| Workshops Programme 2019

Saturday, 16th February, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drawing with Colour

Tutor | David Wedge
Venue | Arran High School Art & Design Department   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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This workshop will take you through an enjoyable exploration of a wide range of drawing techniques using a variety of different colour media with the aim of helping to develop and extend your art practice. The day will comprise of a series of short demonstrations followed up by a range of related activities with the emphasis on experimentation.
The tutor, David Wedge, has taught Art and Design for nearly 30 years, 18 as highly respected Principal Teacher at Arran High School. He will guide you through an enjoyable exploration of a wide range of drawing techniques that will develop and extend your art practice. The day will comprise of a series of short demonstrations followed up by a range of related activities with the emphasis on experimentation.

Necessary Experience | Suitable for absolute beginners to the more confident.

Materials to Bring | All materials will be provided.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch and any drinks.

Saturday, 23rd March, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning to Love Pastel

Tutor | Carol Moore      www.carolmoore.co.uk
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Carol Moore is a graduate of GSA and undertook a post graduate year at the Ecole des Beaux arts in Aix-en-Provence. During the year in France she discovered  drawing in colour, using pastel and this medium has been a constant presence in the work she makes to date. She is twice recipient of awards at the annual Pastel Society in London.
Carol will demonstrate and then involve the class in getting their hands dirty whilst keeping the work clean and bright as they create their own pastel painting. She will show you how to use ink under-painting to reveal how the leap from drawing to painting barely exists using pastel (sometimes regarded as the poor relation of the materials list) where the two become one.

Necessary Experience | No previous experience of pastel is necessary. A reasonable amount of experience in drawing and painting is desirable, but total novices will be welcome.

Materials to Bring | Any soft pastels (i.e. DRY pastel) although oil pastel is permitted if that's all you have. Paper, drawing board, a brush and coloured ink if you have it.
Additional things: baby wipes, easel if used, tape or clips for the paper.

Carol will bring all of the above and share so there is no need to go out and buy a whole lot of new kit.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 6th April, 9:45 am - 3:45 pm

The Role of Perspective in Painting a Street Scene

Tutor | Neil Macdonald      www.neilmacdonaldart.com
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Neil, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and an award-winning artist, is a regular and respected tutor with AVA. He will start with a discussion on perspective supported by some visual aids. Through demonstration he will guide the class on how to create structure in a street scene using two vanishing point perspective. This linear structure will be developed using tone from a principal light source in a range from dark to light. This will help to create a sense of the third dimension. An emphasise will be placed on texture to describe surfaces. He will be using oil paint over an acrylic foundation. However if you wish, you may work solely with acrylic paint.

Necessary Experience | Some experience helpful.

Materials to Bring | People should bring their own materials including

  • brushes
  • basic colour range in acrylic paints
  • a surface to paint on.
Neil will provide card for people who do not have their own support, photographic source material, charcoal / chalk and will augment with any particularly unusual colours.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 18th May - Sunday, 19th May, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Design and Drama in the Scottish Landscape

Tutor | Joan Lawson      www.joanlawsonart.com
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Joan Lawson graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1976. After teaching art in secondary schools and for Glasgow University, she opened her own art studio, Robinwood Art School in 1994 and continues to teach and paint. She is a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, exhibits in many galleries in the UK (including the RGI and the PAI) and has had several articles published in The Artist magazine. 

In this workshop we will look at the more remote dwelling houses within the landscape, and at their relationship with the hills, rocks and trees around them, so readily seen on Arran. After introducing the paintings of renowned Scottish painter Michael Morgan, I will demonstrate several new and different techniques using traditional materials, such as acrylic inks, and watercolours, with the addition of gesso,  tissue and printing techniques. These will be interactive demonstrations, with an 'I demonstrate then you try' format.

On Day 1, several little paintings will be worked on each using a different technique.
On Day 2 you will be encouraged to paint from your own sources (photos or sketches) after a tonal sketch has been made.

Start now looking for that special remote building.

The course will also cover composition and design within the painting, as well as the use of subtle colour, tone and texture to create drama and impact.

Materials to Bring |

  • Sketch pad and drawing pencils
  • Heavy watercolour paper min weight 140lb, several sheets of varying sizes, or an A4 pad, or A3 for the more adventurous
  • Acrylic inks in the following colours: (You could also use watercolour, but it's not as good as it tends to move with layering, but you could mix it with the inks to get a variety of colour)
  • Raw Sienna | Sepia | Payne's gray | Burnt Sienna | Black | White | Red Yellow and Blue (watercolour?) - your own choice
  • Watercolour brushes of varying sizes
  • Permanent black pens
  • Gesso, (you'll not need much)
  • White tissue | Cling film
  • A hairdryer
  • Black and white gouache
  • Dip pen if you have, or sharpen the end of your paintbrush
  • Masking fluid (Arran Visual Arts has some of the above at the Ranger Centre)

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 15th June, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Batik!

