Courses and workshops

Sewing the seeds of new skills

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The opportunities for building new skills are coming thick and fast this month!

Fast on the heels of silversmithing, pottery making and the SBSA art extravaganza comes something completely different from anything the group has taken on before.

Our member Ally Wardlaw has organised an embroidery workshop for Saturday May 6 at the Nethy Bridge Community Centre.

She’ll be teaching two or three different stitches (with a contemporary twist!) that you’ll be able to use to create some unique artwork. Ally will provide some materials, including backing material, threads, beads and needles but participants should bring their own scissors, threads or material scraps they wish to use, and an embroidery hoop if possible.

coloured threads
Coloured threads

The workshop will run from 10am-3pm and the cost is £20 per person. The community centre has disabled access, kitchen and toilets. Bring you own lunch!

Spaces are limited to 10 so please contact Ally by email to let her know you wish to come.

And a wee reminder that we’re back on Wednesday for a new term. See the Summer Term page for a provisional timetable.

Perfect your pottery at this new workshop

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We had a blast trying to throw pots last term. The laughter coming from the room of pottery wheels was testament to this (see this blog post for evidence).

Anyone who missed it, or who wants a refresher of the basics, can now get their chance.

Angus showing how to throw a pot on the wheel

Angus is teaching a new weekly pottery workshop on behalf of the Cairngorms Learning Partnership next month. He’ll be covering the basic skills, including using the wheel, handsculpting and glazing.

The class will run at Grantown Grammar School every Thursday night (from 6-8pm), starting from May 11, for five weeks. The cost is £65.

More information on the course and how to book is available here on the CLP’s website.

 

 

Summer learning

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Our counterparts in the Society of Badneoch and Strathspey Artists are holding a week of free art classes in the Iona Gallery in Kingussie.

Subjects on offer include acrylic and watercolour painting, felting and weaving. And there’s even a class teaching how to make “fauxidermy” – needle felting to make a fake animal head trophy.

Organisers are trying to get an idea of numbers interested so they can ensure that there is enough material and equipment to go round and spaces in some classes may be limited.

Best of all, it’s in the school holidays so if you’re babysitting or have some children to entertain, this could be a welcome addition to the schedule. But children must be accompanied by an adult.

The climax of the event is a big exhibition of all the work created during the week

Anyone looking for more information should contact: calypsoart@btinternet.com

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A chance to take silk

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Our silk painting workshop next month is proving popular but there are a few spaces left.

As we’ve mentioned before, our enthusiastic SAG member Rona Smith will be your tutor and will demonstrate the key techniques of silk painting.

Then you will get the chance to create your own beautiful artworks.

To find out more, please visit Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website – they are organising the day.

At this last stage, you should phone the CLP to book your place.

Dates for the diary

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2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for us.

We’ve updated our calendar on the What’s On page. Please check it out and mark down the important dates for the diary. And keep a look out for more during the year – we won’t be ignoring any opportunity to share our work!

You’ll also find dates for workshops. At the moment, the only one on the cards is silk painting with Rona Smith. This is a chance to have a go at a delicate art technique that produces wonderful results.

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Speyside Lupins by Elizabeth Downie

New Year, new skills to learn

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Happy New Year to all SAG members and associates. We hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season. Perhaps you received some art goodies that you’re eager to master?

Classes start back on Wednesday January 11, so look out on our Spring Term page for news of upcoming Wednesday night workshops led by Angus. Don’t forget that we’re gearing up for our summer exhibition, which has the theme, Cairngorms.

But the first big news of the year is that our member Rona Smith will be leading a day of silk painting in February. This class, in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, will cover a range of techniques for painting on silk, including using gutta salt.

You will go home with a beautiful piece of work that can be framed or turned into a suncatcher, scarf or cards.

All you need to take is an apron and a packed lunch – all materials and equipment will be provided. The cost is £45 for SAG members and £55 for non-members. The venue is Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown on February 4, 10am-3pm.

Click here to go to the CLP’s page to find out more. Please note though: the CLP is shut until January 9.

 

 

 

Workshops galore!

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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.