SAA Soft Pastel Review by Heather Strong

Intro by Stuart

I think we can all agree that Heather is an exceptional pastel artist, so her views on pastels can be considered to be very useful.

SAA Pastel review

I recently bought some SAA soft pastels in their sale, I normally use Unison ones but thought I’d give them a try. They were about a third of the price of Unisons and are harder and longer, I’ve actually found them very pleasant to use and easier to get fine lines. – Heather Strong

Tiverton Art Society - SAA Soft Pastels
SAA Soft Pastels

Gold Illumination Workshop


Gold Illumination Workshop
~ Medieval Castles ~
From the mighty fortress of Beaumaris to the fairy-tale Chateaux of The Duc de Berry, medieval castles have stood out as some of the most iconic buildings in the landscape of history. Create a fine image of a medieval castle and gild your work with 22-carat block gold.

The Boniface Centre Church Lane 
Crediton EX17 2AH
Friday November 30th
Arrive 10.00 for coffee. Workshop 10.30 ~ 4.30
Cost £37 including expert tuition, specialist materials & a delicious two-course lunch from Hilary Clemoes
Booking essential  01392 438273
Text 07905 006188
Cheques for £37, payable to
Judith Richardson-Dawes to 30 Chute Street,
Newtown, EXETER, EX1 2BX. 

Tiverton Art Society Autumn Art Sale – 20th October

Tiverton Art Society will be holding an Autumn Art Sale in the Oak Rooms in Tiverton on the 20th October 2018. 

Opening times will be from 10pm till 3pm, lots of art work, prints and cards to buy. The location also includes a tea/coffee shop.

Great time to start thinking of gifts etc.

TAS - Autumn Art Sale

TAS first monthly Art Challenge

Well last nights meeting was the Societies first ever monthly Art Challenge. Was a little worried how many entires we would get, but I need not have worried. 

We had 15 entries in total, and the standard was incredibly high, but thats not surprising with the talent we have in the Society.

All members who attended the meeting were eligible to vote (one vote per member), and it was actually quite close for the two most popular paintings.

However, there can only be one winner, did have a slight panic wondering what to do if we get a tie, but I think we can ask the guest artist to select a winner in that case.

The winner was this lovely painting by Shirley Walton, well done Shirley:



Art workshops at The Old Brick Workshop in Wellington

Claire Western is a well-established West Country painter and printmaker, who has been showing and selling her work in galleries, group and solo exhibitions for many years. She is also an experienced and successful teacher of both adults and secondary-age students and has been Head of Art at Queen’s College in Taunton for the past twelve years. She has now left the school in order to concentrate fully on her own work and teaching adults in classes and workshops.
She has planned a series of exciting and varied courses, starting this autumn, which will be held at The Old Brick Workshop in Wellington.
‘I am really excited about these workshops. It is several years since I last ran adult classes and during that time, I have discovered and explored so many new ways of working and using fantastic materials. The internet is a constant source of new ideas and a means of exploring the work of a wide range of other artists’ work’, says Claire. ‘I also have a printing press and will provide everything people will need to explore collagraph printmaking, etching, mixed media work, collage and so many other fascinating and creative ways of working.’
She also plans to run drawing and painting courses. “I’m very aware that many people want to develop and painting skills in a group environment led by an experienced tutor and artist,” said Claire. Details of every course are on her website:
Each course is designed to cater for a full range of experience, from the complete novice to more competent artists.
Contact Claire for further details and information:

Sky Arts – Landscape Artist of the Year 2018

Sharpen those pencils and load your brushes…
You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution, and £500 of Cass Art materials.

Sky Arts

Note to all applicants (including those who have already applied): a producer will notify successful and non-successful entrants on or shortly following the 30th May 2018


CLICK HERE to apply for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018



The 48th East Devon Arts Festival

The 48th East Devon Arts Festival takes place this year from the 15th to the 19th May.
This long running and successful festival features art and craft from Devon and beyond and is displayed in our lovely parish church in Thorverton – 8 miles north of Exeter.

If anyone wishes to enter work the closing date is 14th April.
You can find out more on the following links:- (If you are concerned about clicking on links go to the Netherexe Mission Community website and look in ‘Whats On’ and the Exeter Diocese website  – events)

Arts Festival at Thorverton Church