Tutor | Moira McLennaghan
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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A textile artist who trained at GSA and Scottish College of Textiles in the Borders, Moira is an Art and Design lecturer with over 25 years’ teaching experience in the Further Education sector. She is a current member with the Guild of Silk Painters in Scotland and the Batik Guild UK and has exhibited with both. She has also been a children’s Art tutor for over 20yrs. She is a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists and regularly exhibits with them in the U.K.

Moira is looking forward to meeting everyone who can attend the workshop and hopefully having a fun and creative textile day!

The course will cover a variety of techniques from hand painting to dip dyeing, some basic printing and using iron fix, steam fix methods for both silk and cotton fabrics. You will be able to work on small pieces to try out the techniques, then progress to larger items.

This class will interest anyone who enjoys producing Textile techniques, dabbling with fabrics, colour and pattern, as well as experimenting and having fun with the fascinating craft of Batik!

Moira will supply silk ( at a cost of £1.50 a half metre for Ponge 5 quality and £3 per half metre Habotai 8 quality).
For all Wax, Outliners, use of all dyes required on the day, she asks for a £4 minimum contribution, payable on the day, depending on quantity used.

Necessary Experience | Open to all.

Materials to Bring |

  • Pencil, Eraser and Ruler
  • 2 Containers for water
  • Brushes (nylon type preferable) - No’s 1+4 or similar
  • Household painter’s brush-approx. 3/4cm width
  • Wooden frame approx. 30x40cm (old picture frame suitable if drawing pins can be pressed into it) and /or Wooden Embroidery Hoop (approx.15/ 20cm diameter)
  • Paper towel roll | Box drawing pins | Roll masking tape | 2 Newspapers | 4-6 cotton buds
  • Plastic or China mixing palette (or cartons to hold dyes in)
  • Hairdryer
  • Small quantity household fine salt
  • Old Apron or shirt to protect clothing
  • Plastic household gloves
  • Any lightweight plain cream and/or white cotton fabrics, minimum A4 size
Moira will have some additional equipment for use on the day should you be unable to supply any of the above.
Please also bring any DESIGNS /POSTCARDS/IMAGES you may like to use for this workshop. Moira will help you select the most suitable ones for use .

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 6th July, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bookbinding Explorations

Tutor | Glenda Waterworth      www.glendawaterworth.co.uk
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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As a trained bookbinder, Glenda often cuts, folds and sews finished paintings into unique artist books, some of which become new art journals to bring the process full circle.

She has recently moved to the Southern Rhins, not far from Scotland’s most southerly point the Mull of Galloway, and finds her journals and paintings becoming more influenced by the landscape, the big skies and the quality of reflected light found along the shoreline.

She spent several years studying traditional bookbinding with a retired master binder. She now incorporates her mixed media artwork into both traditional bookbinding and more contemporary artists’ books.

Glenda has been teaching art and craft workshops for over 18 years. She is currently focusing on mixed media abstracts in her own art practice, incorporating collage and monotype printmaking.

Class outline: In this class we will mix bookbinding with paints and inks to create beautiful papers which can then be made into intriguing and unique artists books. We will explore some fascinating folded books, including accordians, map folds and flag books and learn some of the fundamental bookbinding techniques with simple stitched book structures. 

Necessary Experience |  Open to all.

Materials to Bring |

  • Cutting mat, metal ruler and sharp craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Apron
  • Something flat to use as a weight – a heavy book (no bigger than A4 size) or a brick wrapped in a plastic bag
  • An old magazine (will be used as a glueing mat, so won’t be usable afterwards)
All other materials will be provided, but if you have pretty papers you wish to use, feel free to bring them along.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 17th August - Sunday, 18th August, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Oils for the Terrified | Size does matter!

Tutor | Gillian Park      www.gillianpark.co.uk
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Having graduated from GSA in 1993 and worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer, Gillian is now 'officially' a full time artist, teaching workshops, classes & painting from her home & stable studio surrounded by gorgeous Ayrshire countryside. 
She paints mainly expressive landscapes in strong colours & bold strokes ... and has a major love of oils! 

Day 1: Oils For The Terrified In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • create dramatic skies with your hands & an emulsion brush!
  • start & finish an oil painting in one sitting without getting ‘stuck in the mud’
  • produce quick lively mini paintings with palette knife
Day 2: Size Is Everything!

In this workshop you will learn to lose your inhibitions and paint BIG!!

Necessary Experience | Both workshops are suitable for beginners and up.

