art4you Scotland

Lino Printing Workshop

Sun 24 November 2019, 10-4pm, £95
Lino cutting and printing with artist Jill Dow. A step by step introduction of designing, cutting and printing cards – christmas themed or others. Suitable for beginners as well as for those with some experience of relief printing.

you will learn:
•    how to use the tools and practice different types of mark making
•    how to print by hand and using a printing press
practical tips and advice and high level of personal attention – all levels welcome

Interior Design Workshop

This one-day workshop is for anyone who is interested in gaining the confidence to put together stylish and creative room schemes.

Learn how to create inspirational mood boards, understand colour and develop your own palette. In addition, we will look at planning a room and using pattern, colour and texture effectively when styling your own home, office or holiday house.

Watercolour Workshop – autumn colours

Watercolour Workshop – autumn colours, Sat 5 October 2019, 10-4pm
During the day you will explore ways of producing expressive effects and textures using watercolour paints focusing on the colours of autumn. Artist and art lecturer Frances Douglas will support and guide each individual to incorporate various ideas and techniques into your paintings.

you will learn:
•    how layers can be built up to form a painting
•    how hard edges can be achieved
•    how and when to use dry and wet techniques
practical tips and advice and high level of personal attention – all levels welcome

Studying Plant Form Workshop in pencil, ink and watercolour

with artist and illustrator
Jill Dow

Date: Sun 29 Sept
Time: 10-4pm
Cost: £95 – all materials incl.

Study closely the structure of some September plants and explore the glorious colours of the season. Jill Dow will guide you to work in pencil, ink and watercolour, capturing the beauty of late summer flowers, with ripening seedheads, fruits and berries adding to the richness of colour and texture – suitable for all levels.

you will learn:

•    how to study closely the structure of plants

•    drawing and painting in pencil, ink and watercolour

practical tips and advice and high level of personal attention, all levels welcome

Ceramic Workshop – Sunday 8 September

ceramic handbuid

Suitable for beginners and experienced potters. This all-day workshop will allow you to follow your own ideas using a variety of hand building techniques. Our ceramic artist, Lorna Mackay, will give guidance and individual support as you create your own personal ceramic pieces. Part of the day will focus on the tradition of the Korean Moon Jar. You will be introduced to several making and decoration techniques to inspire you making your own unique jar. All your work can be decorated using slips and covered in a clear glaze.
Book here

Date: Sunday 8th September
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: £115, all materials, firing, lunch and refreshments incl.
Level: All levels

Summer Art Course – Drawing & Painting

Explore different ways of working with drawing and painting materials during art4you Scotland’s popular 5day drawing and painting summer week.

art week

Treat yourself to a week of art and enjoy drawing and painting in a relaxed, creative atmosphere in our country studio near Glasgow. During the summer art course artist and art lecturer Ewen Duncan will work with complete beginners to experienced artists. Days include drawing & painting with various mediums – the choice is yours.

What we offer during the summer art course:

  • all materials are provided
  • high level of personal attention
  • main drawing & painting techniques covered
  • practical tips and advice
  • freedom to develop own style
  • friendly relaxed atmosphere
  • spacious bright studio
  • teaching artist Ewen Duncan
  • max 12 people

The bright art studio provides a relaxing, creative atmosphere only 18 miles north of Glasgow

Each day runs from 10-4pm. All materials, lunch and refreshments are provided in the course fee of £395/week. 

The summer art week is suitable for both beginners and more advanced artists who want to expand the knowledge.

Ewen at studio room 1

To find out more about the drawing and paintng week or art4you scotland, please call 07981768081 or email

Ceramic workshop – from conception to completion

Sunday 19th May 2019 – £115, 10am-4pm
materials, firing, lunch and refreshments provided

Handbuilding techniques will be demonstrated and students will be encouraged to explore these techniques, guided by their individual vision for the work they wish to produce.

Through this journey from conception to completion you will learn:

• The properties of clay
• Preparation of clay
• Techniques of pinching, coiling & slap building
• Application of coloured slips

The completed work will be fired and glazed ready for collection in two weeks (postal delivery can be arranged).

