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Sustainable Creativity in Nature

Art Buds Collective is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to the delivery of sustainable arts education in nature for children, families and adults. Our classes promote sustainable art-making, celebrate the creative journey and inspire the protection of our planet. 

Holiday Workshops for Children

Art and Drama 4-Day Summer Workshop
Ages 6-12 
Holyrood Park
Monday 15 July - Thursday 18 July, 10am–3:15pm
£168/225/256

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Our 4-day Art and Drama workshop invites children aged 6-12 years to explore costume making, set design, song, staging, storytelling and performance skills. Participants will take inspiration from nature and the dramatic surroundings of Holyrood Park and work sustainably with a range of materials. Friends and families will be invited to attend a short sharing on the final afternoon. No experience is necessary to enjoy this fun and creative intensive.

Art-in-Nature Craiglockhart Workshop
Ages 4-10
Craiglockhart Nature Reserve
Friday 26 July, 2-4pm
£12/18/23

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Join us for fun, creative artist-led adventures in the exciting setting of Craiglockhart Nature Reserve. During this 2-hour workshop we will invite children to forage, explore and create together, before creating an outdoor gallery to share our artwork and discoveries. Limited places available.

Sculpture on the Shore 3-Day Workshop
Ages 5-12 
Wardie Bay
Monday 29 - Wednesday 31 July, 10am– 3pm
£108/140/170

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Join us for a 3-day artist-led adventure at Wardie Bay Beach. During workshop we will explore a variety of art skills, including sculpture, and invite children to create, inspired by nature and our coastal setting. Limited places available.

Term-time Classes

Art Bubs Families
Children18 mths-3 yrs and their carer
Holyrood Park
Fridays, 10am-11am
£5/7.50/9

 

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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. Friday 11am-12pm  Cost: £5/£7.50/£9 per class. To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system

Art Bubs Families
Children18 mths-3 yrs and their carer
Holyrood Park
Fridays, 11.15am-12.15pm
£5/7.50/9
 

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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. Friday 11am-12pm  Cost: £5/£7.50/£9 per class. To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system

Saturday Art Buds Workshop
Ages.4-10
Easter Craiglockhart Nature Reserve
Coming soon
£12/18/23

 

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Join us for an artist-led workshop in the beautiful setting of Easter Craiglockhart Nature Reserve. During these fun and friendly outdoor session, we invite children to learn new art skills and explore together, before gathering around the fire to share our creations. This beautiful woodland venue is hidden behind Lockharton Crescent and easily accesible by public transport. Free on-street parking available. Cost: £12/£18/£23 per class. To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system.

Holyrood Park Art Buds Adventurers
Ages 4-6
Holyrood Park
Fridays, 2-3.30pm
£8/13.50/16.50

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Our Holyrood Park class for children aged 4-6 is an introduction to sustainable art making, safe outdoor exploration and play-based discovery. These popular sessions, led by experienced artist educators, spark curiosity in the natural world and joy in artistic process.  Cost: £8/£13.50/£16.50 per class. To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system.

Holyrood Park Art Buds Explorers 
Ages 7-12
Holyrood Park
Fridays, 2-3.30pm
£8/13.50/16.50

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Our older class at Holyrood Park gives young people aged 7-12 the chance to extend and develop their sustainable art making, with lots of opportunity for outdoor adventure and discovery. 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. Cost: £8/£13.50/£16.50 per class. To improve access for all, Art Buds Collective operates a fair payment system.

Sciennes After School Art Buds 
Primary 1-4
Sciennes Primary School
Tuesdays, 3.30-5pm

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Open to children in P1-P4 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.  Cost: £9.50 per class (Please contact the school directly. Financial support available.)

Testimonials

I give Art Buds a billion out of ten!

Art Buds participant

 age 7

I think you might be magic at Art Buds because everything is just magical when you are around

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age 7

Can I keep coming to this club until I go to high school?

Art Buds participant age 10

Thanks for all

the great projects

and inspiration!

Art Buds participant age 5

Thank you for your caring, warmth and patience!

Mum of Art Buds participant age 8

This has been amazing, thank you so much, please do more workshops!

Parent of Art Buds workshop  age 7

They have loved it so much!

Art Buds family

Adults

Our art workshops for adult groups and organisations in Scotland will leave you feeling creative, uplifted and inspired! Join our experienced Artist Educators for a grown up adventure that develops sustainable art skills and encourages greater connection with the nature world.

 

Our adult workshops can be delivered outdoors or indoors. Contact us for more information or to arrange a unique creative experience for your group. Corporate and private enquires welcome. Should your group require any adjustments to support participants, please get in touch to discuss your additional needs.

 

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Creative Communities - Improving Lives through Art

Art Buds is proud to offer free outdoor art classes and summer camps for children aged 3-11 in the Muirhouse and Bingham areas of Edinburgh.

 

The Creative Communities project provides free outdoor clothing and healthy food for every participating child, thanks to our partners and funders, North Edinburgh Arts, Community Renewal: Lifting Neighbourhoods Together, Frugi, Muddy Puddles and Creative Scotland. The project won the Creative Edinburgh Community Award in 2022 for its positive impact on the community.

If you live in Bingham or Muirhouse, get in touch for more information and how to apply!

Contact Us

For more information about Art Buds Collective class and workshops or to enquire about working with us, please drop us a message. We'd love to hear from you!

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