How to spend your holidays
Even though we’re on our Easter break, the art doesn’t stop – particularly with lots of upcoming exhibitions. Our annual exhibition is in June this year and there’s a few more events planned.
And there’s a chance to join our tutor Angus on a silversmithing course in the evenings. He’ll be down at Kingussie High School every Tuesday during May, teaching how to make silver rings with stone settings.
There’s more information on Angus’s own website or here on the Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s site.
Be warned: we understand that there are still spaces available but they do fill up very quickly!
March 29: Finishing off
We’ve nearly made it to the end of another term – one of our busiest. This week we’ll be trying to finish off any outstanding work from the past few weeks – or if you’re supr-organised, starting something new.
Last Wednesday night, there was another opportunity to see your designs on bangles. And we also got our hands on our photo-ceramic transfers for blank mugs. Here’s a few wee pictures.
March 22: Bangles
The return of another popular class from last year – bangle design.
These pieces of jewellery are fairly narrow so this needs to be factored into your design. But the colours reproduce well in the printing process so photographs and repeating patterns work well.
Designs are printed onto special paper and then go through a heat transfer process in a press to put them onto the bangles. With Wednesday night classes growing in popularity, Angus will be tied up with this process for much of the night. Any digital images you want to use, please email to Angus beforehand so he can prepare the image properly beforehand. High-resolution images are best.
There is a choice of two sizes of bangle: a narrow white one and a wider silver one.
Each printed bangle costs £5.
And just for good measure, there will be a committee meeting.
Just a reminder that some of our members will be selling their wares at the Grantown Museum’s Christmas sale on Saturday.
The Spey Art Group will have a table at the event, which includes a coffee morning, with a range of products made by our talented members.
But if you’d rather get your hands dirty, there’s still time to sign up for Angus’s jewellery workshop, which is on the same day at Inverallan Parish Church Hall.
Contact the Cairngorms Learning Partnership on 01540 662 420 or find more information at the CLP website.
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…
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!
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.