We handpick the artists who run our workshops. They are talented and skilled in both their medium and as tutors. As well achieving excellence in their own work and experience, it is very important to us that they have a teaching style which inspires, encourages and supports participants.
We are very pleased to introduce to you:
Louise Oppenheimer tells us about her artistic journey
Describe the weaving experience? Weaving is a wonderful medium for slowly and thoughtfully interpreting ideas. The effort involved can focus the mind and allow time to define the progression towards a tangible end.
Why have you chosen weaving as your artistic expression? Originally I chose weaving as the obvious medium because I liked the simple skill of pulling weft through warp. Hands occupied, I could almost dream my way to the top and resolved problems with a rhythmic pace. I surround myself with possible colour choices and a small sketch and then let inspiration and practical solutions resolve themselves.
What inspires you? I try to convey my sincere appreciation of the land and waterscape surrounding me often focusing on a particular view or a memory of a walk taken in the woods, by the shore or in the hills.
And your materials? Since studying fine art at Maidstone College of Art from 1970 –1974 and learning to weave, I have made many pieces, some taking months to finish. I weave on wooden frames, nailed top and bottom and warped with cotton. I use wool and cotton to depict design led images.
Keith is an award winning photographer whose work features in national and international publications. He works with the John Muir Trust to celebrate the wild landscapes in the Trust’s care through photography. His professional expertise and his experience as a mountain guide and outdoor enthusiast make him the perfect guy to lead our photography experiences. Besides the techniques for successful landscape photography he likes to introduce his students to the history and rich culture of photography, and share the stories of the fantastic and inspiring photographers who have helped us to clearly see our beautiful landscapes and seascapes.
Keith has a BA in Photography and a teaching qualification in Further Education. He teaches in Stills Gallery in Edinburgh – the Centre for Scottish Photography – and at an FE college.
Susan maintains a freshness in her approach to teaching. She enables learners to produce artwork in a stimulating and encouraging environment, building on experiences or developing new ones, in a ‘confidence building’ approach, using a wide variety of materials and techniques ‘I always get so much from working with people in art, it is so rewarding seeing a personal development from someone who has just started painting’.
A gifted professional artist, she trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She is owner of Cobalt Contemporary Art Gallery in Pittenweem. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Susan has also had numerous exhibitions and group exhibitions throughout Britain. Winning the Richard Demarco prize at the Scottish Painting Competition was one of the highlights. She has won commissions to install artwork in various locations in Scotland and has work in private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Manna Dobó, MPhil, Chartered Teacher GTCS
Hungarian teacher-artist, Manna has lived in Scotland since 1987. Her particular passion is for enabling her students to experience and express more fully their own life through the act of making. She graduated in Mathematics and Art from Szeged. She has taught painting, drawing and design, and exhibited her work in Scotland for the last two decades. Her book, Visual Education, was published in 2011 in Germany. Manna’s vigorous approach to teaching is based on her dedication to incisive observation of the visible world. Ute from Wild at Art has taken part in many of her workshops and is convinced that Manna has the ability to bring out the best in everybody – even those who thought they couldn’t draw end up producing the most amazing pieces.
Susan Forsyth, B.A. Painting, M.A. Art History
Susan Forsyth is an experienced artist and tutor. She has a Fine Arts degree from Edinburgh College of Art, a Masters in Art History and training as a secondary school teacher. In her role as tutor, she says ‘My aim is to stimulate originality and curiosity, offering encouragement and technical advice where appropriate.’ In addition to producing her own art, she conducts demonstrations and workshops in the area, including tutoring the Community Art Group in Kingsbarns. Susan tells us,
‘I enjoy the diversity of art and the wide range of responses that people produce. I find that working in a group allows students to be inspired and motivated by each other, to share successes and difficulties.’
Linda Green’s fiber art takes many dynamic forms. Experimenting with drawings, colour studies, found objects and images from nature, she then works with twisted and plied fibres, handmade paper, reed stems and looms, and creates innovative structures. Linda first trained at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art’s tapestry department, then the only art school pioneering tapestry as an art discipline. She followed this with a masters in textiles at the Royal College of Art in London where she explored the deconstruction of tapestry, developing innovative constructions incorporating new materials.
After an extensive two-year period of travel Linda established her studio in Edinburgh. Her academic career includes lecturing at Glasgow School of Art, Dundee and Edinburgh Universities. A full catalogue of professional activity including exhibitions in the UK, Japan, Europe and the USA continuously informed her teaching career. Her work is in collections worldwide
Adrian’s delicate, shapely pieces simply take your breath away. At the same time, he wants his work to be enjoyed, to be approachable and tactile. In Adrian’s words, ‘Preciousness is a hindrance. Usefulness a happy bonus.’ Adrian Hope works in silver because it is such a forgiving malleable material that it encourages play and experiment. Despite a very long history of makers manipulating Silver to their individual ends there are still endless discoveries to be made in this beautiful expressive medium.
