English Language Course for Creatives | Meet the Makers
Blue Noun’s Immersion English Programme for creative professionals gets you chatting with professional artists, craftspeople and industry experts.
Immersive English experiences are Blue Noun’s strength and our beautiful region of Strathearn is our living classroom.
Our region is uniquely filled with small producers of agri-based industries including foods, textiles, animals and crops.
“Strathearn is Scotland’s Larder”
Strathearn’s landscape attracts outdoor sports and recreation businesses and artists, crafters, writers and other creatives who chose to live here as a base but sell/publish their work globally.
Out with the traditional High Street lies a wealth of innovative and excellent micro-businesses creating their own niche in global markets.
At Blue Noun, our concept is to introduce all our students to makers in informal, professional settings, where our students practice professional English skills such as presentations, listening comprehension, asking and answering questions about their own profession and interests.
All the makers we work with are financially rewarded for their time – but they also keen to benefit from the multi-cultural exchange our language learners bring.
In addition, our maker partners are invited to socialise with us and take part in workshops and events. We really do offer an English Language Course for Creatives that gives professional, practical language experience.
Soon, you can find out more about any of our partners by clicking the links below…
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Perthshire Open Studios
200 Artists and 140 Venues!
It’s Perthshire’s Annual Open Studios. Once a year, local galleries and artists team up to show off the creative practices of our region. It often combines with the unlocking of some special buildings too.
Seamstress & Designer | Lesley Mac Makes
Lesley has a sewing workshop and craft shop in Comrie near Crieff. Our English language learners can go to spend an afternoon in her workshop – she presents the history of material ‘Harris Tweed’ and demonstrates her craftwork. She will also invite our English class to make something.
Painter & Printmaker | Kathy Collins
Local artist Kathy Collins invites us into her world of art and nature. Visit her in her studio, lunch by her private and secluded riverside and find out about the Cyanotype prints she makes.
Jeweller & Designer| Jenna McDonald
Jenna demonstrates her jewellery making techniques to Blue Noun English classes – or visit her workshop during a trip to WASPS Studios Perth.
Glass Demonstration | Visit the Caithness Glassworks Crieff
World-famous, the Caithness Glass Factory in Crieff produces handmade Paperweights and Art Glass. Watch the crafters through every stage of production in the workshop.
CLAIRE MULLAN | THE HEDGEROW HIPPY
Friend and Blue Noun Ambassador, Claire is a regular guest speaker on our English language courses. Claire is a herbalist and leads workshops about her herbal garden – or takes Blue Noun English language learners through the highlights of foraging in Strathearn. She also teaches a general health and wellbeing workshop for us.
Feed the Deer | Clathic Deer Farm
Watch deer descend the hills at feeding time at Clathic Farm, where 200 red deer live on a vast area of land, providing venison meat for the butcher at the Crieff Food co.
Meet the growers | TOmnah'a Market Garden
Good friends of Blue Noun, Tomnah’a Market Garden produce seasonal veg and flowers in harmony with the natural environment. Enjoy a flower arranging demonstration and visit the heavenly part of Perthshire that is their market garden.
Erika Green | Green's Granola Breakfast
Erika’s company makes granola – and she offers English language learners a Granola Breakfast, where we sample her produce and find out about her business.
The Glenturret | Whisky tasting & Distillery Tour
Our local distillery, The Glenturret is one of Scotlands oldest continuously producing distillery. Take a tour of the distillery and find out the trade secrets of ‘Scotland’s gold’. Discover the amazing brand transformation since The Glenturret was bought by Lalique (the elegant French glass producers) for exquisite brand partnership.
Wine Tour| Cairn O'Mohr Wines
It’s a totally bonkers day out. Visit the Cairn O’ Mohr (pronounced care no more) winery in Perthshire to discover how their organic wine and cider is made. Take a guided tour and sample their very generous tasting session. You’ll love it – but you may not remember it very well.