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Make Christmas cards from your West End sketches

Join me on Sunday 17th November and be inspired by Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture.

Following on from my first Christmas Card themed workshop a couple of weeks ago I will be back at Paper Tiger on Stafford Street to run two more workshops in November.

Each person who buys a ticket will receive a goody bag including a moleskine sketch book which we will use to draw a few locations around the West End in black ink.

I will be there to help you get started with a few tips and techniques so your confidence will grow as we move around the area. Working in black ink you will capture perspective and depth in your drawings.

Once back at Paper Tiger I will show you how you can turn these drawings into Christmas Cards ensuring you can send out your very own works of art this year.

Each place is £25 and included in that is your Paper Tiger goody bag and also all materials needed to take the workshop.

Book your place here:

17th November 12.30pm – 2.00pm

17th November 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Paper Tiger Facebook page

These photos were taken on the previous workshop with Paper Tiger

West End sketching in the sunshine

Last weekend I had a workshop with gift card and stationary shop, and Edinburgh institution; Paper Tiger.

I have run workshop tours from the Stafford Street shop before but not at the shorter time of 90 minutes so I was a bit nervous of how I would fit in my usual amount of drawings.

I needn’t of worried though as we had a plenty of time to start a few sketches and for me to pass on a few of my tips and tricks to get people started.

The group of around 12 people all created some great work and also we had a quick shot of the watercolours and waterbrushes which I usually take around with me.

Here are some photos from the afternoon and if you would like to join me on the next one, which we will be theming around creating bespoke Christmas cards then check the link below to see if there are places available.

Plus each ticket comes with a goody bag form Paper Tiger including a Moleskine sketchbook so you can keep drawing after the event!

Moleskine Christmas Card Workshop with Edinburgh Sketcher ‘Sketch Your Own Christmas Cards’ – 6th October 12.30pm – £25.00

Moleskine Christmas Card Workshop with Edinburgh Sketcher ‘Sketch Your Own Christmas Cards’ – 6th October 2.30pm – £25.00

Rooftop art workshops

Join me sketching from the private 5th floor roof terrace of John Lewis, in the heart of Edinburgh.

Following on from last month’s sketching from within the John Lewis cafe I am pleased to announce two exclusive workshops from the shop’s roof top terrace.

With panoramic views over the north of the city we will draw inspiration from the forth bridge on the left to Calton Hill on the right, and all of Leith below us.

In collaboration with New Town creative hub The Arienas Collective, these two dates (8th August and 15h August) are the first time John Lewis has run workshops from their roof space, and as such are a rare chance to walk out and see this stunning view over the city.

Using black ink and watercolours we will capture the skyline in a number of sketches which will teach you some of my tips to speed sketching and at the same time increase your confidence in capturing your view in a sketchbook.

We will also mount our favourite drawing to take home.

Tickets to this 2.5 hour workshop which runs from 10am – 12.30pm on both 8th and 15th August are £38 and include all materials needed and also a tea or coffee.

Places are limited to ensure more one to one time as I work around the group. To book your place click on the correct date below.

John Lewis Rooftop Sketching – 8th August – 10am

John Lewis Rooftop Sketching – 15th August – 10am

Mini sketching sessions in Stirling this February

Join me at The Engine Shed on February 16th for some sketching instruction at their dedicated building conservation centre.

Explore The Engine Shed with sketchbooks in hand, using ink and watercolour to bring your visit to life. Either stop by during the 10-12pm drop in session, or book onto one of the 45 minute workshops during the afternoon.

We will have a go at different shading techniques, with both ink and watercolour to capture depth and perspective, making your drawings jump off the page!

There will be four bookable 45 minute sessions in the afternoon, starting at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Book your places now as spaces are limited, using the link below.

Find out more and book your tickets from the Engine Shed Eventbrite page here

My first sketch tour of 2019 was along the Royal Mile

On Friday I ran a sketching workshop for 28 lawyers visiting Edinburgh from the Netherlands. My sketching two hour workshop was a break from their talks and visits to Parliament House and the Supreme Courts.

Blessed by such stunning architecture we sketched both the Georgian interiors of the Signet Library and exteriors, before visiting St Giles Cathedral for a little perspective practice.

Capturing the dark and light inside St Giles Cathedral was a real challenge, and using that shading to create depth in your drawing can be a tricky but rewarding task.

My group created a number of drawings around Parliament Square, and the two hours passed by quickly as each person found a little peace and creativity in their otherwise busy schedule in Scotland.

If you would like to discuss booking me to run a workshop for your visit to Edinburgh, or business conference then do get in touch. Sketching can be the perfect stress free distraction between meetings, when total concentration can be achieved quickly.

The Signet Library website

St Giles Cathedral website

A new workshop for creatives in Edinburgh

Create your own sketchbook in the morning and then, after a hearty lunch fill those blank pages with lovely watercolour sketches in the afternoon.

My new book binding and sketching workshop in partnership with Cass Barron and Arienas Collective is launching on November 23rd. This creative full day class combines creating your own leather, or pleather bound book which we will then fill with sketches of the New Town.

Join local bookbinder Cass Barron to create your own A6 (landscape) leather, or pleather, covered sketchbook, complete with decorative exposed stitching and a nifty fastening to store your pens and pencils.

