Cotswold Art Club

Welcome to the Cotswold Art Club

Membership is open to all artists both amateur and professional.  The club gives support and encouragement to its members with a number of activities.


​In March Clive introduced himself as a self taught artist. He has an unusual and fascinating technique using his hands and fingers to paint. To get the desired effect he recommended using Unison soft pastel pure pigment (Jackson’s own brand comparable) on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper, which has a soft unabrasive texture.

His subject was still life, two apples and a pot. Using the side of the pastel he created the dark background first, rubbing the colour in with the outer palm of his hand and grading the shade across the paper.

He built up the colour on the apples by first trying out the shades around the edges of the paper. He rubbed the pastel stick onto a finger rather than straight on to the paper, adding colours and blending the tones creating a very realistic image.

A tip to make sure the sides of the bowl were straight was to measure each side from the top edge of the paper. He emphasised the importance of light and shade adding very light yellows or blues rather than white. He used a putty rubber to lighten and lift colour where needed. To complete the effect he outlined specific areas with pastel pencils.

It was agreed by all that it was a very entertaining and inspiring demonstration.

In Feburary Wendy Rhodes gave us an excellent talk and demonstration of copper etching and printing.  Showing us the stages as the etching is created and proofed.  The different ways of creating marks in the copper and how the copper is inked and polished off.  Finally with a small mobile printing press we saw the final product being produced.


Andy Dice Davies on 20th April
More infomation about next years schedule is on Club Meeting Page


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We will be at Snowshill in May and Chipping Campden in June

Check the Club Exhibition Page to see all planned exhibitions and add them to your diary.


Lower Slaughter
We had an exhibition at Lower Slaughter in September.

Bourton on the Water
We had a 3 days exhibition at the Victoria Hall in the heart of Bourton on the Water in August.

Our 5 week exhibition (Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 9th July 2023) at Hidcote Manor this year to celebrate their 75th year with the National Trust, has flown past. It was a great success for us and the Manor.

All art that was exhibited, was inspired by Hidcote, this included the gardens at Hidcote Manor, the Manor itself, the creator Lawrence Johnston, Hidcote village, the history of the gardens, the farms, the surounding cotswold landscape and nature, so it was really interesting to see how different artists interpreted this theme

Visit the Hidcote Manor Exhibition 2023 Page to see some of the work that was included.

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