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Hellebore Polly Sutherland

DRAWING AND SCALING FLOWER DISSECTIONS: REVEALING THE UNSEEN - WITH POLLY SUTHERLAND

DESCRIPTION About the tutor: Polly Sutherland is a 22 year old British scientific artist and illustrator. She graduated with a BA ...

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Fritilaria Dianne Sutherland

WATERCOLOUR ON VELLUM FOR BOTANICAL AND NATURE ARTISTS - WITH DIANNE SUTHERLAND

DESCRIPTION This special one-off workshop will offer experienced botanical artists an opportunity to learn about the use of watercolour on vellum with ...

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Pilophorus_acicularis  Anna Voytsekhovic

FUNGI AND LICHENS IN WATERCOLOUR - WITH ANNA VOYTSEKHOVICH

DESCRIPTION Reveal the fantastic world of lichens and fungi, and see what is hidden from the eyes of many! About the tutor: Anna ...

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Tulipa Royal sovereign Tanya Hoolihan

Capture the essence of a tulip with watercolour with Tanya Hoolihan

DESCRIPTION Capture the essence of a tulip with watercolour! About the tutor: Tanya holds a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University ...

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Philippa Nikulinsky, Banksia caleyi

Symposium - Framing Flora: Artists and the Science of Botany

  Co-presented with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the What On Earth season program. The celebration of Western Australia’s ...

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Painting workshop with Susannah Blaxill

Fine  painting Techniques for Botanical Art.   Intermediate to Advanced Level.   Maximum of 6 students in each class www.blaxill.com

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Drawing workshop with Susannah Blaxill

Fine Drawing  Techniques for Botanical Art. Intermediate to Advanced Level. Maximum of 6 students in each class Mittagong, NSW, 2019 www.blaxill.com

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Art Master Class with Beverly Allen

A four day contemporary botanic art class with multi-award-winning artist Beverly Allen. Working with one plant subject, this class will build ...

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Botanical Art Society of Australia Exhibition, FLORA: The Art and Science of the Plant

An exhibition of botanical art and botanical illustration in a variety of mediums, showcasing the talents of the members of ...

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Documentary on six Australian Botanical artists, produced by Botanical artist David Reynolds

Over the past two and a half years David has been writing, directing and filming an hour long documentary on ...

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The Florilegium; A unique publication to celebrate 200 years of history

A unique publication to celebrate 200 years of history The Florilegium The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Celebrating 200 years A beautiful, 224 page ...

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Upcoming BASA Exhibitions

Flora 2019 – Chatswood, Sydney  28 August – 8 Sept

Entry forms available soon.

Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition Catalogue

The beautiful full-colour catalogue is available for sale for A$25 plus packaging and postage by downloading this Order Form for the Catalogue and sending via email to: president@botanicalartsocietyaustralia.com. Read more about this exciting exhibition here.

Calendar of Botanical Art Events

Jul
19
Fri
Symposium – Framing Flora: Artists and the Science of Botany @ Art Gallery of Western Australia and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Jul 19 – Jul 20 all-day

 

Philippa Nikulinsky, Banksia caleyi

Co-presented with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the What On Earth season program.

The celebration of Western Australia’s wildflowers puts a spotlight on the State’s botanical riches and the threat humans now pose to them. Hear from botanists, curators and artists bringing you an array of botanical and environment themed exhibitions and events in 2019.

TICKETS (price covers both days)
Note: If you would like to attend both days, please only register for Friday 19 at AGWA – your ticket will also be valid for Saturday 20 at LWAG.
General Public $15
Members and Friends $10
Concession $10

FULL PROGRAM
// Friday 19 July, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Theatrette //
1.00pm Welcome to Country + Introduction with Jude van der Merwe, curator, ‘Wildflower State’

1.10pm ‘Botany, biodiversity and culture on Country’ with Kado Muir, Ethnobotanist and consultant

1.40pm Keynote talk: ‘Botanical biodiversity in Western Australia, beauty and peril’ with Stephen Hopper AC, Professor of Biodiversity, UWA Albany (CENRM) and School of Biological Sciences

2.10pm ‘Plants of the Western Australian Southwest’ with Phil Groom, Botanical Author

2.35pm Curating the ‘Botanical: Beauty and Peril’ with Laetitia Wilson, Exhibitions Manager, Holmes à Court Gallery

3.00pm Coffee & tea break

3.15pm ‘Curating Peregrinations of a Citizen’ with Susie Vickery, Botanist artist and curator

3.40pm Panel discussion: ‘The visual arts and responses to planetary peril’ chaired by Jude van der Merwe, curator, Wildflower State

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// Saturday 20 July, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Woolnough Lecture Theatre //
1.00pm Introduction with Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA, Chief Cultural Office, UWA

1.05pm Keynote talk: ‘Beyond Beauty: The Cultural Life of Flowers’ with Ann Elias, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Sydney

1.45pm ‘Art & Science’ with Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University

2.15pm ‘Finding order and structure in nature’ with Dr Erica Seccombe, Visual artist

2.45pm Coffee & tea break

3.00pm Panel discussion: ‘Women, Art and Flowers’ with Ann Elias, Ellen Hickman, Philippa Nikulinsky, and Gemma Weston. Chaired by Victoria Laurie, writer and senior reporter with The Australian.

