Art Workshops on the Isle of Skye with Marion Boddy-Evans

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 £75 a day (10 to 4) including materials. I’m in Skyeworks Gallery most Saturdays, do pop in to chat.

Scheduled Art Workshops:

Introduction to Watercolour
20 August 2018, 10 to 4, at Skyeworks Gallery in Portree.
£75. All materials provided.
Group size: Four (three spots available)
An introduction to watercolour painting: what watercolour is and how it works, types of paper and brushes, artists vs student watercolours, fundamental techniques, and creating a watercolour painting. Time to try it out for yourself in an encouraging and friendly environment.

Sketch to Studio on Skye
Monday 17 to Thursday 20 September, £300
Group size: Six (four spots available)
Exploring ways to gather reference material on location (including sketching and photography) which we will then use to develop paintings in the studio at Skyeworks. If the weather is wild, we’ll work indoors only.
This is a workshop about information gathering/sketching and using this alongside reference photos for creating studio-based paintings, with my sharing how I do it. It’d be a mixture of location and indoors in the workshop area of Skyeworks Gallery (which is up a flight of stairs, above The Isle of Skye Baking Company, in Portree), depending on the weather. It may rain all week or it may be dry, most likely a mixture. Locations will be decided based on whether you have/hire a car or are using public transport. Many of my favourite spots are accessible by bus from Portree and a shortish walk. Portree itself has an array of possibilities. If the weather is too wet for being outside, we’ll work from photos and could take the circular bus around the Trotternish Peninsula to get a feel for the colours and landscape. I don’t do car-based sketching, nor do I paint on location in wild weather.

Fortnightly Art Class with Homework:
Next dates: Will resume late autumn.
Skyeworks Gallery, Portree, Isle of Skye. 10 to 3.
£70 a day. All materials provided.
Each week will look at a different aspect of painting or drawing,, and there’ll be an optional “homework” assignment for the inbetween weeks.
Group size: Six (five spots available)
Level: Beginners or anyone wanting to refresh, explore, join in.

4 to 9 November Capturing Skye: Exploring Expressive Mixed Media, at Higham Hall in the English Lake District.
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: 12 (last I checked, there were still a couple of places)

31 March to 5 April 2019 Capturing Skye: Vibrant & Atmospheric Acrylics & Watercolours, at Higham Hall in the Lake District.

Dates not available for art workshops:
23 September to 7 October
November 2018
9 to 20 July 2019 (At Patchings Art Festival near Nottingham)

HOW TO BOOK: Email me on art(at)marion(dot)scot and let me know what/when/etc you’re interested in doing.

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).


“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

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Marion Boddy-Evans photo taken in mixed media workshop at Skyeworks Gallery

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