Angus Grant

An invite to Kingussie

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Our lovely tutor Angus is exhibiting his work next month in Kingussie and we’re all invited to opening night.

He’s teamed up with Campbell Bryson (ex-GGS head of art) for the show, Lochs and Landscapes, at the Iona Gallery.

They’re promising a glass of wine (or a softie for the drivers) and some colourful paintings inspired by the Highlands.

It’s a great wee gallery, run by the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists. If you’ve never been,, this is the perfect opportunity!

Launch night is on Friday July 7, from 7pm-9pm and the show runs until July 14.

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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.

 

 

Where to see our members’ work this month

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Work by two of our members – Rona Smith and tutor Angus Grant – features in the latest exhibition by the Creative Cairngorms group.

All you need to do it take a wee trip to Findhorn to the Moray Art Centre before the end of the month. It’s well worth a visit – with paintings, screenprints, photography, jewellery, etc, there’s a tremendous breadth of work to look at. And it’s fantastic gallery in a lovely wee village!

 

How to spend your holidays

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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!

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March 15: Tutoring

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A chance to work on any ongoing projects you have – whether painting, clay or pastel.

For those doing clay work, you can have a go at glazing. But Angus is also offering the chance to have your drawing turned into a wee transfer for sticking to your ceramics. These are really effective in adding something extra to your piece.

They work brilliantly when they are a simple drawing so if you don’t have anything ready for tomorrow, you can have go during class.

However, these need to be sent away to be printed by a specialist so they need to be finished by the end of the lesson.

Blank ceramics will be available to those who have not made anything in the past few weeks, at a small charge (£1 per piece).

Please remember money for glazed ceramics (£2 per piece).

And there’ll be a selection of Cairngorm-themed images for inspiration.

See the pictures below for some examples of Angus’s use of the transfers.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

A chance to make your Christmas presents!

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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.