Weekend Work Shop 23rd -25th JULY 2021 by Mark Entwisle

Mark Entwisle weekend workshop

(Please note this is NOT a TAS workshop).
Another great opportunity for a weekend workshop is now available.

There will be opportunity to paint from life or from photos (one of Mark’s stock images or students can bring their own). Mark will offer 2 classes on both days but those that would rather relax/walk in the gardens in the afternoons are welcome to. There is also an opportunity to do an early morning yoga class for the early risers.

Classes will be held by Mark Entwisle who last year won The Sunday Times watercolour exhibition and he began teaching after being asked to join the National Portrait Gallery’s summer workshops as a guest. Since then he has run workshops across London and in the first lockdown last year he started offering zoom classes with people joining from all over the world (including Ashley Court Tiverton!).

You can find examples of Marks work on Instagram (@markentwisle)

To book and for enquires call Mark on 07891 943671 or email markentwisle@btinternet.com

Double Elephant Print Workshop – Courses

Double Elephant Print Workhops

We have just had some good news from Double Elephant Print Workshop.

They are able to reopen bookings for small group courses in their studio.

If you can’t get to a group course, they are still running online courses.

For more information and prices etc., pop over to their website: https://www.doubleelephant.org.uk/courses

If you do participate in a course from Double Elephant Print Workshop, let us know about it, photos are also a good contribution.

Art Month at Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle Art Month

A bit late in posting this, but there is still time to participate at the Art Month at Powderham Castle (19 May to 16 June 2021).

So the info from Powderham Castle Website is:

Are you a local creative?

Painters, potters, performers, anyone with a creative spark; you are invited to spend a day free at the castle, creating artwork for an exclusive exhibition in September.

With the grounds closed to the public you will be offered your own peaceful retreat and space to create at the castle!

Email art@powderham.co.uk for more info and to book your place

If you do take part in the event, let us know, and if possible supply photos 🙂

Springing Back!

Springing Back - Exhibition poster

The first of hopefully many art exhibitions for this year, now that Covid restrictions are being lifted.

Although not a TAS exhibition, it is still great to be associated with helping to promote this event.

Springing Back - Exhibition poster
Springing Back – Exhibition run by Claire Western


Many long-standing members will have been shocked and saddened to hear of Peter’s sudden death. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Glory.

Although Peter was not an artist he was an invaluable member for many years, serving on the committee first as treasurer then stepping up as Chairman when no-one else was prepared to take it on. As a non-artist he brought a fresh eye to the organisation of the Society, chairing the meetings, researching new speakers and becoming an ambassador for TAS, continuing to forge links with the local community by encouraging the involvement of young artists through Tiverton High School and Blundell’s School.

On a practical level Peter, with his background in business, was responsible along with Stuart Fowle for developing much of the IT technology which led to a streamlined administrative system for the exhibitions, the newsletters and the communications between the committee and the membership. This contributed to stemming the rising costs of running the society and his input was invaluable.

Equally at home pinning up calico in the Castle Primary School or chatting with local dignitaries and business people Peter was unstinting with his energy and commitment to the Society.

He will be much missed by his many friends.

Heather Strong (President)

Used canvasses – free to go.

We have been contacted by Leigh and Leigh Fine Art Photography with an offer for members to pick up some free, but used canvasses.

“Hi are professional photographers, we are having a clear up and have loads of canvasses used for our shows that could be reused? Do you think you have anyone that would like to collect them? 07971042033. Kind regards Lisa Leigh”


Watercolour contestants needed!

CONTESTANTS for a new TV series for Channel 5

Please see the flyer below for all the information, but make sure to apply ASAP (watercolours@twofour.co.uk) as we will begin filming in early April!

(Filming will take place on week days and will follow all covid guidelines)

There is no need to write too long an email, just simply register your interest and Channel 5 will send you an application form.

Internationally-shown artist LĂ©onie Hampton explores the power of the natural world at RAMM

LĂ©onie’s commission will explore the place of the garden in modern society, and the impact of climate change. She is a photographer, and for this commission she is working with the metaphor and act of gardening and listening to the world of plants. In her own words:

A Language of Seeds’ is a photographic series about love, growth, family, death and the archaic wisdom of plants. Responding to the extraordinary seed collection at RAMM, I intend to challenge our tech-based, growth-obsessed society through the lens of taking care of a garden and its nourishing forms of growth”.

LĂ©onie Hampton

Find out What’s On rammuseum.org.uk/Whats-on

A Note from TAS President Heather Strong

I hope you’re all keeping well and reasonably sane in these extraordinary times!

As we have had to postpone the AGM I would like to say a very big thank you via the website to Stuart Fowle, Hilary Tosdevin and Wendy Vlasto who are all leaving the committee after many years of dedication and hard work. Stuart stepped up with some trepidation to take on the role of Chairman when we so suddenly and sadly lost Hazel-Anne, he has filled the role very successfully and can look back on a job really well done, thank you Stuart! Hilary and Wendy have also put in many, many hours on our behalf and have been an absolute boon to the Society….thank you so much to you both!

I’m delighted that Phil Belsham has come forward to be our new Chairman, very many thanks Phil….he will be Acting Chairman until we can properly vote him in, but I know that will happen in due course and the whole Society will support him, very best wishes Phil.

Wishing all of you all the best, and looking forward hopefully to easier times,


New media/medium or other creative activity

Now that some of us who are not key workers or have been furloughed, thought it would be interesting to see if our members had been taking up new creative activities during the Covid-19 lockdown (2020).

Ainslie, has been doing the usual of more gardening and working on the allotment, and finding time to pick up colour pencils again.

Robin in colour pencil by Ainslie Wilson.

Fay has been getting back to drawing and finding how to use pencils in pencil holders.

Fay Ewins dog portrait, work in progress.
Fay Ewings, dog portrait.

Another member, Linda, who is a chorister has been keeping her voice by walking around and doing voice warm ups. When not doing that, also rebuilding a rockery, picking up on old unfinished art works and some yoga.

Lola has been working on 3D art and produced these 2 wonderful Rabbit figures from paper mache.

Rabbit by Lola Gill.
Rabbit by Lola Gill.

Hilary, our current Vice-Chairman has been keeping busy…  At the moment with the weather being as it is I have not taken up a pencil, pen or paintbrush in anger!! I have however, tried to sit down at the piano for 20 mins or so a day to try and get back into playing.  I have a second hand drum kit in the summer house which I have tried out a couple of times, look forward to getting into learning that as well.