The ICAA is excited to announce its first drawing tour to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of the great classical cities of the world.At the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Edinburgh was remodeled as ‘the Athens of the North’. Grand new public buildings were inspired by the antiquities of Greece and Rome, and the city was expanded by the building of the New Town, later praised by Henry-Russell Hitchcock as ‘the most extensive example of a Romantic Classical city in the world’. A graceful sequence of streets, squares, crescents and circuses were laid out, all built in the local warm-grey sandstone and brought to life by the distinctive Scottish light.The tour will focus on Edinburgh’s classical heritage and its relationship with the picturesque and romantic traditions. Among particular buildings of interest will be works by William Chambers (1723-1796), Robert Adam (1728-1792), Thomas Hamilton (1784-1858) and William Playfair (1790-1857).The Christopher H. Browne Edinburgh Drawing Tour provides participants with practical and theoretical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifest in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Scotland’s capital city.The program focuses study on the enduring vitality and continuity of the classical tradition through the means of observational and analytical drawing, and wash and watercolor. Each day is spent drawing, in situ, at sites that underscore the relationship between buildings, the human figure, and their built and natural environment. The course has been structured thematically to examine the classical tradition from a range of viewpoints, encompassing not only the study of antique precedents but also an awareness of the picturesque and romantic traditions.Photograph: View over Edinburgh, with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground. By Ajay Suresh | CC BY 2.0 | recolored from original
A draft itinerary for the 2022 Christopher H. Browne Edinburgh Drawing Tour will be available soon. For more information about this program, please contact [email protected]
The ICAA is committed to the safety of our students and instructors during our programs. To that end, we will follow all CDC guidelines during the program. All program participants must agree to and sign the ICAA's health and safety policies for the program, in addition to a release of liability form. If you would like to review a copy of these forms prior to registering, please email us at [email protected]
George Saumarez Smith is one of the leading classical architects of his generation. George’s work has ranged in scale from new country houses and garden buildings to large housing schemes. Much of his inspiration comes from the appreciation and study of historic buildings, combined with a keen interest in the continued use of the techniques of classical design handed down through history. George has written several books on architecture and regularly teaches classicism at schools across Europe and North America. He is also known for producing large scale drawings, a selection of which formed the basis of the exhibition ‘Measure, Draw, Build’, held at the RIBA in October 2017.
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students or emerging professionals annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”
The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:
The final deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, March 4, 2022.
You may refer to the ICAA's cancellation policy here.
Questions regarding the ICAA's courses may be directed via email to [email protected]; via phone to 212-730-9646 ext. 112; or via mail to our National Office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036.
The price is only for the course instruction. You will need to make and pay for your own flights and accommodation.
Typically a combination of students and professionals attend.
Yes, absolutely. Most evenings can be spent exploring on your own or with fellow participants.
Some meals are included, which will be spent together as a group. Otherwise you are free to eat where and with whom you please.
The ICAA does not provide materials, but will provide a full materials list at least one month before the course. Typically, the cost of materials is between $100 and $200.
No. Programs are designed to introduce a broad range of skills and experiences which is only possible through full participation.