Pilton Art Group Membership
Here is some information about the Pilton Art Group (PAG). For a £50 membership fee (less than £1 per week), you get access to two excellent studio spaces and associated resources.
Studio 1: This is known as the “oil room” which is equipped with chairs, tables and easels. There is shelving and racks where you can leave your work in progress and store your materials.
Studio 2: This studio is for less messy and smelly activities - water colour, drawing, collage etc. There is a place for washing brushes, water jars and there are table easels if required. In this room there are some art materials for general use by members.
There is also a comprehensive library on most aspects of art that you can browse or borrow and coffee and tea making facilities.
The studios are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am -12:30 pm when you can drop in and work on your projects. There is a £2 charge per session that you attend to contribute to the cost of heating, lighting and tea and coffee.
On some Mondays, the more talented members of the group run workshop sessions on their media specialisms. There is no tuition fee for these sessions; a charge may be made if the tutor provides specialist materials. These are sign-up sessions, so if you don’t want to take part you can still access the studios to do your own work.
On the first Friday of the month, there is a session run by a professional working artist. The morning focuses on a specific topic and in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discuss your own work (1:1 tutorial). If you decide to attend these sessions, there is a very modest charge of £10 per person to contribute to the cost of the session. From time to time, other activities are organised - qualified tutors on various media, days out painting or sketching, critique evenings and exhibitions.
The People PAG is not just about art but is an opportunity to meet a diverse range of friendly people who enjoy practising and developing their art in a lovely studio setting. PAG members are not sniffy or pretentious and no talent is required. PAG members have a wide range of abilities and interests - there are some experienced artists who sell some of their work and other members who just enjoy painting and drawing.
This is what one PAG member has to say.
"I had not painted or drawn anything other than a few sketches in front to the TV for about 25 years and felt a bit shy/intimidated and wondered if I was good enough to start painting again in a group situation. I came along to PAG for a taster session when there was an oil painting workshop going on. I really enjoyed it - the people were welcoming and encouraging and now nine months on, I am a member and attend drop-in sessions once or twice a week. I have made some new friends and my art, or at least my confidence, is improving and I am enjoying painting in a nice environment with a supportive group of people."
If you think that joining PAG is something that might be right for you, come along to one of the morning sessions and speak to members. You can attend two sessions with no commitment to decide if membership is right for you.