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Meet Hugh Buchanan

Hugh Buchanan was born in Edinburgh in 1958. The city instilled in him a love of architecture that he developed as a student of Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating in 1981, he worked on commissions for the National Trust and, in 1987, was invited by the Prince of Wales to paint a series of interiors of Balmoral. 

Hugh Buchanan’s paintings are also in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Edinburgh City Art centre, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and the National Trust for Scotland.

About The Course

Each morning starts with a demonstration of various drawing and watercolour techniques from Hugh. As the week progresses you will be able to request subjects for demonstration. You will then have the opportunity to look for subjects around Dalkeith  Country Park that inspire you and put your new skills into practice.

From the second day onwards a ‘clinic’ will be held in the morning in which you are encouraged to discuss each other’s work and any corrections can be made. Most students consider this to be the most valuable part of the day. 

Skill level: Moderate. Some experience of drawing is necessary. 

Times & Cost

Week long course: Monday 12 to Friday 16 September

Cost: £275 per person for the week  

Times: Class starts at 9:30am and runs until 4pm daily. It is recommended to arrive for 9:15am to allow time for set up.

Location: The Loft, Restoration Yard 

Refreshments: Tea and Coffee will be provided at 11am daily

What do you need to bring?

You will need to bring the following materials with you each day:

  • Good quality watercolour paper A2 or A3 . This can be blocks or pads, whichever you prefer.
  • 2B pencils, rubber, mixing plates and a drawing board.
  • Watercolour tubes – Indigo, Cerulean and Neutral Tint are recommended.
  • Brushes:  Chinese and nylon brushes, sable is not necessary. 
  •  An A 2″ wash brush is essential. 
  • A folding stool or garden kneeler to sit on.

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