Shoreline – Mixed Media Workshop

We are delighted to welcome back internationally renowned artist Lara Scouller to Off the Rails Arthouse for a workshop exploring natural form on the theme shoreline. Lara will arrange natural materials gathered along the Fife coast including shells, skulls, feathers, seaweed and crustaceans to create a sense and feel of the shoreline – and you can also contribute a relevant found item big or small to be incorporated into the still life. Over two days Lara will guide you through the different stages of composing and tackling a still life using a wide variety of materials, which will enable you to create your own unique vision of a shoreline.  The wide variety of textures and colours that make up the still life will be explored through mixed media. Lara will provide a selection of materials including ink and charcoal. Other materials you may wish to use include paint (acrylic, watercolour, gouache, coloured ink) and colourful oil/chalk pastels.

An emphasis on drawing will run throughout the workshop, with references to artists who use found objects to create lively compositions, including Elizabeth Blackadder and Duncan Shanks. The workshop is suitable for anyone with a basic knowledge and enthusiasm for drawing and painting, or for more experienced artists who wish to extend their skills and enjoy two days immersed in form, texture and colour.

Lara Scouller’s drawings portray the natural world at it’s most beautiful and vulnerable – preferring to work directly from life Lara is able to respond intuitively to her surroundings.

Scotland’s landscapes and coastlines have informed some of her most recent works, exploring the unique characteristics and natural riches of the East Neuk of Fife, the Isle of May and Shetland. Her experience of being ‘in’, as well as looking ‘at’ the landscape can be seen in her drawings of enigmatic tree forms, atmospheric landscapes and wildlife studies.

Lara has exhibited her work widely throughout the UK and regularly shows at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2006, she has worked hard to maintain her art practice and has received many awards, including the prestigious Pastel Society Young Artist Award at The Pastel Society’s 114th Annual Exhibition, London and the James Torrance Memorial award at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow.

You can see more examples of her beautiful work here.

Cost £115 including paper and some materials

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