ROKA Workshops was created by partners Robert Laing and Karen Macready.
Robert and Karen have a combined 21 years Art teaching experience across a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, animation and design. Teaching children aged 11 to 18 across a variety of levels from Nat 3 – Nat 5, NPA and Higher. This includes Art & Design, Photography, Creative Digital Media and Creative Industries They both have experience of planning and leading day and residential trips at home and abroad. This has included taking pupils to London, Berlin and Prague. Both Robert and Karen are GTCS registered and are full members of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art in Visual Communication Robert has worked as an Art & Design teacher for 13 years covering a range of stages from primary to adult. He has experience with the SQA as marker for Higher Photography and is currently a NQ Visiting Verifier for the subject. Robert contiunes to work on small freelance Graphic Design projects and is also designer/maker at Tri Geometrica, a product design company producing a range of handmade concrete items such as geometric planters and lighting. Through this he has provided concrete casting workshops for adults at a range of locations around Scotland. Tri Geometrica was recently featured in The Herald Luxury Magazine Glasgow and Edinburgh editions.
Studied Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art and then at Napier before completing a PGDE in Secondary Art and Design at Moray House in Edinburgh. As well as Graphics Karen has also taken courses in Life Drawing, Printmaking, Silversmithing and Jewellery and Stained Glass at ECA. Karen is illustrator/director of must dash illustration which sells prints, greeting cards and jewellery from quirky, hand drawn illustrations. She sells her work in a number of shops around Scotland and at numerous events and makers markets. Karen has 3 years experience organising and running Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and also has experience of marking for the SQA at National 5 level.
Krysia will be assisting with our Summer Art School 2019 and will also be leading the environmental art activities. Krysia graduated from GSA’s Sculpture & Environmental Art course in 2013 and has since worked as an Arts Specialist at Hospitalfield Arts. She has held international art residencies where she continued her explorations in sound and site specific work, exhibited as part of Glasgow International 2016 and won an award for her work at OXO Tower Wharf, London, for the Project strand of the Celeste Prize 2016. She was programmed as part of UK Young Artists in Derby 2016, and is being represented by Vertex Art Gallery, London. Krysia has been appointed Artist Ambassador and Artist Assistant for various cultural organisations over the years and is now progressing her career within an educational context.