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.)



From June 2020 onwards those members participating in the Facebook Group organised by Jonathan Shearer - "ASI Jonathan Shearer's Classes and Workshops" - were kindly requested to pay £15 per month to contribute towards Jonathan's tuition fees. This covered regular challenges, online tuition and critique on their work, and video demonstrations from Jonathan. In 2021 this activity is currently available free of charge to members who subscribe to the group.

Members of the same Facebook Group may also participate in the optional, but very stimulating, ON-LINE PAINTING DAYS. These are organised approximately once a month within that group.  A theme for the day is announced the evening before and participants submit their work on Facebook as it progresses throughout the day with continuous feedback from Jonathan and the other participants. 


NEW - Free painting days !

As all of our workshops and classes have been temporarily cancelled, we are now offering free on line painting days for all members.

The first free painting day in 2021 was held on Wednesday February 3rd, and was well attended with aproximately 24 participants.

Due to the high level of interest the February day the March one was held over two days, and this will be repeated in April.  So the April event will be available on both Wednesday 7th April and Thursday 8th April so that we can accommodate as many members as possible.

Numbers will be limited on each day so as to spread the workload for Jonathan.

The day lasts from 10:00 until 16:00 and there will be a crit of work in the last half hour or so.  You can, though always complete your work later on.  The idea is to post pictures of your progress along with any questions so that Jonathan can guide you throughout the day.

Jonathan will post the subject matter just before the day and you can, within reason, use any medium.

If you are interested in signing up for one of the two days, then please contact Jonathan using the Facebook page for the group which is https://www.facebook.com/groups/410948659774817  (ASI Jonathan Shearers Classes and Workshops).  

You can also contact Jonathan by email ( jonathan.lyle@btopenworld.com ) but it is much easier for him if you use the Facebook group page to make contact.

If you are not already a member of this group then please ask to join through Facebook.

It will help balance numbers if you can say which day you would prefer, or if you have no particular preference.

We would love to encourage as many members as possible to take part and have an enjoyable day.



Prior to the latest Covid restrictions these classes were re-established at Inverness Creative Academy, WASPS Artists Studios, Midmills,  from 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm on Wednesday evenings and Thursday evenings. Jonathan gives advice and encouragement for any medium and the classes are very popular. Costs are £54 per six week session. Currently suspended, they will be restarted as soon as restrictions permit. Contact Julia Brook, or Jonathan.



Prior to the latest Covid restrictions these classes were re-established at Cromarty Stables in October, November and December 2020. This is an all day class on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) with help provided by Jonathan Shearer,  from 10 am to 4 pm. Cost £30 per day.  Any medium. Currently suspended they will be restarted as soon as allowed. Contact Julia Brook details on Page 2 of Artyfacts.




On the first wednesday of June 2020 the painting day that would have taken place at Killearnan was held on-line instead. The theme for the day, which was announced the evening before, was "Warm and Cool Colour Compositions". Participants presented their first sketches early in the day and then proceeded to work on them with feedback from Jonathan and comments from each other. Some of the results are shown below, in order of - first sketch, intermediate phase, and "end of the day". Most participants expressed doubts and reservations about their efforts in the itermediate phases, but some superb results were achieved by the end of the day, and all participants found it a stimulating and rewarding experience.

Work of Liz Danby:

Work of Margaret McKay:

Work of Margaret Macdonald:



February 2021


Another fine example by Liz Danby, and very topical, this is "Lockdown Breakfast '21" ! :



March 2021

On the first wednesday and thursday of March 2021 another couple of on-line painting days were held. Two days were required to cater for the growing popularity of this activity, with over 40 subscribers. This time the theme was "Escapism and Freedom", with the aim to counter the effects of prolonged lockdowns, and numerous inspiring examples were provided by tutor Jonathan, many of them taken from the work of lesser known Scottish artists.

Here we show just a few examples of the days results, with initial sketch / intermediate phase (about lunchtime) / and final (or near final) versions.


Work of Chris Clouston:


Work of Irene Straiton:








Work of Morag Burton:



Work of Margrit Perrin:








And some colourful works by Marjory Drummond, Kathleen Anderson and Liz Hoey:


April 2021

Another two stimulating on-line painting days were held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of April, with the theme of COMPOSITION. A selection of the results can be seen here.


If you would like to become involved with the ON-LINE PAINTING DAYS the first step is to join the Facebook Group "ASI Jonathan Shearer's Classes and Workshops".


Regrettably the following group activity has been suspended from March 18th until further notice... When it is allowed to resume this will be announced here and on the ASI Facebook page.

MORNING ART GROUP @ MERKINCH.  The group used to meet on a Monday and Wednesday morning at the Merkinch Centre.  Good fun, good company and lots of encouragement and helpful advice. One or two mornings a week. 10 am - 12.30 pm. One day per week: £43. Two days per week: £53.  Contact Sandra Dingwall details on Page 2 of Artyfacts.





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