Opened in January 2011 RED LEAF STUDIO is a dedicated art space offering art classes and workshops to adults and children of all ages. It is also my working studio.

My aim is to encourage people to be creative and get involved in the arts by providing a relaxed and friendly teaching environment.

Bo'ness is within easy reach of Falkirk, South Queensferry, Edinburgh and West Lothian. Visitors will find ample free public parking available very close by on Seaview Place.

I have over 15 years experience working as an art tutor with people of all ages and abilities. As well as organising and teaching my own classes I run classes and workshops for several other organisations including Artlink Central (specialising in working with adults and children with disabilities and mental health issues) and West Lothian Council.

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These classes are suitable for all abilities as I work with participants on an individual basis. As I teach most media and techniques my aim is to help you discover which ones you like to work with and help you develop as an individual.

All five weekly classes are now run from Red Leaf Studio in Bo'ness. Times are as follows.

Wednesday 7.30 – 9.30pm 

Thursday 9.30-11.30am 

Thursday 12.30-2.30pm

Friday 9.30 – 11.30am

Friday 12 – 2pm


Class dates for 2017

Please contact me for availability of places.  Classes are bookable per term.

Wednesday evening 7.30 – 9.30pm

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th January

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd February

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March

5th April

14 weeks - £112 (or 2 payments of £56)


Thursday morning 9.30-11.30am

Thursday afternoon 12.30-2.30pm

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th January

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd February

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March

6th April

14 weeks £112 (or 2 payments of £56)


Friday morning 9.30 – 11.30am and

Friday afternoon 12noon – 2pm

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th January

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th February

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March

7th April

14 weeks - £112 (or 2 payments of £56)


Each term I run a series of one off workshops at my studio. These are designed to give a more in-depth lesson in using specific media or techniques. Or sometimes I will concentrate on a particular subject.

Workshops are suitable for all abilities as I always start with a demonstration and then work with individuals to help them get the best from the session.

Tea, coffee and home baking are provided but please bring a packed lunch to the classes which run over lunchtime.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Autumn/Winter 2016/17

Sketchbook Day

Monday 3rd October 10am-2.30pm. £40

Sketchbooks have been traditonally used by artists as a way of gathering ideas and source materials, which may then be developed into paintings later. They also make ideal travel journals with a mix of notes and sketches.With this in mind this workshop will introduce you to simple and quick methods of recording information and capturing scenes, therefore making working outside less daunting. 

We will meet at the studio for an introduction, then we will head outside with our sketchbooks. Within a few minutes walk of the studio, Bo'ness offers fantastic views over the Forth, a steam railway and has many interesting buildings and old streets. So there should be something for everyone. 

Please dress for the weather, however if it is very wet we will work from the studio developing some of the same methods. We will return to the studio to have our lunch break and a hot drink.

Autumn Colours in Pastel 

Tuesday 1st November 10am-2.30pm. £40

Using autumn colours in the landscape for inspiration, this workshop will help you develop techniques to build up colour and depth using pastel. This course is suitable for beginners or those who have previously attended one of my workshops and wish to develop their skills further.

Printmaking - monoprint & mixed media

Sunday 15th January 1-5pm. £40 - FULL

Additional date added - Tuesday 17th January 10am-2.30pm

This workshop is ideal for anyone who likes experimenting with new techniques and developing ideas as they work. We will be building up interesting surfaces with a combination of layers of collage and printing ink and then we will be using simple monoprint techniques to add images, interest and detail. This fast paced and fun technique is guaranteed to produce a different effect each time, making each piece unique. 

Winter Landscapes in Pen & Wash

Monday 30th January 10am-2.30pm. £40 - FULL

Additional date added - Monday 6th February 10am-2.30pm

Using ink pens and wash we will develop paintings of the winter landscape, looking carefully at winter colours and light. 

Mosaic Weekend

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 10am-4.30pm each day. Monday 20th 7.30-9pm (for grouting). £150

What better way to spend a winter's weekend than making a beautiful mosaic. Using vitreous glass tiles you will learn the whole process of making mosaics, from creating an effective design to cutting techniques and how to position tiles for maximum effect. The cost includes all materials to make a 30x25 cm mosaic. This course is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience. 

Sunsets in Pastel

Monday 6th March 10am-2.30pm. £40

At this colourful pastel workshop we will be looking particularly at developing use of colour and at blending techniques.



I am also available to provide tailor made workshops and tuition for Art Groups, Children’s Clubs and other community events. Please contact me for further details.


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