| Workshops Programme 2022

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Saturday, 19th March, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drawing from Nature

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

Status | Spaces Available

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David has taught for 30 years, the last 20 at Arran High School. He has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art working across the mediums of sculpture, drawing and photography. He works across a range of media and particularly enjoys drawing, printmaking, card construction and photography.
In this workshop participants will use a range of drawing media and techniques to make a series of studies inspired by natural forms. There will be several demonstrations of techniques followed by time for participants to try them out. There will be something to inspire everyone!
The workshop is suitable for all abilities from the absolute beginner to the more accomplished. All materials will be provided and the workshop will take place in the Art and Design room in Arran High School, where David is the principal teacher.

Necessary Experience | The workshop is suitable for all abilities from the absolute beginner to the more accomplished.

Materials to Bring | All materials will be provided

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

Saturday, 23rd April - Sunday, 24th April, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mighty Stitch

Tutor | Laura Lees      www.laura-lees.com
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Maverick textile guru, fashion and interiors expert Laura Lees has designed an exclusive short course where participants will be able to customise a unique piece of clothing/fabric using freehand machine embroidery, hand embroidery and surface textiles to create a totally bespoke, individual design in a relaxed, friendly and creative environment. Don't let your skills inhibit your imagination, complete beginners are welcome, just bring an open mind and your scissors! There will be an abundance of fabric and templates for you to choose from to create your embroidered applique, as well as threads, trims and tricks of the trade. Machines will be provided.

As well as running her own label and interiors house, Laura has designed and crafted limited edition one-off pieces for fashion collections with Sibling, Luella and Giles as well as making guitar straps for The Strokes and working with clients as varied as Courtney Love to the Rolling Stones.

Necessary Experience | No experience is necessary.

Materials to Bring | Scissors. Laura will supply machines.

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

Saturday, 28th May - Sunday, 29th May, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Making a Solander Box

Tutor | Saskia Pomeroy      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. She is a multidisciplinary artist working within print, drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles. Saskia’s work explores the relationships within compositions of colour, texture and shapes, sometimes abstract, sometimes observational. Her work is bright, colourful and joyous. The solander box is a clamshell type box that is used for protecting valuable/old books but can also be used to hold a variety of different things. Some people may wish to bring something that they want to store, and make their box according to that size. The box itself will be covered in book cloth and paper which will be supplied.

Materials to Bring | Some people may wish to bring something that they want to store, and make their box according to that size.

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

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

Painting Summer Flowers

Tutor | Victoria Braithwaite      www.victoriabraithwaite.co.uk
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Victoria is an award-winning full-time contemporary botanical painter. Based in Ayrshire, she has exhibited internationally, and has work published in several botanical art books. She is a founding member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

You will be introduced and guided through the process of creating an original botanical watercolour of summer flowers. Plant material will be provided, but you may also bring your own. Demonstrations, introductions to materials, paint handling, scale, composition & common watercolour pitfalls will be covered. Day 1 will start with demonstrations, then move on to drawing and colour-matching. Day 2 will be devoted to getting colour on the page.

Necessary Experience | Some drawing experience is preferred, but not necessary.

Materials to Bring | Please bring a pencil (HB or H - I use a 0.3mm propelling pencil), sharpener or craft knife, soft rubber, watercolour paints (I will have some to hand to borrow if necessary) and brushes (I use a number 1 round and a number 4 or 6 round - any fine brush with a good point is fine - I use Prolene Plus Series 007 brushes). If you want to bring your own paper, please make sure it is good quality (at least 50% cotton, over 300gsm) HOT PRESSED (smooth) watercolour paper.

Available from Victoria |
She will bring along watercolour paper (Saunders Waterford) to buy, at £2 per quarter sheet. Sketching paper will be available.

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

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

Animal Fun

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

Status | Spaces Available

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Joan studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught for many years before establishing her own art school, Robinwood, in Ayr. She is a successful practising Scottish artist.

