Community Teaching and Collaboration

Jenny has over thirty years experience of teaching and community collaboration, working with groups of all ages and ability within the community and lecturing at Colleges and Universities. She was a part-time Lecturer at Leith School of Art for many years teaching drawing, mixed media painting and printmaking and has been a Visiting Lecturer at a number of Scottish Colleges, including Heriot Watt University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Jenny regularly gives talks and leads workshops related to exhibitions of  her own work and that of other artists. She worked free-lance for The National Galleries of Scotland when they set up their Education Department and also for the Travelling Gallery’s  Education programme. In recent years Jenny has focused on developing innovative and experiential CPD training for artists and teachers and collaborating with practitioners in other fields. This is a small sample of images from some of these workshops.More recently Jenny has begun to collaborate with dance and yoga practitioners to explore ways drawing and painting can become more embodied. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to chat through a creative idea you have for your group, school, college, community or  organisation. Or if you are looking for something different for a party, team building event or special occasion. Ideas can always be developed and adapted to suit your budget. Please click here for a copy of Jenny’s C.V. Click here to email Jenny or telephone 0771 3901 730































































Drawn to Dance – Landmarks during Art Walk Porty 2019 

Drawn to dance is one of a family of “drawn to” workshops that artist Jenny Smith teaches, inspired by the things she is drawn to, other than her art practice. For further details of other workshops she runs in Edinburgh click here.

In Drawn to Dance Jenny collaborates with conscious dance teacher Sarena Wolfaard. Starting with a walk on Portobello beach, to collect natural landmarks, we will explore ways to use these as a starting point to create individual and collective dance-drawings, working in Bellfield Community Centre with dance, charcoal and chalks. We will explore ways the inner and outer landscape of the body meets the landscape of the natural world and how marks “land” when we draw in an embodied way.

We will be running this workshop as part of Art Walk Porty which runs from 7-15 Sept in Portobello. It will run form 10am – 2pm on Sat 7 Sept 2019. Cost £35. All materials provided. No experience of movement or drawing required, but if you do have any experience of either, all well and good.

Drawn to Dance – Paint, Passion, and Pattern

We are looking forward to sharing this year’s new Drawn to Dance workshop with you: Paint, Passion, and PatternWe envisage our 4th collaboration will be a playfully embodied, celebratory end to a challenging and unprecedented year. We will be introducing some new things and look forward to welcoming back those who have participated previously, as well as those who haven’t worked with us both yet.

In light of the current circumstances we are planning for the original in-person workshop on 21/22nd Nov at Restoration Yard, with a back-up plan to go online if regulations don’t allow us to run it in person (with materials posted out to you). If for any reason we can’t go ahead in person, everyone booked for that workshop will be offered either a place on-line, or a full refund if you are only interested in dancing in person. To give you peace of mind booking, any Covid19 related cancellations will also be offered a full refund.

Sat 21st & 22nd November (Numbers will be limited to 18)
We will adhere to government regulations for health and safety around Covid19

Cost: Deposit £30 to secure a place.
Early bird rate of £120 if paid in full by Sat 7 November. £140 thereafter.
2 concessionary places are available. Please let us know your circumstances.

All bookings will be online via the drawnto website