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
The watercolour group meets to paint together and to share methods and ideas. On the first Wednesday of the month, the group is swelled by the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, who add an extra dimension to our work (meeting all day). Free for Members, £10 per day session for non-Members. Contact Judy Gray through the Club Office.
The Creative Stitchers work on individual projects and on projects to enhance the Club, for example tiebacks for the curtains in the Club Room using Club colours of pink and blue and an embroidered throw to protect the grand piano. Recently, the group embarked on a stitch marathon that raised £1000 for the Club which is a wall hanging of individual embroidered squares. It describes the many Club activities around the perimeter and centrally is built up of monogram squares for individual Club Members. Now this is completed, the members of the group continue with their individual projects.
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 £5 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 £5.00. 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.
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, £5 non-Members. Contact Bruce Ward through the Club Office.
The Writers' Group meets on the last Tuesday 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, £5 per session for non-Members. Contact Sara McBean through the Club Office.
Beginners and all levels welcome. No tuition is given although advice is always available from several retired art teachers. It is not the easiest of subjects, but it can be very rewarding and a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon among a friendly and welcoming group. The models are usually members, friends, family, staff and professional models. Members attending pay a small fee of £3 to cover model expenses. Non-members pay a fee of £5. Contact: Maureen Henderson through the Club Office.
The film club often meets on a Saturday afternoon to watch an old classic or a rare modern film. Check the calendar of events to find out about the latest screenings. Contact Sue Gregory through the Club Office.
Please note that the Film Club has moved from the dining room to the John Calder Reading Room on the top floor.
Film Club showings cost £5 for non-members and members are requested to make a donation of £2
Exploring, constructing, experimenting with clay
This was a 5-week special course that was led by a professional sculptor, Kjersti Sletteland. The course offered an opportunity to explore the potential of clay. No prior knowledge was needed and the aim was to be experimental, fun and creative. Works were fired and glazed at the end of the course.
£85 for Members and £115 for Non-Members.
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.
The Highland Pipers' Society
Ask about joining one of our classes, workshops or groups, or hiring our studio space
Create your own class!
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.
Portrait Photography Taster
The Photography Event on Weds 21st March has passed now but discussions with Eric are already underway about future possibilities!
Eric Robinson is the photographer who was awarded the Members’ Vote in the November Scottish Portrait Awards, and who ran a photography 'taster' session here in the Club to ascertain levels of interest. Watch this space!