Culture class: have a creative outlet for your student worries

Culture class

So you know all about the masters and the tastemakers – how about becoming one yourself? We take a look at some of the hands-on visual art activities on offer in Glasgow and Edinburgh


Forget naff posters, how about creating something by hand to decorate the walls of your new student digs? Edinburgh Printmakers and Glasgow Print Studio offer a range of courses in printmaking – from afternoon classes in simple stencil screen-prints (very Matisse) and monotypes, to more advanced evening and weekend courses in etching and lithography. Prices can be a little steep (starting at £40) but once you've got the skills you can sign up to be a member and use both spaces' facilities independently for decent rates.

Looking for something a bit more relaxed? Every month Look and Draw organise a very popular Drink and Draw life printing session at the Safari Lounge in Edinburgh. It's a very informal life drawing session with 'a monoprinty twist and good tunage'. The class is untutored but the session will begin with a short mono printing demo and handy drawing tips from the organisers. Printing materials are then available to use for the remainder of the session, which are included in the £12 price tag.


Public courses at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Glasgow Sculpture Studios not only offer you support to start an ambitious creative project, but they are led by some of the most exciting figures on the Scottish art scene. Previous workshops at GSS have included 'printing the city' with Tessa Lynch, casting with James Rigler and performance art with Gordon Douglas. Students also get 20% off.


Stills in Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow are the places to go for all things photography. Get to grips with the city by taking part in one of Stills' Street Photography project days, or sign up for a Photography Walking Tour with Street Level Photoworks. Both photography centres have open access production facilities too, complete with darkrooms and Hasselblad scanners – so you can get really arty with your fresher's week photos. They also do courses in Photoshop, film editing and alternative processes like gum bichromate printing, which was invented in Edinburgh in the 1800s. Annual membership for students at Street Level comes in at £50 and annual Friends membership for students at Stills is just £20.

Life Drawing

Once Edinburgh University's Vet School, today Summerhall is one of the city's most exciting arts venues. On Wednesdays from 7–9pm, they run a life drawing session in their Anatomy Lecture Theatre for £6. The art collective All the Young Nudes (ATYN) also organise regular life drawing classes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Like Summerhall, it's a relaxed and informal set up for people who love sketching. No experience is necessary – and there's no need to book in advance, just pop along when inspiration strikes. ATYN run sessions on Mondays from 7–9pm at Sloans in Glasgow and on Tuesdays from 7–9pm at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh (both cost £6). It's also worth keeping an eye on the group's website, as they run some fun one-off sessions in addition to the regular programme – previous events have included art salon's at Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh and modeling workshops at Toad's Caravan in Glasgow.

A Glasgow Sculpture Studios
The Whisky Bond, Dawson Street, Glasgow, G4 9SS
Located in the Whisky Bond, just by the FIrth of Forth canal, Glasgow Sculpture Studios has been around since 1988. Close to the Royal Conservatoire, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera, GSS adds another string to the area's cultural…
B Sloans
62 Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, G2 8BG
Long-running mac 'n' cheese haunt found in the city centre down a cobbled lane.
C Glasgow Print Studio
Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
D Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
25 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh, EH6 4JT
On the outskirts of the seaside neighbourhood of Newhaven, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has 15 studios, as well as wood and metal workshops and project and education spaces. It runs learning and professional development courses ranging from wood, metal…
E Stills
23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Opened in 1977, Stills was Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. It has darkroom and digital editing facilities and runs regular courses which help in its aim to support emerging Scottish talent. The gallery regularly…
F Cabaret Voltaire
36–38 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR
Triple-roomed subterranean venue set into the caverns of the Old Town with a musical programme that covers all aspects of underground music seven nights a week and tasty bites from Harajuku Kitchen, who take over the kitchen at weekends. Expect big name…
G Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a…
H The Safari Lounge
21 Cadzow Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, EH7 5SN
Beer fans should consider making the trek to darkest Abbeyhill for this distinctive watering hole.


1. Jon Mac O'Joyce2 Oct 2018, 5:13am Report

The Legendary List

Post a comment

RSS feed of these comments