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Cancelled Event National Museum of Scotland

The Sunday Sketch

26 Apr - 19 Jul 2020

Join us to learn how to sketch using our incredible collections as inspiration. Each of these creative sessions will see artist Cécile Simonis guide you through a range of drawing activities in different galleries.


These sessions are now cancelled until further notice. All ticketholders will be contacted in due course.

Booking information

Please note: this event has been cancelled in response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Sunday 26 April
This session takes place in our Early People gallery on level -1. This gallery explores how people lived from around 8000 BC to AD 1100. The objects on display show how early people used the land’s resources, interacted with each other and made sense of the world. Learn how to draw these archaeological treasures of stone, silver, bronze and gold.

Sunday 21 June
This session takes place in our Learning Centre. Assistant Curator Ashleigh Whiffin, will introduce you to a small selection of our entomology collections. Ashleigh will explain why insects are so important, why National Museums Scotland has such a large collection of them and how they are used in international research. Your tutor will then demonstrate how to draw insects, strengthening your finest motor skills and creating delicate and intricate work.

Sunday 31 May
This session takes place in our Scotland Transformed gallery on level 3. This gallery shows how Scotland changed from a rural, medieval society to an urban, modern one. Learn how to draw wheels, pulleys and cogs – the anatomy of looms and engines – creating a drawing of machinery that looks functional.

Sunday 19 July
This session will explore light and movement using our History of the Forest Diorama on level -1. Cécile Simonis will show you how draw volume using highlights and shadows, and demonstrate how to represent the Scottish wildlife within the diorama.

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors.
  • Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

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