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.)

NB - Please see below for Covid related requirements for all live classes and groups.



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 2022 will be £58 per six week session.

The next blocks of 6 evening classes will start on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March.  If interested please contact Irene Straiton  irenestraiton.art@gmail.com, or Jonathan.



The painting days at Killearnan resume on Wednesday 2nd of February.  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. This group has now 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 next block of classes after Easter will start on 25th April 2022. With present levels of attendance fees are £60 per block of 12 classes at one day per week, and £90 per block of 12 classes for two days per week. Plenty of places still available on wednesdays.

There's good parking at the Centre. Masks have to be worn in the complex until you reach your table, then they can be removed. 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 for 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 is organising some Taster Sessions and Beginners Classes starting in May 2021.

These will be held at Killearnan Church Hall and the first taster sessions will be on Saturday 14th May. The day is split into two sessions due to numbers, and there will be a morning session 9:30 - 12:30 and an afternoon session 13:00 - 16:00. There will be a small charge of £10 for the day to cover materials and use of the hall.

The first beginner class will be on Saturday 28 May - times to be confirmed.

These first sessions and classes are already fully subscribed, but in case of any cancellations there will be a waiting list, and it is likely that more such classes will be organised in future.  For more information contact Meg Milne:  megmilne.art@gmail.com



** Covid related requirements for all live classes and groups **

The following Covid related requirements and procedures should be adhered to when participating in all workshops and classes until further notice:

1. Everyone attending should take a lateral flow test shortly before attending and, if positive, must not attend.  We also remind you that the current government requirement is that anyone who is not fully vaccinated (three doses), and who is a close contact with someone who is Covid positive, is required to self isolate for ten days and so would not be able to attend the workshop or class. 

2. The 1 metre social distancing rule applies all of the time.

3. Track and trace details will be needed.

4. The venue will need to be kept well ventilated with windows and doors kept open (you may need to consider what clothing to wear in case of drafts).

5. Masks need to be worn when moving around the space and in other areas (eg corridors, if relevant) but can be removed when at the working table.

6. Hand sanitiser will need to be used when entering the building


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 Jonthan 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 4th August.  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. 

Following the success of the last one, another outdoor painting day was held at Rosemarkie, on Wednesday 8th September, and it turned out to be wonderful sunny day with little wind. Some photos of artists at work can be seen here. 




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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