The Edinburgh Drawing School was founded by Fiona McCrindle BSc Hons, BA Hons, PGdip, MFA, in March 2012. Fiona is a professional artist and experienced gallery director.
The School grew out of a concern that many of the Art Schools in Scotland are seeing their traditional skill-base decline, with the reduction or even removal of drawing, particularly life-drawing, from the curriculum of fine art courses.
Knowing how many people - from art students and experienced artists to the art buying public - lamented this fact, it was clear there was a need for a return to the classical model of drawing, where time is taken to teach skills in media, technique, proportion, composition and so forth, and so the School was founded to offer this to students of all ages and abilities.
No qualification or experience is needed to come to our classes; we aim to appeal to both absolute beginners, looking to take their first steps into drawing, and to professional artists who would enjoy the camaraderie of a group dynamic. Thus, the School offers a wonderful, creative and inspiring environment where artists of all abilities can mix, taking encouragement from not just the tutor but from each other!
All classes are taught by working, established artists, and we use experienced and professional life & portrait models. Having focusing initially on life drawing, the range of classes offered has grown with demand and the timetable now covers landscape, still life, floral and portrait subjects, as well as calligraphy and illustration.
We have several venues around the city which we use, but our office is on Great King Street.
Please click here for the Torrance Gallery website.
Dircetor, Fiona McCrindle
"It's all about stimulating the ol' grey matter in new ways...life drawing is better for your brain than Sudoku - each picture is a fresh challenge, working different parts of your brain. Every time you have a blank page you have to solve the problem that is set by the model..." from the programme 'How to Stay Young' , Episode 2, BBC 1