The Art Section of the Solihull Society of Arts is a friendly group of amateur painters that meets every fortnight at Alderbrook School for a variety of demonstrations, talks or practical sketching evenings with a model and/or still life.

We have two exhibitions every year, indoor Saturday painting classes during the winter months, and outside painting days in the summer. We also have at least one coach trip to a famous gallery each year.

The demonstrations are carried out by local professional artists with the intention of helping members to develop and widen their skills and become more adventurous. The talks are on a variety of interesting topics related to famous artists or the profession of being an artist. See the programme for 2018/19 below.

The Saturday classes are often conducted by local successful painters who share their skills with us. We also have a small library of art instruction DVDs that can be borrowed.

The exhibitions provide a means by which members can display their work to fellow members and the public, and occasionally sell an exhibit.

We are a friendly group of painters with a wide range of skills and expertise. Some of us have been painting for many years and are quite accomplished, whilst others of us are fairly new to drawing and painting, but we are mutually supportive and we learn from each others’ efforts.

New members are always welcome to join the society. We welcome visitors to come and experience a meeting or two before joining, and the membership fee is scaled to the time left in the year.

Contact our membership secretary, Pat Coward on 0121 705 4379 for more information.

2018/19 Programme

All events are on Mondays and run from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, and finish at 9.30pm. Visitors welcome – £4 admission. We meet in The Gantry, part of ‘The Edge’ at the rear of Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SN.

3rd September – Reflections in Watercolour by Rupert Cordeux

24th September – Critical Appraisal By Don Irving

8th October – A View of Solihull by Claire Botterill in mixed media

22nd October – Sketching Evening – Still Life/ Model

5th November – Landscape in Acrylics by Terence Clarke

19th November – Art Section A.G.M.

3rd December – Christmas Party

7th January – Industrial landscape in oils – Ivan Taylor

21st January – Critical Appraisal  by Sally Roundell

4th February – Portrait in Oils by Nick Logan

25th February – Contemporary Landscape by Roger Griffiths

4th March – Sketching Evening Still life/ Model

18th March – Critical Appraisal by Jan Gay

1st April – More Travels with Our Sketchbooks by Janet Scott and Lynn Taylor

29th April – Making Enamelled Jewellery by Melissa Keskinkilinc

20th May – Woodland Scene in Watercolour by Ian Ridley

3rd June – Sketching Evening – Still life/Model