Please go to the 2020 ART EXHIBITION  link on the top of this web site page and enjoy viewing our exhibition which is building until the end of July. After that you will be able to vote for your favourite picture!


As sessions at Dupont have been suspended we have asked our two Tutors to design and produce video art lessons.

We have established a Dupont YouTube page so we can post the videos where they can easily be seen.

You can watch them right through or just look at part each day.

Each video has a title so you can select the video you want to watch.

New videos will be put on our YouTube page over the next few weeks.

So please keep checking

Please click on the link below and start painting.

Dupont Video Workshops


If you have any comments or would like advice please contact the Tutor

Lucy Parker

Caroline Marsland

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Dupont to Temporarily Close and go ONLINE!

We have been reading the Government instructions and recommendation regarding Covid-19 and the actions organizations should take. Having listened also to comments from members, we have decided the time has come to close the club with immediate effect.

We do this reluctantly as we know many members see their time at Dupont as an important part of their week.

Not knowing how long the situation will last, and because we want to stay in touch with our members, we are looking at setting up “Dupont Art On-line” using our website. Our tutors are working on programmes and demonstrations which will be available to members, providing an ongoing link with Dupont. As soon as we have more information we will be in touch.

In the meantime, check out our posts
below from Carolyn’s demos and have a little practice with them.

Thank you for your support, please stay safe during this very difficult time.

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BHAC Poster & Flyer Competition

Brighton and Hove Arts Council Art Show

22nd to 25th April 2020

Once again we are looking for two pictures to use in the publicity for the Art Show.

One picture will be used on the oyster and flyer and in our Social media activities, the other on the Private view flyer.

This is a very important part of the  publicity so this year there will be a bottle of champagne for the two artists who are selected. Those will be presented to the Private View.

All Dupont Members are invited to take part.

Pictures should be sent to as soon as possible. The closing date is Monday 3rd February.

The two winners will be selected by the entire Exective Committee of BHAC.This usually takes quite a while, and as everyone seems to have a favourite picture, it usually ends by taking a vote.

We encourage all of our members to get involved with this.

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Ode to Autumn Watercolour Workshop

Artistic Ode to Autumn – Watercolour Workshop  

Thursday 7th November 2019

This workshop will focus on using watercolour in traditional and contemporary ways, to paint still life with an autumnal flavour.

We will be looking at techniques to paint leaves, twigs, conkers, pumpkins, squashes, berries and all things autumnal.

Also included will be tips on background choices and colour mixing.

There will be six separate still life displays to choose from, but you are welcome to bring your own items if you wish.

Session 1: 10 am – 12 .30

This session will work in traditional painting techniques including layering.

Session 2:   1.30 – 4 pm

This session will be working on loose painting techniques.

Paper will be available to buy from the club stock, but you may bring your own.

Please register on the booking sheet on the notice board at Ventnor.

Fee: £10 per session

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Dupont Exhibition a Success!

Our annual Dupont Art Exhibition was a great success this year. We had 477 people visit with over £1100.00 sold in pictures and over £500 in cards and gifts. This was above previous years totals.

Peoples choice award was awarded to Terri Micklam with her painting ‘Mrs. Cluckworth is watching you”. The runner-up was Diana Fabris with her painting of Dame Judy Dench.

Dupont starts their fall schedule off on Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday Sept 5th. There was much interest in joining the club shown at our exhibition so we hope to see many of you there.



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Building an Acrylic Painting with Layered Washes


Guest instructor, Zara, introduced her favourite method of developing an acrylic painting by using many washes to slowly develop the picture. She said that this meditative process left a painting which was both translucent and in a illustrative painterly way. 

She used two subjects to paint at the same time  so one could dry while the other was being repainted. Before starting, she mixed a small amount of acrylic paint colour in a little water. She had several pots of these mixed colours which she cautioned us to mix well to get rid of the lumps. They had the consistency of creamy milk.. These little containers of watery colours were her paint pallet.

 She then drew the object (apples) and sky landscape first with a light coloured watercolour pencil. She then used a flat brush to paint in the apples and sky with a light colour and let dry. She began to layer the colours to develop each of  the pictures. She followed the shape of the apple with her brush strokes. She warned us that this type of painting could require 20 or more layers so would require patience. She only had time to paint about 3 layers with each picture and said that they would require at least another dozen layers each. 

We began to see the potential after only three layers with some lovely luminous colours being produced. Many of the members used the rest of the afternoon practising this intriguing method of painting with acrylics.



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The use of a flat brush

Brushes come in various shapes including round, filbert (a semi round top and great for portraiture), fan, angular, and the flat brush. Each has it’s own uses.

Caroline Marsland demonstrated the use of the flat brush at class. These brushes  come in all sizes. She chose a medium and medium small to show how one could complete a landscape painting using this one shaped brush. A flat brush can make thick consistent strokes or when it is turned on it’s side, will give you fine lines. It is great for blocking in solid shapes of color such as in the painting of the building shown in her demo. She also showed it’s use in blocking in color for trees.

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Painting in the style of Monet

Caroline Marsland lead us in a demo of a Monet painting. She pointed out the Impressionists of whom he was most famous, were into seeing colours in their environment. `Monet painted with thick oil paint later stumbling with thick paint when his eyesite become poor. He used small strokes that blend often giving a feeling of a haze. His strokes for the sky were often verticle and the water horizontal. He often used a ground color of blue or cream. He painted at the lighter end of the light-dark scale.

`his brief biography is as follows:

Claude Monet, in full Oscar-Claude Monet, (born November 14, 1840, Paris, France—died December 5, 1926, Giverny), French painter who was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. In his mature works, Monet developed his method of producing repeated studies of the same motif in series, changing canvases with the light or as his interest shifted. These series were frequently exhibited in groups—for example, his images of haystacks (1890/91) and the Rouen cathedral (1894). At his home in Giverny, Monet created the water-lily pond that served as inspiration for his last series of paintings. His popularity soared in the second half of the 20th century, when his works traveled the world in museum exhibitions that attracted record-breaking crowds and marketed popular commercial items featuring imagery from his art.

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