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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.  She has also been teaching Stained Glass at Forgan for ten years and can offer invaluable technical and creative expertise.


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 received an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society last year.


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.


Blair McCafferty:  Skate Art

Blair McCafferty of the Creative Emporium, 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 build 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.


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.



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