New art studio puts village in the picture

Balfron Ewen and Claudia Duncan of art4you Scotland
Balfron Ewen and Claudia Duncan of art4you Scotland

ARTISTS looking for inspiration will be delighted to hear that a new art studio has opened in the picturesque village of Balfron.

Established by Glasgow School of Art graduate Ewen Duncan, art4you Scotland will offer day and evening art classes from its premises in a spacious converted byre at the well-known alpaca farm in Ballochruin.

The new venue is being launched with an open day at the farm’s Campsie Cottages holiday accommodation on Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Ewen is encouraging anyone with an interest in learning how to paint or artists who’d like to refine their techniques to go along and look around.

Ewen, a former television set designer who now lectures in art, said: “Our new studio is in a fantastic setting, allowing us to use the Campsie Fells, the River Endrick, or even the alpacas that have made Ballochruin Farm such a popular holiday destination, as the back drop for our classes.”

The classes are aimed at both teenagers and adults and Ewen is particularly keen to encourage family groups to come along.

He said: “A family art class can be a lot of fun because everyone gets something different from it.

“Members of the older generation often find art classes help them rediscover a long lost talent, while younger members of a group can refine the techniques they’ve been learning at school or college.

“Above all though a family art class should be fun!

“This is not just about learning to paint.

“It can really help boost your confidence as well. It’s a really rewarding experience.”

Ewen started art4you Scotland last year, running a very successful first season of classes at Balfron High School.

Now, he and wife Claudia have teamed up with the owners of Ballochruin Farm to offer a truly rural artistic experience to both local people and holidaymakers.

One of his students, Jim Cameron from Killearn, said: “Ewen’s attitude is, let’s have fun. He’s good at creating an encouraging atmosphere.”

Another pupil, Rhona McColl added: “Ewen directs rather than tells you. He’s someone with a professional mind who can encourage you. I am doing things now that I never thought I could.”

For more information about the open day and art4you Scotland visit www.art4youscotland.co.uk or call 07810 686 178.