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Two Five Day Botanical Art Workshops

2 Five Day Botanical Art Workshops


Make your Colours Sing with  Birds and  Bees

Tutor: Leonie Norton: BA/VisArt, BFA (Hons) Scientific Plant Illustration & Grad. Dip. VET (Adult Education)

Cert IV (Workshop and workplace training)

 This intensive workshop will challenge and reward you on many levels and will extend your overall knowledge of painting techniques while discovering the unique methods of adding pollinators to plants. Identify the correct pollinators which could be birds, bees, butterflies or plant or flower subject. It is an exciting skill to learn how to place them to create the greatest impact, and it also gives further interest and information to the botanical subject. Bring your chosen plant and images for a pollinator subject. These will include strong tonal contrasts, how to paint realistic highlights and shadows and how to create a balanced composition and put depth in your work, dry brush painting, mixing, matching, layering, and glazing of transparent colours. Over glazing will enhance the colours and give them life and vibrancy. Learn about colour harmony and how to create a three-dimensional illusion. An important aspect of this workshop is individual tuition and demonstrations as well as class demonstrations which are an integral part of this course. Open to intermediate and advanced students 18 years and over.

Leonie Norton is a professional botanical artist, author, and international educator with twenty years of teaching experience. She is held in high regard as one of Australia’s most prominent and highly qualified botanical artists. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and has paintings in Australian and overseas collections, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA her workshops are in demand in both Australia and internationally. She is an external examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA. Leonie has illustrated botanical art journals and contributes articles on a regular basis to many magazines.


Botanical Art Workshop in Pencil & Graphite Pencil & Watercolour for painting

Tutor: Margaret Hastie

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of botanical drawing and progress to painting in watercolour. Initially, the focus will be on accuracy and observation in order to train the eye to see what is there, not what the mind thinks is there. We will begin by drawing botanical subjects in graphite pencil, concentrating on controlled line, shading, tonal contrast and perspective (including foreshortening).After drawing simple plant structures we will gradually build-up to more complicated subject matter. Botanical samples will be provided. Watercolour will be the medium used for painting. This is the medium chosen by most botanical artists. Aspects covered will include transferring your pencil drawing onto watercolour paper, the importance of using good quality pigments and paper, colour theory, mixing pigments and how to get the colour you want, application of washes, glazing or overlaying pigments, how to achieve depth in your painting and the importance of good composition. Open to all comers 18 years and over.

Margaret studied art in Hobart, Melbourne and Toronto, Canada. From 1992 until 2006 she worked as a freelance illustrator of textbooks, scientific papers. Since then she has exhibited regularly with the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland and has had work accepted for the Margaret Flockton Award. Margaret designed and teaches the beginner course in drawing and painting for the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland held at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane each year. She has given workshops in botanical art at the Tweed Heads Regional Art Gallery and for groups of artists in Stanthorpe, Noosa, Canberra and Mackay. Apart from working in a traditional botanical technique



Event starts
Sunday 15 April, 2018
Event Ends
Thursday 19 April, 2018
Grafton High School
Venue Address
97 Mary Street

New South Wales, Grafton

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