Edinburgh Sketcher to hold classes at Lauriston Castle


ASPIRING artists will be given the chance to put pencil to paper with one of Scotland’s top sketchers.

Mark Kirkham, who regularly posts formidable drawings of Edinburgh on his blog, will offer two sketching masterclasses at Lauriston Castle.

Budding artists of all ages will get the chance to learn Mark’s trademark “speed sketching” skills.

This quick method of doodling allows artists to capture images almost as quickly as a photograph.

Visitors will sketch in and around Lauriston Castle
Visitors will sketch in and around Lauriston Castle


Visitors will sketch in and around the Castle grounds, including the tranquil Japanese Gardens and inside the old castle kitchen, using pens and watercolour before working on a final sketch to take home.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Culture and Sport Convener, said: “From popular Edinburgh cityscapes to modes of transport, it is difficult to think of an iconic place or object in the city that hasn’t been captured by Mark’s keen eye for detail.

“These classes will be an opportunity to get sketching in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful settings and get working with a local artist. What a fantastic family day out this summer.”

Originally from Lancashire and the son of a painter father and photographer mother, Mark has called Edinburgh home for the last 15 years.

He gives his top three pieces of advice to budding sketchers: “First is get sketching! You can plan and plan but in the end you just need to get out there and do it. Hopefully these workshops at Lauriston Castle will tempt you to do just that.

“Tip two is don’t be shy. You can feel very self aware pulling out a pen and pad in a busy street but don’t let that put you off. Once I begin I get into the zone and usually forget people are passing by.

“My third piece of advice is to be prepared. I always carry the bare essentials, but sometimes I have resorted to sketching on napkins and receipts. I promise these classes at Lauriston Castle will be well stocked, all visitors need to do is book their ticket and turn up on the day.”