| Workshops Programme 2021

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

Introduction to Marbling & Bookbinding

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

Status | Spaces Available

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Saskia Pomeroy graduated from Glasgow School of art in 2007. She lives and works in Glasgow as a visual artist and freelance designer previously having worked for two years as a commercial screen printer at London print house K2 screen. Saskia is a multidisciplinary artist working within print, drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles. Her work explores the relationships within compositions of colour, texture and shapes, sometimes abstract, sometimes observational. Her work is bright, colourful and joyous. Saskia's time as a screen printer has directly informed her style. She frequently uses contrasting finishes, colour overlays and technical detail as an additional dimension to her print work. This is also true of her painting work although more illustrative, is often an abstraction of real forms and themes such as nature, ancient art, glyphs and symbols.

This two day workshop will be an introduction to the ancient craft of marbling on paper and book binding. On day one we will learn the materials and set up for marbling and see the different techniques and tools. It will be free reign for a few hours to get to grips with the technique and create many beautiful papers. Overnight the papers will be dried and pressed to prepare them for the following day; case binding a notebook using the marbled paper. At the end of the workshop everyone will have a notebook and beautiful marbled paper to take home, including the knowledge required to start marbling - and bookbinding - at home.

Necessary Experience | No previous experience required.

Materials to Bring | All materials provided. Please wear work clothes that can get dirty (aprons are also provided.)

Available from Saskia |
Tools can be ordered after the workshop if students wish.

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

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

Silk Painting

Tutor | Heather McLeod      www.heathermacleod.com
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Heather is an established artist, and has worked from her Studio in Whiting Bay for almost 18 years.
 Living on Arran, the local landscape is the main inspiration for her work.

Having worked in many different mediums over the years, painting on silk gives her the desired vibrant colours to express her interpretation of the land and seascapes.

Whether it's a scarf, cushion cover or a landscape painting, this workshop will begin with the basics of stretching the silk, use of gutta and design. There are many techniques to explore, with different effects to enhance and make work more interesting and exciting.
 The dyes used will be iron fix and washable.

Necessary Experience | No previous experience is necessary.

Materials to Bring | If you have your own favourite watercolour brushes please bring them. Images, sketches or ideas for composition. These can be flowers, landscape, abstracts. Bring an apron if you have one. Everything else you need will be available at the workshop.



Heather would like £6 to cover the cost of the silk and dyes.

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

Saturday, 27th November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drypoint (etching on copper plate)

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 professional sculptor, painter, printmaker and ex-lecturer at Grey's School of Art, Aberdeen. He exhibits regularly in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Born in Hamilton Scotland in 1957, Tim Pomeroy attended Gray’s School of Art from 1976-81. He spent a short time secondary school teaching, and returned to Gray’s to lecture there for six months before establishing himself as a full-time artist in 1983. Initially he exhibited artworks at the Edinburgh Festival 1981-1991. Since 1996 he has gained representation in several London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Galleries. His career has included many one-off projects principally as a sculptor but has also embraced book illustration, theatre-design and mural painting. There have been several solo London exhibitions of his sculptural and graphic work from 1999 to the present day and his sculptures feature in several public collections. He showed with Agnews Gallery from 2007 to 2011 including two very successful solo shows in 2009 and 2011. He participated in The Fine Art Society’s 2012 exhibition Carving in Britain. Since then Tim has regularly featured as one of their contemporary sculptors including three solo exhibitions: at the Edinburgh branch in Dundas Street (2015) in New Bond Street (2014) and (2017).

His most recent works are based on organic subject matter (Butterfly Eggs Pine Cones, Acorns) but they also reveal a real interest in fossil forms and the usefulness and beauty of man-made objects both from Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology (Whorl, Pictish Ball) and from contemporary life (String, Screwhead).

Drypoint is a form of etching whereby the image is incised freehand directly onto the copper plate with a hardened steel or diamond-tipped scribe. It is a very immediate technique, there is no acid involved. Drypoint etchings are characterised by their softness of line caused by the ink printing from the burr thrown up by the incision as well as the incised line itself. This makes it an ideal printmaking technique for subjects that enjoy that softness of line; animals, flowers, woodland landscapes. These are only broad guidelines; any subject can produce very successful drypoint etchings. Most notably Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya, in Scotland James Mcbey all very successfully practised drypoint etching.

Necessary Experience | No previous experience is necessary.

Materials to Bring | Copper plate will need to be purchased (20 x 20cm plates including vat and P&P are £13.70).
Oblong plate 15 x 20 cm is £10.10.
Smaller plates are available.
Etching needle will need to be purchased (any participants who came to the workshop several years ago may want to bring the needle they purchased then). Basic student etching needle including vat and P&P is £6.62.
A contribution towards ink and paper will be asked. (£2.00 per person for ink, £3.00 for paper)
Orders should be placed well beforehand for plates or needles. Participants should consider whether they want to make an image in a square or oblong format and should come prepared with a drawing, photograph or idea. This saves on making time.


Available from Tim |
See above to pre order.

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