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Art Workshops & Classes

I  run evening art workshops in painting and drawing techniques, currently out of Doodles Ceramic Studio in Marchmont, on Monday evenings. These sessions are designed to be fun and relaxing, for beginners or improvers wishing to carve out a bit of creative time for themselves, while learning new art techniques. 


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A new term will be starting on Monday evenings in Marchmont in AUGUST 2024 - full details COMING SOON!








 I've now booked the dates for a new 6 week block of  Monday evening classes at Doodles Ceramics studio starting on 21st August. All sessions bookable individually. £22 per class when booking two or more classes, or £24 for one class only, or reduced rate of £120 for all 6 sessions.

, plus tea/coffee & biscuits

Booking will require payment in advance via online banking or Paypal. To book your place(s) please email me on and I will send payment details. 

NEW AUTUMN TERM - Mixed Media Techniques!
(All 7-9.15pm @Doodles Ceramics Studio, 27-29 Marchmont Crescent)

List of Dates (full class details below): 

1) Monday 21st August -  Monoprinting with Collage

2) Monday 28th August -  Ink & Watercolour - Drawing Birds

3) Monday 4th September  - Charcoal & Soft Pastel - Family Portraits

4) Monday 11th September - Graphite, Coloured pencil and Oil Pastel
                                                 - People in Interior Spaces

*** NO CLASS ON 18th September (school/bank holiday) ***

5) Monday 25th September  - Acrylic & collage (Creating Texture) - Still Life (Natural Forms) 

6) Monday 2nd October - Watercolour & Oil pastel - Landscapes

Maximum class size will be 9. Classes will take place at Doodles Ceramics Studio, Marchmont, in either the main studio room or the new side studio room (it's likely most classes will be in the larger room).


(Monoprint by previous student)
In this class we will look at how to create collaged surfaces (using glued tissue and papers) onto which we will monoprint line drawings (using ink and rollers), working from flowers and leaves provided in the studio, and/or from photo references if you prefer. .
Class 2 - INK & WATERCOLOUR - Drawing Birds
In this class we will use ink droppers, dip pens and brushes to create expressive drawings of seabirds and wading birds. We will also use watercolour paint to add colour to some of them.
(Brazilian Phootoo)
Class 3 - CHARCOAL & SOFT PASTEL - Family Portraits
(Drawing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
In this class we will make some initial studies together from stock photo references, looking at the shape of the head and detailed facial features, to learn how to capture a likeness. then we will each do one full portrait using charcoal and soft pastel - please bring a photo of a family member (adult or child) to work from for your final piece! An A4 size head shot (or thereabouts) would be best, if possible.  
Class 4 - GRAPHITE, COLOURED PENCIL & OIL PASTEL - Figures in interior spaces
(Drawing by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec)
In this class we will create lively line drawings of people in cafes, homes and other interior spaces, using graphite pencil, coloured pencils and oil pastels to add flashes of colour.
Class 5  - ACRYLIC & COLLAGE (Creating Texture) - Still Life, Natural Forms
We will create collaged grounds on which we will then draw and paint natural forms such as branches, stones, shells and seedpods, to create interesting textured still life pieces.
Class 6 - WATERCOLOUR & OIL PASTEL - Landscapes
(Painting by S Boyack, from a previous class!)
We will work from photo references to create a mixed media landscape painting using oil pastels on top of a watercolour ground. If you would like to paint from your own photo reference please bring along two or three printed out photos and I will help you select the most suitable.






(£120 for 6 Monday nights)  


 "Learn Mixed Media Art Techniques!" - full details below.

LOCATION: Doodles Studio, Marchmont, Edinburgh
January 16th, Jan 23rd & 30th;
February 13th, 20th, 27th
Please note: There is no class on 6th February

Returners and new comers, beginners or continuers all welcome! Cost for the term is £120 including all acrylic paints, charcoal, pastels, palettes and paper, plus tea/coffee, but please BRING YOUR OWN ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOUR BRUSHES if possible. (I will have some extras where you may need one smaller/larger than you have). For this term it would also be helpful if you could bring your own watercolour paints please (if you have them), on the nights we're scheduled to use watercolour (see below).

