Short Courses

Drawing and Painting

Explore drawing and painting techniques, how to design and plan content and mood, whether working from the figure, locations or developing more personal ideas.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!


Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2018)


Self-Directed Practice: Sustaining a Focus (Credit) *NEW 20 week course*
Abstract Painting: Representation to Abstraction (Credit) 
Life Drawing: Light and Proportion (Credit)
A Visual and Sensory Response to the City (Credit) 
Foundation Drawing (Credit)
Creating Images (Credit) 
Mixed Media: Exploring Materials and Processes (Credit) 
Introduction to Coastal Drawing and Painting
Introduction to Digital Technologies within an Art Practice
The Sunday Draw 


The Dynamics of the Natural World: Patterns of Animal Locomotion (Credit)
Beginners' Portraiture 
Art History in Action: A Sense of Place (Credit)
Beginners' Drawing

Term 2 Courses - (Starting January 2019)


Art History in Action: From the Absurd to the Abstract (Credit)
The Artists’ Toolbox: Show and Tell
Contemporary Watercolours: An Introduction (Credit) 
Foundation Painting (Credit)
Images and Ideas (Credit)
Introduction to Colour Theory
Mixed Media: The Figure, Still-Life and Location (Credit)

The Artists’ Toolbox: Drawing with Ink Lines and Wash (February Start Date)

Drawing Practices: Experimenting with Materials (Credit)


Portraiture: Developing a Personal Approach (Credit)
The Dynamics of Landscape: Movement and Change (Credit) 

Beginners' Painting

Term 3 Courses - (Starting April 2019)


Abstract Painting: Developing a Personal Expression (Credit)
Life Drawing: Exploring Line and Tone (Credit) 
Contemporary Watercolours: Expressive Approaches (Credit)
Beginners' Life Drawing
The Artists’ Toolbox: Impasto Painting
Coastal Drawing and Painting
Landscape Painting: The Cityscape (Credit) 
Understanding Contemporary Art: Developing Personal Practice (Credit)

Introduction to Using a Sketchbook (April Start Date)

Introduction to Using a Sketchbook (May Start Date)

Introduction to Painting Media (May Start Date) 


Contemporary Watercolours: An Introduction (Credit) 
Developing a Sketchbook (Credit)
Introduction to Colour Theory
Life Drawing: The Hidden Structure (Credit)
Foundation Drawing (Credit)