Our weekly meetings are very informal throughout the year but once a month we have a set subject which members have an option to join in with if they wish.

Programme subject to change if suitable and cost effective Paint-Alongs or Demonstrations can be arranged.

19th January - Demonstration: Peter Bourne

A local artist from Howick

This is Peter's first visit to the Leyland Artists. Working fast and loose his demonstration will include a quick landscape followed by a portrait from audience description.

23rd February - Workshop: Painting Buildings

In the evenings session we watch and follow the video 'The Watercolourist's Guide to Painting Buildings'

Professional artist Richard Taylor shows how to recreate the texture and fabric of brickwork and plaster to paint realistic buildings.

Click the image on the left for a quick preview.

9th March - Demonstration: John Harrison

John Harrison is a Yorkshire artist with a distinctive style in Line and Wash.

He has been involved in creative endeavours of one form or another for most of his adult life: He had a long period where he earned his living as a professional drummer but sketched and drew constantly.

Click the image on the left to visit his website.

13th April - Tuition: An Evening with Mike Ainsworth

Mike will set us a challenge and give tips and advice in this practical paint-a-long.

4th May - Demonstration: Les Darlow

Les was born in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1961, and trained as a technical and Scientific Illustrator, having freed himself of the technical preciseness of a photo realistic painting he now paints expressively and creatively, producing paintings that are based on feeling, with light, energy and movement. Les has a love and passion for weather and landscapes and most of his paintings are subjects that have that connection.

15th June - Workshop: Still Life with Pat Weaver

Following on video the instructions and advice of American artist Pat Weaver to capture, in your favourite medium, the colourful selection of vegetables in front of you.

17th August - Workshop: An Evening Botanical

Hints and tips on how to develop detail and accurate colour in botanical painting. Format still to be developed.

14th September - Workshop: The Monochrome Project

The objective of the evening is to explore what can be achieved with a pallete restricted to just ONE colour. Tone is as important as colour in creating a satisfying painting.

12th October - Tuition: An evening with Yvonne Thompson

The Power of the Pencil. An evening with our very own Yvonne Thompson who will share her experiences of sketching animals and give us a chance to participate in a set activity.

30th November - Demonstration: Paul Talbot Greaves

A return visit of the celebrated artist Paul Talbot Greaves for a demonstration of atmospheric landscape in watercolour. Paul caputres the rugged nature of the South Pennine Moors.

14th December - Christmas party Night

Our end of year party (and an excuse for a social get together) as we leave our paints and brushes at home. It is a Jacobs Join evening so bring along a nibble or two.

Everyone is invited to enter a painting produced in 2016 for the John Emmerton Cup competition.