About Fiona

Fiona McWilliam

Growing up in a creative crafty fun Fife household led me to study a foundation art course in Edinburgh then onto clothing and textiles at the Scottish College of Textile in 2002.

I then went on to work in costume for film in London and enjoyed a term with costume and kids in San Francisco, which I loved and encouraged me to get more experience teaching children creatively in the expressive arts fields.

On return from the States I studied with the Rudolf Steiner School on a year-long teacher training programme where the close links to a child’s development and creativity is at its heart.

I have 14 years experience teaching art in primary school and working with adults and young people with Leith School of Art.




About Emily


Queen of the pompom and king of the clay!

Emily supports our Portobello Art School artists with everything they require.  

With a creative, kind and open approach to teaching and learning.  Emily takes the young artists evening class too where she builds confidence in mixed media projects.

With a PGDE in primary education from Moray House in 2007, I began the wonderful journey of art teaching in primary schools in various capacities from PEF funded art workshops in Edinburgh, RCCT time and a wonderful expressive arts team in Clackmannanshire.

In 2010, Leith school of art became my second teaching home where my wealth of knowledge of using art materials with adults in the community and young artists came from.

From 2015, summer school and Easter camps became a part of my workshops with Excel camps at St. George’s school working alongside local galleries and creating exciting themes for each week – students return year after year.

Ceramics, jewellery and textile printing are among some of my spare time pleasures.

The newest addition to my skill set being art therapy, through Queen Margaret University – which is not only fascinating but extremely helpful when working with a huge range of students.




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