We make art accessible for all so you can
1. become a better artist
2. feed your soul
3. enjoy the process
A coffee morning with friends was the start of our friendly art school. It all began as one evening art class in 2010 by hiring the art room at the local High School in Balfron, became popular and kept growing year by year.
Our art school now located at a purpose build studio in Killearn offers a wide range of weekly art classes & weekend workshops and gallery space. All materials are provided and everyone at every level is welcome to join. People book the classes because they love the process of making art in a friendly, relaxing environment and the bright spacious studio.
Our team of artists enjoy inspiring people in a supportive and yet challenging way to make art. We motivate as well as stimulate. We encourages people to explore new mediums and guide them in an open and flexible way.
Founders Claudia and Ewen Duncan.
Ewen Duncan studied painting at Glasgow School of Art followed by post graduate studies in New York. He worked in TV and film set design for 17 years until stetting up art4you Scotland with his wife Claudia to teach and sell art. His life has been varied and each change has had an influence on his work, none more so than the five years he and his wife lived in Sydney, Australia. He now lives with his wife, two daughters and one dog in Balfron near Loch Lomond National Park. Ewen loves to inspire people and to help them become better artist. He has the ability to make people feel confident about their way of working allowing them to try new ways of creating and improving existing skills.
Claudia Duncan, born in Germany, studied finance and accounting in Germany and Australia and brings the finance and organisational skills gained during her career in various corporate companies in Germany, Scotland and Australia into the mix to run and develop art4you Scotland. She has also discovered her artistic side since working at art4you Scotland and is working mainly in oil and pastels.
Amanda Buchanan-Hutchison is a self taught artist hailing from an extended family of artists and sign writers. Based in her Little Wren Studio in Strathblane she produces many sought after pieces including abstract landscapes, dog and wildlife portraits.
She has an experts understanding of the anatomy and personality of dogs and animals due to her vast experience over many years working with them and showing her beloved Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Her abstract landscapes portray her immersion in the countryside that she loves and roams everyday.
Amanda’s work can be found in many private collections all over the world and she has exhibited in various prestigious venues including ; solo exhibitions at the Mackintosh Club and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Flexibility, innovation and artistic experience allows Amanda to produce sublime works that capture the immediate sense and feel of the subject.
Frances Douglas studied art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. She has worked professionally as an artist and tutor for over 20 years. Frances’ main passion is watercolour, which is reflected in her translucent and vibrant paintings. She uses the medium in traditional and contemporary ways, taking her inspiration from the changing seasons and the landscapes around her.
Jill Dow studied Fine Art Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Her work has always been inspired by the natural world, and she is particularly interested in botany. After a career as an illustrator of natural history and children’s books, more recently she has enjoyed rediscovering various printmaking media including etching, lino printing and Japanese woodblock printing. Jill also works as a gardener, and her passion for plants and wildlife is evident in her artwork and her unique knowledge of plants. One will never look at a plant the same way again after a workshop with Jill.
Lorna Mackay studied art and design at Loughborough Art College, Staffordshire University and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design; practising artist and experience secondary school teacher for more than 20 years. Her passion apart from art is ceramics. She has a special hand when it comes to teaching and creating with this beautiful versatile medium as well as any painting and drawing medium.
Sally Morrison studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University.
Her love of design, pattern and colour has seen her enjoy an exciting and varied career designing textiles and surface pattern for the interiours market worldwide. She has spent many years working as a textile designer and interior design consultant. She created and delivered collections and products to the interiors market worldwide. She has enjoyed a varied and exciting career producing hand painted artwork and coordinating seasonal collections from initial concept development through to product launch. Sally skills are reflected in the competent delivery of our mixed media classes, painting & drawing classes and printmaking classes & workshops.
If you would like to know more about our team or think you have the friendly and artistic skills to join us, we would love to hear from you.