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Iain Stewart Watercolour Workshop – Aberdour, Fife, Scotland

Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th July 2023


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Iain Stewart is a Scots born watercolor artist and a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies among other state and international entities. He has also been inducted into the Whiskey Painters of America. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and hangs in many corporate and private collections.

Iain is a sought after watercolor instructor and juror and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has a 3 DVD set of instructional videos and is planning to shoot another set available in 2022.  In 2021 his first book on painting; En Plein Air- Light and Color, was published.

Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University where he received his degree in Architecture.

The workshop is fully residential and includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. We will have exclusive use of the Woodside Hotel in Aberdour, Fife, which looks across the water to Edinburgh. Travelling to the workshop is easy, given the proximity of Edinburgh with its road and rail links plus the International Airport. In fact, Aberdour railway station is just a few hundred yards from the hotel.

Have a look at some of the local scenery to give you a taste of what to expect regarding subject matter.

forth rail bridge and boat

Prices and how to book are shown further down the page

About Iain’s Approach

I am trained as an architect and, as such, approach painting design with a very similar sensibility. I feel that I need to communicate the vernacular of place in a way that is deeply personal to me. I embrace a dialogue between the real and imagined- seeking a way to allow myself to express my personal feeling of being in a certain setting rather than being confined by the reality of it. That ebb and flow, the back and forth, are what I find important and are my motivation for all of my work.

The workshop will be mainly on location (En Plein Air) with an initial session in a studio environment.


Below are some examples of Iain’s work. You can see more about Iain and other paintings on his website


Hotel accommodation for 6 nights, commencing Sunday at the Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland.
Six evening meals commencing Sunday
Six breakfasts commencing Monday

Lunch on Monday in the hotel

5 painting days with tuition from Iain – Monday to Friday
including instruction indoors in a private room plus various locations in the surrounding area.

Wind up session and critique on Friday afternoon

Transport for artist students on painting days to venues in minibus.

Help and assistance in planning your journey to the venue.


Travel to/from the hotel venue (however, pick up from nearest railway station or Edinburgh Airport may be available subject to arrival times)

Insurance – you are strongly advised to arrange adequate holiday travel insurance covering you for this type of holiday.  Travelling without insurance is not recommended.

Transport for non-painting partners on painting days. It may be possible to agree sharing a car(s) between non-painters but the minibus can only accommodate the painting students and instructor.

Drinks during meal times. These are at your own expense.

Art materials – students must supply their own equipment including that suitable for painting outdoors on location. It may be possible to rent or buy some items, if arranged with the organiser prior to the workshop.

Prices and how to book

You can currently reserve your place on this workshop by contacting me below. Deposits will be requested nearer the workshop date with balances due around 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the workshop.

The deposit is £105 and is non-refundable should you decide to cancel. Should this workshop have to be cancelled completely due to unforeseen circumstances you will receive a refund of £100 due to the charges imposed by PayPal.

Please read carefully what is, and is not, included before committing to this workshop to ensure it meets your needs. You can also review our general terms and conditions using the links at the bottom of any page on this website.

This workshop is now fully booked

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Single Occupancy


Sharing Room a Double Room


Sharing a Twin Bed Room


Non-Painting Partner £665
(must share a room with a painter)
No Deposit Required

Please Note

The hotel has a selection of double, twin and single rooms. You will be asked to state your preference when booking. Where possible, your choice of room will be allocated to you but please understand this may become difficult as the workshop books up. The sooner you book the more likely you receive your preferred room type.

Additional Information

For those flying to the workshop the nearest airport is Edinburgh International, approximately 30 to 40 minutes from the venue, and the area is also served by very good rail and road links. Pick ups may be arranged from the airport subject to your arrival times. The nearest railway station, Aberdour, is just a few hundred yards from the hotel. The hotel does have its own car park.

This will all be discussed with individual students/partners well before travel time. We will endeavour to make your journey as easy as possible and offer suggestions regarding local transport. We are here to help.

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