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Plants are our Teachers Workshop 2: Dynamic Plant Drawing

4 May @ 10:00 am - 5 May @ 4:30 pm


“Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Over a series of bi-monthly weekend workshops participants will be led on a journey of learning from plants through deep attention. Different approaches to drawing, painting and printmaking will open up new ways of seeing, to build a conversation and kinship with the natural world. Workshops take place at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, working outside or in the shelter of the A+E project space (in the Chapter House). Participants will be expertly guided through different approaches to drawing, painting and printmaking by the experienced artist and teacher Sarah Gittins – with additional input from guest artists and ecologists.

These workshops are suitable for all levels of experience and ability, from beginners to advanced.

Dynamic Plant Drawing: making charcoal and oak gall ink to respond to the dynamic energy of plants through attentive and expressive drawings.

With artists Sarah Gittins and Annie Lord.

This workshop will begin by demonstrating the process of making oak gall ink and with a session of charcoal making. These materials will then be used to engage with the form and energy of plants through a series of short and playful exercises (Saturday) and to grow a sustained drawing (Sunday). We will work from plants growing in the grounds of the Cathedral.

All weekend workshops run from 10am to 4.30pm and cost £120. (Block booking all 5 workshops qualifies for a reduced fee of £100 per workshop.)

The half-day workshop with Ian Edwards runs from 10am to 1pm and costs £40.

All materials are included in the fees.

A limited number of subsidised places are available on each course.

Please contact A+E for further details.


4 May @ 10:00 am
5 May @ 4:30 pm


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St Mary’s Cathedral
Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AW
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