Sketching workshops


Live Sketching is back …

I am so pleased to have new dates for live sketching in Edinburgh once again. Below are details about workshops you can book now and I will add more to this page as new dates and locations become available.

My live workshops will be run with a maximum of 6 people for the foreseeable time so we can maintain social distancing.

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.


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 a date below to book.


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.


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.


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.


Cityscapes in Sketching and Mixed Media with
Julie Galante and Arienas Collective

Multiple dates, see below for details

£145 per adult which includes all materials, a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Join local artist Julie Galante and myself for this workshop using 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 on to use again and again.

The morning will be spent sketching, including heading outside to find inspiration in the surrounding city streets, or working from reference photos of Edinburgh which will be provided for you (as a wet weather option). And in the afternoon after a delicious lunch you will be working with mixed media towards creating your finished piece.

The class size is kept small so that Julie 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 personal piece of art. Click on the date below to book.

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