with artist and tutor Jaya Ogilvie

Thursdays from 10.00am - 12.30pm

6 Weeks from Thursday 20th February

to Thursday 26th March

13a Great King Street. EH3 6QW


This 6-week course will explore the ideas of symbolic art and artists, and will give students the opportunity to develop their own visual language of symbolism. This course is aimed at beginners and improvers – no previous experience is necessary, but an interest in art and art history is welcomed!


Exploring together some of the key themes, artists’ interpretations and achievements stemming from this 19th century movement, to expand our own understanding and expression in own figurative visual language.  Using art history to inform studio activities, this will be a fun and creative journey aimed at broadening your imagination and practice as a beginner or improver. 

During the course, we will look at some of the work of key Symbolist artists from 19th century to present day, including the elementary use of the symbol in the works of Henri Matisse, and the notable themes of sexuality, mythology and death in the works of Gustav Klimt, Dali and Munch. Students will also look at symbolism in the work of contemporary artists including Banksy and Anish Kapoor.


We will look at some the different ways the use of colour, objects, flowers or even animals convey a message or meaning in the figurative language of drawing and painting.

During this course we will be using a variety of drawing materials, including pencil, charcoal and pastels


We will look at the language of the symbol and respond in the studio. Jaya will ask you how we might invite a reduction of information and detail in order to jolt the memory of recognition in abstract symbolic element. 


Whether you are minimalist, hyperrealist or somewhere in-between, there is not one single binary style attributed to this movement: this course is for you!


Materials are included.

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The Edinburgh Drawing School,

13a Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW

0131 556 0971  |   07791 121313

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