Get back into art with new classes

Artist Andrew Mackenzie
Artist Andrew Mackenzie

Stow-based artist, Andrew Mackenzie, is starting a brand new course of 10 two-hour art classes in the beautiful new Fountainhall Village Hall.

The course is aimed at anyone from 16 through to adults, who is interested in experimenting with various drawing, printmaking and painting processes and techniques. It is ideal for those who want to develop a portfolio, stretch themselves, get back into art after a period away, or beginners who just want to give it a go! There will be four sessions of life drawing.

It aims to stimulate experimentation and self-expression through various exciting drawing activities, use of mixed media, collage, mono-printing, collagraphy and paint. We will work outside, from life as much as possible, and develop drawings into 3 dimensions. The classes will be designed to promote curiosity, creating a desire to explore personal ideas and follow trains of thought, while documenting the process in sketchbooks. Most sessions will involve a short slide show to include discussion of other artists and contextual awareness.

The classes start on Monday July 25 and run for 10 weeks from 6.30–8.30pm. The cost is £120 for all ten sessions, including all materials (apart from sketchbooks), life models and refreshments.

Maximum class size will be 15.

Andrew Mackenzie graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993, and has exhibited his work widely both in the UK and abroad. He has work in several important collections, including The Fleming Collection and The University of Edinburgh, and has received several awards from Creative Scotland. He was an invited artist at the 2016 Converge Visual Art Scotland show at the National Galleries in Edinburgh, for which he made three large-scale drawings while artist in residence at Edinburgh Academy.

His work has also been shown recently in group shows at Traquair House and at Edinburgh Printmakers, and his next solo show is with the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London.

He is an experienced educator, and has worked often with The National Galleries of Scotland, The Fruitmarket Gallery, The Changing Room and with many schools, across all age-ranges. He has also been running portfolio preparation classes in the Scottish Borders for two years.