Ongoing Classes and Groups

(Please note that these classes are for MEMBERS ONLY and must be booked in advance using the form you will find in a relevant edition of ARTYFACTS, or in the case of on-line painting days via the approriate Facebook page or e-mail.)



Evening classes have been re-established at Inverness Creative Academy, WASPS Artists Studios, Midmills,  from 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm on Wednesday evenings (and Thursday evenings if there is enought interest). Jonathan gives advice and encouragement for any medium and the classes are very popular. Costs in 2023 will be £60 per six week session.

The Autumn blocks of evening classes will start on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September at WASPS (7-9pm). Again the cost for a six week block is £60.00. Jonathan sets a theme for the classes, and we supply our own materials and mostly our own subject matter.  If interested please contact Irene Straiton  irenestraiton.art@gmail.com, or Jonathan.



The painting days at Killearnan will now resume on Wednesday 1st February, and will normally be held on the first Wedenesday of each month.  They run from 10:00 until 4:00 and you need to bring your own materials and subject matter (and lunch!).

The cost is £30 for the day and Jonathan will guide you through your work on the day.

Please sign up either via Jonathan's Facebook page - "ASI Jonathan Shearer Classes and Workshops"  (you need to be a member of that group). Log in or sign up to view. See posts, photos and more on Facebook,

or send Jonathan an email  (jonathan.lyle@btopenworld.com).

See some of the artists at work here.



The group meets on a Monday and Wednesday morning at the Merkinch Community Centre.  Good fun, good company and lots of encouragement and helpful advice. One or two mornings a week. 10 am - 12:30 pm. Followingthe pandemic the group restarted with good attendance through the autumn of 2021and into 2022.

This an untutored group, so everybody can do their own work. Great company with advice and tips from fellow members. You can come either day, or both. The Autum blocks of classes will run from Monday 18th September and  Wednesday 20th September 2023. The fees will be £60  (£5 per day ) for 12 days and £120 for 24 days (subject to confirmation depending on numbers and room charge). If possible a reduction will be arrranged for those attending two days per week.

There's good parking at the Centre. There is a vending machine available for drinks, or you can take your own.   New members most welcome.

Contact Sandra Dingwall, details on back page of Artyfacts.


NEW from MAY 2021 - Taster Sessions and Beginners Classes

In response to strong demand, and to help those who wish to take the plunge and develope their creativity, ASI has been organising some Taster Sessions and Beginners Classes starting in May 2021.

These were held at Killearnan Church Hall and were much appreciated by the participants. 

 For more information contact Meg Milne:  megmilne.art@gmail.com

* * *  A NEW BLOCK of beginners classes is being prepared for starting on Tuesday 21st February, 2023, at Killearnan. Contact Meg Milne as above.


LIVE Painting Days at Cromarty and Rosemarkie

Real, live,  painting days have been held at  The Stables, Cromarty Arts Trust, Cromarty, under the direction of Jonathan Shearer on the first wednesday of June and July. Check here, and look out for the bulk e-mail, for the next opportunities.These last from 10:00 until 16:00.  The cost per day is £30 and you can pay on the day. You will need your own equipment and subject matter (and refreshments and lunch!).

A  plein air painting day was held at Rosemarkie on Wednesday 3rd August 2021.  This was led by Jonathan Shearer and started at 10:00.  The group met by the beach cafe where useful public facilities were near to hand.  Cost for the day was £20. 

Similar paiting days were held at Rosemarkie in August 2022 and August 2023.

Some photos of artists at work in Rosemarkie can be seen here. 


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