Bookbinding and sketching: 30 October 2020 10am-5pm

Local artists Cass Barron and Mark Kirkham share some of their favourite bookbinding and sketching techniques in this collaborative workshop. The day will be split between The Arienas Collective workspace and local points of interest around Edinburgh's New Town, including the National Portrait Gallery.


Over the course of the day, Cass will introduce a range of book making techniques, including single sheet Japanese Stab binding, concertina fold books and a more substantial leather bound sketchbook. 


With Mark’s guidance you will add colour washes to your pages before taking them out and about on a sketching tour of the local area. On wet days Mark will bring the New Town indoors using photographs to sketch from as well as items found in the home. You will work on short detailed drawings to longer perspective pieces in ink and watercolour. 


Both Mark and Cass will help you throughout the day and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You will quickly pick up sketching skills while increasing your confidence in your artistic ability, and with your newfound bookbinding techniques you will be able to make your own sketchbooks forevermore!


The class size is kept small so that Cass and Mark can give you all the help and support you need to get the most from your day with us. 


The price includes access to all the equipment you will need, all materials, a buffet style lunch and refreshments. And of course you will take home the lovely personalised sketchbook you have created.


Please note that The Arienas Collective workshop space is based on the first floor of a Georgian mews home and unfortunately there is no lift access.

Bookbinding and sketching: 30 October 2020 10am-5pm

  • The Arienas Collective experiences are run from a supportive and welcoming home environment in the Edinburgh New Town. Spaces are limited to allow our artists and designer-makers to offer hands-on help and support.

    All equipment is provided and all the materials you will need (unless stated otherwise). Just turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique.

    Refreshment breaks are an important part of The Arienas Collective experiences. They are a time to socialise, make new friends and chat to the artists and designer-makers. We are fortunate to have a fantastic range of independent shops and producers nearby and are proud to feature locally sourced food and drinks. The price includes all materials unless stated otherwise, refreshments, and of course you take home all the unique products you have created.

    All our experiences are also available to book as a private group email us for more information.

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