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 gift options.
All the items are avialable to buy online from the website.
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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.
With its dynamic array of art and design, the greengallery has established an inimitable reputation for sourcing and showcasing both upcoming creative talent, and established Scottish artists.
Featuring contemporary Scottish art; paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and other applied arts, the gallery offers an eclectic mix of designs to suit all budgets. Whether it is an expansive hanging for a feature wall, or a small original gift for friends or family, there are pieces to suit every budget.
The greengallery has two rather fabulous and very friendly village studios, with customers encouraged to pop in and browse.
All larger items can be bought with interest free credit.
The Green Gallery hosts regular exhibitions and special events, while regularly representing an array of diverse and established Scottish Artists:
Pam Carter, Chris Bushe, Marion Drummond, Wil Freeborn, Helen Welsh, Connie Simmers, Claire MacLellan, Muriel Barclay, Stanley Bird,
and many more.
Established twenty two years ago the greengallery has garnered a reputation for showcasing the very best contemporary scottish paintings and applied arts. We aim to source exciting new and established artists and offer exclusive viewings and interior design support. Paintings can be be bought through our own flexible interest free credit facility that can be organised to suit you, and we can also arrange a delivery service at competitive prices.
Becky Walker Art Consultant
From lighting and placement, to framing and borders, the correct choice and position for your artwork can enhance and really bring a room to life. With over twenty years experience, Becky shares her passion by offering a friendly consultancy service to help you get the most from your art. Far from high-brow, the service is affordable, flexible and suitable for any kind of home. Just ask.
Love love love Green Gallery! Forever brimming with an inspirational mix of work from a vast spectrum of artists. So many pieces that tug at the strings of temptation! A world of special talent under a very welcoming roof. Have bought some of my very favourite paintings here and found some new favourite artists too. And what a treat when ladies night comes around!
Deborah Phillips and Babs Pease at Dollar
As we prepare the Buchlyvie gallery for the “Greengallery Big Weekend” visits are by appointment so please call ahead if you plan to visit.
Meanwhile for the next few weeks join us in Dollar where we have a mix of gallery artists plus a variety of work from Deborah Phillips and Babs Pease.
Groshek Pottery is a family business based in rural Stirling selling beautiful hand-crafted artisanal Polish pottery.
Each handmade and hand decorated item of Polish stoneware is as beautiful as it is practical.
Each intricate design is handpainted with brushes and stamps, and the result is an appealing mix of designs that offer a beautiful alternative for tableware.
All the beautiful designs can be purchased online, but Groshek Pottery also attend lots of local events where you can see the extended range (not all is available online) up close and you can buy directly, which is much more personal. Current upcoming events can be found on the website.
With 7 designs to choose from, and mix & match, there is something to suit every taste:
With an ecletic array of patterns and products, their handmade and hand-decorated pottery is quickly growing in popularity.
Each piece is unique and comes from Zaklady Ceramiczne ‘Boleslawiec’, an established company whose traditional manufacturing process draws from artisan methods dating from 1865, for whom Groshek Pottery are the sole traders.
Polish Stoneware is very practical for everyday use; safe to use in dishwashers, microwaves and fridges; dishes (which have a grooved bottom) are safe to use in traditional gas or electric ovens up to 280°C, as well as on glass, ceramic and electric hobs.
Despite the familial connection of partner Anna Higgins with Poland, it was actually a wedding gift that inspired the creation of Groshek Pottery. After receiving the unusual breakfast set, they quickly discovered that not only was it beautiful, but the high quality clay and production process resulted in stoneware that was both durable and practical for everyday life. Their collection quickly widened to encompass all of their own tableware, and became a distinctive part of any gift-giving to friends and family.
Encouraged by the compliments of all those who visited, as well as their own love of the characteristic pottery, they decided to give others the chance to enjoy and experience it for themselves; thus Groshek Pottery was born.