Members Workshop: Bill Phillips

Foxgloves in Graphite and Watercolour

Sunday 14th July 10 am – 4 pm.. £40*

Find out about these fascinating plants with botanical artist Bill Phillips. Foxgloves are poisonous but featured in folk medicine and were an important source of drugs to treat heart disease. Bill will describe the structure of foxglove flowers and how this relates to bumble bee pollination. Working from real specimens and photographs, you will develop your own composition and explore the graphite and watercolour techniques needed to produce an attractive final painting.

With Bill Phillips, RBGE Dip BI


All materials can be provided, but bring your own if you prefer.
Birnam Institute: 01350 727674

*Price includes a soup and sandwich lunch



The Photography Workshop is being held on the 10th April at the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW.

Alistair Cowan who is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, is leading this workshop, and the programme, specifically designed for Botanical Artists, is set out below. Alistair won the RBGE prize for best Plant Portrait in the 2018 photography competition. 

A detailed Agenda for the days can be downloaded here:  SSBA Workshop Programme

The fee for the workshop, that includes morning coffee and a two course lunch, is £50, with the day starting at 10.30 and finishing at 4.40pm.  The SAC has a very good restaurant, offering a varied daily menu including a vegetarian option. 

Please bring with you whatever you normally use to photograph your art specimen: e.g. Camera and tripod if you have one, or your iPad, or other tablet, or phone.  Also please bring a flower exhibit and vase, if needed, and an example of your completed artwork, or something in progress. 

To book your place on this workshop please email