The Club offers a wide range of workshops, classes and groups suited to professionals and new practitioners. These regular sessions provide an ideal opportunity to explore the arts in a lively and engaging setting - and are a great springboard for new friendships.
Learn the Basic Skills of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
This is a special 10-week course offering a structured approach to drawing using a variety of tools and materials to explore line, shape, tone, texture, scale, perspective and colour. No prior knowledge is required but refresher support will be provided for those wishing to return to drawing.
£80 for Members, £110 for Non-Members inc. VAT. Further details from the Club Office
Portrait Painting Class
We are delighted to once again be offering this unique opportunity to learn from the award-winning artist Hayley Whittingham. The tutored portrait class takes place on Wednesday evenings,
The aim of this group is to stay reasonably small and manageable and there will be no teaching of French. A good knowledge of the language is required with room for us all too improve our fluency through our conversation and mutual encouragement. It is also advisable to have a sense of humour!
This is a long valued and regular slot in the Scottish Arts Club week where a mix of regular and newer models provide the inspiration for Members and guests to sustain and develop their draughtsmanship. Beginners are welcome and support can be given to those who would like that. The Life Drawing Group provides an experience that is relaxing, stimulating, and rewarding with many gathering afterwards for a friendly lunch in the dining room. Those attending pay a small fee to cover the cost of the model; non-members pay an additional £10 per session.
Various operas are introduced. There is a short introductory talk about the composer and the plot, and then a DVD of the opera is shown on the large screen. During the interval and afterwards the discussion is always lively. Free for Members, non-Members £10.00. Contact John Anderton through the Club Office.
Are you a Bridge player who hasn’t played for years or do you play every other day? Do you play purely to stimulate the brain cells? Novice or Grand Master, you will be warmly welcomed. If you fancy another game, we have tables and cards and you could team up with friends for a fun evening of cards and chat. Our strictly sociable Bridge Night accommodates all sorts! Contact Linda Greig through the Club Office. Free for Members, £10 non-Members.
The drama group is a relaxed and informal group that meets every third Tuesday evening from 7 to 9pm. Group members are involved in writing scripts, reading plays, acting, performing and reviewing. The group is currently planning a set of pre-lunch or dinner performances and is working with the writers' group to produce/perform original short drama scripts. All are welcome. Free for Members, £10 non-Members. Contact Bruce Ward through the Club Office.
The Writers' Group meets on the last Wednesday at 7pm in the Studio. All are welcome, from new writers to published authors. Our group includes members interested in short stories, novels, memoir, travelogues, plays, poetry and more. We aim to stimulate creativity, explore the core elements of our craft, share experience and provide constructive support. Come along and join us. Free for Members, £10 per session for non-Members. Contact Sara McBean through the Club Office.
Beginners and all levels welcome. An opportunity for beginners and seasoned portrait artists to sustain or further develop their craftsmanship in portraiture. The group meets Friday afternoons in the Studio, in a stimulating and rewarding atmosphere. The Portrait Group , now in its 15th Year, meet on the 2nd and 3rd Friday of the month 2.30 - 4 pm.
£10 per session for non-members. There is also a small fee towards the models which is paid by both Members and non-members.
The film club often meets on a Saturday afternoon in the John Calder Reading Room, to watch an old classic or a rare modern film. Check the calendar of events to find out about the latest screenings. Contact Susan Gregory through the Club Office.
Film Club showings cost £10 for non-members and members are requested to make a donation.
Download the full FILM SCHEDULE AUTUMN’19.
Exploring with clay
The very popular clay class is on a break. Watch this space for updates on when ‘Clay with Kjersti’ returns.
The Oil Painting Group
Following on from the very successful course with tuition from Florence Sinclair-M, a professional painter, the oil painters will continue to meet as a group on Thursday evenings every week to paint, share and enjoy the companionship that has been a key feature of the group. All are welcome to join. In this hands on course the group has been painting still life as well as landscapes from their own sketches or photos.
£65.00 for Members
£100.00 for non-members.
The Highland Pipers' Society
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The Highland Pipers' Society (founded 1906) is the oldest continuing piping society (Hon. Pipe Major Jennifer Hutcheon). The object of the Society is to promote the playing and music of the great highland bagpipe and Scottish small pipes. Members regularly play at events in the City of Edinburgh and beyond, for example with the Stockbridge Pipe Band, the Trinity Occasional Piper’s Society, producing the Leith Mini-Tattoo, adjudicating for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and playing for Greyfriars Bobby.
See something missing? Most of our classes and groups got started because a member saw a gap or wanted to get together with other members who had similar interests. To find out more about how to get a class or group going, call the Club Office.
Non-members may also hire the studio space. Send an enquiry.