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

Coming up……at LIAS

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LIAS has a packed program of workshops coming up….

Firstly our planned aquatint workshop on Saturday will be postponed until the 7th of March. It is a lovely form of etching as printmaking and we have been doing staff experiments with process to get ready for it but in exploring it more we have decided it makes more sense to deliver it after our hard-ground etching day as the processes have some useful links that people will understand more if we run it after that one. Because of this we now have loads of time for bookings. 
Before that we have several other featured workshops and events. Some dates for your diary are as follows

Our first and nearest is the life drawing masterclass looking at expressive and anatomical approaches to the figure – the date for this is 19th October – booking is essential and the full day course, as always is catered. Led by Paul and Siobhan. After that are the following-

Silver Etching for Jewellery on the 23rd November led by Paul,

Hard Ground (Safe etching printmaking) 15th February 2020 with Toc and Paul

Then Aquatint (Safe etching printmaking) 7th March 2020 with Toc and Paul

All these full day sessions are costed at £55, with food provided by the excellent Arty party and places are generally limited to 10 maximum. 


Aside from that our regular weekly classes include sessions of Art from the Start at 10 am Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Monday at 1.

Life drawing sessions at 1 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Print Club open sessions on Fridays and Sundays at 2 pm.

Our other regular classes are Portrait classes running monthly on the 1st Friday of the month and “Animal Art” on the 2nd Friday.

*For November only Animal Art will be held on the third Friday, 15th November.

As well as these things the popular 10 week “Intro to Print” course will begin again embedded into the Sunday 2 pm Print Club sessions starting 12th January 2020. These sessions are £15 and booking is advised.

 Get in touch for more info and to book.

Liverpool Arty Party


Food and Art …what’s not to like?

LIAS’s sister company: Liverpool Arty Party are taking their culinary skills further and expanding not only their signature dishes but exploring the many influences which make them passionate about creating food.

The company was born out of a mutual passion for cooking by partners Mike Webb and Siobhan Carmichael. We are both trained teachers in the arts, and still working in main stream education, but we also work closely with LIAS delivering specific art workshops and catering the day events. Mike “Yotem Ottemlenghi” is the chef at the moment who inspires me. Fresh, vibrant and healthy food. Even though we love meat, these dishes often put the gorgeous fresh vegetables centre stage. A really creative medley of colours, tastes and textures which is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Mediterranean cuisine is always referred to now as the healthiest option and you can see why. We work with our own home grown produce for that freshness straight from the garden to the plate.

 I love to paint and whatever the subject matter I enjoy teaching it, talking about it and taking time out from busy lives to sit down and concentrate on it!       Siobhan

So the next step was how do we bring these two elements together? The obvious idea was to work on catering for the day workshops with LIAS. Paul and Toc could not have been more supportive of our venture and we really enjoy contributing to their fantastic artistic endeavours with a little light refreshment. 

We like to keep the lunches vegetarian so it caters to a broader group of people and when we can vegan. What we would like to do in the future is to match the cuisine to the work shop.                                                                                                              Mike


At the moment it’s about practicality and eating in a studio space. However, it would be great to have a culinary experience of say Italy, Spain or France while exploring the techniques of Leonardo Di Vinci or Picasso etc.…what would they have eaten.                                                                                                                                                 Siobhan

Researching localised? and historical recipes from these cultures as the so called “peasant food” is at the heart of what now makes up their contemporary cuisine. Britain may not seem to have as strong a connection to food as these other cultures but we disagree and would love exploring or own food heritage.

At the moment we are making sure that in a confined space the food is accessible and fresh. The influences have been mixed and we are quite happy to put different traditional recipes and cultures together, for example, Greek filo parcels and Irish filled potatoes skins. You have to think about how people can eat the food in a practical way and we try to work on versions of a canapé, but of course with at least more than one mouthful.                                                                                                  Mike

The next workshop which Liverpool Arty Party cater for will be the Life drawing 19th October were Paul will take the morning session and Siobhan will be leading an oil painting workshop exploring the techniques of the Impressionists. We will be posting up our ideas on our Facebook page for the food so hope you will join us. Mike & Siobhan

More about Yotem Ottemlenghi


Feel like Hibernating?


Hibernation, its creatures and comforts will be the subject of the next animal art class.

The use of graphite technique to help re-create natures finest as they curl up in a ball for the winter months. Hedgehogs keeping their bristles out of harm’s way, bats out of action. Dormice slopping off and no more crouching for toads!

Fresh approaches to mark-making, arming ourselves with graphite sticks to indulge in the process of putting on and taking off tones to the whites of the sheet. A class which will help you perfect your visualisation process to create the artworks you desire.

Thee next class:
11th October 2019
Rose Lane Studio’s
1 Rose Lane, Allerton, Liverpool.

Contact to book:
07891 545144