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Covesea Lighthouse

Print, Cut, Assemble

Imagine endless sky, deep sand beaches, long days and lingering sunsets. Imagine yourself and a group of like-minded artists staying in a lighthouse and printing in this amazing landscape.

Not far from where she is based in Scotland, Susan came across Covesea Skerries Lighthouse, which sits on a headland in the Moray Firth. The area is known for its “micro-climate” mild weather, miles of unspoiled beaches, beautiful surrounding countryside, and is one of the best places in the UK to spot bottle-nose dolphins and whales.

Lossiemouth, a quaint fishing town known as the “Jewel of the Moray Firth”, is less than a 2-mile walk along a glorious, white-sand beach – when the tide is out! – or over sand dunes and skirting a golf course when it is not. Stroll closer to home and you’ll find two charming cafes.

Accommodations are in two attached cozy and comfortable cottages within the lighthouse compound itself, which also houses a small museum and admission to the beacon-room. Each cottage has three bedrooms, one bathroom a lounge, kitchen and a dining area. There is easy access to the glorious, white-sand beaches below which stretch seemingly endlessly in either direction.

This class taught by Lisa Mackie will take place in an adjoining wooden annex offering plenty of space and natural light, especially during the long summer solstice days in Scotland.

For a truly Scottish experience we will take a half-day off to visit nearby Cawdor Castle (think; Shakespeare’s MacBeth), as well as a working Speyside distillery.

Students fly to Aberdeen’s Dyce airport where you will be picked up and driven by private minivan the remaining two hours to the workshop.

Sign up early and don’t miss out on this unique experience!

Print, Cut, Assemble

The endless sea and sky will guide our foray into the painterly world of monotype/monoprint. Begin with the essentials of monoprint, add trace and manier noir approaches, experiment with chine colle,and build matrices from dry point and silk aquatint. Using water-based media. We’ll print on a variety of papers and fabrics.We’ll also edit and focus as we transform our prints from single images into interrelated series, reconfigure them as shaped prints, collage, or portable installations.

Lisa Mackie, Blue woman with sphereLisa Mackie works in mixed media prints, paintings, artists’ books, video and installation. She has taught at many colleges; currently she is teaching at FIT, York College and The LES Printshop. She is a master printer and proprietor of Lisa H. Mackie Studios. Along with Arepa Digital Publishing, Lisa has created interactive DVDs: Nontoxic Printmaking in Action and Printing from a Xerox Copy. Her work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, and The Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, and The Botswana Museum and Art Gallery in Gaborone. Lisa is represented by June Kelly Gallery, NYC.
www.lisamackie.com and Junekellygallery.com

Foot-Step-solar-plate-nature-printLisa Mackie is an exceptionally experienced teacher/printmaker and intrepid traveler. Lisa has taught for WSW here in our studios in Rosendale and abroad in Tuscany. We will be setting up our print shop in a new pavilion on the grounds of the Covesea lighthouse. The plexiglass walls will provide plenty of light during these long summer solstice days in Scotland.


Last summer Susan was our chef, one of our better decisions. She has happily agreed to undertake the cooking this year. There will be plenty of fresh, and locally sourced fare as well as an eclectic mix of “Persian-fusion” – reflecting her Iranian heritage and engagement with diverse cultures from her extensive travel. Allergies and dietary restrictions will gladly be respected, but please give us advanced notice.