Sketching with watercolour

Speed sketching workshop at The Arienas Collective


On this Introduction to speed sketching workshop with the Edinburgh Sketcher, Mark Kirkham, you will meet at our private mews home from where you will begin a walk around the stunning local Georgian architecture of Edinburgh's New Town whilst creating ink and watercolour drawings. You will choose your favourite piece to mount.

The price includes access to all the equipment you will need, all materials, plus a hot drink served with cake or biscuits. You will also take home all the sketches you complete.

Please note that our workshop space is based on the first floor of a Georgian mews house and unfortunately we do not have lift access.

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

What's included in the price?

The Arienas Collective experiences 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.

Refreshment breaks are an important part of The Arienas Collective experiences. They are a time to socialise, make new friends and chat to the artists and designer-makers. We are fortunate to have a fantastic range of independent shops and producers nearby and are proud to feature locally sourced food and drinks. The price includes all materials unless stated otherwise, refreshments, and of course you take home all the unique products you have created.

All our experiences are also available to book as a private group. Please select 'chat with the maker' if you would like to get in touch.


Lynn Powell at The Arienas Collective
2 Dublin Meuse

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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In-person course
Ed Robertson - - #30659

Short taster course and really enjoyable. I don't consider myself to be very "Arty", but this brief intro got straight to the point, here is a pen and paper and get sketching. Mark has a relaxed manner and makes time for each person in the group. I've already got a place booked on one of the advanced courses, so I'd better get some practice in.
Lynn had everything sorted out for Covid 19 precautions - information, screens, single use items, hand sanitizer etc.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Ed. Thanks for your lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed your workshop with Mark, and felt safe while you were with us for our first In-person workshop since lockdown. We love helping people release their inner artist, and look forward to welcoming you back for your advanced sketching workshop with Mark and to seeing how you’ve progressed. Meantime, keep sketching! Best wishes, Lynn

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Elizabeth Hogg - - #28836

This was an excellent taster course. I learnt a lot and would be happy to take a further course. The small class size meant we could hear and see well when we were outdoors, and Mark gave us any attention we wanted. The length of the course was just right and the coffee was perfect.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Elizabeth

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We do keep all our class sizes small so our artists and makers can give you the help and support you need to get the most of your time. And glad you enjoyed the coffee!

Hope to see you back at one of Mark's advanced sketching with watercolour workshops sometime soon. Meantime, keep sketching!

With best wishes

In-person course
Sylvie Soudan - - #28834

Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. As the group is deliberately kept small Mark is able to give everyone individual guidance at their own level. A relaxed but very stimulating session, highly recommend.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Sylvie

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We keep our group sizes small for exactly the reasons you give, and I'm so glad you felt this meant that Mark was able to give you each the individual support you needed. He has a lovely relaxed way of teaching, yet your sketching results show that much was achieved in a relatively short time.

Maybe see you at one of his upcoming advanced sketching with watercolour workshops?

Meantime, keep sketching!

Best wishes

In-person course
Graham Brown - - #28831

I was given this course as a gift at Christmas. Despite losing my glasses on the way to the course I really enjoyed the experience. I was very pleased with what I managed to produce, despite the lack of glasses, under the expert guidance of our tutor Mark. He made everyone feel welcome and relaxed and was always on hand with help and advice.
I would certainly recommend this course to others and hope to join further courses in the future.

Response from The Arienas Collective:

Hello Graham

You did so well without your glasses! I do hope you recovered them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I thought you all created some fantastic work - on what was a chilly day! Mark has a lovely relaxed way of teaching a skill some people are a bit scared of trying. I'm glad your experience has encouraged you to continue, and hope to welcome you back soon.

With best wishes

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