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

Passers-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.

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.

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

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.

 

In the Woods

In this tutorial Damian visits a wood, creating a study outdoors and collecting some branches and leaves before heading back to his studio to create a more detailed still life.

In this session Damian uses:

  • Black pastel paper or sugar paper
  • A pastel pencil or piece of pastel
  • A plastic rubber/eraser
  • White chalk
  • An easel or a drawing board
  • Hairspray or fixative
  • A selection of coloured pastel (brown, green or others)

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.

St Margaret’s Loch | a flock of swans

In the third tutorial, the last of the Art in the Open – At Home series, Damian heads out to draw a flock of swans. He then cycles back to the studio to explore different compositions and techniques.

In this session Damian uses:

  • White cartridge paper
  • Black watercolour paint
  • Sticks of charcoal
  • Pastels
  • White chalk
  • An easel or a drawing board
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A selection of coloured pastel (orange, green or others)