Welcome to the Somerton Group of Artists.

Are you interested in art? Why not join us!

Here you will find a very friendly local artists group from Somerton and the surrounding areas, Somerset, UK. We welcome all new members who are interested in art. You don’t even have to be a painter yourself to get involved – you may just want to meet other people with the same interests. We are well established and have around 60 members of all ages and abilities.

We hold a year round programme of talks and demonstrations by professional artists with occasional day-long workshops. We have ‘painting together’ sessions and outside painting and sketching sessions in the summer. These are usually held with somewhere for lunch or tea nearby! In the winter, some members also meet weekly in Long Load Village Hall to paint together every Tuesday morning from 10am. to 1pm. 

We hold an annual exhibition of our work, and all members are invited to participate.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact us for a chat or just turn up to one of our events or sessions. You will be made very welcome!

Wednesday 25 May – Painting Together in the Parish Rooms Somerton starting at 10am. This is an opportunity for everyone to get together.  Mandy McAllen will hold a drawing workshop in the morning (details below). You can follow this if you wish or you can choose your own project.  Please bring a packed lunch and we will provide coffee etc.  Entry is £5 (members included). Do join us for a fun day!! Mandy’s Workshop  Why is it so difficult to draw objects accurately? In daily life we do not need to study the multitude of things we see in detail, we can identify them from scant information and past experience. When it comes to drawing them however this becomes a problem, we tend to draw what we think we know, rather than what we actually can see. We shall do some exercises to overcome this by learning not to look at “things” but at the negative spaces between them . They have no name so we cannot be influenced by past experience. Bring drawing paper, larger than A4, sharp pencils, a ruler. You may wish to develop your work to make a painting in the afternoon ,so bring materials as appropriate.