The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh captures the imagination of every visitor. Learn how to observe, draw and paint its extravaganza of plants in a 2-day painting workshop with local artist Jackie Philip.
Jackie is a professional artist who lives and paints – mainly in oils – in Edinburgh and on her travels across the world. You can find out more about her and see examples of her work on her profile page.
You can work in either oils or acrylics – we will check with you at the time of booking which medium you prefer. Develop a painting or series of work with personalised tuition. The workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced painters alike and contents will be tailored to your skills level and interests. Jackie is very familiar with the botanical gardens as she often paints there herself. She’ll take you to the best and most interesting spots! Features include the Caledonian section with large Scots Pines, heaths & running stream, Chinese and Tibetan planting around a red footbridge pagoda and pond, Herbaceous Border and growing plots with an array of colourful flowers and herbs (seasonal) and the Glasshouses.
If you chose to work in oils we can ship your finished pieces to your home address at an additional cost, once dry.
It’s impossible to summarise the Scottish capital city in one paragraph. Edinburgh is buzzing with creativity, culture and history. This website https://edinburgh.org/ is a good starting point for exploring it before your visit. Ten Hill Place Hotel is a 4-star hotel owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and all profits from the hotel go back into training surgeons worldwide. It’s recently been refurbished and the spacious lounge is a feelgood space to sit and relax. Edinburgh is quite easy for moving around by public transport or taxis, so there’s no need to bring or hire a car.
Day 1 – Arrival at Ten Hill Place hotel. Check in is from 3pm. We will have plenty recommendations of things to do and see in your information pack.
Days 2 – The art workshop runs from 10am to 4pm, including a lunch break. Jackie meets you at the John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Gardens. Over a coffee at the Terrace Cafe you will discuss specific interests and what you’d like to achieve in the workshop. Walk around the world renown gardens to sketch and explore areas of interest. Develop a painting or series of paintings. Lunch is at one of the three cafes.
Day 3 – Workshop continues. If you wish, Jackie will add a personalised visit to her studio to discuss your achievements and view her paintings.
Day 4 – departure day. Check out is by 11am.
Additional workshop and accommodation days can be arranged.
Prices for this experience start at £695 per person, based on two guests sharing a twin or double room. The cost of the accommodation element varies depending on the time of year and if dates coincide with major events and public holidays. Here’s what’s included in the package price:
– 2 full days of private tuition
— 3 nights accommodation at Ten Hill Place hotel (sharing a twin or double room)
– 3 breakfasts
– tutor’s lunch expenses
– Detailed pre-travel information, including insider recommendations of things to do and see
– Welcome gift
– Wild at Art service fee
We will send you a list of required materials in advance. Alternatively we can provide materials at cost. So…let us us know your preferred dates for a painting short break in Edinburgh using the link below. We’ll get back to you with info on availability and price as soon as we can.