Landscapes - Observation into Abstraction

6th & 7th July 2015
Tutor: Sheila Robertson
Course Fee: £150

Fully Booked


Bridge House Art is delighted to welcome Ullapool based artist, Sheila Robertson, to their summer school programme. Sheila has a broad range of teaching experience and delights in sharing her wealth of knowledge and skills in handling the paint medium, to students of all abilities. This short course will concentrate on taking observed drawings made directly in the landscape and through a progression of stages worked out in the studio. The aim is to move from the observed image to an abstracted distilled ‘motif’.

During the course students will look closely at colour relationships, use of paint qualities, rhythm and design. Inspiration will be taken from artists such as William Gillies, Duncan Shanks, Barbara Rae, Mary Fedden and Joan Eardley, all artists that have inspired and influenced Sheila.

This course would suit beginners or experienced students alike.
Working mainly in her studio, Sheila creates beautifully observed paintings, capturing the light and mood of a particular moment. Quiet spaces, punctuated by bursts of intense colour, direct the viewer to the essence of what has captured her attention.

Sheila teaches part-time on the Bridge House Art portfolio course during the Autumn months and it’s wonderful that our summer school students can gain valuable experience from attending one of her short courses.



All courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm. All materials and equipment are supplied, with a simple lunch provided daily. It is important to wear old clothes as art is a messy business. Be prepared and dress for the Highland weather, expect sun and rain, four seasons have been experienced in one day! Outdoor, waterproof clothing is essential.