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Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art


Custom House, 65-67 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, 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.

Founded 2011
Course languages English
Accreditation Associates
Advanced Diploma in Classical Atelier Drawing and Painting
Instructors Ewan McNaughton, Nick Anderson
Part-Time Instructors 2
Full-Time Instructors 3
Students 35
Accommodation No

Part time: GBP 3200 / year

Full time: GBP 6200 / year


Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

55 South Commercial Street

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

Instructor - Ewan McNaughton Cast Painting by Atelier Image

Instructor - Ewan McNaughton Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Figure Painitng by Atelier Image

Instructor - Cast Painting by Atelier Image

Master copy after Bouguereau

Ivy and Oranges

Two for Joy

Bargue Copy

Cast Drawing Student

Student Cast Drawing

Student Cast Painting

Student Cast Painting

Student Cast Drawing

Student Bargue Drawing

Student Figure Drawing

Ecorche figure study

Cast Painting

Sight-size cast drawing

Vermeer Copy by Atelier Image

Figure Painting Class by Atelier Image

Figure Drawing Class by Atelier Image

Atelier by Atelier Image

24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019

Portrait Painting in Pastel with Ellen Eagle A 5 day workshop at Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

65-67 Commercial St, 67 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

450 GBP

Author of Pastel Painting Atelier, Ellen Eagle comes to Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art. 24-28 June 2019

In this workshop, you will observe with a clear and careful eye the model’s unique structure, colour, value relationships and posture. The goal is to distill this complex information, through sustained study, into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. You will engage in the intense colour analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. 

08 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

Figure Drawing Workshop with Juliette Aristides Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art

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

450 GBP

In this workshop, master contemporary artist and best selling author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the Atelier tradition that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings. 

Each day will be a mixture of demonstrations, group discussions, and personal critiques.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

All materials provided