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Festival Insights: Drawing Street Theatre

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Course Summary

Create and develop a visual diary of notes, studies and drawings using the backdrop of the Edinburgh festivals and landmarks at this slightly crazy time of year.

This course will enable students to quickly record, make notes and draw, creating a visual diary by using the backdrop of Edinburgh’s festival venues and landmarks at this exciting and slightly crazy time of year. Venues may include George Square, the Meadows, Summerhall, and Arthur's Seat. Mornings will be spent outdoors and afternoons in the studio – gathering ideas and developing them.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Some basic drawing skills are desirable.

Special Information

Essential materials you will need to bring to the first class:

  • Hardback sketchbook, pencils, pen, charcoal stick, water-based portable paints with suitable brushes, eraser, jar / plastic

  • A container for water.

  • Street map of central Edinburgh (phone map facility)

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • 2 sheets cartridge paper, 2 sheets sugar paper, one large sheet of card

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide:

  • Inks-black and or coloured, chalk pastels, masking tape, special papers, if desired

Content of Course

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

1. A morning spent out of studio drawing in city centre area (weather permitting).

2. Afternoon in the studio developing ideas and producing new works.

If there is adverse weather – adjustments will be made to the use of internal or sheltered spaces.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be based both on location as well as delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

This course requires external field work which may involve travel using public transport or student transport and may have accessibility issues at the location. A full field risk assessment will be undertaken for each occurrence of the course and reasonable adjustments will be made in the event a participating students cannot travel or access the field work. Contingency arrangements will also be made in cases of adverse weather where outdoor work is required.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Record and artistically translate the topography of the city, the movement and activities of its people;

  • Sketch and develop artworks in drawing, painting and mixed media in a range of scale, considering light, the elements, mood and character;

  • Build a small body of work which will act as a visual diary and also provide students with a stepping stone to future artworks and ideas.


Core Readings

No reading is required for this course.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.