Art in the open

Art in the Open is part of The Scottish National Gallery Project, a major development to transform the way we show the Scottish Art Collection.

Between 2018 and 2020 Art in the Open drawing sessions were delivered across Edinburgh. We travelled to places using a cargo bike which carried the artists and all the materials we needed to provide a pop-up creative art studio.

Photograph by Roberto-Ricciuti
Photograph by John-Linton

Passer-by could have a go or just watch for a bit. The sessions were relaxed and informal. Art in the Open is all about being creative in nature.

While Covid-19 restrictions continue to be in place and to keep our staff and visitors safe we have moved online.

Art in the open...at home

… in the studio, in your back garden, or from the window…

Spending time outside in nature is beneficial to our wellbeing. Making art and being creative is fun and relaxing – so why not combine both?

Pick up some materials and head out to your favourite local spot. These video tutorials delivered by artist Damian Callan will give you some useful tips and insight to the artist’s working methods.

By the loch

In this first tutorial Damian Callan heads to a loch, creating a study outdoors and then heads back to his studio to work on the final pastel artwork.

In this session Damian uses:

  • A drawing board (a strong piece of cardboard would do too)
  • Pastel paper or sugar paper
  • Pastels
  • Charcoal
  • Chalk
  • Hairspray

If you’d like to share your drawings tag us on social media

  • Twitter: @NatGalleriesSco
  • Instagram: @natgalleriessco
  • Facebook: National Galleries of Scotland

– we’d love to see your art.

The next Art in the Open online tutorial will be shared in April and we’ll be heading for a walk in the woods.

In the Scottish collection you will find a wide range of works on paper and many representations of nature and landscape – here are just a few - have a look and be inspired.