Workshops & Classes
There are many talented creative individuals and groups throughout Perthshire offering classes, workshops and masterclasses in a wide variety of interests throughout the year. We want to share these opportunities, whether you’re looking to develop a skill, learn a new one, a one-off ‘inspirational’ masterclass, dates for summer schools or a regular weekly art class. If you’re an artist with new dates to share then please fill out out details on this link to add/update details about workhops and classes you run on this page.
Venues, Organisations & Artists offering workshops and classes
The Perthshire Art Association is the oldest established artist membership organisation in Perth & Kinross and organise a programme of classes, workshops, demonstrations and lectures.
Clare Robinson is a floral artist and textile designer sharing her passion and skill as a watercolour artist in a number of workshops running at Gloagburn Farm Shop, Tibbermore. Check her blog for available dates and details.
A Drink & A Draw at The Weem Hotel, Aberfeldy is a relaxed life drawing class set up by three artists Lindsay Turk, Ann Ruddy and Joanne Shaw. Inspired by the group All The Young Nudes set in a bar with music and drinks, they decided Aberfeldy could follow suit. The Weem Hotel is beautifully dark and relaxing to draw in and with the playlists created by the 3 artists, you get to go on a creative journey with people of like-mind.
The Yellow House in Aberfeldy run a class for individuals who are making their own work but would like support and instruction to help develop it further. All levels are welcome. The class will be structured around students’ continuing their own work, with individual tutorials to identify the core of their practice and devise strategies to take it forward. The course will provide students with critical feedback on their work, introduce new practical skills and advice on how to continue in the future. More details can be found on the The Yellow House Art Classes FB page.
Jenni Liandu Calligraphy runs beginners and improvers workshops teaching both Modern and Copperplate Calligraphy in Aberfeldy as well as various cities and venues across Scotland. Our workshops are the perfect way to relax over a cuppa and cake and learn and beautiful and therapeutic new skill. Each class includes a full calligraphy kit, detailed work and lots of one to one help. Check the website for upcoming workshop dates.
Inchture based florist Olly Bobbins run a number of creative floral workshops throughout the year including one to create a festive wreath which you can proudly hang on your door over the Christmas period. Their expert florists will guide you through the whole process, with all materials supplied and you will take home everything you make on the day. All you need to bring is some Christmas cheer! Check their website for updated workshop dates.
Jewellery Designer Jenna McDonald offers jewellery making workshops from her studio space at the Creative Exchange in Perth. Learn the process of anodising aluminium in these fun and experimental workshops and leave with your completed piece/set of jewellery ready to show off to your friends or family. Group bookings, 1:2:1 and hen parties are welcome and Jenna’s workshops are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings. For images, videos, reviews and more information about how to book head to the Facebook page for Jenna McDonald Jewellery.
Jeweller Sheila Roussel Jewellery Design runs jewellery making workshops in various venues across Angus and Perthshire. Workshops vary from 1/2 – 1 day and can include a variety of techniques and metals such as copper, brass and silver. Contact Sheila Roussel direct to find out what workshops are planned and where.
Charonne Ruth Glass runs a variety of classes suitable for all levels, no glass experience is required. Just a love of glass and working with your hands. Study in the Artist’s studio in Newton of Falkland, Scotland. The 3 day Course ‘Exploring the Nature of Form’ combines lost wax casting with sculpting to create beautifully tapered forms with detailed relief taken from the natural landscape. Why not create a tidal wave in glass? Places are limited to 4 students per course, so that everyone will enjoy some individual tuition and are encouraged to come with ideas to explore together. Click here for an overview of classes and visit the Facebook page for the current schedule of dates.
Rachel Bower is a designer creating unique and vibrant pieces for home and garden. She also runs a range of introductory and intermediate fused glass workshops for all ages- learn about the magic of kiln formed glass in these relaxed and informative sessions, make beautiful pieces to treasure and enjoy a relaxing day out in rural Perthshire from her studio in Blairgowrie. To see her current class programme, commission a class or product or arrange a visit to the studio go to www.rachelbower.co.uk or call 07548 755810
Carol Aitken from CA Aitken Designs runs Creating Healthy Interiors classes as part of the Pitlochry & District Adult Education Association. This course will not only introduce you to the different aspects of interior decoration and design such as colour, pattern, texture and lighting, but also the use of plants, crystals, de-cluttering, using natural materials and how they can be used to enhance the atmosphere in the spaces we occupy to improve our overall well-being. Check in with Pitlochry & District Adult Education Association for details of forthcoming courses.
Award winning author Helen Grant is running a Royal Literary Fund Reading Round group in Perth from September 2019. A Reading Round group is author led, who reads a piece of fiction or poetry aloud to the group and then leads a discussion, examining how writers and poets create the effects they do. There’s no ‘homework’ as the piece is shared at the start of each session! Starting on Wed 18 September, 10.30-12noon at the Fair Maids House, Perth, the visitor and education centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It’s free to take part, numbers are limited so to book a place email HGReadingRound@outlook.com.
