Calendar

Jun
12
Tue
ILLUSTRATING GREVILLEAS IN WATERCOLOUR – CHERYL HODGES @ Workspace A
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – Jul 3 @ 12:30 pm

The course will focus on painting Australian native plants with a study of grevilleas, guided by award-winning botanical artist Cheryl Hodges. We will closely observe the plant with both magnifier and microscope, and also some dissections. We will note our observations and describe the plant in a nature journal style. This information will then be used to render a detailed watercolour portrait of the plant, discussing composition, tone, colour, using washes, glazing and dry-brush work. There will also be an opportunity to try pen and ink and also watercolour on vellum.

Suitable for beginners to intermediate level. It is recommended that beginners enrol for the ‘Introduction to Watercolour’ workshop with Lesley Wallington.

Jul
2
Mon
Hardcover Bookbinding Workshop—Create Your Own Journal or Sketchbook with with Deanna Hitti @ Domain House,
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day

This workshop is a special introduction to bookbinding with artist and professional bookbinder Deanna Hitti. Deanna’s work has won two Artist Book awards and has been acquired by many major institutions including the State Library of Victoria and the National Library of Australia. At present, she is working on a project with cartoonist, artist and poet Michael Leunig.

Because places are very limited, this two-day workshop will be held twice, first on consecutive weekdays and then over the following weekend.

During the two days, Deanna will share her love and knowledge of bookbinding, and the experience she has gained over more than 15 years. The workshop is structured step by step to allow each participant to create their own beautifully finished hard cover journal. A great amount of information will be shared on suitable papers, sewing techniques for securing the spine, through to making a hard cover for the book. The cost of the workshop includes an individual kit of materials put together by Deanna herself. Students will also be asked to provide some very basic items such as sheets of newspaper, rulers and a pencil.

Suitable for the complete beginner or the more experienced craftsperson wanting to create their own archival grade journals, photo albums and artist books.
See Deanna’s books at  www.deannahitti.com

A brief materials list will be provided by the Friends’ office after booking.

Jul
5
Thu
Midwinter Workshop: Dormancy or Nature at Rest with John Pastoriza-Piñol @ Domain House
Jul 5 – Jul 6 all-day

During this two-day workshop, students will observe and document the unique and fascinating structures of winter skeletons: buds, stems, seedpods, bulbs and seeds. With John’s guidance, everyone will work towards producing a composition incorporating several elements that is both pleasing and informative.

Suitable for those with some experience of botanical illustration. A materials list will be provided by the Friends’ office after booking.

Jul
10
Tue
Leaves workshop with John Pastoriza Pinol @ Maiden theatre
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day


This three day workshop will cover techniques on how to draw and paint different types of leaves. You will learn about variation in different leaf shapes, veination, and edges and how to paint leaves and understand the range of different types of green that can exist within a single leaf.

This workshop is for students who have completed an introduction to botanical art and would be at an intermediate to advanced level. The class involves a three day painting project and John will help you with composition, painting techniques, colour theory which will be offered in class and assigned for homework.

 

Includes morning tea and lunch

Jul
26
Thu
SCIENTIFIC BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION CLASS WITH LESLEY ELKAN AND CATHERINE WARDROP @ Maiden Theatre
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

In response to the popularity of the Margaret Flockton Award, Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust illustrators, will be conducting a two-day workshop in black and white scientific botanical illustration. With tuition on plant research and identification, pencil sketching, microscope dissections, scale and composition, students will then render their drawings with ink techniques suitable for reproduction. Suitable for beginners and experienced students. Includes morning tea and lunch

 

Sep
13
Thu
FUNDAMENTALS OF BOTANIC DRAWING WITH LESLEY ELKAN AND CATHERINE WARDROP @ Maiden Theatre
Sep 13 – Sep 14 all-day

Through a series of exercises, Catherine and Lesley, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust illustrators, will take you through the fundamentals of producing the perfect tonal drawing. Covering proportion, perspective, foreshortening, composition and tone, students will learn all the skills required for realistic, precise drawing – essential techniques for all botanical artists.

 

Includes Morning tea and lunch

Sep
26
Wed
PAINT AN AVOCADO WITH STEPHANIE GOSS @ Maiden Theatre
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day

Join us to paint an exotic avocado – at large scale.  You will be challenged as you make the skin look reptilian, the flesh look creamy and the seed marbled.

You will need to have medium level experience in watercolour, but the results will be amazing! Imagine this on your wall.


Includes Morning tea and lunch

Nov
22
Thu
SCIENTIFIC BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION CLASS WITH LESLEY ELKAN AND CATHERINE WARDROP @ Maiden Theatre
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day

In response to the popularity of the Margaret Flockton Award, Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust illustrators, will be conducting a two-day workshop in black and white scientific botanical illustration. With tuition on plant research and identification, pencil sketching, microscope dissections, scale and composition, students will then render their drawings with ink techniques suitable for reproduction. Suitable for beginners and experienced students. Includes morning tea and lunch