Weekend workshops

Scroll down to see all our weekend classes

All materials and a delicious light lunch are provided!

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Getting to grips with colour in oils - with Ginny Elston

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd of February

9.30am - 4.30pm

This weekend workshop will explore the use of colour in oil painting with Edinburgh based tutor, Ginny Elston.

This two-day workshop will enable students to confidently approach colour in wet-on-wet oil painting, through completing a series of colourful paintings from a studio set up. The workshop will be structured around short painting practices that relate to colour mixing, theory and paint application.



Price £150 with Lunch included.

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A weekend photography workshop with Gary Murison

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th of February

9.30am - 4.30pm

This workshop is ideal for those new to photography or those who wish to gain more understanding and competence in the camera settings and how to use them.

The workshop will be a blend of theory and practical sessions, aimed at promoting the main principles of photography and reinforcing consistency in your photo taking. 
Topics you will cover include: Composition, Exposure & Light

Price £150 with lunch included

A weekend of Art & Writing 

with Morag Smith & Mari Sutherland

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February

9.30am - 4.30pm

This workshop will briefly look at the Places which have shaped you.

Through discussion, writing and art we will explore this topic further. We create a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you can experiment freely with the process being more important than an end product.

Using a mixture of art techniques including mono-printing, charcoal and collage alongside writing and discussion, this workshop will be fun, reflective and creative! 

No prior experience is required. Participants are asked to bring along a notebook and pen. All other materials will be provided.



Price £150 with lunch included

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Drawing from nature

with Diane Main

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd of March


9.30am - 4.30pm

During this two-day workshop, participants will be led through a series of observational exercises that will assist the process of their creative work.  Considerate observation allows a combination of responses to occur. These responses inform the artist and impact the work, making each art work produced an honest and unique expression. 

Leading on from ‘seeing’, and drawing from inner responses participants will be guided through various drawing techniques, ranging from detailed to expressive. 

Drawing directly from nature, (weather dependent), or drawing from a large studio nature inspired arrangement, (think beyond still life), participants will learn to drawn upon their inner responses, inspirations and fuse these with drawing methods. 

Suitable for all levels

Price £150 with Lunch included.

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Painting outdoors

with Jonathan Shearer

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th of April

9.30am - 4.30pm

The aim of this workshop is to explore the versatility of painting and drawing through the process of mark making and how to translate our direct response to the landscape .Working directly in the landscape we will explore ways of working in sketchbooks up to how to work on a large scale outdoors. During the workshop I will do a variety of demonstrations on different techniques.

The workshop is run a friendly and informal manner with the focus on individual development. I will also supply a variety of books and illustrations for reference that show the work of many other plein air painters.

Suitable for all levels






Price £150 with Lunch included.


The colourfully draped figure

with Kenneth Le Riche

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th of May

9.30am - 4.30pm

This two-day workshop will give students an opportunity to explore mixed media painting based on the colourfully draped figure. During the course of the weekend workshop students will be encouraged to use their imagination to abstract their compositions to find a tension between a representation of the sitter in their environment, and one's own colourful sense of self-expression. Students will work on studies and sketches before building up a larger scale (A1) painting. The workshop will start with a short introductory talk using images as examples especially from artists of the early C20th like Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Jacque Villon, and Picasso amongst others. There will be demonstrations by the tutor where required. This is a workshop suited to all levels of experience.





Price £150 with Lunch included.

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Experimental drawing

with Ginny Elston

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of May

9.30am - 4.30pm

This workshop will show students how to create exciting and dynamic, semi- abstracted spaces, taking inspiration from an immersive studio installation. Students will use a limited number of dry materials to allow themselves to really prioritise form and focus on the drawn elements of their work.

The workshop will focus on how to depict objects and space in new, unusual and dynamic ways. We will be looking at how to relate to and represent our surroundings in a more abstracted way, encouraging different methods of creative response through the act of drawing and redrawing our environment.

Students will build on their observational perception and drawing skills, and will also learn new methods to help them expand their ways of approaching objects and space in a creative manner. Julie Mehretu, Judy Pfaff, Alberto Giacommetti, Richard Hamilton are some of the artists that we will be looking at over the course of the workshop.

Suitable for all levels



Price £150 with Lunch included.

Moray Art Centre, The Park, Findhorn, Scotland, IV36 3TA | +44 (0) 1309 692426 | Admin@morayartcentre.org

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