Then after a well deserved lunch break, I will take you and your newly bound book to the streets for a sketching tour, where you’ll learn some tricks of the trade and get some gentle encouragement to fill those blank pages. On colder days, sketching will be mainly indoors at the amazing Scottish Portrait Gallery.

a great opportunity to let your creativity flow … learn a range of skills and leave with a personalised sketchbook.

This workshop is a great opportunity to let your creativity flow in a supportive environment, learn a range of skills and leave with a personalised sketchbook.

Book binding and Sketching workshop. Friday 23rd November 2018, 10am – 4pm,  £95 per adult which includes all materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Click here for more information and to book your place.

Bookbinding with Cass on facebook

Brand new locations for my sketching workshops this autumn.

Join me at Rosslyn Chapel on Thursday 18th October and in Edinburgh’s Old Town on Saturday 13th October and Saturday 10th November.

No prior knowledge is needed for my relaxed and friendly workshops. I provide all the materials and you will create a number of sketches out on location before adding detail and watercolour whilst discussing your pieces over refreshments. You will leave with a unique piece of art as well as a unique souvenir you created yourself.

First up is a perfect location for sketching: Edinburgh’s Old Town on Sat 13th October and Sat 10th November.

Thanks to the lovely people at the Patrick Geddes Centre above Victoria Street we will tour the Lawnmarket around Edinburgh’s Old Town creating a number of sketches in ink and watercolour. You will pick up some sketching tips and increase your ability to capture the world around you in a few lines.

In this combined history and sketching tour you will increase your knowledge of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site while picking up some sketching tips and increasing your ability to capture the world around you in a few lines.

All materials are included and you will also receive a hot lunch at the Patrick Geddes Centre, either before the afternoon session or after the morning session.

For more information and to book your place on this very exclusive workshop, which will take place on Saturday October 17th and Saturday November 10th, click HERE


A very special trip to the Rosslyn Chapel on Thursday 18th October. 

Capture this very special and mysterious location in pen and watercolour. We will create a number of sketches as we tour the excuisit interior which is crammed with carvings creating a wonderful location to sketch. Refreshments will be provided as we watercolour our drawings plus admission for the day is included so you will be able to relax in the grounds after the workshop.

For more information and to book your place on this one off workshop, click HERE.

The sketch above was drawn on location at the Rosslyn Chapel with ink and watercolour. 

A sketching tour of Holyrood Palace

My second sketching workshop around the grounds of Holyrood Palace was a huge success, and it was great to see the beautiful works of Canaletto once again.

Friday was such a great day, with a lovely sketching tour around Holyrood in the morning and then a walk through Edinburgh’s festival mayhem to see the opening event of #FiveTelegrams at the Usher Hall.

We had a sell out of 12 sketchers for the Palace workshop which is a lovely number enabling me to provide plenty of one to one help to each person, and also as the palace grounds can be busy with visitors just now.

We started with a guided tour of the Canaletto exhibition, highlighting some of his Venetian paintings and pointing out some key sketching tips which he may of used to create his compositions.

We then toured the grounds including the Quadrant area and Abbey ruins which you can see were superbly captured above.

If you would like to come on on of my sketching workshops in various locations around the city, see the Workshops page here.

The Caneletto collection is on display at The Queen’s Gallery until Sunday 21st October 2018

Car free streets for #CleanAirDay in Edinburgh

As cars were banned from The Mound, Hanover Street and part of George Street for the afternoon I was asked to run a sketching workshop

On Clean Air Day, which is the 21st June events were held throughout the UK promoting better, cleaner inner city environments for pedestrians and cyclists. Here in Edinburgh the City of Edinburgh Council closed the route between the top of the mound and the St Andrews Street end of George Street.

An ‘Urban Garden’  of cushions, trees and huge deck chairs were arranged and electric bikes were tested on the car free streets. There were processions and talks about how important it is to provide clean air, plus a pipe band and a ceilidh along the cobbled thoroughfare.

I thought is was great and think there should be sections of George Street pedestrianised to make this a permanent feature, or at least a summer feature when the weather is good as it was on Thursday.

After a quick invitation on line I was joined by some enthusiastic sketchers and we made these drawings of George Street without cars. Thanks those who came along and I look forward to catching up with you at a future event.

For more information about the Clean Air Day celebrations, and for information about  how to be involved in next years event, see the link below.

The sketches were all made on location with fineliner pens, waterbrushes and small watercolour sets.

Clean Air Day website

Making montages in the New Town

fulldaysketchingTomorrow I will be once again sketching with Arienas Collective. And with many dates booked in for 2018 there is plenty of opportunities for you to join us.

The Arienas Collective experience is that of a friendly, relaxed creative hub in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. Run from a beautiful home environment our host Lynn creates a welcoming space where you can release your creativity.

Spaces are limited to these special workshops to enable more one to one tuition and in the full day workshops a delicious lunch is provided as well as teas, coffees and snacks. All of which mean guests canlet the time flow by, being fully submerged in the creative process.

All equipment and materials needed are provided so you can just turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique

I think there are still a couple of places free for tomorrows all day class, details of which can be found at the link below. We will be touring the New Town picking out some sights to sketch and creating a number of quick ink drawings. We will also visit the Portrait gallery before returning to the cosy studio at Arienas Collective to add watercolour and frame our masterpieces. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sketching the New Town with Arienas Collective

More dates for my Arienas Collective workshops can be found on my Workshops page HERE.

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