4.00pm Sundowner & tour of Nikulinsky Naturally

Aug
17
Sat
FUNGI AND LICHENS IN WATERCOLOUR – WITH ANNA VOYTSEKHOVICH @ NatureArt Lab, Workspace A
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day

Pilophorus acicularis Anna Voytsekhovic

DESCRIPTION

Reveal the fantastic world of lichens and fungi, and see what is hidden from the eyes of many!

About the tutor:

Anna holds a PhD in Botany and is a professional scientist, scientific illustrator, botanical artist and wildlife illustrator. She was born in Ukraine in 1982. In 2003 she started her research on lichen symbiosis at the Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Since then she has found and described three species new to science and made several scientific discoveries. Anna has illustrated and published several books and scientific papers. In 2016 she moved to Sydney and became a member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia.

About the workshop:

In this two and a half day workshop you will learn all about fungi and lichens. You will explore the science and ecology of these special plant groups, and learn about where, when and how to collect specimens, and how to store them. You will have an opportunity to observe specimens under microscopes and magnifying glasses to reveal the incredible structures of these beautiful plants. With guidance from Anna, you will then create your own scientifically accurate sketches of fungi and/or lichens in graphite, and then transform these into beautiful watercolour studies.

Suitable for beginners through to advanced students. A materials list will be provided after booking. Refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea; please bring your own lunch. 

Days/Dates:

  • Friday 16 August – 3.00 – 5.00pm: Field trip to the Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 August 2019: 9.30am – 4.30pm both days

Venue: NatureArt Lab, Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Aug
28
Wed
Botanical Art Society of Australia Exhibition, FLORA: The Art and Science of the Plant @ Art Space on the Concourse
Aug 28 – Sep 8 all-day
An exhibition of botanical art and botanical illustration in a variety of mediums, showcasing the talents of the members of the Botanical Art Society of Australia.

The works celebrate a passion for flora and the exacting skill, close observation and detail of botanical art in the contemporary context.

Capturing the diversity, complexity, intricacy, colour, texture and patterns of Flora: the juxtaposition of fragile delicacy and robust hardiness in the plant world

 

 

Sep
21
Sat
Capture the essence of a tulip with watercolour with Tanya Hoolihan @ NatureArt Lab, Workspace A
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

Tulipa Royal sovereign Tanya Hoolihan

DESCRIPTION

Capture the essence of a tulip with watercolour!

About the tutor:

Tanya holds a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle. Working primarily in the field of Botanical Illustration, Tanya has work in Australian and International Collections. She is an invited member of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and a regular exhibitor at the prestigious Botanica exhibition and the Margaret Flockton Awards. Throughout the past years Tanya’s work has received several significant awards including, the Margaret Senior Wildlife Illustration Award, Wetland Care National Art Prize, and on numerous occasions, the Botanical Art Society of Australia Award for the best Native illustration. Tanya currently teaches Botanical and Scientific Illustration at the University of Newcastle as well as conducts private workshops throughout Australia.

About the workshop:

With a past steeped in romance, the Tulip throughout time, has been a muse for art, poetry and festivals. When originally introduced from the mountainous slopes of Turkey into the Netherlands, Tulips became increasing popular. The obsession with the plant, known as “Tulipmania” saw bulbs often being sold for more than the price of a house. Today, Tulips still fascinate many and there are over 6000 cultivars which range in a variety of colours and forms. These plants are one of my favourite subjects to illustrate and with such a varied range of colours and shapes they are always a constant source of inspiration.

Explore many elements of the beautiful and extremely diverse Tulip species. The workshop takes you through the processes from field sketching, to tonal drawing, composition, colour mixing and finally rendering the subject in watercolour. There will be a field trip to Floriade to sketch and view tulips. The focus will be on capturing the flowers vivid colours, depicting the luminosity of the petals and portraying the essence of the specimen. Essential techniques such as washes, glazing and dry brush will be explored and developed. Through the workshop you will improve your current skills, be introduced to new practices, developing a method which can be transferred to future projects and hopefully be caught up in just a little in “Tulipmania”

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. A materials list will be provided. Refreshments are included for morning and afternoon tea; please bring your own lunch.

 

Sep
26
Thu
Drawing workshop with Susannah Blaxill
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day

Fine Drawing  Techniques for Botanical Art.

Intermediate to Advanced Level.

Maximum of 6 students in each class

Mittagong, NSW, 2019

www.blaxill.com

Sep
28
Sat
Painting workshop with Susannah Blaxill
Sep 28 – Oct 1 all-day

Fine  painting Techniques for Botanical Art.

 

Intermediate to Advanced Level.

 

Maximum of 6 students in each class

www.blaxill.com

Oct
8
Tue
WATERCOLOUR ON VELLUM FOR BOTANICAL AND NATURE ARTISTS – WITH DIANNE SUTHERLAND @ Crosbie Morrison Building
Oct 8 – Oct 10 all-day

Fritilaria Dianne Sutherland

DESCRIPTION

This special one-off workshop will offer experienced botanical artists an opportunity to learn about the use of watercolour on vellum with internationally recognised UK botanical artist Dianne Sutherland.

About the tutor:
Dianne is a British artist, who originally trained to paint floral designs on china with the Royal Doulton design studio, in her hometown, Staffordshire. She worked as a freelance illustrator before becoming a full time botanical artist in the late 1990’s. Her preferred subject material includes native plants, from home and abroad and deconstructed plant studies in study pages and sketchbooks. She work in Graphite and Watercolour on paper and vellum.

Dianne holds a Diploma in Botanical Art and a BSc in Biology. She teaches botanical art online and in person and has been invited to teach all over the world. She writes a popular botanical art blog and moderates a large social media botanical art group. Currently serving on the Society of Botanical Artists Council, she has been an elected member of the Society since 2012. She is also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society.

Dianne has been a regular Royal Horticultural Society exhibitor and has work held in the collection at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation; Dianne is also a member of the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney, Florilegium Society, with work in their permanent collection.

About the workshop:

In this 3 day workshop you will be introduced to vellum as the traditional surface of choice for the botanical artist. You will learn about and try painting on various types of vellum scraps to get a feel for the different surfaces, thereafter, you will learn the watercolour techniques used for painting on vellum.

You will choose from a variety of small subjects for a final small work, which will be painted on Kelmscott vellum (provided). Kelmscott is the finest vellum produced by William Crowley’s, the last vellum maker in the UK. Instruction and demonstrations will be given throughout which will enable you to prepare the surface and paint a glowing translucent painting of you chosen subject.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced botanical artists. Morning and afternoon refreshments are included; please bring your own lunch. A materials list will be provided on booking. 

Dates: 8 – 10 October 2019

Days/Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

Oct
11
Fri
DRAWING AND SCALING FLOWER DISSECTIONS: REVEALING THE UNSEEN – WITH POLLY SUTHERLAND @ NatureArt Lab, Workspace A
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

Hellebore Polly Sutherland

DESCRIPTION

About the tutor:

Polly Sutherland is a 22 year old British scientific artist and illustrator. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2017 and Masters in Art in Science in 2018. Since graduation she has exhibited with the Society of Botanical Artists in London, illustrated books and been featured in INK Quarterly.

Polly specialises in detailed graphite drawings of microscopic and botanical forms, with her practice crossing over between scientific and artistic exploration. Polly is interested in the unseen aspects of the natural world and she is most known for her series of pollen illustrations, utilising scanning electron microscopy to create magnified drawings of the varied forms of pollen grains.

About the workshop:

Delve into the fascinating world of flowers by drawing enlarged studies of flower dissections in this 3 day workshop. Instruction on dissection will be covered, allowing you to identify and understand the reproductive parts of a chosen flower. You will be introduced the use of everyday technology that can assist you in this process of revealing what is often unseen or overlooked.

You will learn to scale a dissection to a large size and finally you will learn how to create a beautiful tonal study with depth, detail and scientific accuracy using the medium graphite. Demonstrations will be given throughout.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced students. A materials list will be provided on booking. Morning and afternoon tea refreshments are included; please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 11 – 13 October 2019

Days/Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab, Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

Oct
29
Tue
Art Master Class with Beverly Allen @ Maiden Theatre Royal Botanic Garden,
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

A four day contemporary botanic art class with multi-award-winning artist Beverly Allen.

Working with one plant subject, this class will build your skills by the demonstration of techniques from initial washes to dry brush detail and finishing, and through individual instruction. The emphasis will be on close observation, accurate drawing, the many subtleties of colour and use of light to create a three dimensional painting. Suitable for intermediate to advanced students, or those with drawing skills and experience in other media.

Includes lunches on the Foundation & Friends terrace

About the tutor: Beverly Allen
Beverly worked as a graphic designer and illustrator before moving to botanical art in 1997. She has shown annually at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney ‘Botanica’ Exhibition since 1999, and exhibits internationally. Her work is held in private collections including the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, as well as at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation USA, the Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium Library at Kew Gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, the Highgrove Florilegium for the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Sydney.

Beverly was awarded a Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s exhibition in 2007 and in 2010 was awarded the inaugural Gold Medal for Botanical Art by the New York Botanic Gardens.

She co-founded and is president of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.