Old Coulsdon Art Society welcoming new members
WHETHER you want to interpret the world in abstract, realist or sketch form, this could be the place for you.
Budding artists can practise their craft with one-to-one guidance from professionals each week at The Old Coulsdon Art Society.
Members can draw or paint the weekly still life set-up or a portrait.
Or they are simply free to "do their own thing", according to committee member April Taylor.
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"It is very informal, friendly and chatty," she said. "We have a coffee break and if the club bar is open, that is fun too.
"It is a chance to improve and to do so not in isolation. As Winnie the Pooh said, 'It is much better with two'."
The club's near 30 regular attendees are a mix of ages, abilities and painting styles, added Ms Taylor, and there is no assessment before you can attend.
"Some people are brushing up for their A-levels and some are in their retirement," she said.
"You do not have to be a realist; a couple of people are doing abstract work and one is doing graphics for comics."
Members bring their own materials to the club's evening meetings at the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club.
They can use whichever medium suits them – watercolour, acrylic, oils, pastels – and can enter their work in the club's two annual exhibitions, the first is at the village's summer fair in Grange Park.
The club also organises painting days out during its holidays, where members meet outside to paint the pretty scenery of Old Coulsdon and beyond.
Founded by Mary Everitt in 1962, the club remains unique in the area.
"We like to improve by getting down and doing it," says Ms Taylor. "We are the practical art group."