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Drawing in Community

Cass Mark workshop image

Drawing in community.  As I write this I am thinking of two different interpretations to these words.

First, I think of the bringing together of people to learn, chat, and create together.  There are groups all over the world of people joining in for art sessions in an artist’s studio, gathering in public spaces to draw stuff, and now forming groups online to learn illustration.  Recently I listened to The Good Ship Illustration’s podcast about their community of artists and classes.  I want to join in.

The second interpretation is pulling in, bringing together, finding those floating souls out there and inviting them to join in an activity.  How do you draw people in to what you are doing?  What are people looking for especially now that boundaries are constantly shifting?

Edinburgh Sketcher Mark Kirkham and I are running fornightly drawing sessions, recently focusing in on the architecture of Edinburgh.  Jo Caulfield joined us during our last sessions, sharing her love of Leith and its varied architecture.  My heart did swoon when she zeroed in on the Imperial Docks and that big monster sitting on the edge of the water.

Our next sessions is September 1st.  This time we will be featuring David Blaikie and one of his team’s gorgeous projects.  We will be using two widths of pen for adding depth and detail in our drawings.  Does this sound like a community you would like to test out? See if it’s a good fit?  We have such a lovely group.  This is my invitation for you to join us.

You can buy your tickets here.



I am an artist living and working in a rather gorgeous city. My art can be purchased in various shops throughout the city as well as from my online shop. Most of my work is for commission, private and corporate. I am the founder of Crash Course in Art History Limited.

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