Creative Workshops

Creative Workshops and Art Experiences

Frankie facilitates a wide range of bespoke Art Experiences and Creative Workshops from the studio in her Portrush Art Gallery. Classes are tailor made to suit all levels and include but are not limited to the following:

  • Intuitive Art Experiences
  • Creative Workshops
  • One-to-One Private Art Tuition
  • Small Group Art Classes
  • Creative Team-Building Sessions
  • Children’s Art Parties

The studio comfortably accommodates up to six people to ensure an intimate and immersive experience for all.

Below are examples of Art Experiences and Creative Workshops which have taken place recently. Should you have something in particular in mind for you, your family and friends or even a group of work colleagues, please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss options.

  1. Making Your Mark – An Intuitive Art Experience

Enabling a sense of freedom, joy and achievement are key to this intuitive artistic experience. The workshop encourages participants to involve all their senses and find their inner creative voice. The journey is formed through outdoor and studio work where attendees work towards the production of an artwork which they can take home as a tangible memory of precious time spent on the beautiful North Coast.

The Making Your Mark – An Intuitive Art Experience session lasts 3.5hrs, is fully guided and suitable for all levels.

Example Session

Upon arriving at the studio, you will be met by Frankie, and will have time to get to know each other over tea and homemade scones and jam.

This will be followed by personal introductions and an outline of the experience, which will include a brief presentation on the intuitive process of 'mark-making' (through the use of various lines, dots, marks and patterns used to create an artwork) will be given. Frankie's personal work samples will be used in illustration and form the foundation of the experience.
After this, you will collect your own art kit and the experience will move 100m outside to the coast edge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. From here, Frankie will take you through a brief history of the local landmarks, from Portrush's first Lifeboat House all the way along the coast to The Giant's Causeway seen in the distance.

You will be encouraged to fully connect with the landscape and environment by being present in the moment and engaging all your senses. Frankie will then demonstrate the practice of onsite visual recording and you will have 25 minutes onsite to explore and record your observation.

Back in the studio (after a warming cup of tea or coffee), you will engage in a group exercise to encourage creative thinking and reduce inhibitions. A range of materials, tools and techniques used for the mark-making process will be demonstrated and you will have the opportunity to experiment and intuitively explore your own 'mark-making' process. 

During the final part of the workshop you will draw together elements from your onsite visual research, group work, experimentation, personal creativity and intuition to inform your final painting. Reflection on the experience and viewing of the artworks will complete the workshop.

  1. FROM SKETCHBOOK TO CRAFT

This relaxed 2.5hr taster workshop takes the participant on a visual research journey, focusing on the initial stage of any craft discipline. Sketching, collaging and object printing techniques are taught in easy-to-follow steps, and attendees will have a mini sketchbook containing ideas ready to begin their craft journey.

  1. FLORAL BLOOMS – Acrylic Painting 

Brushwork techniques and mark making form the core of this workshop which lasts 2 hrs.

  1. RAINBOW TREE – Acrylic Painting

Learn about colour mixing and blending in this fun workshop lasting 2hrs.

  1. POPPY FIELDS – Acrylic Painting 

The focus is on creating depth within paintings using colour theory and scale in this 2hr session.

  1. ARTIST INSPIRED

In these classes we focus on style and technique used by some of the great masters including van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Gaugin and O'Keffe, with each workshop looking at a different artist.

  1. CRAFT FOCUS

Needle Felting sessions are available for those who prefer crafting – this workshop focuses on the various techniques, colour mixing and composition which form the foundation on which a needle felted picture is built.