Situated in rural Stirlingshire – just 20 miles north of Glasgow/20 miles west of Stirling – Art4You Scotland offers a wide variety of friendly and inclusive art classes that are suitable for all abilities.
Ballochruin Farm is a scenic and inspiring backdrop for an art studio, and in good weather it is possible to head outside with an easel and capture the essence of a Scottish pastoral landscape. Within the bright Art4Scotland studio, up to 12 individuals can have fun trying a variety of art techniques and mediums, with each person positively encouraged to express their individuality and to find the fun in art. Led by painter and art lecturer Ewen Duncan, the team at Ballochruin can help every budding artist to develop their personal technique and style.
• Painting and drawing classes midweek/evenings/weekends
• Weekend courses
• Watercolour classes
• Life drawing classes
• Portrait classes
• One-to-one sessions
• Corporate art workshops
• Art holidays
• Portfolio classes for High School children
• Kids drawing and art development classes
Classes are friendly, and there is usually some lively banter to accompany the tea and biscuits. Whether you are an experienced artist, haven’t painted since High School or think drawing a stick figure might be challenge enough, the focus for every class is fun and enjoyment.
Art4You Scotland can offer fluent German and basic French for holiday visitors attending our painting holidays, and art short breaks in Scotland. There are many alternative activities (cycling, horse riding, golfing, fishing, hill walking, distilleries, etc) nearby for partners or family members with interests outside painting or drawing. The local villages Balfron, Killearn and Fintry also offer country cafes, restaurants and pubs as well as local galleries and gift shops. The main cities Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling are all easily accessible by car within 30 minutes to an hour.
Art4You Scotland has an online Art Shop to book classes, buy artists material and to purchase artwork and gifts. Gift vouchers are also available for courses and classes.
Iona Buchanan is an artist and illustrator whose original works have been in constant demand since she gave up work in a commercial art gallery 20 years ago to create paintings rather than to sell them.
A botanical illustrator by training and inclination, her first passion was carefully observed and beautifully detailed watercolours of flowers, fruit and vegetables, (expect to see more of this in the months ahead). But a series of commissions from private collectors and some very bad puns by family members broadened her range of subjects to include birds, sea life and cartoons.
Frustrated by the inability to keep up with demand for originals and encouraged by clients, friends and relatives, she looked for opportunities to make her illustrations and images more widely available. It soon became evident that many of her images added charm, beauty and, sometimes, humor to numerous everyday household items.
Iona Buchanan’s design feature on cards, wrapping paper, prints, cushions, aprons, teatowels and a multitude of potential gidt options.
All the items are avialable to buy online from the website.
Written material for every purpose – websites, magazines, newspapers, blogs, brochures, marketing, ghost writing…..
I help you find your digital voice in a competitive market
Giving your audience exactly what it wants, and engaging with them, is the key to succesful web content. That content may take the form of blogs or website content, but whatever you send out into the ether should represent your business or product, and encourage potential customers to visit your website and use your services. I’m good at talking to people, and I’m good at writing. I can write what you need, and help you develop your own brand ‘voice’.
You most likely know what it is you want to say on your website, but your audience are a canny lot, and you need to get the voice and the pitch just right to engage with them. Content that is well written is the single most important aspect of having a succesful website. Waxing lyrical about your busines and product isn’t always the way to the heart of your audience, and Kevin from accounts may not be your best ambassador when it comes to writing your web pages.
Attract an audience with a blog
Having a blog is a rather useful marketing and communication tool that is often overlooked. Blogs can function in many ways, but usually offer value to your audience. This may be in the form of new and interesting information, solving issues or just letting clients know what your business is up to. The changing stream of content is also very attractive to search engines like Google.
This is my area of expertise, and I am widely published in the area of health & wellness.
What makes me a succesful writer and health specialist?
Charm and wit aside, I am well qualified for the job:
degree in biological sciences
degree in diagnostic radiography
senior clinical role for many years
experience in the hospital clinical environment
experience in the veterinary environment
an empathy and understanding with patients and their illness
With that as a background, I have had fifteen years experience as a published writer – mainly on health topics – and have been both the fitness and health columnist within a national newspaper
The Buchlyvie Pottery & Coffee Kiln Cafe are based within the rural Stirlingshire village of Buchlyvie.
If you are searching for a quaint tea shop or coffee shop in the Stirling area, and would enjoy being surrounded by beautiful handcrafted local Scottish pottery and gifts, then this is the perfect venue.
The pottery and kiln sit at the back of the shop, with the potter working away, crafting an eclectic mix of homeware and gift ideas.
The Coffee Kiln Cafe is a cosy place, with a warm ambience and relaxed vibe. There is outside seating for sunny days and the for the small group of road cyclists that often pop by for much-needed homebaked cake to fuel them. Inside, the tables sit within the pottery shop, so guests are surrounded by wonderful hand crafted pottery, gifts & cards to peruse while they wait for their order.
The menu is kept simple and fresh, with all dishes lovingly prepared within the kitchen. Nothing is ‘bought in’ and all the food is cooked from scratch daily. The coffee kiln is passionate about the food it puts on your table, and that is evident from the care taken and that first taste.
