Beginners Watercolour Classes at The Little Art School

SWillustrator Penny Ives is a popular children's book illustrator with many years experience.
She is offering beginners watercolour classes at 'The Little Art School' in the new 44AD Artspace
Penny will be covering topics such as mixing colours and choosing papers.

Classes start on Friday 12th September 10-12 noon or Monday 15th September 2-4pm
Cost of £20 a session to include materials to get you started.


Picture Tree

‘Picture Tree’ - an exhibition by South West Illustrators

Venue: Gallery 44AD, 4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN
Dates: Tue 30 Sep - Sun 5 Oct
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm (except Wed 12noon - 7pm and Sun 1pm - 4pm)

This exhibition showcases original artwork of 14 local artists including picture book illustrators, a stamp designer and a prop and model maker.

There is something for all tastes - fantasy, nature, whimsy, humour, magic, eccentricity - in media including pen and ink, watercolour, collage and digital. A variety of work is offered for sale, from original artwork to signed prints, books and cards.

Participating artists are Jane Veveris Callan, Ivana Svabic Cannon, Kate Davies, Richard Deverell, Mary Hall, Tony Hitchcock, Penny Ives, Scott Joyce, Lisa Kelly, Jan Nesbitt, Anna Popescu, Nick Shewring and Nadine Wickenden.

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Community art

More large public art, this time its a community art project at St Barnabas in South Down and with Bath YFC Dave Joyce.



SWillustrator Jan Nesbitt will be showing her beautiful artwork inspired by the natural world,  in the Mish Mash, Wiltshire Artists Summer Exhibition at the Pounds Arts Centre in Corsham on 23rd July.

See more of Jan's work at http://www.jannesbittartwork.com/index.html


Hare and Seek Trail for the Cirencester Hare Festival

The Cirencester Hare Festival is proving very popular, with hare spotters of all ages enjoying tracking down the 50 giant hares in Cirencester and close surrounding villages. The individually designed 'fantasy' hares will  be auctioned to raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's 'Green hare walkway' by the River Churn.

SWillustrator Jane Veveris Callan has painted 3 of the small life size hares which will join the 'Hare and Seek' Trail. A small version of the large 'Harebelle' which is sponsored by and situated at the Twelve Bells on Lewis Lane.  'Party Hare' who's black body is a magnetic blackboard where celebratory notes and messages can be placed and 'Panthare tigris' based on the Tiger hare concept of BBC 'Springwatch' presenter Chris Packham.


Party Hare

Panthare tigris

The third Red Hare day on 27th June will see the launch of a mini 'Hare and Seek' trail in the town.
This will be great fun for hare-spotters! From 24th of May until 27th of June small decorated hares will be hidden inside Cirencester shops, cafes and offices open to the public. You will need to collect a ‘Hare and Seek passport’ from the Visitor Information Centre or Information Point at the Town Council Offices in Binhgam House. This passport  will be available from the 27th of June once all the small hares have gone into hiding!. Then you can set out to find them all. Your passport will be stamped by the retailer each time you successfully locate a small hare. Enter your accurately stamped passport into the prize draw!  The ‘Hare and Seek’ trail will end on September 14th and the result of the prize draw will be announced on September 30th.


Illustrations and Nature studies by Penny Ives

Swillustrator Penny Ives exhibited her beautiful illustrations and detailed nature studies at Bath Artist Studio's Gallery this weekend as part of the Newbridge Arts Trail.

Penny also treated her visitors to her delicious home made cakes!


Newbridge Arts Trail

This coming weekend, Swillustrators Penny Ives and Jane Veveris Callan will be exhibiting  work as part of Bath's Newbridge Arts Trail 
The venues will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May.

Drawing and illustration by Penny Ives

Over 30 local artists and craftspeople will be participating this year in a number of venues around Newbridge and Lower Weston.  Penny's work will be on display in the gallery space at Bath Artists Studio's  and Jane will be opening her studio at home on the trail. Artwork and cards will be available at direct from the artist prices!

Woodcut print and painted sculpture by Jane Veveris Callan

Full Information and a map of the trail venues is available to download here. The map can also be picked up at the Tourist Information Centre, Art shops and Galleries in Bath and at local shops in Newbridge.