Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Art Materials Live - Birnmingham NEC

This has come from Will Johnson, Secretary to the society:--

Dear Member,

As you may already know, the UKCPS runs a stand at the NEC each year in
the Art Materials Live show held in November. We have several people
demonstrating their Coloured Pencil skills, and we try to sell a few
items to make a bit of money for the society, including new memberships.
It is a great way to meet old friends and to make new ones. If you have
been before you will know we used to have a hands on area for people to
try out coloured pencils, however the organisers have asked us not to
run the participation section of the stand this year.

I am writing to ask if you could volunteer some of your time to
help. The show runs from Thursday 8th November to Sunday 11th November
from 9:30 until 5:30 (5:00 on Sunday). A free entry pass will be
available for all volunteers that enables entry not only to Art
Materials Live, but also to the sister shows “Crafts For Christmas “and

If you could see your way clear to helping, or think you might be able
to help, please let me know by emailling me at: and I will let you
have more details.

Will Johnson

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Chippenham Local Group

This from Val Wilson in Chippenham, Wiltshire :-

'The Colour Ring' Pencil Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at the Beacon Centre (Methodist Church Hall), Sheldon Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, from 10am to 12pm. Most of us are newcomers to CP, but there are several more experienced members who are willing and able to share their expertise. It's a very informal group so please feel free to drop in for coffee and see what we do!

Val Wilson

Contact is via Pauline Longley at: 

Rushden & Wellingborough Local Group

The following has come from Mavis Bailey in Northamptonshire :-

Just to let you know that the Pencil Circle that I run as part of this group will be re-starting this month.  First meeting Thursday 20th September, 9.30 am,  at my house in Rushden.

First and third  Thursday of each month thereafter.

I should have some spare places this year, so anyone enquiring can be directed to me.

Best wishes
Mavis Bailey


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Try Colour Pencils - Wirral

Brenda Chappell

Yours truly is hosting another 'Try Colour Pencils' day on Saturday, 29th September 2012, at St Chads Church Hall, Roslin Road, Irby, Wirral, CH61 3UH.  The day is suited to both beginners and those with some experience of CP.

Registration is from 9.30 am, and then the morning will feature a demonstration  of Caran D'Ache pencils and paints by Manchester artist, Brenda Chappell, followed by an afternoon colour pencil workshop.

A4 cartridge (200gsm) is provided, but bring your own colour pencils (of any type).  The workshop will feature a simple step-by-step drawing for those who are new to CP, but feel free to bring your own photos or reference material if you have a project to work on.

Coffee, tea, etc. is provided, but bring your own lunch.  COST: £8 (UKCPS Members), £10 (Non-members).

To book a place,  email me:

Alan McMahon

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Robin Borrett - Local Group picture

Robin Borrett's Local group in East Leake have yet again produced a composite picture in aid of charity.  "Quorn and Woodhouse Station" was completed by his  Monday am and the Wednesday pm colour pencil groups.                                               The station is part of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. The Great Central is a preserved line running from Loughborough to North Leicester. Plans are already underway to connect to Ruddington nr Nottingham, this means that trains will again run through East Leake.

Robin has said:

"We shall be giving the picture to the railway. There are 30 separate pieces making up a 1.3m x 1m finished artwork. Everyone found this subject a little different to the old masters that we had tackled before. As in previous years the picture was displayed at our annual exhibition, raising funds for Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes."

Saturday, 1 September 2012

UKCPS Exhibition - Post 3

The successful artists for the exhibition will shortly be receiving the details of how to arrange for delivery of  their works to the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery for the afternoon of Monday 1st October (hand-in day!), and the arrangements for removal of unsold works afterwards.

Be aware that the exhibition will be held in two seperate rooms of the gallery - and each has its own requirements for hanging! - so read the instructions carefully!!

However, - if you wish to view the arrangements online then you can download .pdf versions of the instructions via the UKCPS website:

Members should also note that the Society AGM is being held in the Gallery at 11.30 am on 6th October 2012 (the opening day of the exhibition) and will be followed by a members buffet lunch. PLEASE CONTACT Barbara Murray, ( if you intend to attend so that she is aware of numbers for the buffet.  If you have items for inclusion in the agenda, please contact the Secretary, Will Johnson, via


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