Paint Brushes

Welcome to Upper
Deeside Art Society

Our aim to encourage an interest in art by providing opportunities


to practice and exhibit art on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.

Oil Painting Workshop

Who we are

Artistic Souls

Upper Deeside Art Society or UDAS was founded in 1992 by a small

group of art enthusiasts from the Ballater area. We now have over a

hundred members from postal areas AB31, AB34, AB35 and AB36, who 

work in an ever-widening range of media; acrylics, oils, water-colour,

pastels, graphite, ceramics, print making, wood and textiles.

Our workshops and talks are held in Aboyne, but our

annual art exhibitions take place at Balmoral and Ballater.

To become a member please contact the membership secretary,

via the button below.


"Every child is an Artist.

The problem is how to remain

an artist once we grow up"

Pablo Picasso

What we offer members

Creative Confidence

Creatives of all abilities are welcome, with the Society offering a regular programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops that introduce newcomers to art and creativity, and refine the techniques of even the most veteran artists.


Most importantly it offers the chance to meet fellow creatives in a friendly

and informal basis.

Audiovisual Conference

Art Talks

Invited artists give our monthly Friday

afternoon talks starting at 14:30 and held

within  Aboyne Bowling Club.


Admission is free for members and

£2 for non-members, who are always welcome.



We aim to run one or two day (weekend) tutored workshop session for members, with a practising

Artist each month.


These workshops cover a variety of media and are

held in the Art Department of Aboyne Academy.

Painting Prints

Printing Press

As a paid up member of the society you will

have privileged access to a printing press

located in the Aboyne Academy Art Department

for etching and allied techniques.


Un-tutored sessions are normally run

in the morning, of the second Saturday,

and in the evening of the last Thursday

of each month, depending on

room availability.

Walking In Gallery


Presently the committee organise and run two

annual exhibitions open to all of our members. 


One at Balmoral Castle, in the visitors tea-room

at the end of March to beginning of August, and

the other at the Victoria Hall, Station Square

Ballater, for a week at the end of August.


Both offer members an ideal opportunity

to show and sell their work.

“Creativity takes courage”

Henri Matisse

Quick look Calendar

May - July 2022

Saturday 7th May 2022

Frances Crawford will show us how to create a “painterly monoprint” using water-soluble oil paints and acetates.

Saturday 4th June 2022

Lorraine Walker will show us how to paint flowers in watercolour.

Saturday 2nd July 2022

David Wylie will guide us through painting our self-portraits, preferably in oils/acrylics.

Saturday 23rd July 2022

Untutored outdoor painting/drawing day at the Seed Box Walled Garden, Ballogie.

Friday 5th August 2022

Untutored outdoor painting/drawing day at Finzean House

If you are a UDAS Member, check out
the posts and members artwork on the Forum.
To access click - Log in - top right of this page
and type your email address and password. 
Once logged in, click on  - Members Area - 
scroll down and click on - Forum. 

(Please note the Forum page is private and
cannot be accessed by non members.)


“Art enables us to find ourselves and

lose ourselves at the same time”

Thomas Merton

Past Events

Check Them Out

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July 6th & 7th, 2019

Day 1: UDAS members having fun at Craigievar Castle today! Thank you to tutor Eleanor White for taking everyone outside their comfort zone with graphite, charcoal, ink and erasers en plein air.....a very enjoyable day. What will they be up to tomorrow?

Day 2: Tutor Eleanor White fell in love with these old stables and farm buildings at Dinnet, so our hardy group were there with her all day today! Lovely work.........well done all.


David Wood - Aboyne Academy


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May 3rd 2019

How is expressive art taught in our schools? How are pupils prepared for an artistic career?


Questions, which were informatively, answered by David Wood an Art Teacher at Aboyne Academy on Friday evening. If you didn’t make the talk you missed out.

Check out the Blog for more information.

Here is a selection of the wonderful work pupils are creating.


Contact Us

Use the contact form opposite to contact our Membership Secretary.

To become a member you must be 16 years or over and living in the AB31, AB34, AB35 and AB36 postal areas and our membership fee is currently £18 per year. 

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Outing to V&A Museum Dundee


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May 10th, 2019

A very enjoyable and informative day out for UDAS members at the new V&A Museum in Dundee.

Lindsay Stewart


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April 27th, 2019

One-day workshop with Mixed media, monoprint and collage