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Workshops get off to a flying start

What an excellent way to start our 2024 Bruton Art Society’s workshops. 

On the 7th and 8th of March, 11 members of the society took part in Melanie Deegan’s “Sculpture in Wire and Resin” course at our familiar venue of Hadspen Village Hall.

Melanie is one of our regular tutors, much admired by those members who have had the pleasure of her calm and professional

approach. Her students always produce amazing work considering they only have two days to do it in, and this year was no exception. Some participants go on to do more sculpture in wire and resin in their own time having learnt about the materials and processes from Melanie and we are very grateful that she travels from the North Somerset coast each day where she has her studio at the Watchet “East Quay” contemporary Art Centre. 

The next workshop “Basic Oil Painting Skills” by Alex Cree is now fully booked, but there are still spaces available in the other workshops planned through the year. The number of places is always limited and once they’re booked they’re booked! So have a look at the 2024 Programme and if there’s anything you fancy participating in book it whilst you can.

Whats in store for 2024

As winter turns to spring so we see Bruton Art Society slowly coming to life. Very soon our first workshop of the year, “Sculpture in Wire and Resin”, will take place under the tutelage of Melanie Deegan. Altogether there are eight workshops planned for 2024 with the introduction of 2 taster days; one on gouache and one on pastel (oil and chalk).  We are also delighted to have James Lynch doing a 2 day workshop on egg tempera painting. 

The full programme is listed in the new ‘What’s On’ calendar which can be found under ‘2024 Programme’ in the menu. This is also where to book a workshop if you want to. (There is a quick link below.)

There are also eight ‘painting days’ planned. These are free to members and will be hosted at a variety of interesting local venues including Lovington Mill, a listed grade II mill probably dating from 1086 in a lovely setting with stream and weir, the ancient almshouses at Sexeys Hospital in Bruton and the Heritage railway at Cranmore near Shepton Mallet.

Our retiring chairman, Will Vaughan has arranged a wonderful lecture in April by Jill Dunkerton, a restorer at the National Gallery in London, on the science of investigating a Renaissance painting.

Full details of all the events planned can be perused in the ‘What’s On’ section of the website.

Recent Bruton Art Society workshops held in Hadspen Village hall.

“Still life in Fabric and Mixed media” Tutor: Imogen Bittner  Imogen showed the group how to make compositions using patterned and coloured fabrics to create ‘still life’ compositions from piles of wonderful textured, decorative and multicoloured materials which she supplied. Those  with sewing machines brought and used them expertly while the rest  used glue and hand stitching.  Imogen gave excellent guidance and the group were pleasantly surprised with their results. 

“ Mixed Media Landscapes” Tutor :Amanda Bee  This was a one day workshop where Amanda, who is a well known semi -abstract landscape painter in mixed media, gave the group a very structured day encouraging them to combine mixed media in their landscapes. She demonstrated some exciting approaches using mono printing, collagraphs, charcoal and acrylics, which resulted in some excellent and brave landscapes from the group. 

“Paint like a Cubist” Talk/Workshop  This was the last workshop of 2023, which included a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a few fun exercises to help understand what Cubism was all about.  In the afternoon, the group responded brilliantly when asked to paint a ‘still life’ composition in the ‘Synthetic’ Cubist style from real life objects they had been asked to bring in, based on the theme of “Kitchenware”. The results are very exciting and all so different.




Workshops in November

There are a few places left on two workshops in November.

1. Monday 7th November at Hadspen Village Hall:  ‘Botanical Painting: Winter berries’ with Pauleen Trim HS/SBA Fellow

2. Tuesday 8th November at Hadspen Village Hall: “Paint like the Fauves” – talk/workshop with Sally Ridout

If any members are interested click the button for more information……

A basic watercolour course

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On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October Maureen Bond will hold a watercolour course for members at Hadspen Village Hall. 

In Maureen’s words:

“This workshop is suitable for beginner artists and for those who generally work in other mediums and would like to add watercolours to their skill set. Watercolour painting is often referred to as ‘Difficult’ and ‘Unforgiving’. It isn’t. All that is needed is a sound understanding of the underlying principles – the importance of the type of paper for example and the way that water is used in the mix”.

If you would like to take part please contact Sally Ridout on

Workshop with Katrina Wallis-King PS

Spaces are still available for the workshop with Katrina Wallis-King PS, on Monday and Tuesday the 30th and 31st May, at Hadspen Village Hall.

Katrina was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 2021 and has exhibited with them at the Mall Galleries for the last 4 years, gaining the Artists Magazine award in 2020 and the Annie Longley award in 2019.

To book please email: