Beginner's Workshops in Botanic Art

  • Learn how to paint flowers and plants, known as Botanic Art or Botanical Illustration  
  • These intensive 4 day courses are an introduction to botanical art via pencil and watercolour
  • Students will begin to develop skills in outline drawing, foreshortening, tonal work and rendering of surfaces, basic colour work and paint application
  • The cost of the course includes equipment to be used during the workshop - drawing materials, paint, watercolour paper and brushes; and morning and afternoon tea
  • We strongly recommend that students who are new to botanical illustration complete a Beginners’ Workshop prior to entering Term Classes
  • Members of the Friends enjoy special reduced rates for all classes and workshops, so Join the Friends now to become a Member
How to Book:  Book online for Beginner Workshops.
Please read Terms and Conditions (download below)

Beginners’ Workshops:

Winter 1: 9, 10, 11, 12, July 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)  10 am - 4 pm BOOKED OUT
Tutor:  Helen Burrows

Winter 2: 23, 24 June & 30 June, 1 July 2018 (Saturday, Sunday and Saturday, Sunday)  10 am - 4pm BOOKED OUT
Tutor:  Mali Moir

Spring: 1, 2, 3, 4 October 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)  10 am - 4 pm - BOOKING NOW
Tutor:  Helen Burrows

Where:Botanical art workshops will be held in Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens  (due to renovations in the Great Melbourne Telescope Building including the Whirling Room Studio)

Cost:   Members of the Friends  $415 Cost:   Non-Members                 $478 

Bookings Essential - Online or 
Bookings/Enquiries: The Friends' office (03) 9650 6398

Helen Burrows - tutor                                           Mali Moir - tutor                                                    Dianne Emery - tutor

The Next Step: Ongoing Beginners’ Workshop

with Dianne Emery

This four-day workshop has been designed specifically for those who have completed a Beginners' Workshop with the Melbourne Friends, or an equivalent course, and wish to further their botanical art skills. Those who are unable to join a regular class may like to take this opportunity to continue their studies.

Dianne will help her students to refresh and extend the drawing and painting techniques learnt in the Beginners’ Workshop and look in more detail at composition, colour, and brush and pencil skills. She will also cover the use of aids such as masking fluid, 'paint removing' sponges and brushes, and demonstrate effective ways to fix mistakes such as lost highlights and other mishaps. The cost of the course includes materials to be used during the workshop.

When: Monday 25, Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June
10am to 4pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne

Cost: Friends $395   Non-members $460
Bookings Essential - Online or 
Bookings/Enquiries: The Friends' office (03) 9650 6398
2018 Beginners Workshops
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Terms and Conditions
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Beginners' Botanic Art Pack for Members

The Friends have negotiated a discounted Art Pack for Botanic Art Beginners (Members) with Eckersley's Art Supplies. 
Available for purchase on line at Eckersley's
Pack includes a range of paper pads(3), pencils(4), ruler, erasers(2), sharpener, brushes(4) and paints(6) at the discounted price of $157.75 inc. GST. Ask your tutor to show you a Sample pack.