Reviews for The Arienas Collective

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Silver Clay Boxes and Beads (Course inactive)

In-person course
Elain Bauchop - - #34752

Anna is a superb tutor and extremely knowledgable. The boxes and beads workshop was great for building the skills learnt on an earlier course by Anna.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Elain

It's so lovely you've come back to do not one, but two intermediate level silver clay workshops with Anna, and that you've found her to be knowledgeable and patient.

Thanks to Anna, many people fall in love with silver clay and this has allowed us to introduce a series of next level workshops, and also introduce our first-ever masterclass course in October - which we're very excited about!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Keep creating!
Lynn

Silver clay ring making (Course inactive)

In-person course
Elain Bauchop - - #34753

Excellent course run by Anna learning how to make two rings. Anna is very knowledgable and very patient.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Elain

Thanks so much for another lovely review, and I'm pleased you found Anna so helpful. She is indeed very knowledgeable, and we are fortunate to have an expert like Anna on hand to teach our silver clay jewellery workshops. It's lovely that so many have said how patient and inspiring she is.

Look forward to seeing you again soon!

With best wishes
Lynn

Introduction to silver clay jewellery

In-person course
Elain Bauchop - - #34754

Great course with Anna. Enjoyed it so much I booked on two subsequent more advanced courses and am enjoying wearing the jewellery I made.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Elain

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, and we're delighted you've got so hooked on making silver clay jewellery that you've come back for more! We're so impressed with everything you've made, and are particularly glad you're proud enough of it to wear it out and about.

Keep creating!
Best wishes
Lynn and Anna

Creative workshop hub in Edinburgh's beautiful and historic New Town

In-person course
Laura MacPhie - - #34535

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Laura. Thank you so much for this lovely, considered review of our workshop space, and for your understanding of the challenges small creative businesses like ourselves have had to face this past 16 months or so. It has been a tough time for so many, but it's thanks to loyal and supportive creatives like yourself that we have survived, and found the will to keep going. Thanks for your personal recommendation: I can't tell you how much it means to me personally, and to all members of our creative Collective. We can't wait to welcome you back, and would encourage any creatives who wish to bring their workshop ideas to life here to get in touch. Lynn x

Lino-printing onto fabric (Course inactive)

In-person course
Laura MacPhie - - #34534

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Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Laura. Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. We really do appreciate it when people take the time to add a review of their course. We are glad you felt safe enough to enjoy your lino printing workshop to the full. We do our best to get the right balance between keeping the space and everyone in it safe, and being able to switch off and focus on getting creative. The compliments for your tea towel are very well-deserved! I absolutely loved your toadstool design and I could think of a few people I know who would love one (you could probably go into hand production with them!). We look forward to welcoming you back. With best wishes, Lynn and Suzanne :-)

Lino-printing onto fabric (Course inactive)

In-person course
Sian Clifton - - #34508

A well taught and fun workshop. Would highly recommend it.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Sian,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your workshop. Personal recommendations are always the best! We look forward to welcoming you back to The Arienas Collective :-)
With best wishes
Lynn and Suzanne

Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Lara Mieduniecki - - #34233

A really enjoyable class, I had wonderful day. Anna and Lynne couldn't have been more welcoming. The class was extremely well organised and Anna has endless patience in showing everyone the different techniques. Especially impressed that they sent through an email afterwards detailing what we had covered so we could refer back to it. I have booked the soldering class for later in the year as well to carry on building on what I've learned.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Lara
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day - we were very impressed with what you made!
We can't wait to welcome you back for the soldering class, which we hope you'll enjoy just as much.
With best wishes
Lynn :-)

Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Kirsty Campbell - - #34121

I thoroughly enjoyed the silver clay day workshop and would definitely recommend it to friends. Anna created a very calm atmosphere and was so patient explaining everything individually and helping everyone with their pieces.

I was so proud of what I achieved with the silver clay- they look fab!

Will definitely return for another workshop.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Kirsty

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. I'm so glad to hear you felt calm - it's what we try to achieve even given the Covid restrictions - and that you were proud of what you achieved: they did indeed look fabulous!

We look forward to welcoming you back :-)

With best wishes
Lynn

Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Lesley - - #34094

It was absolutely fantastic to be able to finally attend another course with Anna and Lynn - very relaxed, great course with enough time to craft the silver clay, it was a bit different with the COVID rules but felt completely safe at all times - loved making my charms and stone setting- highly recommend The Arienas Collective and my friend and I are already looking to book another course - there is something for everyone 🌟🌟🌟

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Lesley.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We're so glad to hear you felt safe, since this is important for being able to relax and enjoy your workshop, and benefit from the wellbeing benefits of engaging in a creative activity.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon! I wonder what you'll choose next???

With very best wishes
Lynn :-)

Bookbinding and sketching workshop at The Arienas Collective in central Edinburgh (Course inactive)

In-person course
Lynda Hepburn - - #33772

Such an enjoyable day of face-to-face crafting. The book binding with Cass was as always clear, unhurried and helpful. Sketching was the challenge for me, but Mark made time to help each participant with their sketches and give plenty tips. The Arienas Collective is a lovely space to work in and the whole day was a rare treat.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Lynda

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day. The beauty of smaller classes is that the artists have time to give you the support you need, and I'm glad you got some helpful tips from Mark to progress your sketching skills. We hope to welcome you back one day.

With best wishes
Lynn, Cass and Mark x

Silver clay jewellery making taster workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

In-person course
Lucy Logan - - #33511

My mum and I really enjoyed our morning making earings, charms and pendants. Thank you Anna and Lynne

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Lucy

Thank you so much for leaving a review. I'm so glad you both enjoyed your day so much. You and your mum made some beautiful pieces! It's such a wonderful material to work with, and lovely to see all the different things people create from the same piece of metal clay.

