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Meet our amazing Tutors...

Beatrice Burns: Dressmaking

Beatrice is a highly skilled dressmaker and tutor here at Forgan Arts and has taught in the community for many years. Beatrice can advise on what to bring to class - the perfect chance to raid your wardrobe and fix all of those garments that don't quite fit right.


Jacqueline Donachie:  Upholstery for Beginners

Jacqueline runs Funky Bobbin, an upholstery service in Fife, with Allan Shiels.  She has just completed level three Master Upholsterer Qualification, passing with a mark of Distinction.  She will guide you through the different techniques and equipment to complete your project.



Liz Dulley: Wonders of Watercolour

Liz has had work hung with The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour on numerous occasions and is an Artist Member of Paisley Art Institute (PAI).  She uses a delicate approach, creating intriguing paintings rich in texture, drawing inspiration from surrounding objects.  


John Johnstone:  Painting

John was born in Forfar in 1941.  He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1959 to 1964 and was highly commended.  He received a major travelling scholarship to visit European capitals and was a part-time lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone for many years.  He has exhibited several times in London and is a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland.

Nichola Martin:  Observational Drawing with Charcoal

Nichola graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2007 and won the John Kinross Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy, allowing her to study in Florence.  She works from her studio in Fife and exhibits widely throughout the UK.

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Ann McFadyen:  Stained Glass and Craft Classes

Ann has years of experience teaching crafts, including embroidery, crewel, tapestry, hardanger or any other type of stitching.  Ann has been a member of FAC for over 30 years, attending classes in Crafts, Painting, Felting and Languages. She has been a tutor since 1999, teaching Crafts and (for the last 13 years) Stained Glass.




Dawn White:  Photography for Beginners, Advanced Photography and Photoshop / Lightbox

Dawn has been a professional wedding & portrait photographer for the past 15 years and now enjoys teaching both photography & digital imaging.  She is a member of Dundee Photographic Society and recently received an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society


Pat Peters:  Pottery

Pat is a very experienced and highly qualified potter.  She has taught for many years at Waid Academy and also here at Forgan.  She will guide you through the technical and creative aspects of pottery, producing a range of projects.



Heather Gilbert:  Pottery

With a BA (HONS) in Fine Art, Heather Gilbert has been teaching locally for over 15 years. She covers all methods of making, from hand building techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab work, to throwing pots on the wheel! She will be on hand to give demonstrations and advice and you will learn about the different glazing methods and techniques you can use to create your finished work.


Scarlett Erskine: Jewellery

Scarlett of 'Scarlett Erskine Jewellery'  in Dundee graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in Jewellery and Metal Design  in 2012 and has since set up her own business making bespoke jewellery and running jewellery classes throughout the UK.


Alana Peden:  Jewellery

Alana runs Fife based 'East Nook Studio', making jewellery and homeware and running workshops in both silver and ceramics.


Steve Bretel: Art for All

Steve has spent over 15 years as a creative arts facilitator and fine artist across the UK following 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.


Blair McCafferty:  Skate Art

Blair McCafferty is a Dundee born artist, designer and illustrator. He is the creator of all content at the 'Creature Emporium'.

He has a degree in graphic design and a passion for all things skateboarding. Previously sponsored  by Deathbed, Converse, Jart Skateboards and Dephect skate brands, Blair has campaigned for skateparks and facilities since he was a young lad and recently had a hand in the design, fund raising and building of Newport-on-Tay’s skatepark. Working freelance, he describes himself as a full time 'doodle monkey' who likes to create cute graffiti and fun street art. Inspired by early graffiti, skateboard art and surrealism, Blair's creations are vibrant and colourful with a little dash of the weird.


Theresa Gourlay:  Drawing for Beginners and Relief Drawing

Theresa graduated from DJCAD in Drawing and Painting.





Robert Macmillan:  Portrait Painting

Robert graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 1997 with a Ba hons in Fine Art; drawing and painting. Robert has been a full time artist for almost 20 years, exhibiting all over the UK, winning prestigious awards and has worked in many private collections worldwide. His dramatic portraits are instantly recognisable and appreciated for their use of old masters techniques.



Cat Jones:  Photography

Cat Jones loves all aspects of photography and creative imaging using photoshop. She is Vice-President of Dundee Photographic Society and has recently received an associateship of the Royal Photographic Society.



Claire Evans: Fused Glass

Working from her studio in Fife, coastal landscapes and elements are a constant source of creative inspiration for fused glass artist Claire Evans. Manipulating a material that has transitional properties of both solid and liquid is creatively exciting and challenging yet constantly inspiring.  Claire strives to push the boundaries of working with glass to seek new possibilities with its transformational qualities.




Laura Darling: Layers and Mark Making

Laura is an illustrator based in Dundee. Her work is underpinned by drawing, looking and noticing. The subject matter she represents varies from animals and the natural world to people and built environments, often combined with hand-lettering. Primarily using pencil, ink and watercolours, Laura combines traditional techniques with digital tools to produce playful and engaging illustrations.


Philippa Johnstone: Recycled Tin

Philippa is a metalsmith and textile artist and works with recycled tin, wire, wood, textiles, paper, mosaic and found objects to create three dimensional decorative and functional pieces for exhibition, commission and to sell. Her work draws inspiration from folk and outsider art and is increasingly incorporating text in some form. She lives and works in Newburgh on the banks of  the River Tay.


Jen Robson: Wire Sculpture

Jen has a studio at WASPS Artists’ Studios in Dundee. Her main focus is drawing, Jen has taught her own Scared of the Paper confidence building adult drawing classes for 7 years and has taught art classes for toddlers, Artbuds at Off the Rails Arthouse and from her WASPS studio in Dundee. She was invited to deliver her Scared of the Paper classes at McManus Galleries, Dundee, as part of the Big Draw Festival in 2013. She worked with D'Arcy Thomson Museum Animals in Art workshops inspired by the museum collections. She has developed and delivered confidence building CPD sessions for teachers.








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