Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

Introducing Edinburgh Art For All

This week we hear from Laura MacLeod, who has just completed the first term of Edinburgh Art For All, an art class that takes place in Barclay Viewforth Church.

Laura writes…

After seven years of teaching teenagers, I have embarked on a new chapter. I have taught the national curriculum, assisted with portfolio preparation, painted murals in Africa, exhibited my own artwork, volunteered with Heart for Art and Marie Curie and have realised that there is nothing I enjoy more, than helping others realise and appreciate their own creativity.

Students working at Edinburgh Art For All

Our first term has seen some fantastic efforts and outcomes. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with such a lovely group of people, some from church and some from further afield. The class is small to allow for one-to-one support and group evaluation.

Students working at Edinburgh Art For All

We explored the architecture of Barclay Viewforth church, breaking it down into basic shapes and understanding line and form. We have used a wide variety of materials and developed our use of tone and colour. And finally we have studied some watercolour techniques, creating texture and detail.


One of the many reasons why I love art is it really accepts everyone. If you can make a mark, you can be trained how to manipulate that mark over time into a result you are pleased with. At school I remember looking around thinking there were kids who just got it. They made it look easy. They were the talented ones who were naturally good at art. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I persevered with developing my skills.

Art has brought me so much joy, peace and focus, as well as appreciation of what is around me. It has built on my patience and given me a new language to communicate with. Only recently has there been a huge trend of colouring books to improve your mindfulness. Art is being recognised as a form a therapy and its benefits are slowly being acknowledged.  

Art has brought me so much joy, peace and focus

If you would like to experience an Art for All class or know of someone who would, please do share the word. Details can be found on the Edinburgh Art For All Facebook page, and Edinburgh Art For All website.

If you would like to find out more or reserve your place, please call 07935 398343 or email

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