Looking for a lockdown lesson?

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Hello again and hope you are all doing well and keeping busy.

Just in case you haven’t explored the website lately, we want to point you towards our lessons page. Here you can find a host of presentations about how to paint subjects, including landscape and portraiture, and using different media.

Click here to get stuck in!



Armchair art critic

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We can’t go out to celebrate Easter but there’s still a way to see world class art. And all from the comfort of your favourite chair.

Lots of the most famous galleries and museums across the globe have pages providing virtual tours of their expansive corridors.

Best of all, you don’t need to strain your neck to see past the crowds around your favourite artwork.

Here’s a rundown of a few galleries to “visit” this Easter!

Splendid Isolation by Andrew McIntosh
We’re starting close to home with Andrew “Mackie” McIntosh, who grew up in the town and is now based in London. His aptly titled exhibition, “Splendid Isolation”, opened at the James Freeman Gallery just before the pandemic put us all in lockdown. You can have a look at the new paintings at the gallery’s website and see a video about the works.



The National Gallery Google Tour
Staying in the capital, the National Gallery offers a tour of some of its rooms created by Google in 2011.

National Gallery Google tour


The National Museum of Scotland
Not strictly an art gallery but this is still a great way to spend an hour or so. It was the first Scottish museum or gallery to be part of the Google project to make artistic and historical collections online.Click here to tour the permanent galleries and look at more than 20,000 objects.

National Museum of Scotland Google tour


The Vatican Museums
If you fancy going further afield, you could head to The Vatican museums. There are seven tours of various parts of the complex – accessible by clicking here.

Best of all, they are in 360, immersing you in the splendour of the rooms as well as the art. And the Sistine Chapel is on the list – letting you see the amazing frescos without the crowds!

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums


And if those aren’t enough to keep you occupied, then check out this list from Time Out for some fascinating collections from across the globe.

Keeping creative

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Hope you are all keeping well and not going too crazy being stuck at home a bit more than we would all like.

Luckily that gives you more time to do art! And there’s lots of inspiration going around online at the moment, including lessons and virtual exhibitions.

We’re going to try and keep you entertained with a few of the most amusing and bizarre ones over the next few weeks – or for however long this all last. Fingers crossed it’s over soon and we’re back together on Wednesday nights.

And we’d love to see the art you are working on – if you’re on Facebook, do share a wee picture with us at our page.

First up, we thought you’d like a laugh. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has challenged people to recreate a piece of art using things they’ve found around the house. There have been some inspired results. You can click here to see some of the best via Twitter.

And if you get bored enough to have a go, let us see what you did.

Exploring Watercolour workshop

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Anyone looking to improve their watercolour skills or just learn a bit more about the medium might be interested in this workshop next month.

Jana Emburey will help participants to experiment with watercolour, which we all know can be tricky to control. See the poster below for more details.

Spaces are limited so be sure to book your place quickly.

Exploring Watercolour

People and Places

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Thanks to all who have visited our new exhibition People and Places at The Pagoda in Grantown over the weekend.

Launch night was on Friday and it was great to see so many familiar faces enjoying our hard work. We are grateful to The Pagoda for such a wonderful space to show our work: the exhibition looks great.

We’ve got dozens of lovely artworks, from acrylics to watercolours and everything in between.

And as is now traditional, we handed over the Gordon Crisell Shield to the work voted favourite on the launch night. This year it was The Hoose Beyond, a mixed media piece by Sandra White. Congratulations to Sandra, who received the trophy from our chair, Angela Wood.

The exhibition is on all week so make sure you pop in. And do add a doodle to our big drawing – pens and pencils provided!

People and Places 2019

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people and places an exhibition of art and craft by the Spey Art Group
Our 2019 Exhibition runs from Saturday 24 August – Sunday 1 September

An exhibition of Art and Craft by the Spey Art Group.

People and Places is the theme for our 2019 annual exhibition. Through another interesting year members have been hard at work producing original work for the summer show at The Pagoda in Grantown.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 24 August – Sunday 1 September and is open 10am-4pm each day. There will be a special open preview night on Friday 23 August 6pm-8pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.

This popular group meets weekly at Grantown Grammar school between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday evenings during term time. Tutoring is provided by art teacher Angus Grant and lessons cover a range of media.

Chairwoman Angela Wood said “We are all looking forward to the new exhibition, showcasing the wealth of talent within the group, this is our first year of exhibiting at the Pagoda and we are looking forward to it”.

Everyone attending the preview will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork, the winning piece will be awarded the Gordon Crisell Shield. This prize was introduced in 2016 and is named after a long standing member of the Spey Art Group who died in 2015



Painting with nature

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Anyone looking for an arty activity for a May weekend should look no further than The Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend.

Dava School House will host “Painting with Nature”, a morning workshop with award-winning artist Morvan MacEwan on Sunday May 12.

The day will involve exploring the local woodland and moors, collecting items to be used in a new piece of art. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

The workshop runs from 9.30am-12.30pm and costs £15 per person.

You can book your place and get more information by visiting the event website here.

Or click here for a look at the poster: Painting with Nature Event Poster 2

Fizzing with flower power

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This week saw the return of our group painting night, which is always full of colour, fun and laughter. It was also great to see some of our associate members joining in.

Members split into two groups and played a few rounds of ‘Pictionary’ to begin, using chalk, charcoal and then paint. This quickly got very competitive.

Everyone also got the chance to use implements to make marks on the paper. This included a choice of items from the art department, including leaves, string, toy cars and a Dr Marten. Member Viv also brought some cardboard tubes that got cut up to make flower shapes. These were really effective as you can see from the pictures in the slideshow.

Finally, as is now tradition, the paintings got names: Flower Power and Fields of Fizz. You can see the fantastic results in the slideshow. Thanks to everyone who took part.

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Light and Shade

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A great lesson from Angus last night on how to use a limited palette to create light and shade in your painting and drawing.




Workshop with Rona

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Places are still available for a two day workshop with our member, Rona Smith.

Activities include:
* Using printing and stencilling techniques on gelli-plates;
* Painting on silk;
* Making different types of books using folding and binding techniques


The workshop will be held at Nethy Bridge Village Hall on March 16-17, running from 10am-2.30pm each day. Refreshments will be provided.

The price is £80 for two days, £45 for one day.

Contact Rona for more information by emailing ronas4@btinternet.com