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May 2020

Lifedrawing One-day Workshop

Saturday 23rd May at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

This workshop is open to people working at all levels. The workshop will begin with some short warm up poses, moving on to twenty to thirty-minute drawings. Theresa will demonstrate different techniques and you will be encouraged to try different approaches. We will look at strategies to achieve correct proportion in various poses. Theresa will offer advice throughout, discussing progress, aims and any specific queries with individuals. In the afternoon session we will decide together whether to do one, two;

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Play as Form-Fraser Taylor

Saturday 16th May at 10:00 am - Sunday 17th May at 5:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020 10-4pm each day Course fee £95 (possibly a small materials charge) Play as form In an era of uncertainty, political instability and environmental concern, our need for optimism, escape and invention is being realised through play. Learning through the playful act of drawing, engaging with experimentation, embracing the unexpected and the economy of drawing, participants will challenge risk and chance. This two day workshop will encourage the act of observational drawing as an;

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April 2020

Concrete//Poetry : caught by hand

Saturday 18th April at 10:00 am - Sunday 19th April at 4:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

Sat 18 + Sun 19 April: 10am-4pm both days PLUS Fri 15 May: 6-8pm  £98 + £10 for materials* per person: £108 total is for 2 full days plus final 2-hour session. *Materials cost covers clay, slip/glazes, tools and kiln firing A 2-day workshop with artist Jill Skulina and writer Rebecca Sharp: sculpting visual poetry into ceramic objects. Forms of visual or ‘concrete’ poetry play with the physical layout and other visual elements of words, to communicate meaning through the;

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Try for a day – Chinese brush painting – Bamboo

Saturday 4th April at 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

Following a series of highly successful workshops, here is another chance to discover the fascinating art of Chinese brush painting and try your hand at this expressive art form. This workshop is suitable for beginners or people who have painting experience but have never tried Chinese brush painting techniques before. No prior knowledge is necessary, you should simply be keen to learn and willing to hold a brush. All tools and materials used during the workshop will be supplied. The;

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March 2020

Photographing Your Work

Thursday 19th March at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

A welcome return to Fife-based photographer Bruce Pert who will lead this session introducing visual and craft artists to skills that could help them improve the photographs they take of their work. This workshop is supported by Fife Contemporary. Bruce’s previous workshop was oversubscribed and had great feedback. Covered during the day will be: Cameras and lenses – an introduction to the necessary hardware Basic photographic practice Simple studio set-up and lighting Photographing the work Common problems encountered Getting images;

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Felt Flower Brooch Workshop with Aileen Clarke Crafts – afternoon

Saturday 14th March at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

There are two chances to undertake this exciting three-hour workshop, led by feltmaker Aileen Clarke. This is an afternoon session, from 2 till 5. In this workshop you will make a wet felted flower brooch using merino and silk fibres. This includes learning how to form and layer three-dimensional flower shapes and how to make a felt ball for the centre.  You will go away with a finished piece ready to be sewn together when dry and full written instructions;

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Felt Flower Brooch Workshop with Aileen Clarke Crafts – morning

Saturday 14th March at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

There are two chances to undertake this exciting three-hour workshop, led by feltmaker Aileen Clarke. This is a morning session, from 10 till 1. In this workshop you will make a wet felted flower brooch using merino and silk fibres. This includes learning how to form and layer three-dimensional flower shapes and how to make a felt ball for the centre.  You will go away with a finished piece ready to be sewn together when dry and full written instructions;

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Textural Deconstruction

Saturday 7th March at 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

The deconstruction and reconstruction of an image, by redefining and remaking, surfaces and marks. We are delighted to welcome Susie Paterson, Edinburgh based artist, to the Off the Rails family.  Susie is a superb painter and printmaker, with a new body of work she describes below. You can see examples of her stunning word on her website. This one-day workshop is suitable for painters, printmakers, textile makers and anyone else who wishes to inject energy and experimentation into their work.;

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February 2020

Charcoal Drawing workshop with Nichola Martin

Saturday 29th February at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

After a very successful charcoal drawing workshop in October, we are delighted to welcome back Nichola Martin, an award-winning artist based in Fife.  A skilled draughtsman, she prefers to work in charcoal and oils and is highly sought after for paintings requiring a high level of technical detail. You can see examples of her stunning work on her website. Nichola is also a highly experienced teacher and runs regular workshops and classes across the country. This one-day workshop will consist;

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Fun Feltmaking Workshop with Aileen Clarke Crafts

Saturday 22nd February at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Off The Rails Arthouse, Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom

Another chance to engage in the craft of feltmaking with one of Fife’s best known makers Aileen Clarke.  You can see examples of her beautiful artworks here. This one day workshop is a fun opportunity to try out some basic feltmaking techniques. It is suitable for beginners, or for those with some experience who wish to refresh or enhance their skills. Morning In this session you will make a wet felted flower brooch using merino and silk fibres. Learn how;

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