The Society offers a wide range of activities throughout the year.
The 2020 programme:
These are sessions when the studio is open for members to the facilities for drawing and painting. There is no formal tuition but help and advice may be given by more experienced members if required. Of course, tea, coffee and biscuits are available. £1 is charged towards the cost of studio utilities.
These sessions are Monday 2pm until 4pm and Tuesday 7pm to 9pm
Life Drawing evening sessions
Life drawing and painting sessions offer an opportunity to develop these skills with a live unclothed model each session. Each session is limited to a maximum number of 15 artists.
Life sessions are held weekly on Wednesday 7pm to 9pm.
Please open the PDF document below to see the rota.
The cost is £4 for members, £5 for non-members and £2 for students over 16 years.
No booking is required
Whole day Life sessions
We normally hold whole day life drawing and painting sessions at Treswell village hall.
We will email members and non-members interested in Life Drawing when these have been arranged and put details on this page.
Non-members interested in Life Drawing
If you do not belong to Retford Art Society but are interesting in attending some of our Life Drawing sessions you can be sent information that we send out to members by sending your email address to and requesting that you be put on our mailing list.
By sending us your email you are giving us permission to send you information about the Retford Art Society by email. We will not give your email address to any third party.
Demonstrations by accomplished and professional artists are offered . The topics and artistic media demonstrated vary and we try to accommodate all aspects of art work.
We have a video projection of proceedings and a microphone and amplifier so that no one will miss any information. Of course, the tea, coffee and biscuit break allows folks to comment on proceedings as well as catching up with local happenings.
These are normally held on the last Thursday of the month
The cost is £4 for members, £6 for non-members and £2 for students over 16 years.
A number of workshops are offered each year with professional artists giving tuition. We try to offer variety topics and media. Please see the programme .pdf above.
Additionally we sometimes offer full day workshops for Life Drawing and Painting
In August, instead of our demonstration evening, we offer a plein air session in some local place of interest. We have visited places such as Rufford Park, Papplewick pumping station, West Stockwith basin and Hodsock Priory.
Our main exhibitions are held twice every year, one in Spring and another in Autumn.
To see the details visit our exhibition page where you can also see work shown in our latest exhibition.