Variety of art workshops

Award-winning Kirriemuir artist Frances Law is offering a variety of art workshops this autumn, ranging from painting and drawing to the making of journals and sketchbooks.

Frances, who was short-listed last summer for the prestigious Aspect Prize, Scotland’s biggest painting prize award, has had a busy year.

With two exhibitions in London and three in Scotland her work has been well received.

She is due to exhibit at the Kinblethmont Gallery near Arbroath this month and will be taking part in the Christmas show at the Oathlaw Gallery.

She is also presently working towards a solo exhibition at the Park Gallery in Falkirk.

“Although I spend most of my time in the studio I love working with people and, for over 15 years, I have worked with a large cross section of the community helping them to tap into their creativity and to enjoy the rewards that this brings,” she explains.

Frances has taught at Perth College, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and is currently working with Perth and Kinross Council Arts Service, delivering life drawing classes in Blairgowrie and working with community groups in Perth City and in eastern Perthshire.

She also works for Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust in Angus, Perthshire and Dundee delivering art sessions with stroke services, palliative care, dementia and Parkinson’s.

Her autumn workshops will be held in Airlie and Kilry Halls over three weekends in October and November.

The first workshop will be held at Airlie Hall from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 and will explore the rich autumnal landscape around this small Angus village.

Participants will discover the elements of landscape construction and learn how to use a variety of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques.

Airlie Hall will be used as a studio base with outdoor locations at hand from which to gather imagery, ideas, and inspiration.

The autumn colours all around will be essential to the production of unique textured and colourful compositions

Back by popular demand, the second workshop, the Art of Drawing is designed for those who struggle with drawing, or who believe they can’t draw!

This weekend workshop helps to unlock the hidden artistic skills that lie within each of us.

Learning to draw has a lot to do with learning how to see.

The right/creative side of the brain sees and processes visual information very differently from the way in which the logical/left side sees things.

In order to use our right sides and to learn how to see in the special way that an artist does, it is necessary to present the brain with a job which our logic will turn down.

By setting simple tasks to allow the right side of the brain to operate it is possible to be able to draw accurately in a very short period of time.

“I have taught this workshop many times during the past fifteen years and have been amazed at how many people have blossomed and developed their artistic skills from this simple, basic starting point.” says Frances.

This workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 10 am to 4 pm at Kilry Hall.

Kilry Hall will also be the location for the final workshop to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13.

This workshop is for people who enjoy stepping out of the creative box and allow their instincts to take them on a journey of discovery.

Using paint, collage, printmaking and mixed media the participants will be guided through the steps of creating their own concertina sketchbooks from scratch.

In this workshop people will be taught how to work with sketchbooks and how to use a variety of different materials including personal memorabilia and photographs to create a unique and personal visual journal.

The workshops are suitable for all skill levels from those who have very little experience to those looking for new ideas and inspiration.

They are also ideal for teachers who may wish to improve their artistic skills or are looking for new ideas to take into the class room.

For further information and a workshop leaflet please phone 01575 530248 or email: corr_law@btopenworld.com