The January forecast – a brush of fresh air

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We’re back to class on Wednesday and Angus has drafted a rough plan for the term. You can find the schedule on the Spring Term section of What’s On.

Highlights include airbrushing and making ceramic tealight holders. It is set to be a busy month and hopefully there will not be too many classes cancelled because of poor weather.

Another thing to look forward to this month is the launch of Consequences at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. The exhibition will be on show at the end of January so make sure you know where your work is so that it can be transported to the gallery in time for the opening. More information to follow.

See you all at Grantown Grammar on Wednesday night!


Nov 23: Tutoring and printing

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This is a tutoring week but Angus will provide a short reminder of how to do simple prints using found objects.

Bring your own items – those who have had a go before will remember that feathers are great, as are leaves… But we’re sure you are up to the challenge of finding lots of interesting things to experiment with.


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We’ll be decorating masks on Wednesday night. Angus has a batch of paper face masks, blank for our own designs. You can draw, paint or even create a collage.

This lesson is related to an event in association with the Kingussie Food on Film event. Next year’s festival includes a Masked Ceilidh at the Iona Gallery on February 4. Your creations could come in handy for the Best Mask competition.

And do bring your pennies to the class… As a bonus, there will be a fundraising sale for the Grantown Grammar’s Art Department. Wonderful tubes of watercolour, oils, pastels, etc, will be available at discounted prices.

And there will also be the opportunity to buy goods produced for the Christmas craft fair in the museum.


two white paper masks


Sharing: Watercolour demo….. — My Life as an Artist (2)

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Knowing that many of you are watercolour fans, just wanted to share this wee post I found on WordPress.


Along with workshops, I also like to give watercolour demonstrations. This is an excellent way to give people a taster of what watercolour painting can be. It’s always important to remember that my demo might be very different from other artists. What I say and do isn’t necessarily what others might agree with, […]

via Watercolour demo….. — My Life as an Artist (2)


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!



Plaster casting

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This week’s class is brought to you with inspiration from a recent episode of the BBC’s Countryfile.

For those who missed it, we’re going to try a bit of plaster casting. The programme showed artist Rachel Dein demonstrating how to make a cast of flowers and plants by pressing them into clay to leave an impression. Then plaster is poured in and when it sets, it leaves a delicate piece of 3D art.

We will be trying to make our own wee tableaus – using flowers (if they’re sturdy enough) or other household items. Screws, nails or keys would probably work well, for example.

Don’t think Countryfile is available to watch again but you can see Rachel Dein’s work here.


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.

Still life (transparent stuff)

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This week we learned how to draw transparent objects for still life. It was good fun and the results were impressive.

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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Make your mark at this new workshop

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print making

As part of our occasional series of weekend workshops, bookings are being taken for a printmaking session run by our member Rona Smith.

She will show you some simple techniques to make beautiful prints, including potato printing, monoprinting and using found objects.

The session will be held in the Inverallan Church Hall on Saturday May 7 (coincidentally, the final day of our exhibition!), from 10am-3pm.

The cost is approx. £20 but all materials and lunch will be provided.

Anyone wishing to sign up, should contact Rona at ronas4@btinternet.com