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Art Society of Inverness

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. 

The new blocks of evening classes after Easter in 2024 are ongoing from Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April. Again the cost for a six week block is £60.00. Jonathan sets a theme for the classes, and participants supply their own materials and mostly their own subject matter. Jonathan sets useful exercises, tasks and challenges from time to time.  If interested please contact Jonathan.

NB. A useful way to keep in touch with the most up to date information on this group is to join the Facebook Group ASI Jonathan Shearers Classes and Workshops.



The painting days at Killearnan have resumed 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 next painting day After Easter will be on Wednesday 3rd April.

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  (

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 2021 and into 2022 and 2023.

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 new blocks of classes after Easter in 2024 are running from Monday 15th April and Wednesday 17th April. The fees will be approx. £60  (£5 per day ) for those attending one day per week , and approximately £120 for two days per week (subject to confirmation depending on numbers). 

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 have been held at Killearnan Church Hall and are always much appreciated by the participants. 

After EASTER in 2024 Michelle already runs a Tuesday evening class and this will be continuing but is fully booked (although if anyone would like to go onto a waiting list then please contact Michelle).

New classes may be arranged, which would be on a Monday evening and will be tailored to those who are very much beginners. 

These classes will also be at Killearnan Church Hall, 7-9pm, from 29th April to 24th June.  Bank holiday is 6th May so we will miss this class, to return on 13th May.

The cost will be £80 for 8 weeks for the Monday evenings.

If you are interested, then please contact Michelle directly


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!).

Plein air painting days have been held at Rosemarkie on good weather days in 2021, 2022 and 2023.  These are normally led by Jonathan Shearer and start at 10:00.  The group meet by the beach cafe where useful public facilities are near to hand.  After an introductory talk and/or demo the group spread out to choose their viewpoints and set up their easels. Jonathan walks around the group advising and encouraging, and the group re-unite in the late afternoon for a review and critique of all the days works. Cost for the day £20. 

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


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