Learn the skills and gain the confidence to sketch pretty much anything in your sketchbook with just a couple of tools that fit in your pocket.


Students will have the chance to draw very varied subjects in many different locations, (including The Museum of Scotland, The Botanical Gardens greenhouses, the Portrait Gallery and many other places). They will learn how to use diverse drawing and sketching techniques in order to render very varied types of objects, figures, architectural elements etc.

Using tools that fit in their pocket and a sketchbook, they will have the chance to discover the city in an unusual way while learning drawing skills, experimenting with various techniques, and developing their own style as a sketcher.

To get the most out of this course it is preferable to have some previous drawing experience; most importantly though, students should enjoy the experience of drawing and be curious about their surroundings !

(During the cold months, the course always takes places in indoors spaces. When the weather is good enough, we also go outside).

Material List:

  • A4-ish  sketchbook ( no smaller than A5!) landscape, square or portrait, whatever you prefer. A smooth surface is sometimes better. Not too grainy. 

  • A couple of dark fine liners  of different sizes (0.1, 0.5 for example)

  • A black pencil and a white pencil (similar to the Derwent drawing pencils, these pencils should be soft)

  • an eraser and a double hole sharpener

  • A four colour biro (bic)

  • A conte sanguine and a conte sepia pencils

  • A black brush pen (Pentel refillable with 2 cartridges, or tombow disposable ) and a grey 2 and grey 4 Promarker or brush marker

  • A few sheets of grey or brown paper ( cut to be the size of your sketchbook). 

  • A small set of oil pastels (for returning students, optional for the others)

  • A small set of watercolour half pans

  • A water brush ( these are brushes with an empty soft handle made to be filled with water- ask your local art shop, they’ll know. Greyfriar's Art Shop on Dundas Street one will know exactly what you need.)


For the first class, you only need your sketchbook and your fine liners. The meeting point for that one is at the drawing school on Great King Street.

Students at the Edinburgh Drawing School are entitled to a 10% discount in Greyfriars Art Shops (Dundas St & Candlemaker Row), and in The Art Shop on Lauriston Place.

Travel Sketchbooks

with artist and tutor Cécile Simonis

Tuesdays from 2.30pm - 5.00pm

10 Weeks from Tuesday 14th January

to Tuesday 24th March

(No class Tuesday 11th February)

at various locations around Edinburgh


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The Edinburgh Drawing School,

13a Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW

0131 556 0971  |   07791 121313   info@edinburghdrawingschool.co.uk

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