If you’re visiting the Isle of Skye or live locally, and would like to do a painting or drawing workshop, let me know and we can organize something, whether it’s one day or several, sketching on location or indoors out of the weather in the beautiful natural light of Skyeworks Gallery in Portree (with easy access to the bakery below). Beginners welcome! It costs £80 a day, 10 to 4. Half-day workshops (10 to 12) are £45. Materials can be provided.
Scheduled Art Workshops:
16 & 17 October 2019 Expressive and Intuitive Landscape Painting
At Skyeworks Gallery. £160 including use of basic materials.
Maximum six participants. (Five places available)
Learning to embrace uncertainty in a painting, techniques that help expressive mark making, working towards a finished painting rather than setting it all out before you start. This is a studio-based workshop.
21 October 2019 Introduction to Expressive Painting Techniques, at Skyeworks Gallery. Private 1:3 workshop.
HIGHAM HALL: 7 to 12 November 2019 Capturing Skye: Exploring Expressive Mixed Media, at Higham Hall in the English Lake District. Residential from £475, non-residential £313.
Learn to work expressively and freely by combining drawing and painting mediums to create vibrant, atmospheric paintings inspired by reference images of the Isle of Skye. For all levels wanting to loosen up, learn more about different mediums, and explore “what if…?” possibilities. Think of mixed media as “acrylics plus other things”.
Group size: 10 maximum
Note: the days of the week this workshop runs have changed, it’s Thursday to Tuesday rather than Sunday to Friday. If this workshop is not yet listed on Higham’s website, contact them to be put on the list to be amongst the first to know when bookings open.
HIGHAM HALL: Sunday 29 March to Friday 3 April 2020 Capturing Skye: Exploring Expressive Mixed Media, at Higham Hall in the Lake District. Residential from £485, non-residential £319.
Group size: 10 maximum. Contact Higham Hall to be put on the list to be amongst the first to know when bookings open.
Dates not available for art workshops:
20 May to 1 June 2019
15 to 31 July 2019
4 to 13 October 2019
June and July 2020
HOW TO BOOK: Email me on art(at)marion(dot)scot and let me know what/when/etc you’re interested in doing. Previous workshops have included: Introduction to Watercolour/Acrylics, Expressive Painting with Acrylics, Colour Theory for Beginners.
Cancellation fee: 20% of workshop fee if you cancel within seven days of the arranged workshop; taking out travel insurance is recommended. 100% workshop fee refund if for some reason I have to cancel (it hasn’t happened yet).
COMMENTS FROM ART WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS:
“Thank you for a wonderful three day workshop. You taught me heaps about composition, technique and media and I enjoyed being challenged in such a supportive environment. Thank you for your generosity with your ideas and knowledge, and for your enthusiasm for sharing your passion. Thanks also for nurturing any glimpse of ability! I loved what I achieved, and am excited about the possibilities and potential which may lie ahead!” — JR“We really can’t say thank you enough for the time we had together! Both of us are very clear it was the highlight of our time on Skye. We love the beauty and wildness of the island, but the workshop together was special! For me it was a real ‘life experience’ which continues to enrich me and I look at what came of our time together on canvas and in sketch book with a real sense of pride.” J &A.
How to Get to Skye:
1. From London: Fly to Inverness or take the train to Inverness or Fort William, then bus to Portree (about three hours).
2. Fly/train/bus to Glasgow, then long-distance bus to Portree (about nine hours) or rent a car.
3. Fly to Amsterdam, then short flight to Inverness, then bus from Inverness to Portree or rent a car.
There are lots of options. Be sure to check the location as Portree is used in addresses as a region, not only the village. Most self-catering accommodation bookings run Saturday to Saturday. Recommended B&Bs (great hosts, and some of my paintings!): Larchside B&B, Lochshore House B&B, Marsco B&B