art4you Scotland

Plant Study Workshop – Winterflowers

Plant Study workshop – winter flowers,
Sat 8th February 2020, 10-4pm, £95
Study and paint winter flowers with artist Jill Dow. Whatever weather the winter throws at us, we can always rely on the delicate beauty of Snowdrops and the subtle richness of Hellebores to brighten our gardens in February. Spend a day studying their forms and colours, firstly in pencil, then in watercolour

you will learn:
•    how to study closely the structure of Snowdrops and Hellebores
•    how to draw and paint these plants in pencil and watercolour
practical tips and advice and high level of personal attention – all levels welcome

Illustration & Graphics – new class in 2020

With a focus on creativity, imagination and personal interpretation. This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in illustration and graphic design. 

Designing by hand you will develop and produce your own llustrations taking inspiration from a book, poem or even a favourite quote! With a focus on creativity we will explore various mediums including painting, collage, pattern making, lettering and more.

You will learn how to transform words and concepts into pictures. The class is suitable for everyone who wants to explore how to draw and paint their favourite stories, articles or songs with any drawing or painting medium.

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.
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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
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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.

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