2013 Summer Programme

Rayleigh Art Group have arranged a Summer programme for 2013, details of which can be found on the Calendar Page.

However, a few significant dates to note for your diary are:-

June 26th – A Cheese and Wine evening with a Game of Trivia commencing at 7.30 pm sharp – just for fun!! (Please contact Corrinne Scott for tickets)

July 10th – Outdoor painting trip with a location to be arranged – Meet outside the Cedars Centre at 6.00 pm where transport will be arranged

July 20th – An invitation from Southend Art Club to the Cottage at Butler’s Farm from 2.00 pm – At the gate there is a sign for Southend Art Club, take the Farm Road DO NOT turn left to the house.

The Cottage, Butler's Farm
The Cottage, Butler’s Farm

August 14th – Evening Garden Party commencing at 4.00 pm at Corrinne Scott’s House – Please let Corrinne know if you plan on participating as soon as possible


‘At Home’ Wednesday 24th April 2013

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their annual ‘At Home’ in the Todman Centre on Wednesday 24th April 2013. This is the final event of our Winter Programme and all members and their guests are invited to participate. Just bring along some food and your ‘Painting of the Year’ for the Presidents Award to have a good social evening meeting with friends.

Demonstration by John Tookey

A Townscape in Watercolour” was the title of a demonstration by John Tookey on WednesdayP1010901 April 10th at Rayleigh Art Group.  John has a very distinctive style using mainly earth colours with just the occasional touch of a brighter colour.  The town he chose was Cambridge.  He lightly sketched in the details first and then in a very loose style quickly laid down his paint working mainly on the lighter areas first.  He explained his methods and answered questions as he painted and by the end of the evening he had produced a street scene which included people, cars and bicycles.
A most enjoyable and instructive evening.

Report courtesy of Corinne Scott and photo Cathy Newton

Demonstration by John Tookey – A Townscape in Watercolour

Rayleigh Art Group (RAG) will be hosting a demonstration by John Tookey – A Townscape in Watercolour, on Wednesday 10th April 2013 in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, Essex, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

All members are invited and guests are welcome at a cost of £3.00, which includes tea and biscuits.

John Tookey was trained in Graphic Design and Fine Art at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London during theJohn Tookey PS sixties when lecturers included David Graham, Edward Hall and Vivian Pitchforth.

John worked for many years as a graphic artist in several London advertising agencies before leaving in 1986 to take up painting full-time.

He has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Watercolorists; The Royal Oil Institute; The West of England Academy, and the Pastel Society, of which he has been a member since 1982.

Publications include a series of illustrated regional travel books for Gordon Fraser and the East Anglia Tourist Boards. Contributions to several art magazines include: International Artist; Artist & Illustrators Magazine; and The Artist. Contributions to art books include: Houses and Buildings; The Encyclopaedia of Pastel Techniques; and the Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques.

Prizes include:
Royal West of England Academy (Brandler Galleries Art Prize)
Pastel Society – Pastel Society of Canada Award (1996)

John currently tutors several painting courses, mainly in East Anglia, throughout the year.

His work has been acquired by corporate and private collections in Great Britain, Europe and the U.S.A.