The club meets every Tuesday at Upton Community Centre between 6pm and 9pm. We split our year into three seasons each of at least 14 weeks and all members attend the majority of meetings. BraveArt members work to a pre-designed programme which is designed to take away the “What should I do next?” and encourage creativity. We have members who enjoy working in all media from pencils to watercolour, acrylics to oils and pastels to line and wash. There is always somebody experimenting with a new technique. We provide support and encouragement for each other, and we also enjoy a good chat about life in general and art specifically. The programme is not compulsory, if somebody doesn’t want to work to the programme they just carry on with something else, there is no pressure.
Though we are not a teaching society, help and advice is readily available from the more experienced artists present, and if you want to know what people think of your work, other members are always ready with an honest opinion.
In August we meet for our Tuesday evening meetings at preassigned locations within East Dorset to do some plein-air work.
We have at least one demonstration by a visiting artist in each season. Demonstrations are open to anyone who wants to attend. A small charge is levied for non Members.
Exhibitions are held every year and all members are encouraged to take part. It is an opportunity for people to sell their work, but the main reason for our exhibitions is to show off what our members have achieved.