The rich landscape and seascape of the Borders and Northumberland is a wonderful source of inspiration for art lovers and a peaceful haven for those seeking to explore their creative side.
It provides a perfect opportunity to combine a leisurely stay visiting local studios and galleries with a little artistic learning by joining an art class or workshop led by a renowned local artist.
Classes can be held in the relaxed surroundings of your holiday home, out-and-about enjoying the stunning local countryside or at a dedicated studio space in the area.
Annabel Milne has lived in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders for 25 years after studying at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, then Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art where she gained an MA in Fine Art & Art History. She has worked at Tate Britain, in art publishing and art education, and is a qualified art teacher.
Annabel exhibits locally as well as in Edinburgh and London and draws inspiration for her pieces from the coast and surrounding landscape, as well as animals, wildlife, interiors and people.
In addition to her private art work, she runs classes from her studio near to the coastal village of Coldingham which has spectacular views over stunning countryside to the Cheviots beyond.
A range of media, materials and subjects are covered, including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture with classes and workshops to suit all ages and abilities.
Gill Walton is a practicing, professional artist since graduating with honours with a fine arts degree in 1989.
She has many years experience as an art tutor for further education colleges, art schools and community groups and established her own art school Allanbank Arts in 2011, before passing it on in 2018 to concentrate on her own studio practice.
You can join one of the courses or groups at Allanbank or perhaps enjoy some private tutoring and mentoring from the comfort of your holiday home - the choice is entirely yours. Classes can be designed to match your group’s skills and interests, whether for children, adults or families, and topics include drawing, collage, watercolour painting, acrylic painting or basic printmaking. You could paint the view from the cottage window, something more abstract or even a family portrait. There is no requirement to bring materials, Gill usually has the basics in stock and can provide everything you need. Prices start at around £40 per hour plus extra for more expensive materials or longer travel times.
Deborah studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1983 to 1987, before moving to the Scottish Borders in 2006 where she has a studio in the picturesque market town of Peebles.
Her work is an exploration and expression of the coastal landscape of Scotland, taking inspiration from the detail that occurs through the interaction of the land and sea.
She enjoys working outside responding directly to the subject using acrylics and watercolours, and these studies later go on to inform paintings and textiles in her studio. With the Scottish weather, no two days are the same and the constant shifting light makes painting outdoors an exciting and challenging process.
Her textile work takes her into more detail and is inspired by the activity of beachcombing where she studies the shoreline looking for various curiosities that have been washed in with the tide.
Deborah offers classes and workshops in the following disciplines, and can join you at your holiday home or out on location.