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John Salminen Watercolour Workshop – Burntisland, Fife, Scotland

Sunday 23rd August to Saturday 29th August 2020

Due to Covid-19 the workshop has been rescheduled to 5th September 2021. Please contact me if interested in joining us then.

John Salminen painting in China

We are privileged to have American watercolour artist, John Salminen, travel over to Scotland to conduct a workshop in August 2020. I was lucky enough to see John demonstrating at the International Watercolour Masters event in England back in 2018. Chatting with John later, he agreed to conduct a workshop for us.

Workshop places are limited and are sure to fill up very quickly. John will teach both in the studio and outdoors on location, known as En Plein Air, for a full five days.

the kingswood hotel

The workshop is fully residential and includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinners plus lunch on Monday and Tuesday. We stay in the delightful Kingswood Hotel located in the seaside town of Burntisland, Fife looking across the water to Edinburgh. (It’s pronounced Burnt Island)

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 John

John T. Salminen NWS, AWS.DF

John Salminen earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. He lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota. John teaches workshops, makes presentations and participates in painting events around the world.

John is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society – Dolphin Fellowship, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America – Distinguished Master. He has served on the board of the TWSA and is a current board member of the American Watercolor Society . He is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China and the first American ever to be awarded membership in the Australian Watercolour Institute.

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

John Salminen - Kent, West Texas
John Salminen - Gray Gotham
Plein Air - Michigan Avenue
John Salminen Plein Air - Gloucester Boatyard


Hotel accommodation for 6 nights, commencing Sunday June 21st 2020 at the Kingswood Hotel, Burntisland, Fife, Scotland.
Six evening meals commencing Sunday August 23rd 2020
Six breakfasts commencing Monday August 24th 2020

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday in the hotel

5 painting days with tuition from John – 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.

Alcoholic 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 prior to the workshop.

Prices and how to book

You can reserve your place on this workshop with a £200 non-refundable deposit.

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.

Should this workshop have to be cancelled completely due to unforeseen circumstances you will, of course, have your deposit refunded.

Painter – Single Occupancy


Painter – Sharing Room


Non-Painting Partner
(must share a room)


Please Note

The hotel has a selection of double and twin rooms (no 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 either from the airport or local railway station for those not travelling by car, subject to your arrival times.

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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