Studio News from Kenneth Johnstone


Please note that the council have appointed Joyce Campbell, Jane Ward and myself, Kenneth Johnstone to oversee the studio. Jane as a council member will be SAC council coordinator and we will have regular meetings, organise activities and generally look after the studio.


You will notice that there is an exhibition In the Club of mosaics made in our studio as part of a series of wonderful workshops organised last year by our own Joyce Campbell. They were designed as small tables to sit outside in the Geddes Garden but for now will be on display in the Club Room.

There were many workshops last year in pottery, plaster casting, book sculpture, wood carving and textile painting/printing, as well as ones exploring the many different aspects of painting. There are many more planned and please let us know if there are any that you would like to see take place (see below).

We have had many new members joining the Club after taking part in workshops. Please encourage your friends to come along to these regular activities, stay for lunch, meet some marvellous people and eat delicious food! We are in the process of creating a wall of shelves around the west fireplace in the studio for essential storage. All materials will be contained in bespoke containers with each workshop leader having his or her own designated storage
area. This will leave the whole studio free for creative arrangements of the space. This, combined with the pull down screen in the rejuvenated John Calder Reading Room will give
us a 2nd floor to be proud of, with spaces for reading, chilling out, illustrated talks, discussions and coordinated multi art events using both rooms. What a selling point for our Club!

This is mainly thanks to Marilyn and her positive vision, and we must especially thank Maureen and Charles Clark for their fundraising support as a part of the 2022 group, which has raised £3,150 which will pay for all the studio improvements.


In the studio in August, Life Drawing will continue as will the Tuesday Creative Crafts Group as long as it doesn’t interfere with the marvelous looking Fringe programme.


On Wednesday 19th of July a very special short film will be shown on the subject ‘A Poet a Potter and a Painter’, featuring Paul Tebble (potter) Anne Gilchrist (painter) and the poetry of the late Elizabeth Burns. There will be a discussion afterwards. You must see this! These multi arts events represent the ethos of the Scottish Arts Club!

On the Saturday July 28th there will be an illustrated talk by mself on understanding modern sculpture.

On Tuesday 11th August we present a wonderful Sculpture Exhibition in our studio featuring the work of Teresa Hunyadi, with a preview at 6pm when you can meet the artist. The exhibition finishes on August 23rd.


An Artist member asked me if anyone had shown interest in his paintings on display in the Club room, I replied "I have good news and bad news," "The good news is that a gentleman enquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings." "That's wonderful," the artist exclaimed. "What's the bad news? “The gentleman was your doctor!”



This is a lovely portrait of the model Stuart drawn in the Life class by Malcolm Rider It is a beautiful linear drawing with great character. Well done Malcolm!


If you have any comments, queries, suggestions or friends who are interested in coming to one of our workshops, let the Club know and/or email me on The studio group will consider any suggestions and get back to you

Keep Drawing,

Kenneth Johnstone