At the end of November, Dave and I did a driftwood sculpture workshop at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. It’s this cool purpose built building in Newhaven with lots of workspaces with all the tools for different kinds of sculpture. We found out about it when I was looking through the doors open day catalogue actually, I’d never heard of it other than that. Dave found the driftwood workshop, it’s something he’s always wanted to do apparently.
There was only four of us, the other two people had been to the place loads of times and had also brought tons of interesting stuff, whereas Dave only had a few things and I had nothing (they did supply some, but a lot of it was still wet which obviously isn’t ideal). The teaching was kinda of art college style (I think, I never did do anything like that), the teacher didn’t proactively show you anything, but was on hand to help if you had a specific question.
I hadn’t really thought about it too much beforehand, but I had the idea that I wanted to build something with bits hanging down, and when I discovered that Dave’s best bit of wood and one of the sticks they’d provided fit together, I pretty much just went ahead and did stuff without thinking too much. It was good fun to be really hands on and to work without a plan! Dave also made a 3D sculpture, using lots of stones and green twine, while the other two people made much smaller things that you could display on a shelf. The course also came with two free half day sessions to use the workshops, though I doubt we’ll use them tbh, we had to get Dave’s mum up to watch the boys so we could both go.
Also recommend the cafe at the place, Milk! Really good coffee and an interesting small dish menu. Part of a chain which now apparently operates the cafes of lots of art places, the Fruitmarket, Jupiter Artland and Collective Gallery on Calton Hill as well as the original in Morrison Street.