Drawing and Painting Studio - create + relax + enjoy
About the D+P Studio
We started an independent studio teaching art and design in 2008 in West Regent Street in Glasgow city centre, Scotland, United Kingdom.
This was in an area of old 19th century merchant townhouses that had artists working in the early days of the nearby Glasgow School of Art (GSA), just up the road at the top of Garnethill. We started with general portfolio classes and life classes with a focus on teaching in a genuine studio environment but within a few years started to work with a wider mix of students including graduates of the nearby GSA looking to extend aspects of their practice, as well as with complete beginners and many enthusiastic students.
At this point we introduced our ‘Inspirational’ class for more advanced students, working with a wider range of art materials and media, bringing in installation and experimental projects as well as group tasks. We have enrolled many foreign students, attracted to the vibrancy of Glasgow and particularly the arts community in the city.
Our portfolio preparation students have gone on to join art school courses in Scotland and around the United Kingdom, or have returned abroad to continue their art practice and studies. Many of our students specialize in fields such as design, visual communication, illustration, fine art and photography, architecture and technical drawing. As well as giving practical advice and demonstrations of making works, from the ins and outs of combining warm and cold colours to simply how to hold a brush or marker or palette knife, we also try to inspire each student, with varied examples of artist’s works, and tips and learning from art history movements from the old masters to post modernism. We encourage and assist creative people to develop their artwork and design, learning new artistic skills along the way and taking these forward innovatively in a positive, structured but enjoyable way.
Art in the Community
In 2016 we began free community art classes in the north and east of Glasgow, helping young people and those disadvantaged in some way to get creative and have fun with artwork, providing free materials such as sketchbooks. At the same time we began providing One to One tutoring at the KSD buidling in Glasgow Woodlands area, and at students’ homes. KSD – Kagyu Samye Dzong (also known as Rokpa) is a centre run by Tibetan Buddhists whose rooms are used by yoga, meditation and Buddhist groups, such as Glasgow Zen Group of which Blair Thomson is a member. It is a quiet building with comfortable rooms ideal for making artwork in a peaceful environment.
You will be tutored primarily by artist Blair Thomson who set up the D+P Studio. We also have other tutors and assistants at time to time such as for community classes or group tutoring – tutors are Glasgow School of Art graduates with a wealth of art and design experience. Blair is an established artist who works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, film and installation, has exhibited nationally and internationally (such as in Tokyo in 2012).
He graduated in ’02 from the Glasgow School of Art painting department and has curated several exhibitions over the years. He was was a board member and trustee of The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art for several years and involved in their Annual Exhibition selection and hanging process. He has previously tutored and been involved in art workshops such as with Hamilton College and Largs Academy and in Japan also. He has an Enhanced Disclosure certificate and part of the PVG scheme. Please visit Blair’s website for more information.
The D+P Studio is dedicated to encouraging students to develop their creative practice and drawing skills, and learn from the best examples and techniques that artists and art movements worldwide have created.
Testimonial to Blair’s teaching and work on art projects:
Blair annually helps me with our school field trips to the Cairngorms and Abernethy where he leads lessons for Higher and Advanced Higher pupils. These range in methodologies and he is excellent at describing and demonstrating the strategies of making. He presents slide shows with talks which describe his own working methods within a broader context of art practice, both contemporary and traditional. These are informative and engaging and the pupils are stimulated to always ask questions and probe into the life of a working artist. His diction and vocabulary is rich and clear which gives his lessons impact and the reward for the pupils own artistic and imaginative experience is invaluable. He knows how to set targets and yet often plans lessons that will give the possibility of unexpected paths. In terms of character he is trustworthy, very amiable and funny and he is especially capable of helping and encouraging weaker students.
Blair has been successful in applying for grant funding related to arts and community activity, and has been responsible for liaising with the trusts and organisations providing the funding, reporting regularly on progress. He has developed tutoring projects to suit various groups and has worked to inspire individuals from various backgrounds to draw, paint and create. Blair is also a commentator on art and provides stimulating and insightful reviews of artwork and art exhibitions in Scotland and beyond.
Above: Large joint piece by Inspirational Class students