Transforming Lives through Sustainable Creativity

Art Buds Collective is a social enterprise dedicated to the delivery of sustainable arts education in nature for children. Our classes for young people and adults promote sustainability, celebrate the creative journey and inspire the protection of our planet. 

By booking an Art Buds class or workshop, you are directly supporting our work to bring the enormous benefits of making art in nature to children and families from areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

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Summer Workshops


Creative Families 2-4 Years

Join Poppy for 90 minutes of creativity, exploration and play in nature. Children aged 20 months - 4 years  are invited to bring along one of their favourite adults, for some hands-on, messy making in beautiful Holyrood Park. Every session will explore a different creative process, so why not book them all!

Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Dates: Thursday 7 July and Thursday 28 July 

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Cost: £7/12/15 per class (bring a grown up for free)

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system


Creative Explorers 4-10 Years

Join us for a 2-hour sustainable art workshop in nature. Children aged 4-10 years are invited to explore their own creativity and curiosity, under the careful guidance of experienced Artist Educators. Expect to learn new art skills, create something amazing and have a lot of fun outdoors! 

Age: 4-10

Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Dates: Thursday 7 July 

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: £12/18/23 

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system

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2-Day Art & Drama 5-12 Years

Join Poppy and Julie for a 2-day outdoor exploration of theatre skills and costume design. Taking inspiration from nature and our favourite Scottish myths and legends, we will create stories that connect past and present and imagine a more sustainable future. Participants will get a chance to share their unique performance on the final day. 

Age: 5-12

Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Dates: Tuesday 26 July and Wednesday 27 July (2 days)

Time: 11am-3pm

Cost: £100/80/60 

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system


Eco Printing in Nature

Eco printing is a technique that transfers plant colour and shape onto cloth or paper using steam. Experience the magic of dyeing with nature, learn about the history and alchemy of natural dyeing and create lasting eco prints to take home. This very special workshop will be led by textile artist, India Wills from @wild_hues, and is an opportunity for families and friends to create together.

Age: 8+ 

Venue: Easter Craiglockhart Woods, Lockharton Crescent, EH14 1AX

Dates: Monday 25 July 

Time: 1.30-4pm

Cost: £40/35/22

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system


Term Time Classes


Art Buds Holyrood Park

Our Friday afternoon classes are designed to engage young people aged 4-12 in exploration, adventure and sustainable art making. Children work in small age appropriate groups, with experienced artist educators. These popular sessions spark curiosity in the natural world and joy in artistic process. To book, please follow the link below.

Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Day: Friday 

Time: 2-3.30pm

Cost: £8/£13.50/£16.50 per class

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system

Art Buds at the Beach

What better way to wind down at the end of the week than by the sea? Our Friday afternoon beach sessions are suitable for children aged 4-10 and offer a mix of creative projects, environmental learning and free exploration, under the careful guidance of experienced Artist Educators.  To book, please follow the link below. 

Venue: Portobello Beach

Day: Friday

Time: 2-3.30pm 

Cost: £8/£13.50/£16.50 per class 

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a Fair Payment system

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Art Buds Saturday in the Woods

Our popular Saturday sessions are now weekly! Join us for creative adventures in the beautiful setting of Easter Craiglockhart Woods. During this fun and friendly outdoor session, we invite children to forage, explore and make together, before gathering around the fire to share our creations.

Venue: Craiglockhart Woods, Edinburgh

Day: Saturday

Time: 10.30am-12.00 midday (for ages 4-10) 

Cost: £8/£13.50/£16.50 per class.

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system

Art Bubs Creative Families

Our  Tuesday and Friday morning classes are a time for little ones to create and explore with their families and carers. Combining storytelling, play, making and discovery in the outdoors, this session will spark curiosity in the natural world and joy in artistic process. 

Age: 20 months - 3 years

Venue: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Tuesday 10-10.45am

Friday 10-11am

Friday 11.15am-12.15pm 

Cost: £5/£7.50/£9 per class.

To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment

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Art Buds in Muirhouse

Art Buds in Muirhouse is a free programme of outdoor creative learning for early years and school-age children in Muirhouse, North Edinburgh. This project is fully funded by Creative Scotland and delivered in partnership with North Edinburgh Arts. 

Now in its second year, Art Buds in Muirhouse offers children the chance to learn sustainable art skills from experienced artist educators and explore their local natural spaces safely and creatively. The project provides participants with free outdoor clothing and healthy snacks and lunches (summer camps). 

If you live in the Muirhouse area (EH4 4, EH4 5, EH5 1, EH5 2), you can apply for a place through North Edinburgh Arts. Please call 0131 315 2151, or email, ​​


School Opportunities


Sciennes Primary Art Club

Open to children in P1-5 attending Sciennes Primary School, Edinburgh, Art Buds After School Club takes place in the school's nature strip. Join us for outdoor creating, building, painting and sculpting every Tuesday! To set up something similar at your school or nursery, or to find our more about our bespoke 'Schools Workshops', get in touch. To book a place in this club, contact us using the form below.

Venue: Sciennes Primary, Edinburgh

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 3.30-5pm

Cost: £9.50 per class

(please contact the school directly if you require financial support with payment - this can be arranged) 

Art Buds Home Educators

If you are a Home Educator and know a group of children who would be interested in a bespoke Art Buds Collective workshop, please get in touch. Our Home Educator sessions allow children aged 5-12 to explore process art in the outdoors with a strong environmental focus. Art Buds Collective classes are led by experienced Artist Educators and support curriculum learning across a wide range of subjects.

Please email us at for more information.


Our Values

  • We believe every human has the right to create, and that we must work to remove the barriers that exist to creative engagement.

  • We actively promote exploration of artistic process as a means to improve wellbeing and increase our understanding of the world.

  • We are committed to celebrating multiple points of view and strive for inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.

  • We are committed to protecting the natural environment and putting sustainability at the heart of our art-making.

  • We believe in nurturing and respecting individuals on their creative journey through a person led approach.

  • We believe in celebrating kindness and engaging curiosity every day.

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Work with us


Are you an artist educator with a passion for engaging curiosity and creativity?

Art Buds Collective is always looking for dynamic teachers to join our team. If you are a freelance educator, working in the arts or outdoor education, interested in taking a more sustainable approach to creativity, get in touch!

Experience is preferred, but we do have opportunities for young people just starting their arts career to take on a mentored position. A willingness to work outdoors in all weathers is essential - if you haven't tried it, we highly recommend it!

CVs and bios should be sent for the attention of Sara, to

We look forward to hearing from you.

Photo by Alyssa Parker 


Contact Us

For more information about the work we do, or to book an Art Buds class, please drop us a message. We'd Love to hear from you!

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