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WOKAS painting workouts - the 'Challenges'

Starting in the lockdown of 2020 our ‘Painting Challenges’ continue to keep our members busy. With our members working to a specific theme for each challenge, an astounding number of diverse works of art have been produced - all of these pictures can be seen online

WOKAS programme

Demos, talks and members’ painting sessions are free to all WOKAS members and we are happy to welcome guests for a fee of £5.


Our Saturday workshops cost £30 (£35 for non-members) and must be booked in advance.

To book a workshop: Please send your name, contact details and chosen workshop with a cheque for £30 to our treasurer Fani Azikri at 58, Beacon Oak Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6RP. Fani can also be contacted on 01580 761339 or by email at

All indoor sessions are held at Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane, Tenterden TN30 6LE.

WOKAS indoor sessions programme September 2023 - May 2024


Thursday 28th September 7 – 9.30pm                       Meet & Create: Composition - guided painting session

Thursday 12th October 7 – 9.30pm                            Kerry Bennet demo abstract watercolour landscape

Saturday 21st October 9.45am – 3.15pm                 *Workshop: Dani Humberstone on Colour

Thursday 26th October 7 – 9.30pm                             Monoprinting demo with Sarah Flack

Thursday 9th November 7 – 9.30pm                           Meet and Create (details tba)

Saturday 18th November 9am-5pm                            Open Day in Highbury Hall - our members showing and selling their art

Thursday 30th November 2 - 4.30pm                          Nick Archer: Painting from photos

Saturday 2nd December 10 am – 2pm                     *Workshop: Simon Mills

Thursday 14th December 7 – 9.30pm                         Christmas do + art quiz



Thursday January 4th 2 -4.30pm                                 Graham Lock Watercolour demo

Thursday 18th January 7 – 9.30pm                              Josie Tipler (pastel pet portraits)

Saturday 20th January 10am – 4pm                         *Workshop Gilly Lovegrove self portraits

Thursday 1st February 2 -4.30pm                                Meet & Create Graham Lock Guided Watercolour session

Thursday 15th February 7 – 9.30pm                            Mark Fisher acrylics

Thursday 29th February 2 -4.30pm                              Clive Dand Sculpting clay head

Thursday March 14th 7 – 9.30pm                                 Meet and Create

Saturday March 16th 10am – 2pm                            *Workshop Clive Dand life

Thursday April 11th 7 – 9.30pm                                    Meet and Create (details tba)

Thursday April 25th 7 – 9pm                                        Hash Akib acrylics demo

Thursday 9th May 7 – 9.30pm                                      AGM


WOKAS summer painting en plein air sessions May - September 2023

There is usually no need for members to register for these painting days – guests are also welcome. However, it is always a good idea to check that there have not been any last minute adjustments to the programme. 

At each venue we meet at 10.30am before heading off to paint. 

Please contact Wendy Phillips on 0796 7631150 or with any queries.


Thursday 4 May

Water Lane, formerly known as The Walled Nursery. Water Lane, Hawkhurst, TN18 5DH. We will have the opportunity to paint and draw plants, glass houses and buildings.  The restaurant will be open for refreshments.


Wednesday 24 May     

Providence House, Green Hill Lane, Harrietsham ME17 INF

This is the garden of our member Leelee with a pretty timber house and far reaching views. Bring a picnic lunch. 


Tuesday 13 June.

Dungeness. Meet outside the End of the Line cafe. TN29 9ND


Thursday 6 July.

Boldshaves garden.  Boldshaves Lane, Woodchurch TN26 3RA.

Beautiful garden which will be open just for us.  The cafe will also be open.  The gardens are extensive, the house is in the arts and crafts style which will inspire those who love architecture.  There are also extensive views over open countryside from the garden.  A really exciting venue. There will be an entrance fee to pay of £8.50.


Wednesday 26 July

Benenden Girls School. TN17 4AA

We will have exclusive use of the terrace overlooking the extensive grounds with the back drop of an architecturally interesting building.  Toilet facilities will be available but no refreshments, please bring your own. Parking at main entrance.


Thursday 17 August

Tenterden Trout Waters, Coombe Farm, Chennell Park Road, Tenterden, TN30 6XA This venue has all we would ask for – water with great reflections, landscape with a view over to St Mildreds, buildings and what is more our own kitchen with tea and coffee and cabin with a lake view.  £5 charge payable.


Tuesday 29 August

St Mathews Warehorne , TN26 2LJ

St Mathews has amazing views from high ground over to the marshes.  The church itself is also most attractive.  The pub opposite is not open on a Tuesday so the lane should be quiet.  The pub itself would make an interesting subject. There are toilets available in the church.


Tuesday 12 September

Tenterden Station, Kent and East Sussex Railway, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE

The station will not be operating a service on this day so we can relax and not have passengers looking at our efforts.  The trains will be stationary which will be a bonus. Toilets will be available but the cafe will be shut.  


Thursday 21 September

Smarden, meet under the arch next to the Art Gallery, next to the church, St Michael the Archangel TN27 8QD  On road parking. The village offers great scope, the church and church yard are impressive and there are so many interesting buildings on the high street.


Your committee welcomes your feedback about the activities we organise. If you have particularly enjoyed an activity or demo, please let us know. Likewise, it is helpful to know if there are things you would rather we avoided in future.

Send your feedback to Alison Chandler at

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