Ashby Art Club

Ashby Art ClubMembers and local demonstrators  links



Ashby Art Club members who teach art and demonstrate

Jane Betteridge

Exhibits in watercolour and mixed media.  Jane runs regular workshops at Oakthorpe village hall and has just produced a book, titled 'Watercolours Unleashed' which will be available from March 2015, hopefully followed by a DVD - watch this space! Jane is holding workshops at Oakthorpe Leisure Centre on the following dates:

Sept 27 elderberry and bindweed (watercolour)
Oct 25 mixed media
Nov 27 winter landscape. (Watercolour)           
For more information on courses contact Jane.

Peter Saw

Peter’s web site provides a lot of advice advice for newcomers to art and also for people with more expertise!   He provides advice to get a beginner started and a watercolour course for beginners on a CD ROM is also available.

 Richard Knowles  -  aka  'Saville'

Paints and exhibits in pastels, acrylics, watercolour and oils. Saville is fascinated by the way light affects a scene and reflections of light on water. His paintings are in collections in France, USA and the UK. He is currently building a new studio. Richard is doing a pastel demonstration at the club on Monday, 10th November.  Non-members welcome.

 John W. Smith       -  aka  'Jay Dubya'

 I am a local artist and have lived in Ashby De La Zouch for over thirty years, I paint mainly in acrylic but I keep an open mind and am always ready for a new challenge and a new medium. I paint in a contemporary style but I believe that realism still has a place in today’s art.  My subject matter is whatever interests me; I enjoy painting portrait, landscape or still life. 

 Why ‘Jay Dubya’ ? Exhibiting at a gallery with two other ‘John Smith’s' led to some confusion!

 Jay Dubya is a play on my Christian name’s initials John William…J.W…Jay Dubya

                               I could have been but someone beat me to it !


 Other Local Demonstrators and teachers

Vivienne Cawson

Vivienne runs watercolour workshops from her studio in Ashby for small groups and also exhibits in local galleries and shops, as well as nationally 

Margaret Kelsey

Maggie runs regular classes ( suitable for beginners) at the Catholic Church hall in Melbourne ( on Tuesdays) and also classes  at other locations. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Geoff Kersey

Geoff Kersey, as well as demonstrating for us in 2014, is also running a workshop for club members at Smisby on 4 October 2014

 Michael Lakin

Michael is a botanical artist and  national exhibitor. He provides day time courses and weekend workshops from his studio at White Hollows, Ticknall and also and evening courses at the Thomas Cook Hall in Melbourne. Individual one to one tuition and distance learning  can also be provided. He also holds beginners days to get you started painting and drawing and his courses are also suitable for absolute beginners. Art materials and his book and videos can be purchased at his studio.

 Di Lorriman

Di is a qualified teacher and runs watercolour courses at the Adult Education centre in Swadlincote and at Rickmans Corner, Linton. She also runs residential holidays in watercolour and in cartooning at Knuston Hall Adult Residential College in Northamptonshire. Di can be contacted at

Kerry Newel

Wildlife in pastels. She provides private tuition in pastels and also runs regular workshops in Wigston. Leicester