Sketching tours with the Edinburgh Sketcher

Georgian perspectives captured in sketching with watercolour with the Edinburgh Sketcher


Known locally as the Edinburgh Sketcher, artist Mark Kirkham is well-known on social media for the sketches he creates on the streets of Edinburgh and beyond.

On this 3.5 hour workshop, Mark will take you through a step-by-step process to develop your sketching skills, sharing tips and techniques learnt over 10 years of drawing in the city.

Mark is offering a series of 4 sketching workshop options throughout the year. If you particularly want a specific topic, please check with us before booking so we can confirm which date to book.

> Sketching Still Life @ The Arienas Collective
> Sketching People @ St Andrew's Square
> Sketching Nature @ King George V Park
> Sketching Perspectives @ Circus Lane

On his Still Life workshop - and if the weather is particularly bad - you will work from photographs and objects within The Arienas Collective workshop space.

Mark's sketching workshops are suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who would like to develop their sketching style with watercolour skills.

Places are limited to eight or under to ensure you get all the help and support you need.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The Arienas Collective workshops are run from a supportive and welcoming home environment in the Edinburgh New Town. Spaces are limited to allow our artists and designer-makers to offer hands-on help and support. All equipment is provided and all the materials you will need (unless stated otherwise). Just turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique.

The price includes all materials and refreshments, and of course you get to take home all the unique products you have created.

All our workshops are also available to book as a private groups. Please email us for more information.


Lynn Powell at The Arienas Collective

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


3½ hours (flexible times to suit)

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Lynda Hepburn - - #33772

Such an enjoyable day of face-to-face crafting. The book binding with Cass was as always clear, unhurried and helpful. Sketching was the challenge for me, but Mark made time to help each participant with their sketches and give plenty tips. The Arienas Collective is a lovely space to work in and the whole day was a rare treat.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Lynda

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day. The beauty of smaller classes is that the artists have time to give you the support you need, and I'm glad you got some helpful tips from Mark to progress your sketching skills. We hope to welcome you back one day.

With best wishes
Lynn, Cass and Mark x

Ann Robertson - - #28235

A fantastic workshop with very high quality tuition. A lovely environment and tasty lunch. Enjoyed the mix of making a sketchbook and then getting out and about in the afternoon. Learnt loads with excellent follow up notes. Looking forward to exploring their other workshops.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Ann

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and Cass, Mark and I are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much.

I hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon. Meantime keep filling up that lovely sketch book you made!

With best wishes
Lynn :-)

Emma Watt - - #21353

Superb course by Cass. Loved the materials used and how it’s transformed into an amazing hand bound book. Love mine so much!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hi Emma. Thanks for the lovely review. We're delighted you're so much in love with your beautiful hand-bound book, and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Lynn :-)

shona farquhar - - #20347

Super class. Well organised in a lovely casual environment. Good hands-on tuition from Cass for the bookbinding. Really love my sketchbook-it's been much admired by my arty and non-arty friends alike! Afternoon sketching was really enlightening. Picked up a lot of tips from Mark on how to tackle line and wash subjects, perspective, tone etc. Especially appreciated the care taken to accommodate dietary requirements for snacks and lunch. All in all a real treat of a day!

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Shona. Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed both workshop sessions - we think it's a great combination: learning how to make your own sketchbook with Cass, and then taking it out and about with Mark to start filling the pages with sketches. Lovely to hear it's being much admired by friends and that you picked up so many helpful tips. We hope to welcome you back to The Arienas Collective soon. Best wishes, Lynn :-)

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