His most important influence is the work of makers of the ancient world. The simplicity of the techniques they employed is a testament to their skill and vision and the appeal of the finished pieces is in their very human quality. Each piece of Hope’s work tells some part of the story and connects the object, the viewer and the maker and the history. A sort of time machine.
Adrian’s work is represented in 10 British museums and public collections.
Susheila Jamieson is Scottish, with a post-graduate degree in Sculpture from Edinburgh School of Art. Susheila has travelled widely and participated in many sculpture competitions – one of them in Kazakhstan! Her inspiration often comes from the natural world and the sense of place that is evoked in a specific site. An exceptional tutor, she conducts workshops for small groups and public projects, and has completed numerous public commissions. For our 2014 season, Susheila is our tutor for two stone carving courses, one in Cambo House, Fife, and one in Peebles, the Scottish Borders.
How does an artist convey the lively atmosphere of an historic city? Lucy Jones incorporates delicate marks and a soft pallet with a variety of collage materials including recycled paper, maps, and texts. Her recent artworks are lively and intimate conversations with the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Edinburgh, and the botanical splendour of her local Royal Botanic Gardens. She gained an honours art degree at Norwich School of Art and Design, 1997. Lucy’s art work has been exhibited in Wales in touring and solo exhibitions, winning the 2000 ‘Peoples Choice Award in Newtown, Powys. Happily (for Wild at Art) she moved to Scotland in 2012. Interest in her artwork has been recognized and included in 20 mixed artist and solo shows including The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; artist in residence – StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews; featured artist in ‘New Town’ BBC2 Scotland documentary in 2016, and many private and corporate commissions.
Joanna Kessel, MA RCA
Joanna Kessel MA RCA runs Edinburgh Mosaic Studio and specialises in the design and fabrication of mosaic artworks for domestic and public spaces. Her studio practice focuses on abstract mosaics and mosaic and cast concrete artworks and her work was recently exhibited in the mosaic biennales in Ravenna, Italy and Chartres, France. Joanna studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art and in 2010 received a creative development award from Creative Scotland to undertake specialist mosaic study in Italy. She makes regular trips to Italy where there is a lively contemporary mosaic scene and she draws inspiration from these experiences in her Wild at Art courses.
Linda designs and makes original jewellery in silver, gold and coloured stones. She is continually exploring and experimenting with the materials at the jewellers bench. Streamlined simplicity, perfectly executed detail and coherent purpose are hallmarks of her work.
Linda recognizes the importance of time, time to develop and concentrate ideas, time to discover the qualities of the materials, and time to learn important hand skills. Your time with Linda on the Wild at Art Jewellery Course in Peebles will be time well spent.
Linda has taught many beginners and masterclasses for colleges throughout UK. Her work is regularly on show at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and other events such as Art in Action, Oxford.
Paul McCormack is of and from Scotland. His interests lie in the powerful relationships between the created image and text. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art, BArch.DipArch, and was a lecturer at Strathclyde University. During a recent sabbatical from his professional commercial life as an architect, he was a tutor for community groups in the Art of Digital Photography and Desktop Publishing, along with many other creative workshops. He has two books of poetry, published 2011/2012 under the pen name of Frank Gillougley.
Nicky graduated in printmaking from Gray’s Shool of Art, Aberdeen, then went on to study Fine Art at Slade School in London. She moved to Mexico to study experimental printmaking and found there the source for many years of inspiration. Once back in Edinburgh she taught a wide variety of art classes for many years in the Community Education programme, combining it with an art tourism business. Nicky organised courses and taught clients in unique places at home and abroad. Her workshops are varied and inspiring, designed to make even the most tentative participant feel at ease and valued. Nicky aims to inform, inspire and enthuse her students so that they achieve work beyond their expectations.
Liz Yule is an experienced watercolour artist and exhibits her work in galleries and exhibitions throughout Scotland. Liz has an excellent reputation as a teacher and demonstrator of the medium. Students find that her passion and enthusiasm for painting is infectious. She feels it is very important that every participant gets all the help and attention they need to help them on their own artistic journey. An exceptional artist, Liz is also a great role model, proving it is never too late to excel in another chosen direction! She is a former Civil Engineering technician but retired from that career in 1987 to concentrate on bringing up her family and developing her artistic talents.
Her art prizes include five Shell Expo awards and the Atelier award at Patchings art exhibition 2013. She is best known for winning Channel 4’s television 2001 series of Watercolour Challenge.
If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh