Take an Art Class at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh

Learn from professional artists and designers with tons of teaching experience at the gorgeous modern Leith Art School. With classes in drawing, painting, mixed media and jewellery there’s plenty to choose from, whether you’re looking for a one-off class or a longer course of study. They offer day, evening, and weekend classes so there’s bound to be something to suit your schedule. With great teachers and materials included in the price of your booking, these classes are a great choice for anyone looking to really take their art to the next level.

Where can I learn to paint in Edinburgh?

Leith School of Art runs a wide range of highly rated painting, drawing and mixed media courses, as well as weekend workshops.

Their other classes include ink printing, illustration, building a sketchbook, photography and silver jewellery making. Their Young Artists program (suitable for ages 9-12) runs for 4 days during the summer holidays and focuses on turning 2D drawings into 3D sculptures.

  • Prices vary depending on which course you choose, ranging from £170 upwards
  • Their weekend workshops are £85
  • Course fees cover all materials needed
  • Courses take place either at 25 North Junction Street (NJS Campus) or 11a John’s Place (St James Campus) so check your venue when booking

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