Beginners' Art Workshops

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

Please note it is a requirement for all participants in face to face classes to be double vaccinated. There will be no refund issued for participants who register but are unable to participate because they are not vaccinated. We appreciate your understanding. 

The Friends’ Refund Policy is provided below. 

2023 Beginners’ Workshops dates

The Friends have Beginners’ Botanic Art Workshop starting soon.  

There will be two face to face workshops workshops. One will be presented face to face with Dianne Emery over two weekends (four days) with classes being delivered from 10am-4pm. The second one will be presented face to face with Craig Lidgerwood over four days with classes being delivered from 10am-4pm.   

Another workshop will be presented online with Kate Nolan over four days with classes being delivered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.30-3.30pm.  To participate in the online class, you will need a computer/laptop or iPad with functioning camera.  This allows your tutor to interact with you and provide feedback about your progress. 

Bookings for these workshops are now open and can be booked by visiting the ‘Shop’ on the Friends’ website.  If you are considering participating in Botanic 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 botanicart@frbgmelb.org.au.  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

Craig Lidgerwood - Face to Face Thursday all day

  • Thursday 10am – 4pm over 4 weeks,   starting 2 February 2023
  • Face to Face workshop

Beginners’ Botanic Art Pack for Members

The Friends have negotiated a discounted art pack for beginner’s of botanic art with Eckersley’s Art Supplies. The beginner’s 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).