Pupils’ praise for Frances

Kirriemuir artist Frances Law with one of her paintings.
Kirriemuir artist Frances Law with one of her paintings.

An opportunity to learn the skills of water colour painting and how to use nature as the source of abstract painting are on offer.

Local artist Frances Law is running the autumn classes in Airlie Hall.

The watercolour class commences on Thursday, October 24 from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and will run for six consecutive weeks until November 28.

The course aims to unravel the many difficulties surrounding the use of watercolours and to transform colour mixing and application from a haphazard affair into a thinking process.

Working with a limited palette of colours, Frances will teach how to mix and extensive range of colours.

Each session will begin with an exercise followed by the opportunity to apply this knowledge through painting a variety of objects: still life and natural forms. The cost for the six weeks is £75 which includes all materials.

From nature to abstraction is a weekend course which will run on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.

Frances will disclose the many techniques and methods that she uses in her own work, allowing the participants to see the world in new ways. Working with, beach finds, objects from the forest floor, flowers or plants,

Frances will show how to take the often missed and tiny details from nature and develop these into beautiful abstract compositions. This workshop costs £85 for the weekend; all materials will be supplied.

Both classes are suitable for all skill levels and are based at Airlie Hall on the A926 halfway between Alyth and Kirriemuir.

Frances is well known locally for her workshops and courses which are always popular. The focus of her work is to help individuals to explore and develop ideas in a supportive and constructive atmosphere.

She has taught at Perth College and at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee University. Frances also works with Perth and Kinross Council Arts Service teaching Community Arts programmes in Tayside. she also runs independent courses and workshops throughout Scotland.

Last week we reported on her work with the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society to create a site specific exhibition of paintings.

Her work is currently being exhibited at the society’s international headquarters at the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross in Glasgow, the only church in the world designed by the great Scottish architect, designer and artist. The exhibition synthesises the work of Frances with that of Mackintosh in providing a harmonious link between the two artists through their interest in nature and architecture.

Frances said: “It has been fascinating to find similarities in the natural emblems used by Mackintosh which have appeared as silent echoes in my own paintings.”

Frances’s Glasgow exhibitions runs until October 31 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information on the Airlie art classes and an enrolment form please phone 01575 530248 or email: corr_law@btopenworld.com