Feathered Friends for Easter

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The March session will celebrate all animals which are associated with Easter. Bunnies, rabbits and lambs to be represented due to their babies being born in the Spring. Hare’s not to be forgotten as they are similar to bunnies and often presented through folklore. To include all things from eggs, chicks predominantly but all taking the time to visualize the contemporary trends towards dinosaurs over the Good Friday lead celebrations.

The use of soft pastels and blending techniques but to incorporate other colour mediums when desired.

A feather friendly session to celebrate spring!

Rose Lane Class

Friday 13th April


Hoylake Class

Thursday 26th April



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Making your Mark


Mark Marking is to an artist is the core process fundamental to visualization.

Mark Making is a dot with a pencil, a line with a pen, or a swirl with a paintbrush. It is any material applied to any surface. A single mark makes a dot, an extended mark a line. A cluster of marks a shape and a series of repetitive marks a pattern.

Marks can explore emotion, slashes of anger and the calmness of curved lineage. They can be free-flowing in application, or constraint with tightness through hatching. They were the drips of Jackson Pollock and the tight grid-like formations of Mondrian.

Mark Marking to an artist is ultimately what oxygen in-take is to the body, the most essential process required to function.

This months Bamboo and Panda Animal Art Class will look to explore and exploit the process of mark-making in its primal form.

More about Bamboo and Panda session



LIAS tutor Toc talks PRINT

Over the last year Paul and I have both exhibited some print and we have had some great printmaking at LIAS too, mostly from the full day events such as Dry-point from the Model and Soft-ground days and from the ongoing Friday and Sunday afternoons at Print Club. Print Club is self directed with some bespoke teaching but relies on the participant having picked up some basics already. The previous path for this was that we have run an Introduction to Print before this. We didn’t push this as much last year so it was definitely time for it’s return. We re-opened the course two weeks ago and numbers have been great. Our new print-makers have already explored mono-print and then collagraph as a block process. This week we introduce collagraph as an intaglio process and will continue on to other areas such as neoprene reduction, Lino, dry point, safe-etch etc. The course is really exciting for me because each week is a reveal of a new way of looking at print and our artists seem thrilled with each new discovery, so it is a lot of fun to deliver. Watch the space on Facebook to see some of our results and if you like what you see and would like to book a place for the Easter run of the course you can message us there. Places are going fast but we still have three left for the course beginning Sunday 19th April.


Bamboo & Panda

Ink Panda

February’s animal art class is set to be a black and white sensation. For the first time, the class will take place at the usual Rose Lane location then run again over the water at Chemist & Co located in the rapidly expanding art mecca: Hoylake.

The session to commence with the making of bamboo dip pens. A simple process which can be adapted to produce a variety of bamboo pens. We are to introduce ink in and the potential for the highly acclaimed art technique of making a mess. Core to the session will be exploring the new naturally produced tool through mark-making. Creating random strokes, taping to formulate dots and the fun of splattering techniques. Methods of applying ink to the tip to produce finer lines, progressing towards scrapping ink from the side of the cane to formulate larger areas of darkness. The final part of the class to engage further with the medium and process’ to visualise images of panda’s.

A ‘Splatteringly’ good fun session, not to be missed.

14 February 10-12
1 Rose Lane, Allerton, Liverpool.

27 February 10-12
Chemist & Co, 30a Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral.


Festive Fun!


The final animal art class of the year is to focus on festive creature-based depictions brought directly to the surface of the ever so popular greeting card.

A seasonal sensation were robins, reindeer and all things red to be introduced to card making.

A mixed media, colourful session to inspire our minds towards the fast-approaching Christmas celebrations.

Friday 13th December
10-12 noon
Rose Lane Studios
1 Rose Lane, Mossley Hill, Liverpool.



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Portraiture in Oils


Oil Panting Portraiture workshop with Liverpool Independent Art School tutor Siobhan Carmichael Friday 8th November 10 – 12 noon is the next in the series of Portraiture classes at 1 Rose Lane Allerton.

“We usually meet the first Friday of each month but this week we have postponed until the 8th, sorry to the regular students for any inconvenience”

Siobhan Carmichael


The work shop will be the first of two exploring the traditional and impressionistic applications of oil paint and focusing on producing an under painting which will be complete in the following session. All materials included in the £10 fee.

“Oil is a lovely material to work with and often thought of as harder to use than water colour but this simply isn’t true, it allows you to build up and rework areas so whether its fine detail or impressionist emotion you are after its very forgiving.”

All are welcome to join so if you have an interest and would like to know more contact Siobhan directly on:


Super Furry Animals

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Super Furry Animals in colour will be the focus of Novembers much loved animal art class.

Mixed media will be explored to depict a range of wonderful furs which coat natures finest.

The session will concentrate on how to bring life-like furry creatures to the paper. Mark making, blending and building up layers being core to the process. To avoid worrying about line placement and navigating away from the use of dark outlines in favour of showing light coming through hair. Working from light to darker tones then successfully adding fine detail. Ending with the use of highlights to ensure the depiction stands out from the page.

Building on the triumphs of last months hibernation class, in this we saw leaps forward in the use of creating textures. In this, we utilised found ‘Leaves’ as a natural blending tool. A succession of positive drawings, creative creatures we simply didn’t want to allow to go away and sleep for the winter!

Super Furry Animals will be an awe-inspiring art class. For November only this will be held on the third Friday of the month.

Friday 15th November 2019
10-12 noon
Rose Lane Studio’s
1 Rose Lane
Mossley Hill

Contact to book:

07891 545144