Histories and Visions ~ painting weekend with Manna Dobó in Linlithgow, by Edinburgh


Wild at Art welcomes the fabulous artist-teacher Manna Dobó to the new Summer Programme. Manna has a broad range of teaching experience and delights in sharing her wealth of knowledge and skills in handling a variety of different materials, to students of all abilities. This 2.5 day painting weekend will take advantage of Linlithgow’s rich heritage and natural beauty, all at the doorstep of the former courtroom indoor-studio at the heart of the town. The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow houses the palace which was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and very recently, one of the filming locations for the Outlander TV series. 

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The artist and course

The course will explore innovative and experimental approaches to taking on the observed drawings and gestural paintings made directly in the stunning landscape and developing them in the studio. The aim is to move from the observed image to a rich representation of the experience of history and nature. During the course we will look closely at colour relationships, use of paint qualities combined with expressive mark-making to convey a personal sense of place. Inspiration will be taken from artists such as William Gillies, Mary Fedden, Duncan Shanks, Barbara Rae and Joan Eardley. This course suits beginners and experienced water based suppliesstudents alike.

Manna’s particular passion is for enabling her students to experience and express more fully their own life through the act of making. 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 onIMG_7837 crop (800x619) her dedication to incisive observation of the visible world.

Wild at Art Director Ute says “I’ve attended many of Manna’s classes over the years and she’s one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. She really makes you see things….she pushes her students to create amazing work they never thought they were capable of.”

Our location

The beautiful Burgh of Linlithgow is just an 18-minute train ride from the city centre of Edinburgh. We will be IMG_2968based right in the heart of the town, across from the late-medieval Linlithgow Palace which overlooks Linlithgow Loch. Both James V and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots were born at the palace which allows a unique insight into the domestic life of Scottish royalty. Here we are spoilt for choice of painting locations since, also in close walking distance, the Union Canal with its own natural beauty runs through the town. To get you into the mood right from the start our partners from Mary’s Meanders will take you on a walk to discover hidden gems and hear all about ancient traditions that are still celebrated today.

Linlithgow also has a lively High Street with many shops, cafes and restaurants. If you want to bring non-painting companions – there is lots to do in the area: they may want to play a round of golf on one of the surrounding courses, do one of the mPICT6825any local walks, or hop on a train to Edinburgh (18 mins), Glasgow (30 mins) or Stirling (30 mins).

Painting and sleeping in style

The historic former court building (built in 1863) has just been turned into an upmarket townhouse hotel – Court Residence – which is our accommodation for this painting vacation. The owner Jim Hay has combined the building’s traditional features with luxurious comfort and each of the spacious suites has its own small kitchen facility with microwave, coffee machine and 60698027

Find out more

The holiday costs £589 for double occupancy. Discounts for non-painters are available. The price includes an introductory art session on the arrival day, 2 full days of painting, 2 nights hotel accommodation (optional 3rd night can be arranged), welcome reception, all meals, entry fees, course materials, historic walking tour. For further details and to book contact us.

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