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.

The cost of the course includes equipment to be used during the workshop – drawing materials, paint, watercolour paper and brushes; and morning and afternoon tea.

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

Beginners’ Workshops dates

The next Beginners’ Botanic Art Workshop will begin in 11 October.   To participate in the 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. 

If you would like to register your interest for these classes, please email  We will then contact you when registrations are open for this class. 

Beginners’ workshops

  • Monday 6:30pm-9pm with Kate Nolan (Beginners’ workshop) 
  • Saturday 1-3pm with Amanda Ahmed (Beginners’ 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 $199.70 inc. GST (Normal retail $307.25 inc GST).