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. 

2022 Beginners’ Workshops dates

The Friends have two Beginners’ Botanic Art Workshop starting soon.  

One will be presented online with Kate Nolan over eight weeks with classes being delivered on Monday nights from 6.30-9pm.  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. 

The other workshop will be presented face to face with Craig Lidgerwood over eight weeks with classes being delivered on Thursday afternoons from 2-4:30pm.   

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

  • Monday 6:30pm-9pm over 8 weeks with Kate Nolan, starting 2 May
  • Online workshop

Craig Lidgerwood

  • Thursday 2 – 4:30pm over 8 weeks with Craig Lidgerwood
  • 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 $199.70 inc. GST (Normal retail $307.25 inc GST).