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Plants are our Teachers Workshop 5: A Book of Bramble and Blaeburry

7 September @ 10:00 am - 8 September @ 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.

A Book of Bramble and Blaeberry: celebrating the fruit and foliage of hedgerow and heath by making berry inks and drawings, compiled into simple concertina books.

With artist Sarah Gittins.

This workshop will begin with the cooking and crushing of berries to make inks. These materials will then be used to study and celebrate the form and characteristics of berry bearing plants. Drawings will then be arranged to tell a story in images across the pages of a hand-made concertina book.

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.



7 September @ 10:00 am
8 September @ 4:30 pm


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