Payment will be required in advance - payment is via online banking. To book a place please email me at 

Maximum class size will be 8. Classes will take place in either the main studio room, or the new side studio room (depending on whether any clay classes are running on the same nights).  

"Learn Mixed Media Art Techniques" 


WEEK 1: 16th January 2023, 7-9.15pm 
We will do some warm up drawing exercises and then draw from reference photos using charcoal and pastel on coloured paper to create bold, expressive drawings with white highlights.  
WEEK 2: 23rd January, 7-9.15pm 
Working from still life objects in the studio as a starting point, we will create abstract mixed media paintings built up using layers and shapes to create texture and visual interest.  
WEEK 3: 30th January, 7-9.15pm 
In this class we will exploit the bright colours and blendable qualities of oil pastel, and the soft tones of charcoal, on top of coloured grounds created using fluid acrylic paint. We will work from landscape photos (or figurative images) for this class, to create mixed media landscape pieces.  You can bring your own photos or sketches to work from in this class, if you wish. 

WEEK 4: 13th February, 7-9.15pm 
We will create coloured grounds using loose watercolour washes on which we will then draw using graphite sticks or pencils, and soft pastel . Please bring a few landscape photo references (or alternatively photos of people) you'd like to work from for this class. 
WEEK 5: 20th February, 7-9.15pm 
Enjoy using ink fineliners or dipping pens to create expressive illustrations to which we will add colour using watercolour and coloured pencil. We will work from photo references of city and townscapes for this class, to create vibrant urban mixed media drawings. Feel free to bring any of your own photos if you wish to work on a particular scene.  
WEEK 6: 27th February, 7-9.15pm 
We will work on drawing lively faces and self portraits using coloured pencil lines and soft pastel colour on tinted paper. We will use some photo references but please also bring a small mirror if you have one, and be ready to pose for a partner for a short part of the session!  






"Learn Acrylic Landscape Painting" with Sheila Chapman Art

29th Aug - 3rd October 2022


WEEK 1: 29th August, 7-9.15pm 
Basic intro to colour mixing & textural effects for acrylic landscape painting, step by step process for "working in layers", plus how to vary your brushstrokes and keep it "loose"! We will look at works by well known artists Joan Eardly and Kurt Jackson for inspiration.

WEEK 2: 5th September, 7-9.15pm 
We will create some small landscape studies using warm and cool colour palettes, and high key or low key (muted) palettes - looking at Scottish artists John Lowrie Morrson (JoLoMo) and James Morrisson for inspiration

WEEK 3 12th September, 7-9.15pm 
Scottish Beach scenes - looking at the Scottish Colourists approach to painting the west coast and developing our own painting (from reference photos or sketches) . Bring your own beach reference photos for this one, if you like - doesn't have to be a Scottish beach!" 

WEEK 4: 19th Sept "People in the Landscape", 7-9.15pm 
We will look at how to compose a landscape painting incorporating figures, and look at the works of William McTaggart and Peter Doig for inspiration/ideas. Working from reference photos or sketches - feel free to bring some of your own if you would like to work from those. 

WEEK 5: 26th Sept "Wildlife in the Landscape", 7-9.15pm 
Now is your chance to work on your own stag painting, or highland cows, or Scottish seabirds (puffins?!), in their natural landscape. Bring your own photos of animals in the landscape, or I will provide some for inspiration. Thinking about the animal's pose and setting, and how to make it "lifelike". We will be taking a realist approach inspired by some contemporary wildlife painters working today. 

WEEK 6: 3rd October "Snowy scenes!" 7-9.15pm 
Get ready for painting winter views - we will discuss how to choose colours for describing snow, and how to capture light and shade in a very white scene. Looking at Impressionist paintings by Monet and Pissarro for inspiration. 





