Workshops and Courses

“Inspiring Islay”

Art Courses at The Dower House,

March & September, Group weeks on request throughout the year

The Dower House hosted art courses in  2018 and 2019, with exhibitions of work inspired by Islay, with tea and amazing cakes on Friday afternoon with everyone was invited.

Mary-Ann Featherstone lives at The Dower House and has been painting for over 25 years and teaching all ages for many. Mary-Ann teaches a mix of media including, drawing, watercolour & acrylic painting, photographic composition, mosaics and has a wide range of wildlife knowledge to pass on in walks and pictures. Mary-Ann also offers Reiki should anyone ask.

Rose Hatcher  comes all the way from Dorset to teach her own style of wet felt making  and book binding for 4 days, with stunning results for all of us who are learning for the first time and others who have experience, but improving skills. Most of us had little idea of what wet felting involved and loved the beauty and therapeutic quality of the process.

Emma Baker, lives on Islay and is also a wildlife enthusiast showing others how to creates mosaics in our workshops in a different style and has had success in her own business selling her creations.

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Our final day, was wet felt making in 1 room and Mary-Ann taught how to design, prepare and paint a slate in acrylics to those who had not painted since school days…a few years before. Everyone can learn new skills and the ladies who painted produced pictures to be proud of.

After the success of the whole week, learning new skills, making new friends and retreating from the world outside for a while. We are working out dates for our next day workshops, as well as an opportunity for residential breaks for those from further afield. Everyone will be welcome, you don’t need experience, just a will to have a go and enjoy yourself. We are disabled friendly.

For more information see our website  or email Mary-Ann

Relax and discover new skills in tranquil surroundings on our beautiful Isle of Islay. 

Flexible Day Courses and Residential Arts

March 22nd & September 16th 2019

Come and join us for a day or a week.

We are offering a variety of arts and crafts.

Wet felt making with inspirational Rose Hatcher

Book binding with Rose Hatcher, through popular demand!

Painting and drawing with watercolour and mixed media, teacher and self taught artist of 30 years Mary-Ann Featherstone

Making Mosaics with  Mary-Ann Featherstone & Emma Baker

Half day workshops cost £35 including lunch

Overnight accommodation available £90 per night full board

Non participating partners sharing room £90 per night full board

2 to 5 nights full board 

Suitable for many disabilities. (see Apartment information)

Non participating partners, sharing room very welcome. Other activities available.


Residential week March 2019

If anyone wishes to come along with a partner, but does not want to partake in any of the workshops on offer, there are a wide variety of activities to enjoy during your stay including wildlife walks, kayaking, fat biking, whisky tours. Please ask for details.

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