Loch of Strathbeg calls to budding artists

Artists from across Aberdeenshire will be on hand this weekend (March 9-10)at Loch of Strathbeg to help members of the public tap into their creative side.

As well as activities, there will also be an exhibition of wildlife depicted in art will feature local talent such as Karen Hartnell, who is known for her drawings and paintings of white-tailed sea eagles. There will also be work from Kath Hamper and Elinor Grieve, both talented artists in Aberdeenshire.

Diana Spencer, Visitor and Publicity Officer at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, said: “Everyone has a bit of creativity in them – whether that’s building something or drawing a picture – and we’d love to see what people can create after being inspired by the wildlife around them.

“All weekend there’s plenty of activities either to watch or participate in. On Saturday, you can explore the reserve and bring anything you find back to the visitor centre where you can create a fantastic natural sculpture, collage, bird feeder or bug house to take home. Sunday is a chance for anyone who would like to try drawing or sketching for the first time or is looking to improve their existing art skills. They can work alongside other artists and build on their knowledge and experience in a nurturing environment.”

Basic materials will be provided but you should also bring along your own paints and pencils; there is a suggested donation of £10 per person.

If you are an experienced or professional artist and would like to exhibit your work or help us give advice to our visitors then please get in touch.

Year of Natural Scotland 2013 is a chance to promote Scotland’s stunning natural beauty and biodiversity, and promote ways to enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. Find out more at www.visitscotland.org.