Workshops 2021-2022

Available for full and student members only.

Please book. See PRISM mailings for application forms.


All the Society's Events will adhere to current government COVID-19 guidance. Please download the Safety Measures and follow the instructions for all SAAS events.

Contact the Programme Secretaries

Members wishing to contact the Programme Secretaries about the Workshops, Demonstrations, and Lectures should send an email to

The venue for Saturday Workshops is at Chiswell Green URC

See the venues page for details and maps for all meeting locations.

Autumn 2021
Saturday 16 Oct 2021
'Boats and Harbours in Collage and Texture Colour' tutored by Dave Nelson

Have an inspired, fun, day creating an imaginative ‘Boats and harbour /costal building scene’ using mixed-media and acrylic over collage.

 Dave Nelson is a professional artist who has appeared on Sky Arts ‘Landscape artist of the Year,’ describing himself as a contemporary mixed-media painter.

Dave will guide participants through the different stages required to quickly build up a textural boats and harbour scene, using collage, ink, paint and other materials.  The strong process is perfect for beginners who will create a large-scale work of art, as well as experienced artists looking to re-awaken their creativity and experiment with new processes.

All materials and paints are provided.


Image Copyright Dave Nelson

Saturday 27 Nov 2021
'Landscape in Acrylic' tutored by Susan Gray

Create an exciting cottage scene within a dramatic wild landscape.  

Popular, successful local artist Susan Gray, returns with a new theme of dramatic landscapes in acrylics. Her inspiration comes mostly from the wild seas and dramatic landscapes of Cornwall and West Country, and  Cumbria where she tries to capture the movement and energy.

This fabulous workshop will start with a demonstration, where Susan shares her thought processes as she creates her painting also encouraging questions. She incorporates the use of colour and contrast with different ways of applying the paint. Her individual tuition adds to enabling participants to put into practice techniques and ideas learnt.

Susan uses a mix of large brushes, rags and knives and often finds an abstract element appears in the work.

Image Copyright Susan Gray

Winter 2021-2022
Saturday 29 Jan 2022 Workshop
'Vibrant Still Life in Watercolour and Acrylic Ink' tutored by Susan Chester

Create a simplified, abstract, vibrant still life using varied watercolours.

Susan is one of our talented SAAS artists, who lives and paints in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. Susan often changes  colours to create a ‘sense of the moment’. Her paintings are influenced by The Impressionists and the vibrant colours and shapes in stained glass windows.  
Susan aims to take away the fear of working on a large sheet of white paper and to give confidence in drawing with a heavy black marker pen.
She will set up a simple still life and demonstrate how to draw with a marker, adding the skill of mixing watercolour paint on paper/wet in wet. With lots of splashing, aiming to achieve a vibrant semi-representational painting.

The participants will produce this vibrant, varied coloured painting without too much fuss taken over the drawing – letting the paint do the talking!

Image Copyright Susan Chester

Saturday 26 Feb 2022
'Whimsical Wildlife in Watercolour and Collage' tutored by Judit Matthews

Judit is a Hungarian born illustrative artist, working as a professional artist for about 10 years. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Artist and the Leisure Painter magazines. She has appeared on Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge and been named Landscape artist of the year by the Surrey Life magazine. She has exhibited around the country including annual open exhibitions of the Society of Women Artists and the Society of Graphic Fine Art. 

Judit will begin with the importance of composition, followed by a short demo on composition and techniques. She will also demonstrate how to simplify shapes, create pattern while including humour and narrative. She will develop animals and figures through pattern and colour and will provide supporting photographs for inspiration. Judit wants to inspire people to achieve an illustrative painting with a mixture of design and quirky artwork.

Image Copyright Judit Matthews

Spring 2022
Saturday 19 Mar 2022
'Expressive Seascapes in Acrylic' tutored by Mark Warner

Experiment with line, colour and contrast within a seascape acrylic painting.

Mark adores using colour while interpreting the light, weather conditions and a love for the materials. He makes sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location then worked back in the studio.
‍    Sketching is at the heart of his work. This is integral to the development of a piece, many times forming part of the painting itself. His distinctive use of line and colour has aided his sweeping use of perspective and atmosphere.
Mark exhibits in both England and Wales and has many works in private collections.

Mark starts by explaining his approach to painting with examples of his distinctive style and an initial demonstration enabling participants to experiment with colour theory, use acrylics in a variety of ways and how a drawing can influence a painting. 

Image Copyright Mark Warner

Saturday 30 Apr 2022
'Building Expressions in Collage and Acrylic Inks'  tutored by Jan Munro
Summer 2022
Saturday 18 Jun 2022
'Big Hairy Animals in Acrylic' tutored by Lynne Davis