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Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art



65-67 Commercial St, 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

65-67 Commercial St

Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 6LH, United Kingdom

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Still Life by Atelier Image

Instructor - Cast Painting by Atelier Image

Master copy after Bouguereau

Ivy and Oranges

Two for Joy

Borja as Ribeira

Repose by Ewan McNaughton

Cast Drawing Student

Student Cast Drawing

Student Cast Painting

Student Cast Painting

Student Cast Drawing

Student Bargue Drawing

Ecorche figure study

Cast Painting

Sight-size cast drawing

Student Figure painting

Student figure study

figure study after Fortuny



Lord of the Rings still-life


Still-life with skull

figure study after Fortuny

Figure Drawing Class by Atelier Image

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