Courses and workshops

A chance to take silk

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Our silk painting workshop next month is proving popular but there are a few spaces left.

As we’ve mentioned before, our enthusiastic SAG member Rona Smith will be your tutor and will demonstrate the key techniques of silk painting.

Then you will get the chance to create your own beautiful artworks.

To find out more, please visit Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website – they are organising the day.

At this last stage, you should phone the CLP to book your place.

Dates for the diary

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2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for us.

We’ve updated our calendar on the What’s On page. Please check it out and mark down the important dates for the diary. And keep a look out for more during the year – we won’t be ignoring any opportunity to share our work!

You’ll also find dates for workshops. At the moment, the only one on the cards is silk painting with Rona Smith. This is a chance to have a go at a delicate art technique that produces wonderful results.

lupins silk painting
Speyside Lupins by Elizabeth Downie

New Year, new skills to learn

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Happy New Year to all SAG members and associates. We hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season. Perhaps you received some art goodies that you’re eager to master?

Classes start back on Wednesday January 11, so look out on our Spring Term page for news of upcoming Wednesday night workshops led by Angus. Don’t forget that we’re gearing up for our summer exhibition, which has the theme, Cairngorms.

But the first big news of the year is that our member Rona Smith will be leading a day of silk painting in February. This class, in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, will cover a range of techniques for painting on silk, including using gutta salt.

You will go home with a beautiful piece of work that can be framed or turned into a suncatcher, scarf or cards.

All you need to take is an apron and a packed lunch – all materials and equipment will be provided. The cost is £45 for SAG members and £55 for non-members. The venue is Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown on February 4, 10am-3pm.

Click here to go to the CLP’s page to find out more. Please note though: the CLP is shut until January 9.

 

 

 

Workshops galore!

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There are plenty of chances to learn something new this autumn.

As part of our new association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, our tutor Angus Grant is hosting a jewellery workshop.

It’s a chance to get started on making some Christmas presents – you’ll end the day with three pairs of earrings and a bracelet.

The workshop is on Saturday November 12 and will be at Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown, from 10am-2pm. Just £45 for Spey Art Group Members. For non-members, it’s £55 but for that extra tenner you get to be a SAG associate member for a year.

All you need to take is your lunch and some enthusiasm! Book your place here!

And the week before, Rona Smith will be taking a silk painting workshop at Grantown Museum. This is one of a series of craft workshops at the museum over the winter.

This is an introduction to the art and participants will get the chance to create a small mounted picture. All materials will be provided.

The class runs on Thursday November 3 from 7pm-9pm, at a cost of £10, including refreshments. Booking is essential – phone 01479 821762.

 

Just one week to go…

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The Spey Art Group’s Wednesday night classes start again next Wednesday. Realise you’ve all probably rediscovered the Great British Bake-Off over the past two weeks but I’m sure that that we all want to swap the wooden spoon for a paintbrush.

A programme of lessons until Christmas is now on our Winter Term page. Angus has prepared lots of exciting plans to stretch our artistic skills.

He has also built in time for more tutoring this term so, if they wish to, members have a chance to spend more time on their personal projects.

And don’t forget about the jewellery workshop running on November 12. You can find out more on this post or here on the Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website.

See you next week!

 

 

A chance to make your Christmas presents!

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The trees are starting to turn yellow so it must be time to start thinking about Christmas, right?

And that means presents, so this new workshop could be very timely for some members.

Our lovely tutor, Angus Grant, will be leading a day of jewellery-making in the Inverallan Chuch Hall in Grantown next month.

He will take you through a range of basic techniques and you will use semi-precious stones to make three pairs of earrings and a bracelet.

This is our first workshop in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership so it would be great if we can get a good turnout. Please pass this information to anyone you think would be interested.

The price for SAG members and associates is £45, while for non-members, it is £55. Materials and tools are included – all you need to bring (according to Angus) is your lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

You can see the course description and book your place here.

Spaces left on printing workshop

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Our friends at the Highland Print Studio in Inverness have been in touch to say that there are spaces left on their Relief Printing Workshop.

The class runs on Thursday nights from September 1 to October 6, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You will learn how to make a two colour reduction print, using lino or woodblock.

The classes are always top quality and you will learn so many new skills to use in your art work.

Click here for more information. You can find out more about the Highland Print Studio at their website.

Back to the drawing board

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Spey Art Group is back!

Classes start on Wednesday August 17 after the long (and slightly damp) summer. Hope you’re all looking forward to it.

It will an evening of catching up, a spot of tutoring and membership renewal. There will also be the chance to say what you want to do over the next year. All suggestions welcome!

If you’re looking for ideas, then go no further than the website for tales of our exploits. Remember the group painting? Or watercolour pencils?

This year, the Spey Art Group is launching an associate membership. This will allow people to join on a sort-of part-time basis. Associate members will be allowed to submit two pieces of work to the annual exhibition, and to attend one of Angus’s special Wednesday workshops.

It’s a great chance for those people who don’t want to make a massive commitment to coming every week but who want to contribute to the group.

And you can now keep up-to-date with the Spey Art Group on Facebook. There’s a new page set up where we can spread the word about our activities and events with even more people.

That’s life (drawing)

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The Cairngorms Learning Partnership is offering the chance to learn or improve your life drawing skills.

Dan Cottam will be teaching a life class at the Iona Gallery on June 18, from 10am-4pm.

Activities will include:

  • quick sketches and warm ups
  • compositional and proportional sketches
  • measuring in space and using relative comparisons
  • How to use light and shade to create form
  • Using negative space
  • How to create perspective and deal with foreshortening

The six hour class cost just £65. To book, click here to get to the CLP’s website.

life drawing

Fancy learning something new?

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The latest list of courses offered by the Cairngorms Learning Partnership has been released.

On the schedule is French, outdoor painting, landscape photography and life drawing. Even if you’re just looking for inspiration, perhaps the birdsong course is the one for you!

And our very own tutor, Angus Grant is doing another silversmithing course.

Better quick to book your place! Get more information on the CLP website.

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