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August 5 @ 10:00 am - August 7 @ 4:30 pm


From the artist – Ellis O’Connor

Workshop Information

The workshop involves learning alternative mark-making skills, mixed medium techniques and ways in which to paint the landscape in your own style whilst finding your own inner expression.  I provide all materials and we work with water-based substances.

This workshop is a calling to let go of the inner pressure of being scared to put something down on the paper and give yourself the outlet to allow what is inside of you to come out onto the paper. My style is very much expressive, abstract and through my art, I explore my inner expression and that’s what I’ll be teaching you to find within yourself. I realise through running this type of workshop that everyone’s style is different and that is the beauty of art. We all interpret what we see around us differently. That is how it is meant to be, uniquely your own and that’s what I’ll be allowing you to find and harness on this short course.

Everyone has an intrinsic style and it’s allowing the time, space and permission for it to be nurtured out of ourselves. This workshop is to allow you to grow and learn skills in confidence to put down marks on paper and ways in which you can forward a piece or rectify if you want to change. Nothing is a failure or ‘wrong’ as things can always be worked through and I teach ways in which to balance a piece of work and the push/ pull method of rectifying a work and surrendering to the process.

The landscape will be our inspiration as we will be able to see it change clearly from our surroundings. I’ll show you different ways in which to capture what we see around us with confidence and through demonstrations of many techniques. You can find examples of some of  the types of work made from participants on this workshop below on this page.


This 3-day course is accessible to everyone. It is for those who have never so much as picked up a paintbrush before and want to be vulnerable and grow out of their comfort zone or for those who already have experience in art and want to try something new which will overall feed into their practise.

The Space 

We will be using the beautiful big and bright open space at An Crubh which sits on the Sleat Peninsula in South Skye looking out east towards the mainland and varied mountain ranges of  Scotland.


10 spaces


Saturday/ Sunday/ Monday/ 10am – 4:30pm every day.



10:00: Welcome to the space, a brief talk on my practise and what the 3 day short course will  cover.

10:30: Demonstration of mark making methods using various tools

10:45: First workshop on alternative mark making using found tools, ink, charcoal and water.

12:30: Lunch Break

1:30: Demonstration

2:00: Afternoon session on building contrast and adding pastels to layer with ink and water.  4:00: Finish for the day, discuss and show what we have learned from day 1.

4:30: End of first day.


10:00: Settling into the space, a brief talk on what we will cover that day.

10:30: Demonstration of mixed medium techniques combining acrylic paint and watercolour  ink/ building on from what we have learned on the first day.

10:45: First workshop using mixed medium techniques with colour to combine with alternative mark making tools.

12:30: Lunch Break

1:30: Demonstration of building up texture and depth using mixed materials.

2:00: Afternoon session on more mixed medium techniques in creating art.

4:00: Finish for the day and show what we have learned.

4:30pm end of workshop.


10:00: Settling into the space, a brief talk on what we will cover that day.  10:30: Demonstration of building on from what we have learned over the past couple of days.  10:45: Morning session on bringing in more texture and combining all techniques.  12:30: Lunch Break

1:30: Demonstration

2:00: Afternoon session on bringing everything we have learned together to create works that  are layered, vibrant, full of expression and more resolved.

4:00: Finish for the day and show what we have learned over the past 3 days.

4:30pm End of workshop.


£325 for 3 days which covers 3 full days of one to one teaching and all supplies covered.

All supplies included, feel bring to bring a small sketchbook and a selection of natural or man made tools you would like to use throughout the workshop that are good for mark making.

Lunch is not included but you can bring your own or use the facilities at the café which is also in  An Crubh and provides lunches, coffees, teas, cake etc.

Any questions please get in touch with me directly!


August 5 @ 10:00 am
August 7 @ 4:30 pm


Ellis O’Connor
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An Crùbh
Camuscross, Duisdale Beag
Sleat, Isle of Skye IV43 8QU
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01471 833 417