Monday 7th June - "Planning a Composition - Working from Still Life & Photos" 
7-9pm, £18

In this session we will explore how to make interesting picture compositions, with good contrast (lights/darks).  We will first work with small still life objects to make several small compositional studies, then we will explore cropping a landscape photograph to make interesting compositions, looking at defining distance and considering what to leave in/out.  I will bring some sample photos along but you can also work from your own photos, if there is something you'd like to paint. 

MATERIALS: Acrylic paints, selection of brushes (at least two different sizes), reusuable palette or a "tear off" palette pad, A4 and/or A3 acrylic painting paper (or thick mixed media paper), kitchen towel or rags (for wiping brushes).  A few of your own landscape photos (printed out please). 

(Photo of girl courtesy of'>Frame photo created by yanalya -
Monday 14th June - " Small Colour Studies - Landscape" 
7-9pm, £18
In this session we will try out different colour combinations in a series of simple colour studies of the landscape, including complementary colours, high key colours and muted tones. This class will involve working from landscape photographs which I will provide. We will make one more detailed painting, working from the studies, in the latter part of the class. 

Same as for 7th June class. The small studies can be done on A4 or A3 size, but you may wish to do the final painting on A3 size (or a bit larger than A4) to give yourself more room. 
Monday 21st June - "Improving Your Brushwork" 7-9.15pm , £18
In this session we will do some fun warm up exercises to practice different brushstrokes, then work from still life objects to try to mimic different textures and character using expressive mark making e.g. spiky, fluffy, soft, rough etc.  We will also explore some mixed media approaches to add interesting marks and details to the paintings. 

Same as for the 7th & 14th June classes, but ideally it would be good if you could bring a few different types of brushes if you have them e.g. a flat head brush and a round head brush, a long handled brush and a short handled one. (But no need to buy loads of new brushes, just bring what you have!).  

Stick of charcoal; and
A basic set of soft pastels, or oil pastels (if you don't have these already, you can just continue working in acrylic paint and charcoal, if you'd prefer not to buy them just for this class). 
Monday 28th June - "People in the Landscape" 7-9.15pm , £18

In this session we will tackle composition, scale and movement, in order to produce some small studies incorporating people in various landscapes (city and country). We will work from reference photos which I will provide for the studies, but please also bring one or two of your own photos to work from for the final painting of the session. 

Same as for 7th & 14th June, but also bring a few of your own photos! 






Monday 15th March - "PLANT-TASTIC! -Mixed Media Drawing", 7-9pm, £12
In this session we will enjoy exploring the forms and colours of various green plants and flowers, using charcoal, soft pastel and acrylic paint (different combinations of each). working from "live " plants in my studio,  we'll focus on capturing the shapes and character of each plant, making use of the  strengths and nature of each medium, to make expressive mixed media drawings. There will be a sharing session at the end of the class, where people can show and discuss their work (voluntary!). 

Materials required:
- Thick cartridge or mixed media paper (300g weight, if poss), larger than A4 if possible 
- a piece of coloured paper (e.g. pastel paper, grey paper, or brown wrapping paper if that's all you have at home)
- charcoal stick(s). Preferable some soft charcoal and also a piece of compressed charcoal if poss (but not essential). If you don't have charcoal you could use a grey or black soft pastel (but it won't be quite as easy to blend or erase)
- eraser
- kitchen towel or a rag (for blending/erasing, or just wiping your fingers!) 
- selection of soft pastels (at least a few colours)
- acrylic paints (at least a few colours, including white), plus a few brushes
- water container and palette (for mixing the paints)  

If you need to purchase any materials, be aware that delivery from online art stores may take at least a few days. Alternatively WH Smiths is still open and sells art materials, plus some bargain stores (such as B&M I believe) stock basic art materials. Inexpensive art supplies can also be purchased online from "The Works" store.  
Monday 22nd March - " Mixed Media Landscapes" 7-9pm, £12
In this session we will explore various ways of adopting a "layered" approach using mixed media, to build up expressive mixed media landscapes, on paper. We will use a combination of charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint and collage to build up an interesting and varied surface. (This class will involve working from landscape photographs, shared on screen). There will be a sharing session at the end of the class, where people can show and discuss their work (voluntary!). 

