Specialist Art Workshops

Specialist botanical art and natural history workshops are offered during the term breaks.

These workshops, designed to extend artists skills, typically focus on one key element of botanical art or introduce new mediums or techniques to participants.

Our specialist workshops are presented by leading Australian artists, including our own tutors, as well as other renowned local and international artists.

6 and 7 July 2024, 10am - 3.30pm

Botanical Art Workshop -Spotted Pardalote with David Reynolds

Face to Face Workshop

This beautiful brightly coloured bird will be the main focus of the painting, together with the unique foliage of an Australian native, Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Red Box). Students learn in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with plenty of open discussion about the watercolour techniques used to  create a beautiful painting. Practical demonstrations of each technique will be shown allowing students to progress to a finished watercolour painting.

Members: $250

Non-members: $325

13 July 2024, 10am - 3pm

Botanical Art Workshop – Silverpoint Workshop with Caterina Leone

Face to Face workshop

Follow in the footsteps of Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael: silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique using a silver-pointed instrument on prepared paper.

Drawing with silverpoint is a very different technique to drawing with graphite pencil, it gives the work a luminosity and refinement of line that is unique to this medium. 

Artist Caterina Leone will demonstrate the different surface and priming options, and students will create a botanical drawing, leaving with a thorough knowledge of how to draw with silver. 

Suitable for all levels of drawing skill from beginner to advanced, though previous botanical drawing experience will be beneficial.

Members: $225

Non-members: $260

19, 20, 21 January 2024, 10am - 4pm

Botanical Art Workshop – Drawing with Coloured Pencils, with Miffy Gilbert

Face to Face Workshop

This botanical art course with Miffy Gilbert will focus on observational drawing using coloured pencils to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects. Also incorporated will be learning how to draw from life not photos; learning about tone, light value and form; learning different mark making techniques; and understanding how basic geometric shapes can be found in nature and translating them into your drawings. This class is presented in a friendly and supportive environment and is suitable for beginners with little drawing experience or for students wanting to develop and/or revisit their drawing skills.

Members: $325

Non-members: $400