#UnwrapArt: Courses and Workshops

#UnwrapArt is SCAN’s annual campaign inviting the public to support Scotland’s artists and makers while buying gifts and experiences that loved ones will treasure. This week’s gift guide highlights the range of hands-on workshops and courses delivered by our members, so your loved ones can learn a new skill or make something of their own in the new year.


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: Observational Botanical Drawing
£120 for a weekend workshop

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh runs courses and workshops specialising in both gardening and creative skills. This ink drawing workshop mixes the two, inviting participants to draw directly from the RBGE’s beautiful garden and glasshouses using a range of fifineliners, brush pens and calligraphy pens.



Print Clan: Beginners Textile Printing Workshop
£30 for a two hour class

Do you have a loved one who’s keen to try out printmaking? This evening workshop at Print Clan in Glasgow is a great introduction to screenprinting, with each participant making a range of samples and their own tote bag to take home. Printmaking courses at all levels are also offered by our members Out of the Blueprint, Gaada and Highland Print Studio, with some members offering gift vouchers for courses, too.



Forgan Arts Centre: Family Pottery
£56 per adult/£43 per child for five weekly classes

Buying gifts for a whole family? Forgan Arts Centre in Fife offers a Family Pottery course, allowing children and their parents or guardians to get making together, learning about hand-building, using a potter’s wheel, glazing and finishing over five sessions. If you’re looking for creative gifts for children, Forgan offers a host of workshops and courses, as does The Glasgow School of Art. If it’s ceramics courses you’re after, Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire offers courses in hand-building, throwing, carving and much more.



Stills: Eco Darkroom
£249 for a six week course

Edinburgh-based photography centre Stills has a wide-reaching learning programme, with courses for complete beginners and experienced photographers alike, across both analogue and digital skills. We were particularly struck by this Eco Darkroom course, which offers a hands-on introduction to plant-based photographic processes, including anthotypes and DIY developers.



Narture: Play With Food workshop
£40 for a three hour session

Located on the high street in Ayr, Narture offers an eclectic range of themed workshops, from ceramics to paper decoration making. In this food-themed workshop, participants will make patterns and marks with fruit and vegetables, create collages, and make risograph prints to take home.