Using photographs of animals for reference, Joan will take you through some mixed media techniques and help you to produce some colourful and quirky animal paintings. Watercolours, oil pastels, inks, pastels and acrylics will make this a fun workshop!

Necessary Experience | No experience is necessary.

Materials to Bring | Photos of ‘quirky’ animals...giraffes, cats etc.
Watercolour paper no lighter than 140lb, minimum size A4.
Masking tape.
Masking fluid.
Watercolours and or inks.
Watercolour brushes.
Oil pastels.
Black permanent pens.
White gouache (or acrylic).
Pastels.
Sketch pad.
Pencils, eraser.

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

Saturday, 20th August - Sunday, 21st August, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exploring Pastels

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

Status | Spaces Available

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Gillian has been a professional artist for the past 6 years. Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1993, she worked in the design industry for many years. However the lure of the paint was too much and she now teaches & paints full time in her Ayrshire studio. Her love of colour, texture, buttery oils & new love of pastels is evident in her work which she exhibits in galleries throughout Scotland.

Day 1: Soft pastels in oil painting style. Working on Clairefontaine Pastelmat we’ll paint a small sky-scape to get familiar with the materials and in the afternoon a larger landscape or seascape of your choosing. Day 2: Taking pastels to the next stage – texture. Working on MDF and using texture paste, gouache or watercolour, then pastels on top. Todays’ painting will be based on the woods surrounding the centre.

Necessary Experience | No previous experience required.

Materials to Bring | Set of soft pastels. Here's the set she recommends: £8.29 on Amazon: Inscribe Artist Soft Pastels Box Set (48 Colours)
Large Clairefontaine Pastel mat sheet x 2
Sketchbook & pencil
Watercolour and/or gouache & brushes
Reference material

Available from Gillian |
Materials that may be available to purchase from me on the day (ordered in advance)
Day 1: Clairefontaine board £3 per sheet
Day 2: I will supply the boards & texture medium for everyone - this will work out at £6 per person

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

Saturday, 3rd September, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Landscape/Seascape in Oils or Acrylic

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

Status | Spaces Available

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Ed studied art part time at G.S.A. and has been painting full time for 30 years. He has exhibited in the R.S.A., the R.G.I., Paisley Art Institute, where he was an award winner, and in many commercial galleries in U.K. including Arran Art Gallery.

As with past workshops Ed would hope to bring a lightness of spirit to our endeavours and, given the brief timescale, have attendees produce something at the end of the day which gives them heart and perhaps even a smile of satisfaction.

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, 1st October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dry Felting

Tutor | Lynn Jones
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Lynn is an established felt artist who works from her studio in Whiting Bay. Having trained as an art teacher, Lynn began her career working in watercolour and pastels. Many years later, having discovered the joy of working with fleece, Lynn has developed her own approach to creating tactile felt pictures. Her work is mostly inspired by the landscapes and wildlife of the Isle of Arran, but other influences sometimes creep into her work if the subject particularly suits the medium!

She is a member of the International Felt Makers Association and whilst she works with both wet and dry felting techniques, on this one-day workshop Lynn will be concentrating on techniques of dry felting onto calico and explore ways of introducing some 3D elements into the images. No experience required as this session will explain everything.

Necessary Experience | No experience required

Materials to Bring |

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

Saturday, 5th November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Painting Techniques for Beginners

Tutor | Yvonne Bailey
Venue | Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle   where is this?

Status | Spaces Available

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Yvonne has a degree in Art and Design from Exeter college of art. She has taught all age groups at Arran high school, Arran Primaries and evening classes. She enjoys painting outdoor subjects in a variety of media. She also upcycles objects in a folk art (canalware) style which some haveexperienced at a previous AVA workshop.
br /> For the course, mainly acrylics or watercolours can be used. There will be opportunity to mix colours and try several techniques before applying knowledge gained towards a finished painting using images brought along.

Materials to Bring |

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