We are excited about our upcoming exhibition – 8 – 80 – Drawing for Fun. It features the work of five young artists and seven young-at-heart artists who participated in the Drawing for Fun Kids, Beginners and Development classes last Autumn at Maker.
Advanced students took on diverse themes such as Umbria, Elasticity and Openings! Kids embraced exercises like drawing upside down, using a viewfinder and doing 1-1 scale charcoal sketches of giant cutlery loaned by Gulshan’s Indian Restaurant. Adult beginners were as enthusiastic as ever and rose to the challenge of drawing with humour and tenacity.
Our Kid’s classes were supported by Fife Cultural Trust and the Common Good Fund. And following their success we will be offering more kids classes after Easter.
Creative Activities at Maker
2a, High Street, Inverkeithing
There has been much activity recently at Maker, Inverkeithing’s dedicated space for socially engaged and creative activities.
Local artist Rosie Gibson has continued teaching her brilliant ‘Drawing for Fun’ course, based on exercises which challenge the right side of the brain to observe and describe what it sees. She has run the course with two groups, and looks set to continue well into 2018, with the potential for more groups to begin the course. Her current students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing the processes and techniques Rosie introduces – and in return have surprised themselves by creating really beautiful drawings.
Artist, illustrator and writer Jeanne Dron has developed our Tuesday drop-in drawing sessions into a wonderful opportunity for people to gather, talk, learn skills and techniques, and develop their own creativity. Participants have found the sessions to be extremely valuable for both skills-learning and as a sociable activity. Jeanne will also be running a workshop on June 17th ‘An Introduction to Needlefelting’ which will include learning techniques such as wet felting and making felt pictures. For more details about this class see our website www.inverkeithngarts.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maker has also been the scene of meditation workshops with Jan McLaughlan (Juniper-J Therapies). These have been popular, proving that Maker is also an excellent and inspiring space for activities which develop personal growth and resilience-building – even without even picking up a pencil! Jan will be starting some new weekly meditations workshops later in the summer so do get in touch if this is of interest to you.
To find out more about any of the above activities email us at email@example.com or call 01383 271839. There will be more workshops and classes advertised in the near future on our website www.inverkeithingarts.org so don’t forget to check it out, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
images: Rosie’s students of ‘Drawing for Fun’ – Jeanne’s own incredible felt work – image for Jan’s meditation workshops
A new season of Drawing for Fun starts on Thursday 11th January 2018, 7.00 – 8.30pm at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. It will run for 5 weeks and is led by IAI associate artist Rosie Gibson. Students will practice drawing based on enjoyable techniques from the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’. Price for a block booking is £30. Please book the first session in advance.
To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, drop into Maker (see opening hours here) or call 01383 271839
Starts Thursday 9th November, 11am-12.30pm for 5 weeks at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing. Led by IAI associate-artist Rosie Gibson, students will practice drawing based on enjoyable techniques from the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – The sessions will be fun and informal. £4 per session or £20 block booking. Get in touch at email@example.com or call 01383 271839.
Maker will be closed over the October school holiday – but will be open again from Tuesday 24th October 10am-5.30pm
Come in past from the 24th to browse our collection of gorgeous visual art and craft, all hand made and produced by local makers.
We’ll also be open for our new drop-in drawing day on Tuesdays 11am-3pm. This will be more of a collective than a class, free, untutored and open to all – whatever your level of experience! Basic materials and equipment supplied (feel free to bring anything you’d like to use).
On 2nd and 3rd September 2017 Maker will be one of the venues for the 2017 Central Fife Open Studios. Mary Farrell and Jane Francis will be showing and talking about their work in the workshop space at Maker on both days from 10.30am to 6pm.
to see the full listing of participating artists visit the CFOS website
Central Fife Open Studios has been set up to give professional artists and designers in Central Fife the opportunity to show their work to the public and celebrate the wealth of talent in this area.
The Open Studios offers the opportunity to talk to participating artists about how they create their work, their methods and sources of inspiration. There is also the chance to buy or commission a piece of original artwork from an exciting range of disciplines.
The photography project we have been involved in over the last 8 months with the p4 pupils of Inverkeithing Primary saw its final fruition at the school at a ‘share the learning’ event. The incredibly lively and beautiful mixed media artworks, based on the wonderful photographs which the children had taken of Fraser Avenue just before the demolition began and just after the first stage had gone, were turned into a pull-out book. The pupils were justifiably very proud of their art and loved telling their parents and carers about it at the event. See more about this project here
This project was instigated by Fife Council’s Fraser Avenue Regeneration Project and led by Inverkeithing Arts Initiative)
Catherine Lindow is here, at Maker, beginning her drawing of Inverkeithing. She will be here until Saturday so come in and say hello!
At Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing – Lindow in the Window
Inverkeithing Arts invited three local artists and makers to provide creative activities for visitors to enjoy during a Family Fun Day on Friday 7th April at Inverkeithing Primary School.
Rustic Simplicity were helping visitors to make wooden bird boxes, Rosie Gibson ran sessions making drawing and models based on participants’ memories, and Catherine Reilly was showing people how to decorate photo frames and jars. Participants did lots of lovely work and enjoyed taking part in the activities, and were fair chuffed with their hand made objects of art and craft to take home, as you can see from the images below.
Inverkeithing Arts are currently having public conversations about possible future participatory arts projects for residents affected by the regeneration of Fraser Avenue and surrounding area. If you live in the area, and have an idea for community projects or public art, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org call us on 01383 271839.
The Fun Day was organised by Fife Council’s Adult Learning Local Planning Group, and the creative sessions were supported by Kingdom Housing Association.
From now until the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market on Saturday 12th September we will be highlighting in turn each of the creative makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work at the event.
“Once upon a time there was a girl named Ann who loved to doodle. She doodled all the time, for as along as life would allow and she still does. Not so long ago Ann decided to share her doodles, and than was when the magic started.”
This quote, taken from Ann’s introduction to her website, captures exactly the sense of entering a different fantastical world which her work inspires.
Ann’s work will be available to purchase at the ART:JAM as originals, prints, cards and colouring sheets.
On her website Ann also talks about what value her ‘doodling’ holds for her “The inspiration for the subjects I doodle are all based on my life, my dreams, along with my endless imagination. I am lucky enough to have people around me with the patience to allow me to sit for hours at my drawing desk lost in my own little world….however my biggest inspiration has always been silence. Surrounded by quietness my mind does its best work.”
The currently ‘hot’ hobby of mindful colouring-in is suitable for children and grown-ups, and the results are lovely and highly individual.
At the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market Ann will be providing colouring sheets of her beautiful intricate drawings for members of the public to have a go at colouring themselves. Ann has even offered to be on hand to give expert hints and tips. Be warned – mindful colouring is so enjoyable it becomes difficult to stop!