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Welcome to the 
Edinburgh Portobello
branch of Cygnets Art School

Term time classes, holiday workshops and private tuition for ages 5+. Traditional drawing, painting & sculpture, combined with unique projects, experienced teachers, & professional quality materials


Find Us

St John the Evangelist Church

35 Brighton Place


EH15 1LT

Edinburgh Palette (Room G5)

St Margaret House

151 London Road


Northfield & Willowbrae Community Council,

10 Northfield Road


Art Lessons & Classes in Edinburgh Portobello

Are you in search of art lessons and classes for children in Edinburgh Portobello? Welcome to Cygnets Art School! We're dedicated to delivering exceptional fine art education, with a diverse array of classes suitable for kids aged five and up. Whether you're interested in after-school art sessions, weekend lessons, or holiday workshops, we have you covered.

At Cygnets, our aim is to foster an inspiring and enjoyable learning atmosphere where students can explore their creativity to the fullest. From drawing and pastels to painting and clay work, we offer instruction in various art mediums, equipping students with skills that will benefit them for years to come.

Seeking personalised guidance? We also provide one-on-one art tutoring and private group classes. Our talented artist-teachers are available to conduct sessions in the convenience of your home, ideal for hosting art-themed birthday parties or receiving assistance with art scholarship applications.

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Edinburgh Portobello
Term Time Classes

After School & Saturday Classes for Ages 5+. Each term covers a new, exciting theme where students have the chance to explore an array of techniques & mediums across the classes.

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Edinburgh Portobello 
Holiday Workshops

Every half term & school holiday for ages 5+. Each workshop covers a different project, with a new skill or material to master. Students can attend individual classes or full days/ weeks.

"Enrolling my son in Cygnets Art School has been a decision I'm immensely grateful for. This art class has become a beacon of creativity and joy in his life, and witnessing his growth and enthusiasm has been truly rewarding.

From the moment we entered the studio, it was evident that Cygnets prioritises creating a nurturing and inspiring environment. The instructors are not just teachers but mentors, fostering a sense of curiosity and exploration in every student. Their passion for art is infectious, and it's reflected in the vibrant atmosphere of the studio.

What truly sets Cygnet apart is its emphasis on individuality and self-expression. Rather than adhering to strict guidelines, students are encouraged to experiment with various mediums and techniques, allowing their unique artistic voices to flourish. This approach has helped my son gain confidence in expressing himself creatively and has sparked his imagination in ways I hadn't imagined.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a place where your child can explore their artistic potential, gain confidence, and find joy in the process, I wholeheartedly recommend Cygnets."

- Shweta

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Graeme & Natalie Mackay

Cygnets Art School Edinburgh Portobello, is run by husband-and-wife team Graeme and Natalie and is a dynamic and inspiring space for young artists in and around East Edinburgh. Our mission is to nurture creativity, build confidence and instill a love for fine arts in children.


Graeme’s passion for art led him to attend Leith School of Art during his spare time outside of a busy working life in retirement planning and investments. Over the past few years, he has run his own art club, supporting local budding artists with techniques and theory in drawing and painting. Their successful exhibitions and showings in local art centers attest to his dedication. During the challenges posed by Covid, Graeme decided to change career direction by focusing on being more creative in the arts space and taking time to support others who wished to do similar.


Natalie brings her leadership and coaching experience from a career in Financial Services and as a former Girl Guide leader. She loves encouraging children to express their creativity. Together with Graeme, she ensures that Cygnets Art School offers tailored lessons to suit all capabilities. From holiday workshops to private classes, we’re committed to fostering a lifelong love for art.

 Headteachers | Cygnets Edinburgh Portobello

One-to-One Tuition

Ages 5+

Private one-to-one tuition, at your home, with one of our experienced artist-teachers. Ideal for scholarships/ college applications; GCSE/ A-Level preparation, or just for fun! Classes can follow our set curriculum, or explore topics and mediums of the student’s choice. Please get in touch for availability.


Private Classes & Parties

Ages 5+

Private group classes for two or more students, at your home, with our experienced artist-teachers. Perfect as a one-off birthday celebration, or weekly group class with siblings or friends. Students can choose from our enormous catalogue of projects, with everything provided by us. All you need is a table and chairs! Please get in touch for availability.


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