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The Workshops

We have two Weekend workshops on offer and a series of Tuesday evening classes. These can be combined for a reduced price to make a more extensive experience. You could for example sign up for a Weekend workshop in November and then follow this up with a regular Tuesday class. The idea being that you have the chance to make some new acquaintances during the weekend, which makes the evening courses all the more enjoyable.

Discounts

If you book a weekend course and a ten week course together you will receive a £20 discount. Enter TWOCOURSES when booking.

If you book two weekend courses and a ten week course all at the same time, you will receive a £50 discount. Enter THREECOURSES when booking.
 

For information on the individual courses, please:

  1. download the brochure below and book online,
  2. follow the ‘How to Book’ link where you can browse and book, or
  3. browse our full list of activities below and book from there.

Give it a Go 2020 Brochure

BOOK A COURSE


For more information or to book a course

giveitago@edinburghacademy.org.uk / 0131 556 4603 / BOOK A COURSE


10-week Courses / Starting Tuesday 14 January 2020 / 7.00–9.00pm

10 week course dates are January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24.


Back to the Drawing Board

Starting Date: 14 January 2020
Room: A1
Teacher: David Prosser
Fee: £185

Course description
For those who haven’t done much Art since they left school. We will use a range of media and using a variety of source materials from portraiture, still life and landscape we will revisit some of the fundamentals of observed drawing techniques. The idea is that everyone will leave with a range of ideas and skills to help them start producing work in their own time. We will look at examples of good sketchbooks and the work of fine artists to contextualise work. The first 6 weeks will introduce everyone to a variety of media. The last four weeks will be to produce a sustained outcome.

This can be combined with the weekend course for a reduced cost. The weekend course will cover similar initial skills but will help to build confidence and friendships prior to the ten week course.

Materials required
A starter pack of materials can be bought for producing work at home but initially no materials are required.

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Express Yourself in Watercolour

Starting Date: 14 January 2020
Room: A2
Teacher: David Forster
Fee: £185

Course description
Starting with the basic elements of watercolour panting, colour mixing, wash techniques, texture, brushwork and so on, the course will move on to explore ways to achieve more dramatic effects through such techniques as spatter, wax resist and collage so as to realise the expressive potential of this most versatile of mediums.

Materials required
You can bring some of your own images to work from.

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Part 1: “Oh what a relief – all that remains”
Part 2: “Oh what a relief – it will be preserved”

Starting Date: 14 January 2020
Room: A3
Teacher: Leena Nammari
Fee: £185

Course description

Part 1:

  • Use of tools, mark-making, transferring image onto block, using tracing paper and carbon papers.
  • Printing blocks as they are cut away
  • Use of Photoshop to assist with creating colour block: filters: cut-out filter. Or photocopying image onto tracing paper.
  • Learn how to print at home with barens and wooden spoons if necessary
  • Registration

Part 2:

  • Reduction woodcut – multi block printing
  • Making sure that the edition can be repeated, by using the multi block method, carefully planning prints to allow for multi block printing

Materials required
You can bring some of your own images to work from.

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Traditional and Expressive Drawing and Painting

Starting Date: 14 January 2020
Room: A4
Teacher: Elaine Speirs
Fee: £185

Course description
Expressive drawing and painting. Throughout the course we will be investigating different materials to enable the students to draw with confidence. I will begin with a series of short practices were students explore different approaches to drawing. The language of mark-making, line, tone, and composition will enable the students to explore form, space, and light. I will have a colourful set-up of pattern, foliage, and objects which will encourage the students to explore the use of colour with paint. Each student can interpret the course in their own way using free gestural marks and abstraction or close observational studies.

Materials required
None.

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Superevision

Starting Date: 14 January 2020
Room: 92
Teacher: TBD
Fee: First child is free when booking a course. £150 per child thereafter. Please use the discount code FIRSTCHILD when booking.

Description
If you book Tuesday courses, a ‘supervised revision’ and homework session is provided for children aged P5 and higher. The service is free for the first child with a fee applying to each child thereafter. We will provide either a teacher or a senior pupil at the school to supervise your child while they get on with homework or revision. Phones will be turned off and the emphasis will be on study rather than play. The room is in close proximity to where the Art workshops are going on.

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10 week course dates are January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Weekend 2: 11–12 January 2020 / 9.30am–4.30pm

Back to the Drawing Board

Starting Date: 11–12 January 2020
Room: A1
Teacher: David Prosser
Fee: £185

Course description
For those who haven’t done much Art since they left school. We will use a range of media and using a variety of source materials from portraiture, still life and landscape we will revisit some of the fundamentals of observed drawing techniques. The idea is that everyone will leave with a range of ideas and skills to help them start producing work in their own time. We will look at examples of good sketchbooks and the work of fine artists to contextualise work. The first 6 weeks will introduce everyone to a variety of media. The last four weeks will be to produce a sustained outcome.

This can be combined with the weekend course for a reduced cost. The weekend course will cover similar initial skills but will help to build confidence and friendships prior to the ten week course.

Materials required
A starter pack of materials can be bought for producing work at home but initially no materials are required.

  BOOK  

 


Express Yourself in Watercolour

Starting Date: 11–12 January 2020
Room: A2
Teacher: David Forster
Fee: £185

Course description
Starting with the basic elements of watercolour panting, colour mixing, wash techniques, texture, brushwork and so on, the course will move on to explore ways to achieve more dramatic effects through such techniques as spatter, wax resist and collage so as to realise the expressive potential of this most versatile of mediums.

Materials required
You can bring some of your own images to work from.

  BOOK  


Silkscreen Printing

Starting Date: 11–12 January 2020
Room: A3
Teacher: Gillian Murray
Fee: £185

Course description
How to make a screen print using photo emulsion stencil layers and creating overlays of colour.

Using light sensitive stencils, this will allow the participant to make hand drawn images and wash marks onto acetates which are then ‘exposed’ onto screens and printed in several layers of colour. The course will teach people how to make these layers, how to line them up, how the screens are coated & exposed with their images before printing their own print. Plus learning ink mixing and how to make opaque or semi-translucent colours.

The Saturday will be spent making the layers and preparing the screens for printing on the Sunday and some ink mixing. The Sunday will be mainly printing the layers.

Materials required
Have an idea of an image you might want to make. Either bring sketchbook or photo. You can bring textures too, but as long as they are nice and flat.

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Traditional and Expressive Drawing and Painting

Starting Date: 11–12 January 2020
Room: A4
Teacher: Elaine Speirs
Fee: £185

Course description
Expressive drawing and painting. Throughout the course we will be investigating different materials to enable the students to draw with confidence. I will begin with a series of short practices were students explore different approaches to drawing. The language of mark-making, line, tone, and composition will enable the students to explore form, space, and light. I will have a colourful set-up of pattern, foliage, and objects which will encourage the students to explore the use of colour with paint. Each student can interpret the course in their own way using free gestural marks and abstraction or close observational studies.

Materials required
None.

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Don’t feel bad, feel blue, make magical blue-prints! – Cyanotype

Starting Date: 12 January 2020 (Sunday only)
Room: Murray Room
Teacher: Leena Nammari
Fee: £110

Description
Producing beautiful images:

  • Using the glorious blueprint chemicals to create magical blueprints.
  • Using photocopies/ images from photos/ use of photoshop
  • Creating negatives and positives from plant materials to hand drawn to photocopied imagery.
  • Learn to mix your own chemicals and coat your paperscyanotype

Materials required
You can bring some of your own images to work from.

  BOOK  

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