Leith School of Art is a unique and special place. Originally set up twenty years ago as an alternative to large institutions, our ethos is to focus on teaching the individual while fostering a sense of community. We are a small school, with around 60 students and seven core teaching staff; this scale allows us to concentrate on the needs of each student and to generate a good working relationship between the students and staff.
We believe in high quality teaching. In all of our courses, we teach the elements of art and design, from basic methods and materials through to the conceptual underpinning of the work undertaken. An important element is studying the work of great artists of the past, as well as that of artists working today, with lectures and seminars forming a significant part of our courses. We also believe that teaching itself is a creative activity and strive constantly to refresh our teaching, making it interesting and relevant in order to best nurture each person’s artistic gift. Our aim is to create a school with a vital artistic life that emphasises both tradition and innovation.
Year Established: 1989
95% of our Foundation Course students gain a place on a course of their choice each year
We run a successful Summer School each year with students travelling from home and abroad to take part in our highly sought after courses.
Our list of tutors consists of some of the best practitioners of fine art and craft working in Scotland today.
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