2019 Calendars

The new 2019 Lawrence Society of Art calendars are now available.  Contact Patricia Rhodes  our membership secretary to reserve your copy.  

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LSA 2018-19 programme of events

The Programme for Monday Evening Meetings 2018/2019
Monthly meetings are held in The Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Devizes
and commence at 7.15pm
Annual Membership Subscription  
Adults: £20.00, there is an additional £2 per member when attending the monthly meetings. 
Students: (aged 25 years and under) £6.00
3 September  Catherine Beale – Demonstration; Watercolour
Watercolourist Catherine will excite us with her special personal style of ‘Gravity Painting’! She has many paintings in galleries worldwide and now has a Studio/Gallery in Bath.
1 October  Paul Arnott – Demonstration; Acrylic/Gouache
Return of popular talented professional artist to create a seascape. Pick up more tips and hints from this versatile artist.
5 November  Ronald Swanwick – Talk; ‘From Impressionism to Modernism’
Professional painter and adult tutor for over 40 years, Ronald has Illustrated many books, undertaken murals and many commissions.
3 December  Annual General Meeting – Meet up for a Social Evening and ‘air’ your views of the Society!
7 January  Bill Mather – Demonstration; Caricature
An interesting start to the year with multi-talented former creator of animation films, local artist and sculptor. Who will be the lucky subject?
4 February  Alan Padwick O.B.E. – Talk; Sir Thomas Lawrence – Royal Portrait Painter
So who is ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence’? Join us this evening and learn more about ‘Our Own Local hero’. Alan was our Chairman for many years and is a talented artist and accomplished speaker.
4 March  Dee Cowell – Demonstration; Mixed media
Be inspired by International artist, who will create ‘an African Scene’ for us. Dee gets her inspiration from living in Zimbabwe, South Africa and The Far East.
1 April  Max Hale – Critique
Return of another popular artist – What will he do next?  Bring your own special paintings for his constructive and qualified analysis. Look out for more information regarding this evening.
13 May  Phil Madley – Demonstration; Encaustic Wax 
An innovative, contemporary artist and teacher who will challenge your senses. Prepare to be amazed by this technique practiced by the Ancient Greeks; abstract, flowers, seascape and landscapes!
3 June  Paul Oakley – Demonstration; Oils
Creating a Sense of Place; a Semi-abstract landscape. Another talented member of our Society, Paul is also Chairman of The Marlborough Open Studios. 
1 July  Marie Antoniou – Demonstration; Acrylics
Bold colour in a contemporary impressionistic interpretation; A wildlife scene. Marie was Wildlife Artist of the Year (David Shepherd) in 2017 and 
BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2013. She is a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’.

Acrylic workshop

Dear members,
Simon Bishop, one of our highly talented members has kindly agreed to run a one day workshop for us onWednesday 16th May at Bishops Cannings village hall. Simon gave an amazing evening demonstration to the Society last year and this workshop will be working again in acrylic paint but this time the theme will be animals, either domestic or wild! The workshop will run from 10 – 3.30pm.
The day is open to all, whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist. If you are interested, please e mail me at margarethanson69.gmail.com, ( please note the new e mail address). Do not send any money at this stage as I need 10 people for the workshop to run.The cost will be £20 per person . 
Please let me know by ASAP if you are interested in this workshop. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but you will need to your own lunch.
Happy painting!
Margaret Hanson

March News Letter

Dear Members
This month saw an amazing display at the meeting, a very successful workshop and your committee making great strides in the preparations for June’s Art Trail and Exhibition.
March Display Dr Jasmine Pradasito laid before us an amazing array of items and ideas and not only showed techniques we’ve never seen before but a few twists to watercolour painting.
Photo-chromatic qualities of ordinary plastic were the first out of her magical hat. Cutting these into leaf and flower shapes, then passing a chromatic filter over them, the array of colour change was certainly dramatic and beautiful; adding heat, with a kitchen blow torch, to the plastic leaves on the table sent their prismatic colours into shape and colour alterations, certainly surprised members present. Our guest then added to this by showing the head casting Jasmine had made of Professor Arthur I Miller of University College London; as you move around it the colours changed to give a new perspective at every small movement.
Bringing out some different leaves that she had cut, from what looked like fabric, she told us they were metal, fine weavings of different metals, and then proceeded to show how they changed colour under the same heat. More fascination.
Jasmine also showed us her way of watercolour mergings on a slanted table easel, with a final addition of Indian Ink. Then we were invited to come and try all these ideas for ourselves. The front tables were full of members getting their hands on new techniques to take to their future paintings.
We thank her for a horizon changing and very informative, entertaining, display.



