Visit to Kelmscott Manor

Nick Shanagher reports that nine WADAC members joined the Watercress Painters on a visit to William Morris’s countryside home at Kelmscott Manor – near the source of the Thames – in April. Outdoor sketching was limited by a persistent cold wind and sharp showers. But we enjoyed visiting the house, which is filled with a […]

Gallery visit: Heath Robinson

On Thursday 18 April, WADAC will visit the Heath Robinson museum and gallery near Pinner. The permament exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career. The exhibition follows his career from art school in the 1890s, to his last works made during […]

Arts in Wallingford

18th-27th May – in and around Wallingford This May, Wallingford is a destination for art lovers with a showcase of work by local artists, makers and creatives. Visitors can follow an ‘Art Walk’ around the town to glimpse into artist studios, discover specially curated exhibitions and find original art adorning town centre businesses. This celebration […]

Workshop: photo to painting in oils

On Saturday 23 March, WADAC held a one-day workshop with artist Paul Oakley giving a demonstration of taking a work from photo to painting in oils. Paul guided attendees through composition, and the importance of knowing what to include and omit from a photo. Attendees used a photograph supplied by Paul to consider techniques to […]

Christmas dinner success

Over 20 members enjoyed a two course Christmas dinner at The Dolphin on 19th December 2023. There was much talk of art, exhibitions and festive cheer! And Gavin Peacock’s fiendish art quiz tested us, with Andrew Petit being the worthy winner of chocolates, that he kindly shared out. Join us next year.

Workshop: Autumn landscapes

On Saturday 21st October, WADAC is holding a one-day workshop at Centre 70 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with artist Jonathan Newey giving a demonstration of painting an Autumn landscape using pen and watercolour wash. During the day you will be shown how to mix the colours of autumn and how to paint skies, trees and […]

Cholsey sketch day – 19 August

Following the success of the recent sketching day at Wallingford & Cholsey railway, we arranged another summer sketch day, this time at Cholsey Meadows (the old Fairmile Hospital development). But unfortuntaley, it had to be cancelled at the last minute, due to weather. Instead, members will meet at Cholsey’s Annual Flower Show on 19 August, […]

February demo: Talk – Art and the Night

Our February demo comprises an illustrated talk entitled ‘Art and the Night’ by Robert Kidner. Robert is a club member and resident of Woodcote who has given many illustrated talks to clubs and associations in Oxfordshire, including WADAC. Robert will display and discuss a series of famous paintings such as ‘Silvery Moonlight’ by John Atkinson […]

Christmas Art Sale Success

Over 350 people visited our three-day “Joyous” Art Sale and enjoyed the beautifully presented paintings by 14 artists of the club.  Sales were good: 24 artworks, 85 cards, and 4 craft items were sold, and we raised £105 from art materials donated by members. Thank you all who contributed by showing your artwork, helping to set up and being on hand to welcome visitors.

Sketching day at Moulsford

On 10 October we enjoyed a sketching day at Moulsford with members from the Watercress Artists of Ewelme. There were ten of us from the two clubs, the sun shone and the wind blew which made finding a sheltered location with a good view difficult, but in the end we all achieved a sketch(s) or a painting.

Visit to Stanley Spencer Gallery

A small group of members visited the Stanley Spencer gallery in Cookham, Bucks. Born in Cookham, Stanley Spencer was a truly distinctive student at the Slade, studying alongside such luminaries as Paul Nash, Dora Carrington and Christopher Nevinson.