Carolyn is a gentle & encouraging leader in these very varied & interesting sessions. In her art room just yards from the sea it's not hard to find inspiration or spend time just gazing at the ever changing light on the water. Absolute beginners will feel comfortable & the more advanced have space to do their own thing. Fantastic range of materials provided & the flapjacks are legendary.
Highly recommend these sessions, great fun & I find them very therapeutic.
My goodness what a stunning location! Calm & inspiring & what gorgeous artwork.
I would never have considered going to an art class, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’ve been to a number of workshops now & I’ve learnt something new each time & I have managed to achieve more than I thought possible! Beach Gallery is a lovely studio with beautiful views over Kirk Hope & Carolyn is an excellent teacher with bags of experience & oodles of patience.
I’d definitely recommend booking a class. In fact my next one is on Saturday!
My four year old said the best thing about his holiday in Orkney was painting puffins at Beach Gallery!
Margareth van den Heuval
The day was bright sunshine with the warmest gentle breeze when we arrived at Beach Gallery welcomed with a cuppa! Carolyn Shepherd, our tutor was amazing, thank you Carolyn. We all had a wonderful day & we will be back. My very first effort was a Puffin I am so proud of it!
The day flew by but the memory will last forever.
Really enjoyed the several classes I have done with Carolyn. Found her style of getting ideas over very good & there is always lots of materials available. Very relaxed, informal & fun.
I would recommend to anyone.
Really enjoyed the classes, Carolyn is very organised, pleasant & explains things very well.
I would certainly recommend these classes to others.
Wiesia Anna Kratuik
Carolyn is a wonderful, natural facilitator. I felt encouraged & supported, both as a beginning painter & a whole person ...
Exhibition gallery & art classes next to the beach
During your holiday here, why not look at some lovely artwork or join an art class right next to the beach? Classes take inspiration from Orkney natural heritage - puffins, shells, butterflies, dragonflies, underwater sealife, birds & flowers. These art workshops are aimed at complete beginners to art, so don't worry if you've not painted before. You will learn the basic skills needed to get started & have fun. The art room is right next to the beach on the waterfront with wonderful light & stunning sea views. The sheltered bay is home to seals, eider ducks, geese & arctic terns. You can look over towards Scapa Flow & gaze out at the view while enjoying your tea & cake!
What you'll learn: You will be using mainly watercolour paint, but we will also dip into a mixture of other materials & media. You will find out how to make an accurate measured sketch, how to mix colours & how to apply paint in various different ways. There will be a selection of different subjects to paint so you can choose to experiment & practice with different styles. This is a 3hr relaxed & informal workshop with plenty of time to stop & enjoy the view out of the window! Your tutor will provide lots of encouragement so you will quickly build self confidence & begin to relax & adopt a positive approach to your progress. Your tutor is an experienced community arts facilitator, trained & qualified in Fine Art to Masters level. The class group is very small, so you will have lots of undivided attention & help to get your masterpiece off the ground!
All sessions must be booked through the website, or contact us if you need any other information.
Tailored for you: If you are here on holiday, then we can run a session especially for you & your family on dates to suit you. Just contact us & let us know when you'll be here & we will fix up a fun creative session just for you.
You are welcome to come to as many classes as you'd like - but each one is designed to stand alone. You don’t need to come to every session, just start at any time & come along to classes as & when you’d like. While you are here you can browse a small selection of beach themed handmade crafts for sale which are displayed here too, along with an exhibition of local artists work. We can run an art class for your family group if you are here on holiday - just get in touch with your preferred dates & we will fix up a creative session just for you! Allow about 2 to 3hrs for a creative session.
Access is all at ground level with parking in the nearby car park.
Art for sale
Exhibition & Shop
Next to the art room we have a small display area showing the work of artists & makers with beach themed handmade crafts & cards for sale. The online shop has most of these items for sale by mail order.
Arts Award qualifications
Young people aged from 5 to 25 can study with us to achieve an Arts Award qualification. This is a nationally recognised arts qualification. It is built around their personal choice of visual arts, theatre & music. Work plans are tailored to each person. Get in touch to find out more.