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AT WATER’S EDGE: Printmaking Workshop at Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Scotland

June 14 - June 22

| $3200 – $4000

This workshop is currently full. Please call 845-658-9133 or email [email protected] to be placed on the waitlist.

Join WSW for an unforgettable art experience at Rua Reidh Lighthouse, at one of the most dramatic and remote locations on the north-west coast of Scotland. This printmaking workshop will be held from June 14 – 22nd, 2023,  eight of the longest days of the year, when the light at the lighthouse doesn’t set until after 11 pm.

About the Workshop

In this workshop we’ll take a cue from our location and examine how self-imposed boundaries in different contexts shape us as individuals and how that defines/inspires/and limits our work. We’ll consciously try to break these constraints as we create new work in response to our immediate environment. Our inspiration will be the natural world surrounding us. This class is perfect for artists of any skill level who want to push beyond, and enrich their visual vocabulary.

Participants will be introduced to low-tech printmaking methods, easily adaptable to any working style. Students will work on and off the press to construct their images using drypoint (an intaglio printmaking technique in which an image is scratched into a plastic plate), collagraph (cardboard plate), monoprint, trace monotype and chine-collé. During the workshop, short demonstrations will introduce different printmaking techniques, most of them easily adaptable to home studio without the press.

While most days will be spent working in the studio, we’ll take a Saturday excursion to visit the fabulous new Gairloch Museum, the GALE Centre where students can browse goods from local artisans, and the unforgettable Inverewe Gardens, ending our day with dinner at The Barn.

About the Location and Accommodations

Rua Reidh Lighthouse is near Gairloch in Wester Ross, standing at the entrance to Loch Ewe, with breath-taking views across the Minch to the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides. There are three room-types available at a variety of price points: a single-occupancy bedroom on the first floor, a shared bedroom on the first floor, and two shared bedrooms with an ocean view on the second floor. These rooms are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis; please choose your room-type from the drop down menu when you register.

We’ll have time to explore the rugged, dramatic area around the lighthouse and watch for wildlife including whales, basking sharks, dolphins, otters, white-tailed sea eagles, gannets, and many other birds. Views are stunning from any point on the headland. One hike hugs cliffs and sheep trails all the way to the white sands and turquoise waters of secluded Camas Mòr beach. The more intrepid can then continue on to the ancient woodlands at Loch an Draing and circle back over the moorland. If you are interested in hiking or exploring, please bring hiking boots with ankle support and expect rugged terrain.

Meals will be provided. Accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made as long as notice is given two weeks before the arrival date. Below is a sample overview of food/meals, though not exhaustive. Actual dishes will be based on availability of fresh/local produce, etc. Set menus, no orders!


Breakfast (self-prepared in the 3 guest accommodation kitchens)
  • Eggs
  • Artisan breads (incl. oatcakes, croissants, etc.)
  • Fresh fruit (boxes/bowls)
  • Organic muesli
  • Milk & yoghourt
  • Scottish cheeses
  • Local honey
  • Butter, jams, etc.

Lunches (cold buffet/salads)

  • Couscous & pomegranate
  • Chicken / potato / artichoke hearts
  • Ginger miso carrots w/ butter beans
  • Red Cabbage / walnut / cranberries / apple
  • Panzanella (Italian – tomatoes / onion / fresh basil / croutons)
  • Mast-o-Khiar (Persian – yoghourt / cucumber / raisins / walnuts / fresh mint)
  • Jackfruit & chickpeas
  • Kuku with feta & cherry tomatoes & fresh oregano (egg based)
  • Mixed salad greens
Suppers (mostly nourishing homemade soups in slow-cookers, 2 pots/choices per evening)
  • Moroccan Chicken Tajine
  • Beef Tandoori
  • Vegetarian Lentil
  • Corn Lemongrass Chowder (vegetarian or w/chicken)
  • Persian Ab-Goosht (w/lamb or beef)
  • Canadian Black Bean (w/ or w/out chorizo)
Other Hot Dishes
  • Mixed rosemary roasted vegetables
  • Tuscan-style sausages (boiled in red wine & fresh herbs)
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Vegetarian moussaka
Breads for lunch & supper
  • Various flatbreads, including farinata (Tuscan chickpea).
  • Lemon drizzle cake
  • Dark chocolate cherry cake
  • Fresh-strawberry flan
  • Sholeh-Zard (light/delicate Persian rice pudding w/saffron & rosewater & pistachio)
  • Meringues w/ whipped cream & fresh fruits
  • Apple/mixed fruit crumble
  • Ice cream
Each of the 3 guest accommodation kitchens are outfitted with utensils, pots, pans, dishes, etc., as well as basics of coffee, teas (black & range of herbal), sugar, sea salt, black peppercorns, olive oil.

Getting There

Women’s Studio Workshop has arranged a bus to pick up students at the Inverness Airport at 3:30pm BST on June 14th. All participants should plan to arrive with ample time to meet at the designated location and board the bus. A bus is scheduled to return students to the Inverness Airport by 8am BST on June 22nd. Connecting flights to Inverness are available from Amsterdam, Gatwick, and Heathrow. Our hosts recommend flying through Amsterdam for ultimate ease of travel.


We are thrilled for you to join us on this unforgettable art-making adventure! Upon registration, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Any remaining tuition and lab fee payment is due one month prior to the start of the workshop. If you register within one month of the class start date, we ask that you pay in full at the time of registration. If your full balance is not received one month prior to your workshop, you may lose your spot in the class. This workshop is currently full. Please call 845-658-9133 or email [email protected] to be placed on the waitlist.



Tatana Kellner

Tatana Kellner’s work compasses installation, photography, drawing and artist’s books. She uses these media to comment on contemporary culture. Her work has been featured in over 25 solo exhibitions, most recently at the CEPA Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, the Everson Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, and SUNY Art Museum in Albany. Tatana is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Fundación Valparaiso, Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt, Germany, and The Ragdale Foundation. Her work is featured in Catherine Nash’s new book, AUTHENTIC VISUAL VOICES™: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic and Robert Hirsch’s Transformational Imagemaking, Focal Press, 2014.


June 14
June 22
$3200 – $4000
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Rua Reidh lighthouse
IV21 2EA
Melvaig, Gairloch United Kingdom
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