 The workshop “Improve your drawing skills” on March 1st run by a new member Stephen Pierce- Smith, was a great success and well attended. Stephen taught a new skill to members, using a sharp pencil point in sketching animals hair and fur. Also how to improve our drawing by looking for ‘negative’ spaces in still life; which stretched most members. A good teacher, members attending appreciated his calm, clear directions and examples, especially as this gave them more ideas and courage to embolded their own work.
The following workshop in May 16th , will also be run by a society member, Simon Bishop, who will be tutoring an acrylic workshop on painting animals, suitable for all levels.

Art Trail and Exhibition

Your committee members have been working hard to prepare this new venture to a well organised culmination in June. We held an extra meeting the last week in this month which, together with time in the first weeks meeting, meant many important decisions were showing encouraging progress:
• All members have received the application forms for the Trail/Exhibition • PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BACK BY APRIL 14TH • Single designated paintings for Crown Centre( one per member exhibiting elsewhere) to be brought there at 1.30pm on the 17th June • Second visit to all 70 participating business’ completed, letting them know that the next
person to contact them will be the member/s whose work/s are to be displayed on their premises in June • Hooks for all works will be provided to exhibiting members at the May Demonstration • Orange ‘SOLD’ dots likewise • Publicity is now going out to the Gazette, Wiltshire Life and other district magazines/papers • Banner, poster, box stands and flyer designs have been agreed • Volunteer forms for the week at The Crown Centre will be at the April Demonstration (A Committee member will be the nominated person in charge on each day.) • Please note: you need to bring your own drinks for each 2hr shift • Date for re-painting the display boards agreed
Some business proprietors are running a special week with their own publicity to link up with our Trail/Exhibition. Anticipation is high amongst them all for our event in June.
Time to get those applications in folks.
All the best,
The Committee. Lawrence Society of Art

February News letter

Lawrence Society of Art  Newsletter, February 2018

Dear Members

 With change comes difficulty. With perseverance comes united success.

The Committee are very much aware of this and we hope that the contents below will answer questions and calm some reactions to new fees and concepts.

 First:  Fees.

 At the AGM in December, it was decided, by a majority vote, to add the £2 per member meeting charges, after our treasurer advised that, if we remained at the current rate of membership and revenue, the Society would be in deficit at the end of the current year; due to hiring of facilities, demonstrators/lecturers, printing and general costs rising sharply over the last years.

 The situation at that time with no Chairman or Secretary, meant this change was not able to be translated to the full membership.

Once the new people were in post, following the January meeting, the Committee, aware of the views of some members, looked for an agreeable compromise. It was decided, at the February Committee meeting to keep the current fee situation until the Summer Break and look at members ideas and comments in the months before, so a reasoned decision could then be made.

 In the mean time, it was agreed by the Committee this week that the number of demonstrations this year be 10 (plus the AGM in December). Keeping the January meeting and having no meeting in August. (Originally there were 8 demonstrations and the AGM.)

 One of the central points was that the new cost of our membership was less than The Art Society’s.

 Secondly: Meeting Timings.

 Start at 7.15, Chairman welcomes members/guests, plus important notices.

7.30 Demonstration begins.

8.30  Break for refreshments.

8.45  Raffle results.

8.50  Demonstration continues plus final questions.

9.30   Thanks to Guest Demonstrator and end of evening.

Thirdly: Annual Exhibition.

 Following the Corn Exchange and Town Hall rooms being unavailable due to block bookings, it was agreed by the Committee, following a strong and enthusiastic response from a survey by him, to take up Kim Wright’s suggestion  at the December AGM, for an Art Trail from the 18th to the 23rd of June to replace the usual central exhibition this year.

The Chairman has now visited over 90 business’s, spoken to the owners and agreed places for 260 works by members, in windows or within premises.

 Additionally, the Crown Centre’s top three rooms have been booked to act as the location where payments will be made for purchases and hold a further 80 to 100 exhibited works.

Importantly, members will have at least one work there, if requested, the rest of their work will be placed in either one other location/adjoining premises if not, to keep continuity.  Members will hang/position their work there themselves.  Insurance, if wanted will be the member’s responsibility, if they do not wish to trust the contents insurance of the premises.

 The aim is to fourfold fold:

  1. showcase member’s work within the wider business district of the town
  2. create community awareness of the Society (over 90% spoken to had never heard of it) and boost membership
  3. help local business’s in these difficult times by increased footfall
  4. give families and individuals a wonderful time following the trail.

 Advertising plans and preparations are well under-way and we look forward to your contributions to this new venture to make it the success it deserves.

 The Committee

Lawrence Society of Art

Improve your drawing workshop – Thursday 1st March

The Society is organising a  workshop on Thursday March 1st entitled “Improve your drawing skills” the workshop will be run by Stephen Pierce Smith an art tutor who has just moved to the area having run similar workshops in Kent.
The workshop will be held at Bishops Cannings village hall and will run from 10a.m. -3.30pm the cost will be cost £20, I will need 10 people to be able to run it.
Please let me know if you are interested but do not send any money yet. My e mail is 
Happy painting!
Margaret Hanson