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Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

Custom House, 65-67 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art (EAFA) is committed to the continuance of traditional modes of teaching drawing and painting and creating the new masters of today.

Through learning the time honoured methods of the nineteenth century academies, artists first master the language of drawing and painting, building a pathway to more truthful expression. Just as musicians must first learn their instrument or writers must study language before they can articulate their creativity, the visual artist must achieve the skill set that will unlock their creative potential. When the artist can confidently paint the most technically demanding of subjects, they are truly only limited by their imagination. Through study and commitment, the Academy students open themselves to new levels of artistic freedom.

No previous experience is assumed, and no portfolio presentation is required for admission. We welcome all levels of experience from complete novice to professional artist. We believe artistic skill can be learned like any other skill such as writing, music, or learning a language. Even the highest standards of achievement can be reached through simple step by step instruction.

Our instructors give one to one guidance and tailor tuition to meet the personal goals of each student who studies with us.

Our self-paced curriculum allows for flexible learning opportunities. With full or part-time options, students progress at a pace best suited to them. Daytime, evening and weekend hours available.

The Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art is now a registered learning provider whose courses can be funded by a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). Please contact us for more information.

Our progressive curriculum is designed to build on achievements gained at each stage. These stages include:

  • Charles Bargue drawings in graphite
  • Charcoal cast drawings
  • Cast paintings
  • Full colour still life paintings
  • Figure drawing
  • Figure painting

We are delighted to now offer a government approved qualification through Napier University that is recognised and transferrable throughout Europe. Students can now achieve an Advanced Diploma in Classical Atelier Drawing and Painting.

Previous study at other ateliers may even be transferred towards gaining this qualification.

EAFA also offers a number of one or two-week workshops and personalised short courses, where participants can develop high level skills in a range of academic styles and media, from Old Master techniques and red chalk drawing to portrait, figure, still life and landscape painting.

A tour of the studio is available by appointment and prospective students are welcome to join us for a free taster day.

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Founded 2011
Course languages English
Instructors Ewan McNaughton, Nick Anderson
Part-Time Instructors 2
Full-Time Instructors 3
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Part time: EUR 3000 / year

Full time: EUR 5800 / year

Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

Custom House, 65-67 Commercial Street

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bargue Copy

Instructor - Ewan McNaughton Cast Painting by Atelier Image

Cast Drawing Student

Vermeer Copy by Atelier Image

Instructor - Ewan McNaughton Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Zen O'Conor Still Life by Atelier Image

Student Cast Drawing

Figure Drawing Class by Atelier Image

Student Cast Painting

Student Cast Painting

Figure Painting Class by Atelier Image

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Figure Drawing Class by Atelier Image

Atelier by Atelier Image

Student Cast Drawing

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Student Bargue Drawing

Instructor - Figure Painitng by Atelier Image

Student Figure Drawing

Instructor - Cast Painting by Atelier Image

09 October 2017 to 16 December 2017

Term 4

65-67 Commercial St, 65-67 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 6LH

1500 GBP

Term 4- Year is split into 4 blocks of ten weeks although you are welcome to join us midway through a term.