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Plants are our Teachers Workshop 6: Carrying a Kernel of Hope into the Winter

2 November @ 10:00 am - 3 November @ 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.

Carrying a Kernel of Hope into the Winter: making linocut prints using the reduction-cut method, inspired by the form and energy of tree seeds.

With artist Sarah Gittins.

The beautiful, complex forms of tree seeds have evolved over millennia to aid dispersal and protection. This weekend will take time to study these forms, making drawings using oak gall and horse chestnut inks. The forms discovered in these drawings will then be carved into a block of lino to make a small edition of two-colour reduction-cut prints, using plant-based printmaking inks.

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.


2 November @ 10:00 am
3 November @ 4:30 pm


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