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Oil Painting For All (Class)

With Nichola Martin

In these classes students will be taught the fundamental techniques of drawing and painting, such as shading, mixing colour, composition and dimensions. First learning to draw before proceeding onto painting students will be taught about colour mixing techniques, colour values and how brush strokes can be applied in various ways. All materials supplied except brushes, painting palette and canvas.


10 Week Block I Jan 17th, 24th, 31st, Feb 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th, 21st

Wednesdays I 2.00 – 4.30pm I Adults £150 I Members £112


Painting (Class)

A professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists, John Johnstone has been teaching students at Forgan Arts Centre for over 25 years. Having studied and taught at Duncan of Jordanstone for many years, John travelled Europe painting and exhibited across London.


This is an extremely popular class for all levels of ability and confidence. A relaxed working environment where you can work freely in any medium that you prefer, with guidance and advice from John throughout. You can work from your table, at an Easel or even astride a donkey!


Please bring along your chosen materials and mediums and get ready to experiment with new techniques or perfect a traditional approach.


10 Week Block I Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Mar 6th, 13th

Tuesdays I 2 – 4pm I Adults £120 I Members £90



Layers and Mark Making (Workshop)

Laura Darling is a Dundee-based illustrator whose quirky and playful work is underpinned by observational drawing.

Do you ever worry about going 'too far' with a drawing, and spoiling it? Then this is the workshop for you!

Join Laura to explore a variety of different mark-making techniques and learn how to layer colours and lines to create vibrant, energetic pieces of art. Gain tips and tricks to improve your technique and keep your drawings fresh.

You are welcome to bring an object you'd like to draw, or work from the eclectic range of objects provided.


Saturday 17th February I 10am – 4pm

Adults £45 I Members £36 per workshop


Scared of The Paper: Drawing for the Terrified (Workshop)

Does a blank piece of paper terrify you when you just want to draw? Do you want to create but don't know where to start? Do you want to feel more confident and improve your drawing? If so this is the class and the tutor for you! Scared of the Paper is a different kind of drawing class, focussed on finding the joy in drawing.

Throughout the day you will work on a variety of exercises and techniques in mixed media to help build  your belief in yourself. You will be shown how to draw using traditional skills and visual techniques to help you conquer the fundamentals of drawing. You will be guided and encouoraged to embrace and develop your own style using techniques such as blind drawing and automatic drawing, as pioneered by the Surrealists. There will be opportunities to reflect and discuss your work with other students in a supportive atmosphere.

By the end of the day you will have made many drawings working towards a final piece using everything  you have learned.

This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in making art. From beginners to professionals seeking to get back into drawing you can benefit from Jen's vast knowledge and experience, in a relaxed and inspiring environment.


Saturday 27th January I 11am – 4.30pm

Adults £45 I Members £36 I Youths 14y+ £28 per workshop


Wire Sculpture (Workshop)

Jen will take you through a step by step process to create your own aluminium wire sculpture. This workshop is suitable for anyone including beginners or professionals seeking to play with wire as a material.


You can create whatever you fancy, a representational form animal or human figures, abstract or organic inspired forms or geometric decorative art. Your final piece can be a hanging, wall art or freestanding sculpture.


Aluminum wire is a delicious material to use, lightweight, flexible and easy to manipulate and can be cut and formed with your bare hands and with basic hand tools (such as pliers/wire cutters). It's just like drawing in the air. You can bring your own ideas along or work on your design in the class with tutor support. You can incorporate other materials into your design. All wire will be supplied and some extra materials but you can also bring your own, anything such a feathers, fabric, threads, embroidery, paper, string, beads, jewellery, anything that can be attached using wire.

Come along and make your own sculpture.


Saturday 10th February I 11- 4.30pm I Adults £45 I Members £36 I Youths 14+ £28 I per workshop


Art For Beginners

Whether you’ve just been given a paint box as a present, or need some creative confidence to get you started, these progressive classes are for you. The basics will be covered such as choice and use of materials, sketching, drawing and painting using accurate observation with imaginative or semi-abstract approaches. Each class will be fun and supportive with its own theme, using a mixture of demos and instruction, taking inspiration from both man-made and natural subjects.

Tutor Steve Bretel has spent over 15 years as a creative arts facilitator and .fine artist across the UK, after a successful commercial art career in London. Studying widely at Duncan of Jordanstone, Edinburgh college of art, and theatre design in Glasgow, Steve was a professional member of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers (SIAD) and holds a BA in Visual Communication

Some materials provided to start you off, but then suggestions will be given for purchasing your own.

10 WEEK BLOCK I Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

WEDNESDAY I 7pm – 9pm I Adults £120 I Members £90




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