Virtual TAS

On behalf of all the committee I would like to send you our best wishes and hope that you are all keeping safe at this difficult time. We are keen to keep all our members well informed and be able to provide opportunities to keep the society functioning. Art can be a very therapeutic pastime.

One new activity will be a monthly competition, starting on April 1, which will be undertaken via our Teignmouth Art Society Facebook page and linked with our website Up to 2 pieces of original artwork can be submitted. Members and non-members can vote for their favourite picture by clicking on the ‘like’ button. The work with the most ‘likes’ by 2pm on the last day of the month will be awarded Best Artwork of the Month. It will also help to raise the profile of our talented individual artists. 

Themes for each month, using any medium, including 3D artwork:

April: Marine 

May: Still Life – any subject

June: Landscape 

Suggestions for our newsletter to Sarah at or 0775 1795188.

If you are not on the internet family or friends could post your artwork to be entered into the competitions (Sarah is happy to explain over the phone). Others are setting up WhatsApp groups through their mobile phone, meaning you can then send texts, photos and even video chat.

There are so many free art activities online at the moment. So time to try something new:

Facebook Groups

Isolation Art Challenge – daily themes, start your Day 1 any day

Urban Sketching Devon – be inspired to sketch and share

Devon Art and Leisure Tutors and Courses – links to lots of free online activities

Calligraphy Style Challenge Pop-Up Group from Crooked Calligraphy – free workshop

Drawing Ideas ART – videos and info on sketching and drawing techniques

YouTube videos

Windsor & Newton – free masterclasses during lockdown

Drawing & Painting – The Virtual Instructor: free art lessons


#TogetherAtHome – prog of many different things: shows, music, cooking, story time

#7days_competition from drawing for beginner’s (I’ve asked them to get rid of the apostrophe!) on Facebook


The Royal Opera House – free online shows – art classes on TV with Grayson Perry

Covid-19 update

Dear Teignmouth Art Society members, it is with regret we have to announce the following events have been cancelled due to government guidelines and the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday Workshops 

Teignmouth Art Society AGM (was due to be held on 29 April 2020) – more details and voting to follow shortly.

Teignmouth Art Society Spring Exhibition 

At the moment we are unable to confirm whether the summer Outdoor Sketching Days or the Summer Exhibition will go ahead, but will base our decision on gGovernment advice nearer the time.

Whilst we are unable to offer face-to-face activities at the moment, we are looking into ways we can support our members. One idea is to hold a Virtual TAS Spring Exhibition on our Facebook page, where our members could post the pictures they were going to exhibit.

We will continue to keep you informed by: 

Newsletters: please send information to Sarah Sagar  07751795188

Facebook page: and our


Due to these extraordinary circumstances, the committee has decided not to increase membership fees this year (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021), and will therefore remain at £15 for a single person and £26 for two people living at the same address. We are accepting payments by BACS only at this time: Sort Code: 20-60-88   Account No:  10714143. Please give your surname and mship as the reference (e.g. SMITHmship).

The TAS committee send their best wishes to all of you at this difficult time, and hope you are all taking the necessary precautions to protect yourselves. Please appreciate we have a number of older members, along with those who have secondary health problems and therefore cannot risk putting their wellbeing in jeopardy.

If you have any concerns regarding your health, please refer to: NHS Direct online,  NHS 111 online & phone line or for accurate, up-to-date information.

We are all in this together. Take care. Teignmouth Art Society Committee

Des and the Royal Institute of Painters

Des Maxwell Clark, former Vice Chair and programme organiser for TAS has had a painting accepted for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in London. The exhibition will be at the Mall Galleries (just off Trafalgar Square, a stone’s throw from the National Gallery) from 2 April to 17 April.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th show is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 of the very best in contemporary water based media paintings from its members and selected artists from around the globe. Since its founding in 1831, the RI has become universally recognised as one of the leading art institutes.

Congratulations Des.

Christmas Dinner

This year’s Christmas Dinner is on Friday 13 December, 12:30 for 1pm at the Smugglers Inn, Teignmouth Rd, Dawlish EX7 0LA. The price is £19.95 each. The menu and full payment details are below.

You can pay by BACS at any time on line, and give your meal choices (A, B, or C for each course on the menu) to Clare Jenkinson on or phone Clare on 07763 894008. If you prefer to book at a Friday meeting (25 Oct and 15 Nov at the Heritage Centre) you can pay by card. Bring a copy of your meal choices and also make a note of your order for the day.

Please book by the end of November to ensure your place.

Christmas Dinner menu

Allenby Trophy

Congratulations to Sue Evans for winning the Allenby Trophy for Best Picture in the 2019 Summer Exhibition,  as voted for by the general public. Three Lovely Ladies.

Retrospective at Words and Pictures

Des Maxwell Clark will be holding a retrospective exhibition at Words and Pictures Gallery, Little Triangle, Teignmouth TQ14 8AX from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August. Des will also be displaying a selection of his sketch books, giving a glimpse into how he works.