Welcome to the Dorking Group of Artists website.
We welcome everyone of any artistic ability to join a forward thinking and lively group to exchange ideas and skills and meet with like minded and friendly people.
We have had a hugely popular programme of Zoom Demonstrations and lectures/discussions since January 2021, including Hashim Akib, Hester Berry, Valerie Pirlot, Alison Carlier, Tom Shepherd, Ronnie Ireland, Peter Keegan and Jamel Akib.
We start on April 6th with Simon Hodges, who is an active member of the Pastel Society and a regular exhibitor in several of the Mall Galleries National Exhibitions, as well as galleries in Bath where he lives. He will show us some of his fantastic sketchbooks on Zoom, and talk to us about the materials and equipment he uses, and discuss his approach for using a sketchbook when travelling, or for gathering ideas for future paintings. Following on from this we invite members to join in with a daily “Sketchbook Challenge” for two weeks, using a list of our ideas as a starting point. These are just suggestions!
We then are presenting an oil demo on Zoom of an outdoor subject given by Roger Dellar, then two weeks of suggested subjects for you to respond to.
The ever-popular Jake Winkle will demonstrate on Zoom how to paint some farmyard animals in watercolour, then another week of self initiated work from our list of subjects.
The last Zoom demo in this part of the Summer Programme will be given by Jem Bowden, an accomplished plein air painter, to demonstrate an outdoor landscape subject in watercolour. Jem will be painting from his own reference photographs and talk about subject selection and composition when he paints outside.
Please see our Summer Programme at Home page for the list of activities.
One of the more positive things to come out of 2020 was our hugely successful ONLINE gallery www.dga.gallery which was set up to run at the same time as our Autumn 2020 Exhibition at Denbies Vineyard.
We are happy to present our NEW ONLINE EXHIBITION starting in APRIL 2021 with a completely new range of paintings by our popular Exhibiting Members demonstrating a wide variety of subjects, media, styles and of course prices for visitors to the site to purchase!
Sadly regular Spring Exhibition usually held over the May Bank Holiday, has been cancelled again but until then enjoy this 'mini' show of excellent work by our Exhibiting Members!
Art takes on a completely new dimension and value in such uncertain and troubled times – it brings happiness and possesses the ability to uplift, intrigue and inspire. We therefore hope you will be able to join us in October, whether in person or online.
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