Try your hand at Aboyne and Deeside Festival

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The Aboyne and Deeside Festival has always aimed to provide plenty of choice for those who wish to try something more “hands on” and this year is no exception.

On Saturday 14th July at 10am to 1pm or Thursday 26th July at 2pm to 5pm, Anke Addy will be running a landscape photography workshop designed with both the beginner and the more advanced photographer in mind, and the traditional as well as the digital camera user.

The workshop fee is £25 and places (which are limited) can be booked by contacting anke.addy@btinternet.com or by visiting Anke’s website: www.ankeaddy.com.

The festival will also be offering a number of workshops this year in association with the Upper Deeside Arts Society.

Firstly, for those with an interest in printmaking, there are workshops at the Aboyne Academy Art Department with Marga Schnell from 2pm to 4pm on each of 14th July and 21st July.

A warm welcome awaits you as artist Marga will demonstrate and guide you through the process of producing prints and etchings. This is a free drop-in session at which you will be encouraged by Marga to join in and try various types of prints, including wood cuts, intaglio and collograph.

You will only pay for the materials you use. See also www.margaschnell.co.uk

Also at the Aboyne Academy Art Department, Alison King is running a two day textile art workshop on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July from 10am to 4pm.

Alison employs a combination of varied techniques. Mixing needlework, painting and collage, she produces many of the materials she uses, from hand-made papers to felt and batik. Alison is an experienced teacher who will inspire you to create something unique.

Places on the workshop, which are limited, cost £50 for 2 days (£40 for UDAS members) and must be booked in advance by contacting Tony Pryke at anthony.pryke2@mypostoffice.co.uk or 013398 86340.

Finally, for those who prefer to remain outdoors, SNH Ranger Catriona Reid will be running a John Muir Trust Conservation Workshop on Tuesday 24th July from 2pm to 4pm.

This session is suitable for anyone from 12 to 102 years old. With a John Muir Trust Award in mind attendees will get their hands dirty, bracken bashing at an archaeological site and seeing what they can uncover. Tools will be provided, but please bring outdoor clothing, gloves, drink and a snack.

The session is free, but those wishing to attend should please register by e-mail at: anke.addy@btinternet.com

Information about all of the above workshops, as well as a full programme of events at venues in and around Aboyne, can be found on the festival website www.aboyneanddeesidefestival.org.uk