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Paper Clay Workshops

25 March; 8 April; 3 June, The Stables

Workshops are run by Kathleen Madigan, an artist and psychotherapist who works with clay.  She is an experienced teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses. 

Saturday 25th March - 10.00am - 4.00pm
Come and find out about the world of paper clay: a material made of clay and paper cellulose fibres which transforms the art of ceramic hand building.  Many artists have changed to using paper clay because it is so easy to use that it frees the mind and so allows the imagination to take over.  The resulting work is much more likely to survive the process of drying out and the hazards of the kiln.
£50 - includes all materials.

Saturday 8th April - 10.00 - 4.00pm
Working with slips, oxides, glazes, watercolour and acrylic paint, we will explore the world of decorating and the paper clay forms we made in the first workshop.  If you didn't attend the first workshop, you can still take part and we'll supply you with something to decorate.
£50 - includes all materials.

Saturday 3rd June - 10.00 - 4.00pm
A workshop where we can take time out for a day of relaxed creativity.  We will be working with paper clay and kaolin slip to explore Eugene Gendlin's 'felt sense' body focusing and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction approaches to creativity.
£50 - includes all materials.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Please bring your own packed lunch.

To book your space on any or all of the above workshops, please email or call us on 01381 600354.

A Weekend of Colour

31 March - 3 April, The Stables

Friday 31st March (evening session) - 6.30 - 8.30pm
Enjoy exploring colour and composition using simple collage techniques to produce finished works or a collection of sample pieces.
£25 - includes all materials


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April - 9.30am - 5.00pm
Produce your own small individual coloured glass penal in this one day introduction to traditional leaded glass techniques including cutting, leading, soldering and puttying.  No previous experience required.
£75 per day - includes all materials


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April - 10.00am - 4.30pm

In the morning, experiment with simple Shibori and tie-dye techniques on silk and cotton fabric and in the afternoon, learn how to transfer colour, pattern from paper to fabric using a simple and effective pritning process.  During this hands-on workshop, you will produce a silk cushion cover as well as a range of textile samples for use in other projects or to frame.  Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.
£65 - includes all materials.

Sunday 2nd April - 9.30am - 4.30pm

Explore printing techniques without using a press - starting with mono-printing, learn how to take one-off prints directly from the working surface.  Following on, learn how to print using lino blocks - transfer your design onto the lino block, then cut and make a series of prints.  A simple process suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. £65 per day - includes all materials

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.  Please bring your own packed lunch.

There will be examples of work in Stained Glass, Prints and Textiles by Anne and Morag as well as cards and associated products that can be purchased.

TUTORS: Anne Ferguson & Morag Tweedie
Both Anne and Morag are graduates in Printed Textiles from Glasgow School of Art and have worked as teachers, artists and designers in a variety of fields.  Colour, pattern and a keen eye for observation are key components within their art and textile work.  They regularly exhibit throughout Scotland, run workshops in Scotland and Spain and have undertaken design consultancies in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

To book your place on any of the above, download a Booking Form or email Morag.

Wood Sculpture Workshop

22 April; 9 September, The Stables

A one-day WOOD SCULPTURE WORKSHOP, 10.00am - 4.30pm (run twice) making small sculptures from wood and natural materials found in Cromarty.  Environmental artist, Leon Patchett, will demonstrate and guide participants through some basic techniques to assemble their own piece of art.

Leon Patchett is a graduate of Central / St Martins College, London. He has been a practicing artist for the past decade and now works out of the Stables Studios in Cromarty.  This beautiful and dramatic region of Scotland has inspired a new direction in his work.  A simple walk on the beach presented a readily available free material to begin making sculpture from driftwood. The process has seen him exhibit widely and take part in a list international residencies including North Carolina USA, Macedonia, Spain & Finland.

All ages and abilities welcome.  "If you can use a small cordless drill, you can take part" says Leon! 

£50 - includes all materials.  Please bring your own packed lunch.

To book your space on any or all of the above workshops, please email or call us on 01381 600354.


Silver Raising Course

19 - 21 May, The Stables

A three-day, hands-on SILVER RAISING WORKSHOP with esteemed silversmith, Adrian Hope. Participants will learn how to create their own item using hand-raising techniques and specialist tools.

Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience with working in silver.

£315 - includes lunch each day.  All tools and copper included in the price.  If you wish to use silver for your final pieces, this is charged extra, approx £100 (exact amount determined at time of purchase as this fluctuates daily).  Please let us know when you sign up for the course if you wish to purchase silver or not.

Accommodation is available in the Old Brewery.

To book your space on any or all of the above workshops, please email or call us on 01381 600354.


Stone Lettering Course

2 - 7 October, The Stables

A six-day foundation course in STONE LETTERING led by master craftsman, Robbie Schneider.

Robbie returns for more instruction in cutting fine letters in stone and practising essential drawing and layout skills.  Each day will run from 9.30am - 5.00pm.

Robbie studied sculpture at Camberwell and Byam Shaw Art Schools in London and later specialised in lettering. He is a full member of Letter Exchange and of the Scottish Lettercutters Association and an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Robbie exhibits widely and does many public and private commissions. His work can be found throughout Britain, from Kent in the South to  Shetland in the far North. Robbie works primarily in stone but he also works in wood, metals and other materials.

£495 - includes lunch each day.  All tools provided as well as a slab of stone to work on (if you wish to take this away at the end, an extra cost of £30 is charged).

Accommodation is available in the Old Brewery.


To book your space on any or all of the above workshops, please email or call us on 01381 600354.

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19 Bank Street, Cromarty
IV11 8YE Scotland

T: 01381 600354