Urban Sketching Workshops

Urban Sketching (Edinburgh)

Join me and Edinburgh Sketcher Mark Kirkham for a fortnightly workshop capturing urban scenes.  In these sessions we will teach you how to use various mediums and techniques.  We have invited guests to join in, sharing their love, expertise, and passion about the beautiful city of Edinburgh.


Dates and Guests

Tuesday, October 20 (7pm - 8:15) Drawing with Mark Kirkham 

This Tuesday we will be looking at the gorgeous interiors of the Usher Hall.  Sadly, not in person but online.  However, we have a special guest this session.  She has played on stage and we are looking forward to hearing about her experience.  To book your tickets, please book here.

Previous classes and guests:

Tuesday, August 4 (7pm - 8:15pm) Drawing with Cassandra Harrison

In this session we will learn how to create a two-point perspective drawing.  This will be a refresher as this is something many of us have learned in school.  With that said, school was like, a hundred years ago for several of us (including myself) so going over the basics is always a good idea.  We will learn a little about the history of two-point perspective drawing and create our own New Town drawing using a ruler and vanishing points.  For our final drawing of the evening we will remember all the things we just learned then create a freehand piece to admire and love forever.  To buy tickets for this event please go visit Eventbrite.


Tuesday, August 18 (7pm - 8:15pm) with guest Jo Caulfield

Missing the Fringe this year?  People from all over the world flock to Edinburgh for all kinds of entertainment.  Comedy is a huge draw.  This year we are without the Fringe but perhaps we can bring an element of that to this session.  Comedian, writer, programme consultant Jo Caulfield will join us for this session as we focus on Leith and one of the buildings dominating the shoreline. 

Buy your tickets here.

A bit about Jo:

Whether you’ve seen her on TV shows such as “Have I Got News For You” or “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow”, heard her on the radio on “Just a Minute” or “Stop The Press”, or caught her live at one of her award-winning Edinburgh Festival shows, the chances are you’re already familiar with Jo’s work.

Described by The Observer as “one of the finest female comics at work” and by The Scotsman as “quite simply, a damn funny woman” Jo can regularly be seen headlining the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs. She is also in high demand on the corporate circuit, speaking at and hosting dinners and award ceremonies for many leading companies across the UK and beyond. 

Behind scenes Jo is a respected writer, having served as a writer / programme consultant on all five series of Graham Norton’s BAFTA Award winning “So Graham Norton” and as head writer on both Ruby Wax’s “Waiting Game” and Zoe Ball’s “Strictly Dance Fever”. Jo has also written for – among others – Joan Rivers, Ant & Dec and Anne Robinson. 

Jo is also a popular and respected warm-up for many high-profile TV shows. 

In 2018 she won the “SGFringe Stand-Up Comedy Award” and gained critical acclaim for her performance as Helena Brandt in the sell-out Fringe run of the play, Brexit.

Tuesday, September 1 (7pm - 8:15pm) with architect David Blaikie

For this session we will look at the work of local legend David Blaikie.  He will talk us through his work as an architect and will then focus on one project for our drawing session. 

A bit about David:

David Blaikie Architects are a design focused practice, based in Edinburgh, producing award winning projects across the city and Scotland.  The practice has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and continues to be listed in the Top 100 Architects in Scotland by Urban Realm magazine.  

Over the years we have developed a reputation for sensitive conservation and adaptation of Edinburgh’s listed buildings and for strong contemporary architecture.  We work closely with our clients to provide imaginative solutions which reflect their ambitions and create beautiful quality, light filled, restful spaces for families to live in.

“David and his team have a real expertise and a passion for combining innovative design with care for authentic period features, very good technical input, coordination, and real attention to detail.  They were fantastic, very friendly and easy to work with, with great advice throughout the project and great transparency on cost and timelines. My family have moved in and are absolutely delighted with our new home – I would strongly recommend them.” Daniel Masters, Client, India Street

The vast experience gained across all areas of the residential sector has led to the practice winning Scotland’s most prestigious design awards, most recently the RIAS Award for Architecture 2016.

You can buy your ticket here

Tuesday, September 15 (7pm - 8:15pm) Drawing with Mark Kirkham

In this session Edinburgh Sketcher Mark Kirkham will lead us through a drawing project focusing on the fine architecture of Edinburgh.

This session will focus on adding crowds to scale.

You can buy your ticket here

Tuesday, October 6 (7pm - 8:15pm) with Professor Richard Rodger

We have the privilege of the Cockburn Association joining us for this session.  Professor Richard Rodgers will share his expertise and knowledge of an Edinburgh landmark/building/vennel/it's actually still to be decided. Watch this space for updates.

A bit about Professor Rodger:

Richard is Professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on the economic, business and urban history of Britain since 1800. His book The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century was awarded the Frank Watson Prize for works on Scottish history. Ongoing research involves projects on the development of public health in Victorian Scotland, and a study of Edinburgh trusts as part of a comparative analysis of legal and institutional factors affecting the trajectory of urban development. This research strand began while undertaking MA and PhD degrees in Economics and Economic History at Edinburgh, and continued during appointments at Liverpool, Kansas and Leicester Universities, where Rodger was until recently Professor of Urban History and Director of the East Midlands Oral History Archive. As author and editor, Rodger has published 16 books, and over 100 articles and chapters; he was General Editor for a series of 40 books under the title of Historical Urban Studies, and was Editor of Urban History, published by Cambridge University Press, between 1987 and 2007.