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Art Society of Inverness

Workshops and Painting Days

NOTE: These workshops are for MEMBERS ONLY and must be pre-booked via the contact person.

Here are our first workshop opportunities this year (2024) with thanks to Fiona and Jane who have taken on the organisation of these......


Bookings please, for all workshops, to Fiona Morris on email



Saturday 2 March + Saturday 16 March, 2pm-4pm

Introduction to Hand Building Ceramics

Cost £63 (All materials included)

Venue: The Clay Studio, 33 Grant Street, Inverness, IV3 8BN


Hurry! Space has become available on the “Introduction to Hand Building Ceramics” workshop.

Cost is £63 for 2x afternoon sessions on Saturday 2 March and Saturday 16 March, all materials included. Just bring yourself, wear old clothes/overalls and keep your nails short!


Session 1: Learning about making pinch pots, slab building or moulds

Session 2: Glazing


Tuesday 5 March, 10am-4pm

Life Drawing and Painting

Tutor: Jonathan Shearer

Cost: £50

Venue: Killearnan Church Hall, By Redcastle on the Beauly Firth. (Plenty + easy parking)

Maybe you have never painted or drawn a live model? This is your opportunity! Also an opportunity to learn (or hone figure drawing and painting skills under Jonathan’s tuition for the day. Materials to bring: protective cover for your table, paper, sketch pad/s, charcoal, ink, pens, pencils, brushes, paints, board/canvas.


Friday 15 March, 10am-4pm 


Multimedia, Acrylics and Collage Workshop

Tutor: Sherrill Ponton of “Shezart”

Cost: £40 + £5 materials (£45 total per person)

Venue: Killearnan Church Hall

A painting of a sea turtleDescription automatically generatedJoin Sherrill from SHEZART on a fun, stress-free workshop.

Using her "my 5 process", applying intuitive and authentic techniques to explore and create abstracted- realism artworks.  The focus will be on having fun and destressing.... Looking forward to a day of fun, balance and harmony through art.


Bring your own... cover for your table, reference photo, 3 x gessoed, multimedia papers/boards or canvases, acrylic paints, 1 inch flat + size 6/8 brushes (recommended), paint scrapers and other tools, metallic and dark inks, wet palette, water spray, collage papers, charcoal and pastels, gloss medium, paper towel and… your Mojo

Sherrill will supply… extra multimedia paper, odd tools, markers, gold ink, charcoal, artist’s fixative, gloss medium, hairdrier



Tuesday 16 + Wednesday 17 April, 10am-4pm

Collagraph Workshop

Tutor: Fenella Ross-Elmer of Blackwater Print Studio

Cost: £95 for ASI members

Venue: Killearnan Church Hall


An Introductory workshop - two days, of exploring, process, texture, plate making & printing. Developing a good understanding in a hands on workshop by Professional Printmaker/Artist Fenella Ross - BA (Hons), Fine Art Printmaking, running her home studio - Black Water Print Studio - Gorstan, Highlands.


Q. What is Collagraph Printmaking? 

A. Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are glued or sealed to a rigid substrate to create a plate. Once inked, the plate becomes an impression for printing the design onto paper. 


The workshop is an introduction and is designed to encourage exploration in Collagraph Printmaking, working abstractly to understand texture and the process, then developing these skills into the design and creation of your own Collagraph, exploring design, plate making and printing colour.


Tuesday 23 + Wednesday 24 April, 10am-4pm

Sketching + Developing Sketches

Tutor: Jonathan Shearer

Cost: £65 (2 days)

Venue: Killearnan Church Hall


Using Killearnan Church Hall as a base, spend a couple of days with Jonathan. Day 1 sketching outside around the local area and, Day 2 in the Hall working inside those sketches/studies up into finished studio pieces. This would be a particularly useful workshop for anyone thinking of attending the ASI Cromarty Weekend later in the year who might want to improve their skills to get the maximum out of the forthcoming weekend, but equally suited to someone who has maybe never tried (or been scared to try) en plein air work. Why not take the opportunity to learn in a beautiful, relaxed and encouraging environment?


Day 1: En plein air sketching around the Killearnan area (hall available as a base)

Day 2: Working inside to create finished pieces of work from your sketches

What will you need to bring:

For outside: warm clothes and sensible footwear! Sketch books (more than one) and materials such as charcoal, pastel, watercolour, acrylics, etc… (more than just pencils!).

For inside and working up sketches and studies in the studio environment: a protective cover for your workspace, paints, inks, charcoal, pastel, surface/s (e.g. paper, board, canvas, etc).



Bookings please, for all workshops, to Fiona Morris on email


Also, If members have any particular topics they would like to attend a workshop on, then please get in touch with Fiona with your suggestions.



15th MAY





24th MAY




Date: Thursday, September 26, 10am-4pm

Topic: Colour in the Landscape

Venue: WASPS

Tutor: Alison Johnston (Moray based)

Cost: TBA



Date: Saturday, November 9, 10am-4pm

Topic: Introduction to Stained Glass Making

Venue: WASPS

Tutor: Catherine Carr

Cost: TBA



Here is a photo of an ASI Painting Weekend which was held in June 2023.

This turned out to be a very fine weekend and was greatly enjoyed by all participants.


See more photos on the ASI Facebook pages.


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