Beginners' Art Workshops

Learn how to paint flowers and plants, known as Botanical Art or Botanical Illustration.

These intensive courses are an introduction to botanical art via pencil and watercolour.

Students will begin to develop skills in outline drawing, foreshortening, tonal work and rendering of surfaces, basic colour work and paint application.

All students new to botanical art must complete a Beginners’ Workshop prior to entering term classes.

The Friends’ Refund Policy is provided below. 

2023 Beginners’ Workshops dates.

The Friends have one Beginners’ Botanical Art Workshop before Term 2 starts. The workshop will be presented by Jessie Ford over three  days, with classes being delivered from 10am-4pm. 

If you are considering participating in Botanical Art classes beyond the initial Beginners’ Workshop, we recommend you join the Friends as a member to enjoy the discounted price as it is a requirement to be a member to participate in regular term classes.  

Alternatively, if the dates above are not suitable for you but you would like to be notified of future workshops, please register your interest via email  We will then contact you when registrations are open.

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Kate Nolan - Online Mondays and Tuesdays

  • Mondays 9 and 16, Tuesdays 10 and 17 January, 9:30am-3.30pm, with Kate Nolan Online workshop

Dianne Emery - Face to Face weekends

  • Saturdays 14 and 21, Sundays 15 and 22 January, 10am to 4pm, with Dianne Emery
  • Face to Face workshop

Jessie Ford - Face to Face (intensive three days)

  • 10am – 4pm over 3 days,  Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2023
  • Face to Face workshop

Beginners’ Botanical Art Pack for Members

The Friends have negotiated a discounted art pack for beginners’ of botanical art with Eckersley’s Art Supplies. The beginners’ art pack is available for purchase online only at Eckersley’s.

Pack includes a range of paper pads(3), pencils(5), ruler, erasers(2), sharpener, brushes(4) and paints(6) at the discounted price of $218.00 inc. GST (Normal retail $300.00 inc GST).