Coronavirus outbreak: as you would expect, all courses have been cancelled. David has been preparing a series of online, step-by-step exercises to tide us through the days of lock-down. He is also running online sessions. If you are interested, please get in touch:
For a taster demonstration, by the artist, of wet on wet and salt technique, click on the image below.
David regularly teaches at the following venues. He also offers private tuition (one to two students); for further information, please contact him at
Edinburgh Drawing School
Weekly course
Spring term II classes is offered using a mix of digital material and online sessions.
The term starts on w/c 20 April and will run for 10 weeks.
There is only one weekly class which involves an online meeting on Thursdays at 10am. For each class, an illustrated step-by-step guide is provided (PDF).
See the School's website for booking information.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Explore the techniques, and expressive joys of landscape watercolour painting. This ten-week course will use artist demonstration and individual guidance to help each student to a more confident handling of this fascinating medium. Lessons will cover techniques in the studio, but where conditions are suitable the students will have the chance to work outside in the Garden.
You can find details in the Education Brochure page 23.
Summer class
This annual outdoors class, usually held in July, is currently under review.
Weekly courses
They should resume in the autumn.
Monday 9:30am - 12:30am: Expressive watercolour and landscape - Intermediate to Advanced
Monday 1:30pm - 4:30pm: Expressive watercolour and landscape - Beginners
Leith Academy (Edinburgh Council Adult Education)
Weekly course
This course will resume in September and be available to book from early August. Check the Edinburgh Council website.
Monday 7pm - 9pm: Art Watercolour - Intermediate
Edinburgh Academy
Starting with the basic elements of watercolour panting, colour mixing, wash techniques, texture, brushwork and so on, the course will move on to explore ways to achieve more dramatic effects through such techniques as spatter, wax resist and collage so as to realise the expressive potential of this most versatile of mediums.
Weekly course:
The Give-It-A-Go classes are expected to resume in the autumn.
National Galleries of Scotland
There are no classes currently scheduled, as the education suite is being refurbished.
You can check the NGS programme here.