Each year in May we hold a big picture day. In 2009 we chose “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli in 2010 it was “A bar at The Folies-Bergere” by Manet and in 2011 “Christ in His Father’s House” by J E Millais. In 2013 it was ‘Dinner on the Hotel Lawn by’ by Stanley Spencer. In 2014 it was ‘Gassed’ by John Singer Sargernt. In 2015 it was Samuel Spencer’s ‘The Resurrection of Cookham. Each picture presents us with a challenge. We enlarge the picture and make a colour photocopy, this is then cut into 24 pieces and given to members to paint. Members have to work together to ensure the colours match. At the end of the day the picture is assembled and compared to the original.

This year (2018) the details of painting our big picture is as follows.

This will take place on Thursday June 14th. Lucy has selected a wonderful painting for us to copy this year. It is Georges Seurat’s painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Members are invited to spend from 10am to 4pm at Dupont. however you can come just for the morning or afternoon. Each session will cost £6.
For those new to this event, take a look at the web site and talk to other members.
We use acrylic paint. Paint and brushes can be provided, however you are invited to bring your own acrylic and brushes.


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Samuel Spencer’s ‘The Resurrection of Cookham


 Gassed by John Singer Sargent 2014 big picture

2013 Dinner on the Hotel Lawn by Stanley Spencer 2013

2011 2011 big picture,Birth of Venus by Bottocelli

2010 2010 Big Picture, Christ in the House of his Parents by John Evert Millias

2009 2009 Big Picture, The Bar at the Folies Bergeres by Manet