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.)


NEW - LIVE Painting Days restarting at Cromarty

There will be two real painting days for a limited number of members in early June and early July with Jonathan Shearer and there are still some places available.These will be at The Stables, Cromarty Arts Trust, Cromarty, and will last from 10:00 until 16:00.  The cost per day is £30 and you can pay on the day. 

The dates are Wednesday 2nd June and Wednesday 7th July.

You will need your own equipment and subject matter (and refreshments and lunch!).

Places are limited so if interested please contact Dodie Leonard as soon as possible by email at:  dodieleonard@icloud.com



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.

Plans are now made to restart the Wednesday evening classes on Wednesday 16th June.  Restarting the Thursday evening classes will depend on the numbers expressing interest. If interested please contact Dodie Leonard ( dodieleonard@icloud.com ) , or Jonathan.

Dates for evening class in Inverness are 16/6/21 ; 23/6/21 ; 30/6/21 ; 7/7/21 ; 21/7/21; 28/7/21 7-9pm PLEASE NOTE - NO CLASS ON 14th JULY. It will be possible to pay for the full block of 6 on the first night as there will be a card reader.



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. These are now being restarted at Cromarty, in early June and early July, as described above.



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. 

Efforts are now being made to restart this group, starting in the near future. Contact Sandra Dingwall, details on Page 2 of Artyfacts.




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 has been available free of charge to members who subscribe to the group.

Members of the same Facebook Group also participated in the optional, but very stimulating, ON-LINE PAINTING DAYS. These were organised approximately once a month within that group.  A theme for the day was announced the evening before and participants submitted their work on Facebook as it progressesd throughout the day with continuous feedback from Jonathan and the other participants. Some of the excellent results achieved can be viewed below.




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".






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