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What’s so fine About Fine Arts?

Imagine a world without art. A world without pictures, without photographs, without images, without statues and sculptures. It's not so good is it? The visual arts can enrich our lives, they can interpret and define the world around us, they can make us stop and think.

Fine art influences our culture, fashion, the environment and style. Fine artists work not only in contemporary art but also in other career areas like film, publishing, video, and arts administration, where the value of art training is increasingly recognised. The majority of fine artists attend art college where they can study painting, sculpture, film, photography and other disciplines. There, they can develop individual styles and specialisms and learn to express their ideas.

(source:  yourcreativefuture.org: an initiative sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Design Council and Arts Council England) 

Studying at a College of Art

In Scotland there are four Colleges of Art – in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

A number of Further Education colleges also support elements of fine art practice and can be contacted through S1learning.com.

A career in art

A career as an artist can be exciting but it is often challenging and you may want to know more about the opportunities available before you decide to go to college.  These sites provide useful information for those considering a career as an artist, as well as providing advice to those that have recently graduated.

Cultural Enterprise Office
Scottish Artists Union  

Classes, workshops and courses

Whether you are a complete beginner or an established practitioner with a desire to develop new skills the network of open access print, sculpture and photography workshops offers a range of classes and courses. 

Edinburgh Printmakers
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Glasgow Print Studio
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Scottish Sculpture Workshop
Stills Gallery

Martin Westwood, Collective Gallery
Nathan Coley's Lamp of Sacrifice, . Photo: Alan Dimmick
Moyna Flannigan ‘Pimpernel’, Edinburgh Printmakers
Anne Campbell, Longlegs. Courtesy: Project Ability
Kenny Hunter – Freestyle Monumental dubmonument. Courtesy: Talbot Rice Gallery
Installation shot, Beverley Hood, ‘Doppelganger’ April 2004. Street Level Photoworks.
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