Friends' Art Program

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne host the largest botanical art program in Australia. With daily classes and regular workshops presented by local and internationally awarded tutors, the art program delivers a wide range of skills and opportunities to progress to advanced levels.

Botanical art is a specialised art form of painting and drawing with various mediums, and in which plant portraits combine finely observed detail with artistic expression.

If you are new to botanical art, participate in one of our Beginner’s Workshops which are held regularly throughout the year. These workshops are designed to give you a well-rounded exposure to various elements of this intricate art form and which are essential to understand before progressing to regular classes.

The Friends deliver botanic art classes seven day a week providing a suitable time for everyone to participate. Classes are delivered both online and in Domain House Our tutors are high achievers and are keen to welcome you to classes and nurture your skills in botanical illustration.

Specialist art workshops are also held throughout the year and are presented by leading Australian artists including our own tutors, and international visiting artists.

The Friends Botanical Art Program also has a group of accomplished artists who meet weekly to share ideas and support each other without a tutor. This group, the Whirlies, have created individual artworks for collative exhibitions and also published a botanically illustrated book titled Alphabotanical, featuring the A-Z of Australian flora.

The Friends of the Gardens also host art exhibitions annually. This year the 15th Art of Botanical Illustration, one of Australia’s leading botanical art exhibitions will be presented online due to COVID-19.