The final event for 2018, celebrating 25 years of the Chilcompton Art Club, was a pastels workshop, taken by the noted Trowbridge pastels artist Graham Cox of (Moody Views ). The workshop was well attended by both club members and a few guests. The all day event, took place at the club's regular venue of St. John's Church Hall, Chilcompton, Mr Cox steered the group along, in his usual convivial manner, into producing two stunning paintings. In the morning session, a countryside landscape followed by a seascape in the afternoon session. The club has enjoyed a very good year celebrating 25 years since inauguration, with workshops, outside visits and exhibitions. The final club session for 2018 will be on Friday the 7th of December and it will convene again every Wednesday and Friday between 10:00am and Noon, welcoming members old and new, commencing from the 9th January 2019. Further details, and contact information, can be viewed at the club's website ".

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Chilcompton Art Club held a very successful open day exhibition on Saturday the 1st September. The event marked 25 years since the club was officially formed, and was held in the St. John's church hall, Chilcompton. Club members submitted several of their pictures that they completed over the past twelve months, and this resulted in over eighty paintings being on display. A big thank you goes out to all the members who supported the event, and also to the general public who came along to view the works. As part of the event the club also ran an internal competition for the members, the title set was 'Reflection' and could be in any medium, so long as the image suited the title. The entries were on display throughout the day so that all those attending could cast a vote for their favourite image. The eventual winner, by a very close margin, was Annie Davenport with her painting of a swan on water, she wins an Amazon voucher to the value of £15.
The club were also delighted to see founder members Harold and Joan Turner, the couple had made a special effort to attend, and surprised the club by presenting a beautifully engraved cup, which will be called 'The Turner Committee Cup, and be presented, each year, to the painting selected by the committee as the best in show at the club's annual exhibition held each October. The club has two further celebratory events up and coming, the first being the annual exhibition to be held in the Chilcompton Village Hall on Saturday the 20th and Sunday 21st October, and will have over one hundred and twenty paintings on view. The second event is a workshop by Trowbridge pastel artist Graham Cox, and will be at St. John's Church Hall on Wednesday 28th November. Details of the club, and all events, can be view on this website.

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Annie Davenport Colour Mixing July 2018

Photos by Amanda Mayes

The club were treated to a masterclass workshop in 'colour mixing' given by local artist, and club member, Annie Davenport. Mrs Davenport is well known locally and has exhibited widely throughout the region.

Coming originally from a background in printing techniques, her workshop was based on just a few basic colours of Yellow, Magenta, Cyan along with black and white. Initially the workshop centred on how it was possible to achieve just about any colour imaginable just by skillfully mixing the three basics of yellow, cyan and magenta, in a similar way that your ordinary colour inkjet printer would at home. Members were then guided into mixing and matching the colours of several still life objects that Annie had brought along for the demo. Most amateur artist carry quite a lot of various coloured paints with them, quite often far more than is really needed. With the lessons learned from the workshop, the members were quite impressed by how few actual basic colours are required , and all vowed to make an effort to incorporate what they had learned into future works.

This latest workshop is one of many events being held throughout this 25th anniversary year for the club, upcoming will be painting 'en plein aire' (weather permitting) at Orchardleigh (July 18th) and Downside Abbey (August 15th). Then on November 28th the popular Pastels Workshop with Trowbridge artist Graham Cox.


JSWorkshop2018 Members of the Chilcompton Art Club were treated to an excellent pencil drawing workshop overseen by fellow member Mr John Sibley. John Sibley specialises in pencil drawing and has over the years accrued many interesting and useful tips on how to create various effects using the simple medium of pencils. The session started off with him explaining the various types and grades of pencil, and how to use them to best effect. The session then moved onto creating a finished picture based upon a photo that John had taken on one of his many travels, it consisted of a derelict old house overgrown with shrubs and trees, by the end of the session the members had a near complete finished drawing that they could then take away to finish off in their own time. The workshop is just one of a number of workshops that are being held throughout 2018, which is the art club's 25th anniversary year. The next one to be held is called 'Colour Mixing' and will be conducted by club member Annie Davenport, Annie is a professional artist and has a lot of experience in the use of oils and acrylics, the session will be about how to create various colours and shades using only a few basic colours to start with. The session is scheduled for Wednesday the 4th July. Being the club's 25th Anniversary Year, there are also other events planned for a bit later in the year, mainly an anniversary open day on 1st September, followed by a massive art exhibition in October and concludes with a pastel workshop by Graham Cox in November, details etc can be viewed on the club website at . The club is open to anyone who has an inclination to paint or draw, and all abilities are welcome, just pop along to the St John's Church Hall in Chilcompton on a Wednesday or Friday morning between 10:00 and midday, or visit the website for contact details.