Same as for the "PLANT-TASTIC" class, but additionally some PVA glue (or a glue stick) and  a few papers which can be cut or torn up and used for collage e.g. newspaper, envelopes, brown wrapping paper, old journals, discarded drawings/paintings, wrapping paper (best if not shiny wrapping paper though). 
Monday 29th March - "Sketching Animals - Line and Wash" 7-9pm , £12
In this session we will watch short video clips of different animals and do quick sketches from the screen, then do longer drawings from a still photo of each animal. Will be a mixture of wildlife, birds and farm animals. We will work with pencil and watercolour to quickly try to capture the characteristic features and movements of each animal. For the longer drawings I will demonstrate a step by step approach with the watercolour application.

There will be sharing time throughout the class where we can view each other's work (completely voluntary though!) 

- watercolour paper (thicker the better e.g. 250 or 300g)
watercolour paints; plus some brushes (small and larger)
- a few jars of clean water (to avoid need to keep changing your water) 
- kitchen paper
 or clean absorbant cloth
graphite pencil and an eraser
- some coloured pencils (optional, but may be handy for adding extra details) 
Monday 5th April - "Sketching Animals - Untutored Session" 7-9pm , £6




Monday 11th January - MINDFUL DRAWING - 7-8.30pm - FREE CLASS!
In this session we will focus on drawing the intricate details of a selection of interesting objects, focussing on shapes, patterns and colours. I will guide us through a series of warm up drawings and exercises and then everyone can work on a final drawing on their own (bring along a small object of your choice for this purpose - something with a lot of detail is good).  

Materials required: cartridge paper or smooth watercolour/mixed media paper; graphite pencil (2B if you have one) and an eraser; selection of coloured pencilsblack fineliner pen; watercolour paint (one red, blue and yellow will do, if that's all you have); and a jar of clean water. Just bring coloured pencils though if you don't have any watercolour paints as yet.  
Monday 18th January - LOOSE WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES - 7-9pm
COST: £12
In this session we will enjoy using the free flowing properties and luminous colour of watercolour paint to capture the essence of a landscape, in a simplified, expressive form. We will work together using images shared on screen, and then work from one or two photographs of your own in the latter part of the class. There will be a sharing session at the end for anyone who wishes to show and discuss their work. 

Materials list: watercolour paper (the thicker the better); watercolour paints; at least two watercolour brushes (including the largest one you have!); a water sprayer or a clean kitchen sponge; a few jars of clean water (to avoid need to keep changing your water); kitchen paper or clean absorbant cloth; graphite pencil and an eraser (optional); one or two printed landscape photos  
Monday 25th January - QUICK WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS - 7-9pm 
COST :£12

In this session we will do 10minute sketches of each other's faces, using watercolour and coloured pencil. There will be guided warm up sessions and tips on how to draw facial features, throughout the poses, followed by one longer 15minute pose at the end (hopefully...). This class will require volunteers to pose for 10 minutes each while the others draw them! We will be focussing on creating quick characterful sketches (rather than photographic likenesses), given the time available and to keep it a fun session for everyone - no previous experience of portrait drawing necessary! There will be a sharing session at the end for anyone who wishes to show and discuss their work. 

Materials list: watercolour paper  or mixed media paper (the thicker the better); coloured pencils; a graphite pencil; an eraserwatercolour paints; at least two watercolour brushes (including the largest one you have!); a few jars of clean water (to avoid need to keep changing your water); kitchen paper or clean absorbant cloth




"Expressive WatercolourTechniques":

Monday 14th Sep 2020Playing with Colour - We will go over some basics like mixing a

wash, loading the brush, working on dry paper, then wet-in wet techniques, splashes and spray,

and do a few small studies experimenting with these techniques. Please bring two or three

photos or sketches as reference material for the studies.   

Monday 21st Sept 2020Working with a toned background and white gouache - we will

try out some mixed media techniques on coloured paper, using black and white pens and

gouache paint together with watercolour, to produce lively watercolour sketches. Again,

please bring two or three reference photos to work from. Any subject matter is fine.   











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