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Our Programme


Our workshops places are open to MAS members and are only guaranteed if paid for in advance.  Refunds will be given with a minimum of one weeks notice of cancellatiion or in the case of illness. Our Saturday All day Workshops are held at All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock DE4 3JG from 10am to 3.00pm.

January 15th - PAM SMART: 'Mark Making in Drawing' Workshop. Pam, a specialist teacher of Art and Design, takes inspiration from the natural and built environment, painting in striking colours. She will lead us in expanding our creative toolbox with an exciting range of drawing techniques.


February 19th - RICHARD KITSON: Portrait in Mixed Media Workshop. Richard is primarily known for his portraiture and figurative works, which mostly depict family members and friends. Richard’s work is underpinned by a training in academic and life drawing. He is inspired by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Lucian Freud, Euan Uglow and David Hockney.


March 19th - KATE WRIGGLESWORTH: Postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Gardens in Mixed Media Workshop. A freelance artist, designer and dancer, Kate uses a variety of mediums from paint, textiles, collage, to three-dimensional sculptures. Her love of dance and theatre design influences her approach to painting, and she expresses emotion and creates atmosphere through colour and composition.


April 23rd - CATHERINE INGLIS: Animal Portraits in Pastel Morning Demonstration/Afternoon Workshop, including demonstrating a Cheetah head. Catherine, a member of the Society of Women Artists, works predominantly in soft pastels. Whilst her work covers a wide variety of subjects, including being well known for wildlife paintings, Catherine specialises in pet and family portraiture. Her favourite subject is animals.


May 21st - LIN CHEUNG: ‘Introduction to Abstract Art’ Mixed Media Workshop. Lin, an experienced teacher and artist, considers key ideas, and explores mark making and composition, before creating her abstract paintings using mixed media techniques. The workshop is for those interested in exploring abstraction in their work or who wish to loosen up and be more expressive in their painting.


June 18th - KELLY HERRICK: Landscape Painting in Acrylics Morning Demonstration/Afternoon Workshop. Kelly, a contemporary landscape artist, is inspired by the beauty and power of nature. She uses light, bold brushstrokes, splurges of juicy colour and intriguing scribbles in her paintings to build a connection with nature that helps us cherish our awe-inspiring world.


July 16th - AMANDA WEBSTER: Portrait in Oils Morning Demonstration/ Afternoon Workshop. Having painted and drawn ever since she can remember, Amanda is now a full time artist and teacher.  As well as exhibiting widely, examples of Amanda’s work include scene painting for West End productions and illustration for Channel 4’s Equinox series. Amanda received the SAA Supporting All Artists Award 2021 for "My Transgender Child" oil on canvas and also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP Portrait Award.



July 29th - August 5th Annual Exhibition and Art Sale

An opportunity for members to display and sell their work.

Cromford Wharf Building, Cromford. 


Annual Membership Subscription: £25


Wednesday Morning Portrait Group: (OPEN TO ALL) is held at All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock DE$ 3JG. 1st Wednesday morning of each month starting in September 2021: 9.30am to 12.00noon - £5. NB April 6 only is to be held at Starkholmes Village Hall.


Mutual Help Group (open to all) is held at Starkholmes Village Hall, 105 Starkholmes Road, Matlock DE4 3DE on 2nd Friday morning each month: 9.30am to 12.00noon - £3 

Life Drawing Sessions - held on the third and fourth Fridays each month - £10 a session. Booking is essential with Linda Orchard. 

Plein Air sessions run weekly when weather allows.


Chairperson: Linda Orchard 01629 823561             

Membership Secretary: Chrissy Holt 01629 650438                                                   

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Outdoor sessions mean we can get together while our creative juices flow.  Plein air is open to non members please contact either Linda or Marilyn on the email addresses below.

If you wish to take part please contact Linda Orchard - or Marilyn Micallef -

Emails will be sent to members but notice may be short depending on the weather forecasts.

Plein air sessions run weekly weather permitting.  Updates of sessions are on the blog and news pages.