition entry sheets will be sent out on Monday 11th July and must be returned by Saturday 6th August.

AGM.The large hall at St Stephen’s is booked for the AGM on Tuesday 6th September in the afternoon. Invitations with details will be sent out on Monday 11th July.

AUTUMN EXHIBITION.

A table sale style Exhibition at the Studio of the DLWP will be held on Saturday 5th November.


Tuesday Workshops – Important Information

February 8th Collaged portraits 1st session

Please bring an image of somebody to work from. It can be a picture of anyone as long as it is not too small.

You will need:-

A base to work on such as card, thick paper or canvas

  • Glue, PVA is fine
  • Pencil
  • Possibly scissors
  • Cartridge paper and water based paints or your own paintings to tear up that you don’t like anymore.

February 22nd 2nd session

For this session we will be inspired by the works of John Stezaker, Hannah Hoch and Arcimboldo.

Please bring in similar items to the above but instead of cartridge paper, paints and old paintings, bring in magazines, newspapers, etc. showing facial images to tear up. 

Please bring a clear facial reference to work from. PVA glue, pencil, scissors. A ground such as white card, thick paper or canvas, cartridge paper, paints or/and a painting (s) you are happy to tear up. Di


March 8th & 22nd Pencil techniques

1. Hatching and Cross hatching. Looking at how to draw shape and form with this technique. Please bring pens, drawing pencil or graphite and paper and an item with a clear three dimensional form eg a vase, teapot, jug or similar.

2. Other pencil techniques including focus on texture. Materials as before and subjects to be discussed at the first session, but if you have a posable wooden mannequin, please bring that along. Steve



26th April 12.30 – 4.30 Botanical illustration in watercolour.


This short course is for those who have had some previous experience in using watercolours but may be new to botanical illustration. We will be focusing on drawing and painting a single plant specimen, using various techniques to bring life to your work and your watercolour.  
Please note: Good eyesight is essential for this course as the work is detailed, precise and requires accurate observational drawing.

Equipment list for Botanical Drawing workshop;

Please bring your usual watercolours, as we don’t know what we will be painting until nearer the day.
but these 7 are essential. Bring them if you have them but if you do not, Lesley will be happy to provide a small quantity of any colour required for a small contribution.
(Artist quality paints are preferred)
Permanent Rose
Scarlet lake
Hansa yellow light (Daniel Smiths) or Aureolin yellow
Indian yellow ( or cadmium yellow but this is not transparent)
French ultramarine
Cobalt blue
Winsor blue red shade

A good quality brush, size 4 and/or 2 whatever you have that you are used to, but it MUST point well.
Brushes I often use: a Winsor and Newton series 7 number 4, or a Raphael series 8408 number 4, or a da vinci series 10 size 4)  
Currently I’m using the Raphael.

Paper is really important, good quality cotton rag paper can make a huge difference to your work.
Saunders Waterford
Arches
Fabriano
Winsor and Newton professional.
Bockingford or The Langton is NOT suitable for this course.
I use 140lb Not surface (cold press) for beginners or Hot press for more experienced artists. You choose.
I will bring some sheets of paper for sale on the day if required. Usually approx £1.50 for a quarter sheet.  

You’ll also need HB or H pencil, putty rubber, some blue tak,
Cotton rag or kitchen towel, a small tall vase or milk bottle to hold a flower, Clean water containers/ jars. Lesley