u3a - Paint or Draw

Send in pictures of your original artwork on a monthly theme to feature in our online gallery. No prizes, just prestige!

  • Are you a dab hand with a paintbrush or pencil?
  • Do you want to develop your skills or are you simply interested in the world around you and how to capture it in a piece of artwork? 

We are running a monthly challenge to encourage people to paint or draw a piece of artwork, then take a photo of their work and submit their pictures via our online form. We are going to be posting a different theme each month and inviting u3a members to submit photos of their creations on that topic.

This is not a competition and it is not about your artistic ability  – what we want from you are interesting pictures, possibly different perspectives on everyday scenes or objects, anything which has inspired you to paint or draw. Peter Akers, a member of the paint or draw network, has shared his helpful tips on Starting out in pastels, Sandra Foster has some tips on Acrylics and David Wrigley, another member, has shared some thoughts on Watercolours. We will be extending this network of members so please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out more. 

At the end of every month, we will choose and publish up to 15 photos of artwork on an online gallery for each theme to share the pictures with all of our members. Just upload your photo using the form below (you will receive an acknowledgement once submitted). Follow the links at the bottom of the page to view previous galleries. 

Please only submit one photo per person. Your photo of your artwork should also not include any recognisable people.

The theme "Festive" is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted photos of their artwork on this theme. This is just a selection of the fantastic pictures that were sent in. It was very difficult to choose as they were all brilliant and much appreciated. 

The theme for this month is: "New Beginnings"

Deadline for submissions: 26th January 2022

Submit your photos by clicking here

'Baubles' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

'Baubles' by Shirley Mountain, Chesterfield u3a

A digital drawing of baubles - I forgot to pack them away at the end of Christmas and saw that they made a nice subject with the reflections in them.
'Reflections' by Pat White, Dartmouth u3a

'Reflections' by Pat White, Dartmouth u3a

I was fascinated by the reflections in amongst the surface pattern.
'Three Wise Men' by Anona Phillips, Doncaster u3a

'Three Wise Men' by Anona Phillips, Doncaster u3a

I have painted the Three Wise Men bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh in watercolour using an iridescent medium. This painting allowed me to relax on a very cold and wet day and brings back happy memories of being a young girl with family celebrating the festive season and singing carols. We Three Kings of Orient Are is a carol that brings a message of hope.
'Thornford Church' by Pete Akers, Sherborne u3a

'Thornford Church' by Pete Akers, Sherborne u3a

I liked the idea of showing the church in the village where I live (Thornford, Dorset) but I did not want a traditional view, so I positioned it reflected in a Christmas tree decoration. The work uses a mixture of pastels from different manufacturers to support a range of techniques.
'Ducks Crossing' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

'Ducks Crossing' by Jill Foley, Chester u3a

A watercolour painting with a Festive theme, but a bit different from robins, Christmas trees, snowmen etc. Used ultramarine blue, sap green, paynes grey, yellow ocre & burnt sienna. The background was sprinkled with salt.
'Deer' by Laurie Hussain, Bannury u3a

'Deer' by Laurie Hussain, Bannury u3a

I made a Christmas painting for my granddaughter. Watercolour with lots of negative painting.
'Christmas Roses' by Vanda Outram, Barnsley u3a

'Christmas Roses' by Vanda Outram, Barnsley u3a

I love painting flowers.
Market by Salim Quraishy, Harrow u3a

Market by Salim Quraishy, Harrow u3a

Daily Festivities of an open market.
Vivaldi's Four Season by Lilwen Guest, Hale & District u3a

Vivaldi's Four Season by Lilwen Guest, Hale & District u3a

'Poinsettias' by Marian Lewis, Herts u3a

'Poinsettias' by Marian Lewis, Herts u3a

I painted this as it reminds me of poinsettias
'Christmas Cacti' by Imelda Robinson, Syston and District u3a

'Christmas Cacti' by Imelda Robinson, Syston and District u3a

In the style of, but not quite there, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
'Dunham Massey' by Anne Pearson, Hale u3a

'Dunham Massey' by Anne Pearson, Hale u3a

This was inspired by last years festive light show at Dunham Massey
'Fireworks' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

'Fireworks' by Brigitte Holland, Sandbach u3a

November/December, months of fireworks! This was painted using acrylics paints.
'Festive Cheer' by Lynne Mills, Romiley u3a

'Festive Cheer' by Lynne Mills, Romiley u3a

I started painting for a hobby during lockdown and now I am hooked! I wanted to paint something seasonal and Poinsettias are synonymous with Christmas décor and festive cheer.
'The Tree of Life' by Marilyn Jones, Mansfield u3a

'The Tree of Life' by Marilyn Jones, Mansfield u3a

I love Celtic Art and particularly trees. The tree was hand drawn onto fabric, and then embroidered using crystals, stones and beads.


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