November workshops

The following 2 one day Workshops in November have a few spaces left. 

If anyone is interested please contact Sally Ridout on 

1. Monday 7th November at Hadspen Village Hall: 

‘Botanical Painting: Winter berries’ with Pauleen Trim HS/SBA Fellow – £40

Pauleen is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and is a Tutor and Assessor on their Distance Learning Diploma, giving her the privilege of working with students all over the world.

In 2018 she was awarded a Silver Medal for a group RHS exhibit and in 2021 gained an RHS Gold Medal for an individual exhibit of Native Deciduous Trees at the same time being awarded best exhibit in show, having her painting of the Ash tree purchased by the RHS for the Lindley Library Archives.

Pauleen has been an Artist Member of the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists for over 25 years and is a member of the Association of Botanical Artists (ABA) and the South West Society of Botanical Artists (SWBA)

Exhibitions include: 

London: Saatchi Galleries, Mall Galleries, Westminster City hall Gallery, LLewellan Alexander Gallery, and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens

Madrid: Real Botanica Gardens

Frankfurt: Palmengarton Gallery.

Here are some examples of her work:


2. Tuesday 8th November at Hadspen Village Hall:

“Paint like the Fauves” – talk/workshop with Sally Ridout – £10

This one day talk/workshop is a flagship idea for a possible permanent fixture on the BAS Workshop calendar based around the History of European Painting in the 20th Century. If successful it will be on offer again in the 2023 Programme. 

Sally is on the Committee of the Bruton Art Society and organises the Workshop Programme. She is a retired Art Teacher of 40 years and a practicing painter herself. She specialised in Art and the History of Art for her Teaching Diploma in South Africa and gained an Advanced Diploma in Curriculum Development in Art Education at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

The Fauves:

In 1905, Louis Vauxcelles the art critic, on seeing a traditional ‘Renaissance’ sculpture surrounded by the brightly coloured and uninhibited bold paintings of a group of new artists at the Salon d’Automne in Paris, is quoted of saying to Henri Matisse, who was one of the artists exhibiting and considered to be the leading force behind this new style, that it was like “Donatello au milieu des fauves !” ‘Donatello amongst the wild beasts’. 

So the the term “Fauvism” came into being.

During the day we will be looking at the work of :

Henri Matisse

Andre Derain

Maurice de Vlaminck

Kees Van Dongen

– – – – and then we will paint, applying the paint straight from the tube ( if possible! ) with bold brushstrokes and flat areas of colour using the ‘Fauvist’ style and palette. Sounds like fun?

“We were always intoxicated with colour, with words that speak of colour, and with the sun that makes colour live.”

Andre Derain