Hope to welcome you both back again one day.

With best wishes
Lynn

Art + Wine evenings

In-person course
Nancy - - #30986

In the midst of all the current chaos, this was a lovely sanctuary of calm! Suzanne and Lynn create a friendly, open atmosphere where you feel encouraged and supported throughout, and as other reviewers have mentioned, you will be amazed at what you create! I'd highly recommend this, and it would make a lovely gift.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review Nancy. We're so glad you found some sanctuary while you were here, and really happy to hear that you were amazed at what you created within just 3 hours. You should be rightly proud! Hope to welcome you back soon.

With best wishes
Lynn

Sketching with watercolour (Course inactive)

In-person course
Ed Robertson - - #30659

Short taster course and really enjoyable. I don't consider myself to be very "Arty", but this brief intro got straight to the point, here is a pen and paper and get sketching. Mark has a relaxed manner and makes time for each person in the group. I've already got a place booked on one of the advanced courses, so I'd better get some practice in.
Lynn had everything sorted out for Covid 19 precautions - information, screens, single use items, hand sanitizer etc.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Ed. Thanks for your lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed your workshop with Mark, and felt safe while you were with us for our first In-person workshop since lockdown. We love helping people release their inner artist, and look forward to welcoming you back for your advanced sketching workshop with Mark and to seeing how you’ve progressed. Meantime, keep sketching! Best wishes, Lynn

Make a macramé plant hanger

In-person course
Nardina - - #29575

Lucy and Lynn have been absolutely fantastic. I have learnt so much during this inspiring workshop and it has given me the knowledge to keep working at home on my own. The space is welcoming and a lovely buffet is provided with plenty of teas, coffee and cakes. I will go back soon to try another of the many workshops they run. Highly recommended! Thank you, Arienas Collective, for being so awesome!!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Nardina

Wow! Thank you so much for this really lovely review. I'm so glad Lucy inspired you to bring macramé into your life, and that you enjoyed your time in our home-based workspace (which I hope will be open to the public again very soon).

Look forward to welcoming you back :-)

With best wishes
Lynn

Create your own letterpress stationery (Course inactive)

In-person course
Janet Dodds-Direen - - #29699

Brilliant course, I really enjoyed it. The setting is wonderful and very welcoming. Lou was a great teacher and obviously knew her stuff. There was an amazing choice of cards and type, as well as the 2 lovely presses themselves to use. I love letterpress and I now feel confident about progressing further myself.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Janet

Thanks for this glowing review :-) I'm so glad you enjoyed your letterpress workshop with Lou, and I hope you will enjoy continuing to get creative with letterpress printing.

With best wishes
Lynn

Sketching with watercolour (Course inactive)

In-person course
Graham Brown - - #28831

I was given this course as a gift at Christmas. Despite losing my glasses on the way to the course I really enjoyed the experience. I was very pleased with what I managed to produce, despite the lack of glasses, under the expert guidance of our tutor Mark. He made everyone feel welcome and relaxed and was always on hand with help and advice.
I would certainly recommend this course to others and hope to join further courses in the future.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Graham

You did so well without your glasses! I do hope you recovered them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I thought you all created some fantastic work - on what was a chilly day! Mark has a lovely relaxed way of teaching a skill some people are a bit scared of trying. I'm glad your experience has encouraged you to continue, and hope to welcome you back soon.

With best wishes
Lynn

Sketching with watercolour (Course inactive)

In-person course
Sylvie Soudan - - #28834

Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. As the group is deliberately kept small Mark is able to give everyone individual guidance at their own level. A relaxed but very stimulating session, highly recommend.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Sylvie

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We keep our group sizes small for exactly the reasons you give, and I'm so glad you felt this meant that Mark was able to give you each the individual support you needed. He has a lovely relaxed way of teaching, yet your sketching results show that much was achieved in a relatively short time.

Maybe see you at one of his upcoming advanced sketching with watercolour workshops?

Meantime, keep sketching!

Best wishes
Lynn

Screen-print repeat patterns on fabric

In-person course
Sian Clifton - - #28846

So many aspects of screen printing were covered in a day

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Sian

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us feedback. Lou has a lot of knowledge and skills to share, being a printer herself, and I'm glad you feel that the course covered so much. It's the benefit of a full day workshop over a half day that you have time to cover so much more.

Hope it inspired you to keep printing!

Best wishes
Lynn

Sketching with watercolour (Course inactive)

In-person course
Elizabeth Hogg - - #28836

This was an excellent taster course. I learnt a lot and would be happy to take a further course. The small class size meant we could hear and see well when we were outdoors, and Mark gave us any attention we wanted. The length of the course was just right and the coffee was perfect.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Elizabeth

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We do keep all our class sizes small so our artists and makers can give you the help and support you need to get the most of your time. And glad you enjoyed the coffee!

Hope to see you back at one of Mark's advanced sketching with watercolour workshops sometime soon. Meantime, keep sketching!

With best wishes
Lynn

Bookbinding and sketching workshop at The Arienas Collective in central Edinburgh (Course inactive)

In-person course
Ann Robertson - - #28235

A fantastic workshop with very high quality tuition. A lovely environment and tasty lunch. Enjoyed the mix of making a sketchbook and then getting out and about in the afternoon. Learnt loads with excellent follow up notes. Looking forward to exploring their other workshops.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Ann

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and Cass, Mark and I are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much.

I hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon. Meantime keep filling up that lovely sketch book you made!

With best wishes
Lynn :-)