The Stories We Tell is a series of two-day personal insight workshops, run by Jamie and Sarah Jauncey at Birnam Arts. These weekends are about refreshing your creative energy – whatever you do. By taking a new look at the stories we tell about our lives, we can gain valuable insight into the way we relate to ourselves, our work and what is really important to us. Full information and dates can be found on their website.
A variety of classes including life drawing, sketching and painting are held at both Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery in Perth, details of current and upcoming classes can be found on the Talks, Classes & Workshops section on the Culture Perth & Kinross website.
Birnam Arts have a programme of regular, one-off and weekend workshops ranging from silversmithing, ceramics or willow-weaving to kids’ crafts or musical tuition. More information of their current programme can be found on their Arts Hub page of their website.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre run a programme of creative workshops for adults including painting & drawing and digital photography and many more. More details can be found on their Active Arts Workshops page on their website.
Pitlochry & District Adult Education Association run a regular programme of creative classes. Each programme is slightly different so check their Facebook page to see what’s coming up. Classes are run by creative professionals and include learning new creative skills such as drawing, sewing, upcycling, interior design and even astronomy.
The Workshop run by ceramicist Julian Jardine at his Gallery in Perth offers a wide selection of art courses, weekend workshops as well as school holiday activities. Classes are designed to suit all levels of artists from complete beginners to those wishing to fin tune their skills. Classes include clay sculpting, drawing, painting, watercolours and portfolio work.
Perth College have a programme of Arts and Crafts leisure classes in Perth and various venues and community campuses across Perth & Kinross. Their current programme of classes details the wide range of opportunities from stained glass to jewellery.
Burmieston Farm & Steading at Logiealmond near Perth, run a number of different courses from spoon carving to cooking, scything, art, cooking and floristry. Courses are run throughout the year, check their website www.burmieston.co.uk or call on 01738 880272/07940351618 for more details. You can also stay updated via their Facebook page.
Acoustic Music Workshop provides tuition in guitar, ukulele, violin, mandolin, bass, piano and singing. Professional music teachers Edis, Susan and Nigel work from an ideal studio base in Perth. The first lesson is offered free, and lessons are tailored to suit your school calendar term dates. Fast and fun teaching methods with excellent results. The website details the various groups and individual lessons available.
Wildgrass Studio is located in a beautiful rural setting in Glen Lyon. Wildgrass offer training workshops in fine art and product photography. Tuition is offered on demand to individuals and small groups, check website for updates.
Gill Murray Photography offers a fun iPhone Food Photography Workshop at Violet Studios. The perfect workshop for instagrammers, restaurateurs and food lovers covering iPhone camera basics to help you take better food photos. Workshop includes the use of natural lighting techniques, use of props and photo composition and includes a practical exercise in putting these skills into action. Check the website for full details of what you’ll need, times and costs.
Silversmith Sarah Cave runs silversmithing classes on request, where you can learn the technique of hand raising. Starting with a 100mm silver disc you will learn the stages of hand raising to produce your own small silver bowl. Classes are run on request on a monthly basis. Check Sarah’s website for more details.
Ruth Morris runs Roobedo in Pitlochry and has delivered workshops for over 15 years running evening classes and daytime courses. Her aim is to make sewing fun and help folk make clothing, accessories and gifts to be proud of. She also shares her joy of reusing and re-purposing materials, dreaming up bitesize projects including everything from bags, purses and scarves to pyjamas, skirts and dresses. Ruth runs independent workshops through her own label Roobedo and has also worked with groups such as Pitlochry Adult Education Association, Zerowaste Scotland, The Edinburgh Remakery, Creative Pipeline, Climate Cafe Birnam and Dunkeld Youth Group. She also lectures part-time at Dundee and Angus College in the Textiles department.
The Peacock & The Tortoise is a quilting and haberdashery emporium in George Street, Perth. They run a regular programme of workshops, weekly and day classes for beginners to experts, ranging from all types of quilting techniques, ‘How to sew …’ workshops and lampshade making.
Karelia House is a craft destination set in stunning Highland Perthshire on the banks of the rivers Tay and Lyon, near Aberfeldy. Regular craft and sewing workshops are run throughout the year for all ages.
Morag Gray & Jane Charlton (Creative Textiles – ETTS) run workshops using upcycled textiles stitched into creative accessories for you and your home, using simple machine stitch techniques and some mixed media printing. Either email Morag Gray and/or check Morag Gray on Facebook for updates on a rolling programme of seasonal classes.
Pamela Murdie runs Pamela’s Sew Creative’s sewing and soft furnishings classes. Suitable for beginners to more experienced, work on your own project from upcycling a garment to making an individual fitted outfit from your measurements. Small class numbers allow for individual attention in a friendly atmosphere. Classes run in 8 week sessions. See Pamela’s Facebook page for updates.
Students are the inspiration and focus of Sandra Fryer’s Upholstery Workshops. The classes are flexible and friendly, and due to the small number attending you won’t find yourself waiting too long for attention. See Sandra Fryer’s website for booking details and more information.
Alyth Craft Tourism offers the opportunity to craft with some of Scotland’s finest makers and artisans. They are are offering regular courses with the willow artisan Jane Wilkinson and the potter Nancy Fuller. See their Facebook Page for more details and Alyth Craft Tourism October 2016.