Sketching workshops

New Online workshops available now.

As the current lockdown due to Covid 19 continues I will be running some online Zoom workshops, partnering with fellow Edinburgh artists. I currently have the following two online workshops available.

Cityscapes in Sketches and Mixed Media – Edinburgh.
24th April 2021, 10am – 5pm.
£95 without materials kit, £150 with kit. 

This full day workshop will be made up of three live sessions where artist Julie Galante and I will guide you through capturing cityscapes with ink and also mixed media.

During the day you will join Mark and Julie for three Zoom sessions during which each artist will share the tips and techniques they use in their own art works. You will learn how to use scale, perspective, various mediums and textures to tell the story of what you see around you, building your confidence and learning useful tricks of the trade that you will go one to use again and again.

In between the sessions you are encouraged to continue building on what we’ve done, either heading outside to find inspiration in the city, or working from reference photos of Edinburgh which will be provided.

Participants can order a kit of materials when booking (UK addresses only) or source their own (a detailed list will be provided).

For more information and to book a place follow this link:
Cityscapes in Sketches and Mixed Media – Edinburgh


Urban Sketching with Cassandra and Mark – 3 sessions – Sketch to Collage.
4th, 11th and 28th May 2021, 7pm – 8.15pm.
£60 for 3 sessions

This three session workshop will run over three consecutive Tuesday evenings in May from 7pm – 8.15pm. Fellow artist and teacher Cassandra Harrison will be joining me for these relaxed creative sessions which will guide you through sketching into collage, using photographs for inspiration.

We will begin with line work working in ink and then add watercolour capturing perspective and shadow.  On the second date we will use our sketches to make collage piece learning how to mix textures, before our final class will focus on finishing a single piece, adding more detail. 

For more information and to book a place follow this link:
Urban Sketching with Cassandra and Mark
3 sessions, Sketch to Collage


Live Sketching will return …

Learn speed sketching skills in beautiful surroundings on one of my walking tours

No prior knowledge is needed for my relaxed and friendly introduction workshops. I have recently added two more advanced sessions for people who want to come back and concentrate on a particular area.

I provide all the materials for you to draw a number of sketches out on location, although if weather is particularly bad we can bring the New Town indoors with photographs.

You will leave with a unique piece of art you created yourself as well as a increased confidence in your ability to capture the world around you in pen and watercolour.

These workshops are kept to around 8 people to make sure I spend one to one time with each attendee, so do book early to avoid disappointment.


Introduction to Sketching
with Arienas Collective

Multiple dates, see below for details

£35 per adult which includes all materials required.

On this 2.5 hour sketching workshop we will walk around the stunning Georgian architecture of Edinburgh’s New Town whilst creating ink and watercolour drawings. Starting with quick sketches you will quickly relax into drawing. You will choose your favourite piece to mount.

The price includes all materials, plus a hot drink. You will also take home all the sketches you complete. Click on the date below to book.

  • Sunday 9th May 2021, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 11th June 2021, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 9th July 2021, 12.30pm – 3pm
  • Friday 6th August 2021, 10am – 12.30pm

Advanced Sketching: Georgian landscapes
with Arienas Collective

Multiple dates, see below for details

£55 per adult which includes all materials required, and refreshments.

Focusing on two illustrations, in this 3.5 hour workshop you will learn how to use composition and perspective to draw the eye into your painting.

Using ink and watercolour, and under the close guidance, you will finish and two A4 pieces. Places are limited to eight or under on this more advanced sketching workshop in order to provide more one-to-one tuition.

The price includes all materials, plus a hot drink served with cake or biscuits. You will also take home all the sketches you complete. Click on the date below to book.

  • Friday 21st May 2021, 10am – 1.30pm
  • Friday 23rd July 2021, 10am – 1.30pm

Advanced Sketching: People and Crowds
with Arienas Collective

Multiple dates, see below for details

£55 per adult which includes all materials required, and refreshments.

In this 3.5 hour workshop we will capture both crowds on the streets of Edinburgh, and also close up figure sketches from within the Scottish Portrait Gallery.

Places are limited to eight or under on this more advanced sketching workshop in order to provide more one-to-one tuition. The price includes all materials, plus a hot drink served with cake or biscuits. You will also take home all the sketches you complete. Click on the date below to book.

  • Friday 25th June 2021, 12.30pm – 4pm
  • Friday 22nd August 2021, 10am – 1.30pm

Bookbinding and Sketching Day
with Cass Barron and Arienas Collective

Multiple dates, see below for details

£95 per adult which includes all materials, a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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.

The class size is kept small so that Cass and I can give you all the help and support you need to get the most from your day with us. 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. Click on the date below to book.

  • Friday 18th June 2021, 10am – 5pm
  • Friday 1st October 2021, 10am – 5pm
  • Friday 3rd December 2021, 10am – 5pm

 
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