May workshop with Will Dyke – a review of this exciting session!

Our May workshop was a huge success! Here’s a review written by Lousie Turpin who attended the session.

Will Dyke – Trees and woodland

Lino and woodcut printing workshop

The morning of the Royal Wedding dawned bright and sunny and 16 PACS printmakers were headed, not to Windsor, but the Triangle Centre in Liss. We were there for the Will Dyke printmaking workshop. Many of us were returnees from his Farmyard session in 2017 which goes to show how much we had enjoyed his last visit.

After a demonstration of how to use both the lino and wood cutting tools, along with instruction on the variety of marks and textures possible in these media, we were off to experiment with our own sample piece with a warning from Will to “Always place your cutting hand in front of the anchoring hand” – the tools are sharp and all limbs were preferred unscathed by the end of the day, it seems!

Once we got the hang of the tools, Will showed us how to ink up our lino and wood effectively, how to place lino squarely on the paper and how to burnish the back of the paper to give an even coverage of the ink.

Then it was time to create our own masterpieces using the reference supplied or any that we had brought with us. Coffees and teas were purchased along with sustaining cake and all went quiet for an hour or so! Will was on hand to offer any advice needed. Beautiful designs began to emerge from the hitherto blank squares and it was on to the printing table to proof up our masterpieces.

Once the proofs were created on newsprint and adjustments made, final prints were made on thicker paper. Throughout the day we experimented with printing designs as a single colour, using multiple coloured inks on one image, printing on a variety of coloured papers and the bold amongst us ventured into reduction printing.

Come 4 o’clock, the bride and groom in Windsor were tucking into their wedding breakfast whilst we were packing up the hall. A large haul of wonderful prints were on display and everyone was able to take home some very lovely artworks. A great day was had by all. There were many requests to invite Will back so let’s hope we see him again soon.

Susan Halls demo presented by the PACS potters March 10th

Bookings are being taken for an exciting demo day hosted by PACS potters at Herne Farm Leisure Centre on March 10th 9.30-4. Bring a plate of food to share (and your own crockery!)

Susan will be demonstrating her passion for capturing the spirit of animals. This session will be of interest to everyone as Susan’s methods combine hand built and thrown elements to create wonderful animal sculptures. Her work includes large scale garden sculptures as well as smaller items.

Plump Grey 2017

Contact Christine Bull to reserve your place

Read more about Susan Halls at


Jackson’s Open Painting Prize – commended entry for Sharon Hurst

In our News blog we like to share snippets from our members and this week Sharon Hurst shared her good news with us. Jackson’s, the well known supplier of art materials, is once again running its open painting prize ‘JOPP’ and Sharon, our PACS president, is very excited that she has been selected as the fifth commended entry this year for one of her beautiful watercolour cat paintings. Read more about Sharon’s entry here.

You may like to enter your own artwork too. Entries close on March 16th, more information here.

The Art Group Collective Exhibition – Dec 1st-3rd

A show involving some PACS members is coming up soon at the Petersfield Physic Garden meeting room. The Art Group Collective are having their winter exhibition from December 1st -3rd open 10-5 Friday and Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.

A wide variety of work will be on show and available to purchase so come along and enjoy paintings, woven tapestry, mixed media, book binding and textile art!

Read more about the group here

November – potters’ month!

November is traditionally the month for the PACS Potters to hold their Christmas exhibition in Petersfield. It will be held at the Physic Garden Meeting Room (GU32 3JJ) and there will be well over 100 exhibits to enjoy and purchase. Work includes sculptural, decorative and practical pieces of ceramics.

Festive Opening on Saturday 18th November at 11am with FREE mulled wine and mince pies closing at 4pm. Then open daily 10am – 4pm until Sunday 26th November FREE ENTRY.



Another event to add to your pottery tour is Ceramicus 2017 from 11th -25th November. PACS members Nigel Hobbs and Shirley Shiner are taking part in this exciting exhibition at the Allen Gallery in Alton. Nine artists are displaying a wide variety of ceramic techniques. More details on the flyer below!



Exciting news from PACS member Sharon Hurst!

Derwent have just recently unveiled their newest and best colour pencil to date! PROCOLOUR.
Come and join PACS member Sharon on Wednesday 27th September HOCHANDA as she demonstrates the unique characterists and takes you through some fun demonstrations!
Showtimes are:
10.00am, 4.00pm and 7.00pm
You can watch here:
  • SKY 663 (24/7)
  • FREEVIEW 85 (6am-7pm)
  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)
  • You can also watch LIVE online at 

Shozo Michikawa demonstration Saturday October 7th

Saturday 7th October 2017

World renowned potter Shozo Michikawa was born in 1953 in Hokkaido in Northern Japan. After an initial career in business he took up evening classes in art where he discovered his talent and passion for pottery, and now focuses entirely on creating ceramics. Shozo has widely exhibited in Japan and around the world. He has recently exhibited at Design Basel and will have been at West Dean the week before this demonstration. His new book is being published in September 2017.

Shozo will demonstrate his famous ‘cut and twist’ pots on the wheel  He will also make tea bowls, tea pots and other forms in both traditional Japanese and his own distinctive styles.

See more information and examples of Shozo’s work at


Fee £25

PACS members £22

Bring a plate of food for shared lunch and your own plate, cutlery & mug

To be held at

Herne Farm Leisure Centre

Crundles, Petersfield,

GU31 4PJ

Behind the Co-op on Moggs Mead

Bookings in advance through Richard Hollingbery via our contact page.