Alternative Watercolour techniques- Summer school

Alternative Watercolour techniques


10am-4pm each day

4 day course fee £195.00


We are delighted to offer another opportunity to work with one of Scotland’s foremost artists in watercolour.

Angus McEwan has a well-deserved international reputation for his stunning work. His deep love of texture, weathered surface and subtle colour shines through his paintings.  You can see examples of his work at

The aim of this 4 day summer school is to realise the true potential of watercolour in its ability to describe unique surface characteristics of different objects. The utilization of numerous applications will be explored to help the students uncover the many possibilities available within the media. Students are encouraged to take ideas away that will help inform their own practice. Angus will supply reference photographs and a range of objects to work from – students can bring their own if they want to. If possible, they should select objects, which have a range of different surfaces e.g. Dried fruit (oranges, lemons, flowers, leaves, tree branch or drift wood etc.), rusty, old, broken, worn tools or machinery.

This course is suitable for those with some previous experience with watercolour.

To book a place on the course through Eventbrite click here 

Further information about the week and a materials list will be sent after booking a place on the course.


thinking on ones feet – take 2 Sally Payne

thinking on ones feet – take 2

19th(evening) 20th and 21st October 2018

Friday evening,  Saturday and Sunday

Course fee: £110

This workshop will take you on an adventure. We will explore the movement of image and the development of narrative through experiments in drawing and mixed media.

Working with low tech methods and techniques we will take our ideas on a journey, exploring motion and action. Interacting with our drawings and created structures, working frame by frame to create a series of still or moving images. We will record and explore image and movement using our phones, ipads or cameras.

We will experiment with viewpoint and scale, distance and focus,contrast and colour, testing ideas in two and three dimensions

Creating the narrative through an exploration of drawing, collage, print working in relief, cut-out, cut-through, construction, layer, paint and stitch. We will work with an extensive range of materials and media, selecting the familiar and the unusual to explore the potential of story, image and movement.

Working with personal concepts, ideas, themes, inspirations, we will give breath to image, pattern, shape and form creating (animated) pieces that bring composition and narrative alive. Ideas may be a series of stills or a collection of animated experiments.

Interpretations will be worked, changed, developed and recorded at every stage to create a body of work that will be a standalone sequence or the springboard for further development

To book a place click here

Sally Payne 

Sally has worked extensively across all levels of education developing a reputation for progressive workshops that engage drawing and design at its most experimental.

Working with students at foundation, Degree and M.A level. Sally is an enthusiastic and ground breaking lecturer making a significant commitment to crossing and pushing the boundaries of media and materials to explore the potential of ideas.


Developing a Studio Practice- Fraser Taylor

Developing a Studio Practice

Fraser Taylor

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August, 2018

10am-4pm each day

Course fee- £225

The workshop will allow each participating artist or designer to develop strategies in advancing their studio practice. Work will be developed individually. There will be emphasis in building a community invested in sharing and discussing ideas. Course objectives; making, group critiques, visual research, developing conceptual enquiry, understanding material interests and appropriateness to practice, presentation and installation ideas, influences, identifying goals and ambitions, professional practice, and conversations addressing the relevance of your work and how it is positioned within the field of art and design.

This Summer school will allow participants to develop strategies in advancing their studio practice. The course is suitable for artists & designers with considerable previous experience.

For future information or to book a place click here 

Fraser Taylor

Fraser Taylor is an interdisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Glasgow. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in printed textiles from Glasgow School of Art, Taylor continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a Master of Arts. In 1983, upon completion of his studies, Taylor co- founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on exploring fine art and design practices with particular application to contemporary textile design and production. Works from The Cloth are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Cloth disbanded in 1988.

Taylor’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including Jill George Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Mackintosh Museum at Glasgow School of Art, Studio Pavilion House for an Art Lover, and The Briggait Project Space, Glasgow; Gallery Boards, Paris; Galeria Jorge Alcolea, Madrid; Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney; Sigacho Bis, and SPICA Art, Tokyo; Baryshnikov Art Center, Converso, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Threewalls, Queer Thoughts, and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Aurobora Press, San Francisco.

Since 1983, Taylor has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions of higher learning, including Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, and the Royal College of Art. In 2001 he was appointed the Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor.