Painting and Drawing in Edinburgh, Scotland ~ Revealing the Hidden City

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Painting and Collage in Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital ~ Revealing the Hidden City, with Nicky Sanderson

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Inside, outside, people and places, close up and vistas ~ Edinburgh stretches your imagination and stimulates your creative skills. Experience this amazing city differently in this drawing, painting & collage vacation suitable for all skills levels. You’ll understand right away why the Scottish capital city has just been voted “world’s fourth most beautiful city” by the Rough Guide. 

Under Nicky Sanderson’s expert artist’s eye, we explore first the obvious built layers of the historic city, then reach into its more hidden depths, touch the layers of living over the centuries. The colour and contrasts of life in the modern and medieval city fill our sketches, photos and notes.

We walk the cobbled streets, ancient wynds, churches and graveyards of the Old Town and Royal Mile. Imagine layers of Royal life and death, the everyday life of artisans, the poor, and the successful. Here is the Scottish Enlightenment where Adam Smith wrote about a new capitalist economy and Rabbie Burns filled public houses with his poetry. The dark: grave robbers steal bodies for medical research. The bright side: early medical advances. Breaking out of the Old Town, the city spills into Princes Garden filled with floral beauty and three of Scotland’s national art galleries.historic wynd Edinburgh copy

This painting vacation runs in parallel with the creative mosaics vacation with the same title.

Streets of EdinburghEdinburgh~ A modern city wrapped in a ribbon of creative energy and ancient culture

 Day 1 – Arrival

You arrive at Ten Hill Place Hotel Edinburgh in your own time. We gather in the evening for a glass of champagne and welcome dinner. Getting into the city from the airport is quick and easy, and we’ll provide you with all the information you need.

Day 2 

With cameras and sketchbooks in hand, we walk towards the Royal Mile, and through history. Our sense of place deepens. High arches contrast with small windows, cobbles and steeples. And with Nicky’s expert knowledge of the city, we ‘see’ below the surface structures to the now hidden underground spaces, once densely populated (plenty of ghosts here).

Royal Mile is defined by Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyrood at the other.  Here we feel the beat of the city, examine the closes & wynds (narrow passages), the views to the North through doorways. Continually, we are making notes and drawing with pencils, pens and colour, as well as taking photos, and discussing our ideas and images.

Day 3 

Some of today is spent in the studio. Nicky explains how to create layers on paper, use mixed media, and produce a multi-layered subject and scale up our ideas. She helps us begin by consolidating our gathered information and deciding what interests us most of all the layers we have looked at.

Day 4 

Our studio work continues, though we might be tempted to get out for another walk. Arthur’s Seat? Water of Leith?

We finish with an exhibition of our work, seeing what everyone has done with the same information. Whether or not our work is ‘finished’, we go home with plenty of inspiration and new ideas regarding use of materials.

 Day 5

After breakfast we say goodbye. You take with you creative work inspired by Scotland and made by you! And you leave behind some good friends made in the process of creating. If you want to extend your stay in Edinburgh before or after the workshop, we will be happy to assist with accommodation questions.

The Artist

Nicky aims to inform, inspire and enthuse her students so that they achieve work beyond their expectations. Her training and experience as an artist provide depth and variety to her workshops. Graduating in printmaking from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, she went on to study Fine Art at Slade School in London. She moved to Mexico to study experimental printmaking and found there the source for many years of inspiration. Once back in Edinburgh she taught a wide variety of art classes for many years in the Community Education program, combining it with an art tourism business. Nicky organized courses and taught clients in unique places at home and abroad. Her workshops are varied and inspiring, designed to make even the most tentative participant feel at ease and valued.

Nicky Sanderson close upThe Location – Edinburgh

You are based right in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital city, with its countless museums, galleries, pubs, restaurants and shops.

Your accommodation is at Ten Hill Place, a modern 4-star hotel, which is set in a quiet Georgian square and yet very central – only a few minutes’ walk from the famous Royal Mile. The profits from Ten Hill Place Hotel go directly to support education and assessment for medical students and surgical trainees throughout the world. It also supports research to advance standards of care for the future. Ten Hill Place Hotel was established by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to provide financial support for its global medical reach.

Price, Inclusions and Further Notes

The package includes: 3 full days of tuition, course materials, 4 nights hotel accommodation, 4 full Scottish breakfasts, provision of indoor studio space in central Edinburgh, Wild at Art A4 sketchbook, welcome champagne and dinner on arrival night, 3 lunches, refreshments on workshop days.

Flights and airport transfers are not included. Personal travel insurance is required. The itinerary is based on careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication, but should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes.

Contacts and Booking Information

To secure your place(s), a deposit of £300 per person is payable at the time of booking, the remaining amount eight weeks before the holiday starts. Please make sure you have read our Business Terms & Conditions before you book. If you prefer to pay by electronic bank transfer, please email us for a booking form. If you want to pay using PayPal just select the number of places from the drop down menu below to add them to the shopping cart. You will then be taken through the payment process for the deposit – or the full amount if you book eight weeks or less before the travel date. We will then still email you the booking form to collect further details.

For further information and please contact Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Amann-Seidel at [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you in Scotland!

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