Booking Contact: Claudia Duncan         e-mail:
Tel: 07981 768081

Life Painting Day, Sunday 12 May – capture relationship of body & shape

This Sunday 12 May, 10-4pm, we focus on human proportions, values and colour in the full day life painting workshop. Aim of the day is to improve the observational and painting skills, to understand the proportions and structure of the human body and to complete a life painting by the end of the day.

Throught the day Ewen Duncan will support, guide and structure your process.

Date: Sunday 12 May 
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: £95pp – all materials, lunch and refreshments included
Level: some experience

To buy tickets contact Claudia

Colour theory workshop

with Artist Ewen Duncan – Sunday 10th March, 10-4pm, £95
book here

The colour theory workshop will be a practice-based look at the three properties of colour, hue value and saturation, how these properties relate to each other and interact.

colour theory workshop

The workshop will briefly look at Munsell’s colour theory which first identified the three properties model of colour before looking at more contemporary ways of understanding how colour interacts and how paint colours can be understood in order to mix them in a methodical way to control as much as possible the paint mixing process.

Colour exercises will be created to be saved in a sketchbook for later reference. This theoretical and practical workshop is a great way to learn how to use colour with intention and learn to mix them with the desired result.

The workshop will give a framework to enable participants to continue colour exercises and experiments independently.

The workshop is very suitable for both beginners and more advanced artists who want to expand the knowledge of how to mix colour for their artwork.

Garden Design and Plant Drawing workshop

with Garden Designer Holly Nairn and Artist Jill Dow – 2nd March, 10-4pm, £95

Do you have a passion for plants, gardens and art? This is the workshop for you at our new studio at Oakwood Garden Centre, Killearn.

Holly and Jill are combining their knowledge and passion for both subjects. The day is presented by them with their overlapping skills of gardeners, artists & designers. Holly will start the day with a presentation on what to grow –  plants for pollinators to suit our Scottish climate, a season by season guide followed by Jill’s exploration of the structure and form of the plant models through simple pencil studies moving on later in the day to watercolour or gouache in a more expressive way to capture the particular beauty of these plants. This workshop is suitable for total beginners to advanced artists and gardeners. Select here for more info.

Talk – The Master’s Secrets with Prof Erma Hermens

Date Wed 21st Nov, Time: 7 – 8.30pm, £12

@ art4you Scotland, Oakwood Garden Centre                            
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The Master’s Secrets: On how to paint flowers, lemons and much more in Dutch Golden Age Painting

Curious on why and how the Dutch Golden Age Painters were the best in rendering all kinds of materials, such as glass, gold, silver, velvet, fur and feathers, and fruits and flowers in their still life’s? What kind of technical tricks did they use and how did they make and manipulate their paints to utmost effect? In this talk we will look at some great examples of the immense skills of these artists gained through both art historical research and technical analyses that allows us to look through the painting layers, to get a better understanding of how they achieved their characteristic textures and colours.

Prof Erma Hermens is a leading scholar in the field of Technical Art History. After nine years at Glasgow University as senior lecturer, and although still partially based in Scotland, she is now a senior researcher at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, working with the museum’s curators, conservators and scientists, and occupies the Rijksmuseum Chair in Studio Practice and TAH at the University of Amsterdam. She is delighted to talk about her work as she examines the way paintings are made; investigating historical painting techniques and materials, and looking over the shoulder of the painter during the actual painting process. She works largely with interdisciplinary teams, combining contextual research of objects with scientific analytical data, revealing many fascinating practices and the Masters’ secrets and tricks of the trade.

To book select book a course and choose ‘Talk – The Master’s Secrets’ on the drop down list.


contact  Claudia Duncan,      07981 768081

NEW LOCATION – Oakwood Garden Centre, Killearn – opening 19th October

Opening Exhibition


NEW art4you studio & gallery


We would like to invite you, your friends and families to our opening exhibition of the new studio
at Oakwood Garden Centre, Killearn

Evening reception: Friday 19th October, 7-9pm

Launch weekend continued: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st, 10-4pm with the art exhibition
and presentation of the new studio and gallery space.

Classes start at the new studio week beginning 29th October

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