Printing Surface

All the objects were out of the cupboard last night…. but this time not to draw from but rather to use the different textures and surfaces to make monotypes. A cheesegrater, the clutch from a car,  bubble wrap, old fuses, a lemon squeezer and an old slide projector are just a few of the objects used to create these amazing and varied prints.



November Drink & Draw

I will be running another mono printing life drawing session on Wednesday 8 November downstairs in Safari near Abbeyhill.

The session will be untutored but will begin with a  short mono printing demo and drawing tip for you to try out during the session.  Ticket price incudes use of mono printing materials but feel free to bring along your own drawing paraphanalia.  Keep an eye out for future dates as this will become a monthly occurance.

You can book for the November date here.  Booking is advisable as the October date sold out in 3 days!


The Moving Model

At the life drawing class last night, we were drawing from a model who just couldn’t keep still…..
We had 30 second poses where the model was twisted, bundled or standing on one leg. We had moving poses and hula hoping.  Even for the longer pose at the end, small adjustments were made throughout, challenging the class to constantly alter and change their drawings.  The results were drawings that were full of layered marks, created with energy and capturing the movemnet of the figure.


Experiment with Printmaking

Next Monday evening, join me for  ‘Experimental Printmaking’ a 5 week course exploring the accidental qualities and textural possibilities of printmaking.   Next week, working from a purpose built set up, we will use printmaking processes to take an impression of a surface, layering thise marks to create unique drawings and collages  The remaining sessions will explore mono-printing, collograph, etching and lino.



Learn to draw with Look & Draw

Drawing from the human form is one of the most challenging activities we can engage in. Next Thursday our 8 week life drawing class kicks off with a session on Gesture and movement.

Gesture drawing  allows an artist to draw strenuous or spontaneous poses that cannot be held by the model long enough for an elaborate study, and reinforces the importance of movement, action, and direction, which can be overlooked during a long drawing.  A completed gesture drawing need not accurately resemble the subject when done correctly but instead seeks to describe what the figure is doing.

All sessions begin with a short talk and slides looking at the work of artists relevant to subject.   Classes are structured with a series of exercises that over the course of the 8 weeks you will draw more energetically and confidently.  Be More Artist….  BOOK NOW



Mono printing at Safari Lounge

On Tuesday 10 October I’ll be hosting a drink and draw, life drawing session downstairs in the Safari Lounge in Abbeyhill from 6.45 till 9 pm.  The session will begin with a quick mono-printmaking demo and you will be welcome to use printmaking materials for the remainer of the session.  Tickets are £10 and are available to book in advance through eventbrite.  Spaces are limited so advance booking is advisable to guarantee a place.  The session is untutored but Jill will be about to chat and offer advice.  You are also welcome to bring along your own favourite drawing paraphanailia to use.

New Drawing Class for Autumn

We are excited to be joined by experienced tutor, Australian artist Jenna Corcoran who will be sharing her inspiration and approach to creating contemporary realistic drawings. Jenna taught at Victoria University (Melbourne) for seven years before moving to Edinburgh in 2014, where she was inspired by the textures of the landscape and the city in creating her recent drawings.

Jenna will be running a 5 week class starting the 14 November. Find out more here