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.
Get Crafty is an arts and crafts session covering a range of crafts including textile design, printmaking, felt-making and more. It is all about having fun and rediscovering your creative self. The class has a mixture of members and guests with different aspirations, guided by an experienced art teacher. Skills are shared against a background of nostalgic music. Free for Members, £5 per session for non-Members. Contact Ken Johnstone through 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. 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. Currently, the group is embarking on a stitch marathon that will raise £1000 for the Club. A wall hanging of individual embroidered squares will depict the many Club activities surrounding monogram squares for individual Club Members. Once this is completed, the members of the group will continue with their individual projects.
Members and guests have the unique opportunity to draw from a wide variety of individual models. Beginners are very welcome and tuition is always available. The Life Drawing Group provides an experience that is relaxing, stimulating, and rewarding. Participants often gather afterwards for a convivial 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. Those attending pay a small fee 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.
The summer season for the film club will be 3 animation films (we do not have a Film Club meeting in August) as follows:
May 27th - The Illusionist (France/Scotland) George McBean will give a short talk about the film at 2.30pm
June 24th - Spirited Away (Japan)
July 22nd - Persepolis (France)
Please note that the Film Club is moving 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
This is a period where artists, experienced and beginners can get together, paint, have coffee and chat. Often, the chat extends into lunch. Friday mornings is also the time for special one-off workshops (see calendar for details). Free for Members, £5 per session for non-Members. Contact Mike Shepley through the Club Office.
Oil Painting Class
A 10-week course that provides tuition from a professional painter, Florence Sinclair-M, and introduces students to techniques of working with oils: setting up a canvas, mixing colours, methods of painting, etc. Each student carries out a different project allowing the class to see the problems and solutions for a wide range of picture types. Participants quickly achieve self-confidence and beginners are welcome. A new session starts in the autumn. Members £45 per 10-week session, non-Members £75. Contact Florence through the Club Office.
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.