There are Specials most days, but expect to find superb dishes on offer every day;
mushroom tagliatelli, cooked in garlic & tarragon cream sauce, and topped with rocket
open toasted sandwich with balsamic steak & caramelised red onion
All the cakes and scones are homebaked and delicious, and go perfectly with a lovely steaming hot mug of tea or coffee.
The Coffee Kiln Cafe serve all their platters, hot drink and cakes on beautiful Buchlyvie pottery dishes.
The Buchlyvie Pottery: handmade, hand painted fine Scottish porcelain
Each item is loving made in our back shop by the potter, and the result is a unique and beautiful selection of Scottish gifts and homeware.
Visitors can peruse the nooks and crannies full of interesting items ranging from: tableware, giftware, pots, teapots, jugs, ewers, plates, cups, lamps, candle holders, jewellery and surprising little gems tucked away.
Gift shopping has never been easier or more pleasant – have lunch, or a tea and cake, while looking at all the lovely items that surround you. There is even gift wrap and cards to ensure any shopping is a pleasure rather than a pain.
Gifts that are beautiful and unique, and extremely competively priced for handmade and hand painted items – how about an original and stunning 12 piece dinner set as a wedding gift (£135)?
All pottery items are available to order online from our online Buchlyvie Pottery shop, and SHIPPING is available to the US, Canada & the rest of the world.
The artist and her blacksmithing techniques embrace the traditional forge, but also integrate new techniques such as plasma and laser cutting, to allow a breadth and depth of artistic expression.
Elspeth offers a practical product, but one with high aesthetic values, that is unique and designed specifically to compliment and enhance a space.
Elspeth Bennie takes on commissions after discussions with the client to ensure that every sculpture and artwork is both beautiful and practical for their needs.
Elspeth undertakes a wide variety of sculpture, public art and domestic and architectural metalwork. Most of the work is bespoke, creating pieces specifically for the client. As an artist, her design led approach means than the piece can be integrated well with its finished surroundings at both an aesthetic and functional level.
Sculpture is Elspeth Bennie’s particular joy, and she relishes the challenge that designing a bespoke sculpture offers. While the sculpture must meets the brief of the client, it must also be inspired and a thing of beauty to enhance the space it is designed to inhabit.
The public commission for the heron in Dunblane was one recent work (the project won the Sustrans Community Links Award for 2016) and other commissioned public work is in-situ within schools and public spaces.
However, not all the metalwork undertaken is sculpture, and Elspeth enjoys working with home and business owners to create bespoke forged interior or exterior designs.
Bespoke metalwork gives an individuality to a home unachievable with off the shelf products. Whether it is getting something made to measure to fit an awkward space or commissioning a piece of work that reflects your own personality and style Elspeth can work with you to achieve it. Balustrading, curtain rails, candlesticks, furniture, handrails, handles, door pulls and are some of the many items that can be produced.
Whether it is a complex architectural feature, or gates and railings to add character to you property, there is no end to the possibilites when art and blacksmithing come together.
Jonathon Graham is a Scottish based piper available for wedding and functions in Scotland and Worldwide.
Based in Glasgow, Jonathon is available for weddings, funerals and functions within the Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & Trossachs area. Professional, reliable and competitively priced, you can expect a fantastic performance every time. He is the dashing piper in the TV series Outlander, after all!
Jonathon is also available to teach, and sessions are available via Skype.
Grade 1 bagpiper Jonathan Graham has played since the age of 10, his raw talent gaining him numerous awards as a solo piper. He developed an interest in bagpipes from an early age through hearing his Grandfather play on a regular basis. Jonathan is a piping tutor and has many students in Glasgow, as well as foreign students in Holland, France, Germany and the US which he teaches via Skype. He is a former tutor at the world-renowned National Piping Centre and held the post of Evening Class Coordinator there. He graduated in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Scottish Music – Piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He is a successful solo competitive piper and has played in many pipe bands, most recently the prestigious Scottish Power Pipe Band, and has also travelled the world representing Scotland with the National Youth Pipe Band. Aside from the traditional side of piping he participates in many contemporary projects, the main one being the world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who he travelled to America with recently for a tour. Due to this wealth of experience in all contexts of piping he is often asked to speak to journalists and film crews about Scottish music, history and culture when they visit Scotland. He also has experience judging piping competitions; whether it be solo or bands.
1st class Hons Degree in Scottish Music from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
performed at Commonwealth Games Ceremonies (Delhi 2010 & Glasgow 2014) to televised audience of 2.5 billion
member of the world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers
piped for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Holiness Dalai Lama & MMA Superstar Conor McGregor!
played alongside celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Amy MacDonald, The Proclaimers, Deacon Blue, Amir Khan, Peter Andre, Ross King, Chris Pine and has received praise from Simon Cowell & Donald Trump!
17 years piping experienceplays traditional & contemporary music
To enquire about booking a piper, fill out the ‘Contact Me’ form and I will get back to you ASAP with a quote.
My standard wedding package includes piping for:
-guests and bridal party arriving at church
-bride up and down aisle (optional)
-guests and bridal party arriving at reception
-top table/bride & groom in for dinner
My standard funeral package includes piping for:
-before & after service
-into crematorium/cemetery & graveside