Materials to Bring |
For day 1:

  • Canvas/canvas board – 12 square is perfect + a small canvas 15cm square for afternoon
  • Oil paints – preferred palette – although not absolutely necessary: lemon yellow | cadmium yellow | cadmium red | permanent rose | ultramarine blue | prussian or pthalo blue | burnt umber & yellow ochre
  • Larger brushes – 1” flat perfect + Palette knife
Gillian can supply good quality 12” square stretched canvases for £6 each and a small 15cm square canvas board for £1.50 each

For day 2:
  • Canvas/canvas board – MINIMUM 50cm square
  • Oil paints – preferred palette – although not absolutely necessary: lemon yellow | cadmium yellow | cadmium red | permanent rose | ultramarine blue | prussian or pthalo blue | burnt umber & yellow ochre
  • 2” decorators/emulsion brush + Palette knife
  • If you have seascape photos with big Skies: sunset, sunrise, dark, loads of clouds - DARK BROODING SKIES ARE PERFECT FOR THIS – for reference
Gillian can supply good quality 50cm square canvases for £12 each or fabulous 60x80cm box canvas for £20

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 7th September, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Create a wet felt picture

Tutor | Alison Barr
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Alison Barr, who lives in Brodick, is a fibre enthusiast of many years experience, who spins, dyes, weaves and felts. She has shared her skills at many local events.

Wet felting uses natural wool fibres to create fabric that can be used for a range of art works, felt as fabric, felt for 3D work or wall art.  Through this media all levels of ability can enjoy the process and create a special piece of work.

At this workshop participants will be shown how to wet felt a background for their picture. Then how to blend coloured wool fibres for the shades they want, how to apply fibres to their background and how to add detail and highlights with different types of fibre. They will learn how to finish their work by wet felting and correct any mishaps with needle felting.

As fibres may move during this process it is better if beginners choose an image that is not too precise and detailed. Landscapes are a good choice to start with, or flowers or an abstract, but the choice of subject is personal. A photograph can be used as inspiration or it can be purely imaginative. 

A charge of £5 towards the cost of wool is requested.  

Necessary Experience | Open to all.

Materials to Bring |

  • Pictures
  • A hand towel
  • If you have tweezers they can be helpful for adding detail
  • If you have a rolling pin it can make the felting process less energetic!
    • Alison will bring some landscape photos for inspiration.

      Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 5th October - Sunday, 6th October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Seascapes, Landscapes and Sunsets

Tutor | Ed Hunter      www.edhunterart.co.uk
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Ed Hunter studied drawing and painting part time at Glasgow School of Art under the tuition of Charlie Boyle and took life drawing classes with Bob Brown at Strathclyde University. He began a full time career in painting in 1993 and has since had work exhibited in the R.S.A., the R.G.I. , the P.A.I. and has won awards for his work. He has been doing demonstrations and workshops for the past 15 years.

Ed's aim on the day will be to create a relaxed atmosphere, give continual advice to all participants, and by the end of the day, have everyone producing a work of some achievement . Ed will bring with him some subject material for those who want it and advice notes on colour and approach.

He will do a short demonstration in oils to illustrate approach, emphasising the importance of tone value and the relationship of colours being used in the work.

Materials to Bring | Participants in this course can bring any medium, brushes, tools and preferred board, paper or canvas.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.

Saturday, 16th November - Sunday, 17th November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Reduction Lino Printing Revisited

Tutor | Tim Pomeroy      www.timpomeroy.com
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Tim Pomeroy is a sculptor, painter, printmaker and ex –lecturer at Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen. He exhibits in London Glasgow and Edinburgh and has works in the permanent collections of Kelvingrove and the National Museum in Edinburgh.

This two day course will take participants through the process of Reduction Linocut Printing.
This is a multi-coloured print-making technique wherein the plate is continually cut and printed for each colour. Each layer of colour is laid on the last, building up many layers until a densely coloured and layered image is formed. This means that the edition number must be decided at the beginning of the process. You cannot go back and print more.

Participants should bring most importantly, a strong visual idea. The idea can be anything... but the technique lends itself to bold design: animals, houses, interiors, boats, in short an image of something or a detail of something specific (rather than an atmospheric skyscape or seascape that might better lend itself to watercolour or etching.) Having said that no subject is out of bounds.

Therefore, participants should come with a bold image drawn out on paper the size they wish the print to be. Based on A4 you should choose either a full A4 format or a square format based on the shortest side of A4.

There will be a flexible finishing time as the ink drying process between colours can be protracted.

Papers and inks will be provided for a nominal materials fee. (TBC)

Necessary Experience | No prior experience is necessary as the course will explain and allow practise of the entire technique. Be prepared for two intense days’ printmaking!

Materials to Bring |

  • An idea… a bold image drawn out on paper the size you wish the print to be. See above for guidance.
  • Any cutting tools you might have.
It is essential that participants should communicate, via AVA, what cutting tools they already have to enable enough cutting tools to be acquired for the day.

Food & Drink | Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided.