Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 51st Annual Conference @ University of Queensland
Jun 29 – Jul 6 all-day

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference is being held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, Brisbane from June 29th to July 6th 2019

The GNSI conference brings together illustrators, artists, educators, and scientists from all over the world in a celebration of natural science illustration and visualization.

The three-day CORE CONFERENCE (Monday-Wednesday) includes:

Presentations by top visual interpreters,

Portfolio sharing,

Annual juried art exhibit opening reception,

A lively and entertaining auction (benefiting the Guild’s education fund),

Technique demonstrations, and the awards banquet.

From Thursday to Saturday, you can select from a wide-range of activities in:

Hands-on workshops in traditional techniques,

Digital techniques in State of the Art computer labs

Educational field trips or tours.

For more information:-

The Gifts of Winter Botanic Art Workshop with Helen Burrows @ Domain House
Jul 1 – Jul 4 all-day

An exploration into the symbolic and botanical beauty of a Wreath or Chaplet

In this 4-day workshop Friends’ tutor Helen Burrows will guide you through the PRINCIPLES of design;
REPETITION  (works with pattern to make the artwork active),
HARMONY (a combination of units which are similar in one or more respects),
GRADUATION (combination of contrast and harmony) and
COLOUR (embracing all the above Principles).
Guided through step- by- step instructions and using plant material of your own choosing (and some provided) the arrangement of flowers and/or evergreen leaves will be constructed.
Suitable for students at all levels

Bookings essential
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White Flowers Botanic Art Workshop with Jessie Ford @ Domain House Gallery,
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day


Painting white flowers with watercolour can often be a challenging without the use of white paint. In this workshop Jessie will guide you through her step-by-step process to create your own beautiful botanical painting of a white flower.
You will gain an understanding in:
–    How to draw your subject accurately
–    Transferring your drawing onto watercolour paper
–    Observing light, shade, form and differing greys
–    Basic colour theory and how to mix different greys
–    How to create your own grey colour chart
–    Watercolour techniques and how to use them on white flowers including wet-on-wet, wet on dry and dry brush
–    How to avoid a muddy painting
This workshop welcomes students of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced.

Bookings essential
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Winter Flowers Botanic Art Workshop with John Pastoriza Piñol @ Domain House
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day

‘Winter Flowers’ is a 3-day workshop which will focus on winter flowering plants, including flowers available at florists and nurseries. Students will learn techniques of layering paint and using masking fluid. Students will also and learn dry brush techniques to complete their painting.

When: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne
Bookings essential – Numbers limited
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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



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

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

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.