Specialist Workshops in Botanical Art

  • Learn more about botanical art and painting flowers and plants
  • Take one of our specialist botanical painting workshops
  • The Friends hold regular specialist workshops during the art class term break times
  • 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 botanic art workshops.
For all Botanic Art Term Classes please telephone the Friends' office on (03) 9650 6398 
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Spring Flowers Workshop

with John Pastoriza-Piñol

Melbourne artist and teacher John Pastoriza-Piñol has an international reputation as a leading exponent of botanical illustration. Gordon Morrison, Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, has described John’s paintings of flowers as ‘lush, potent, sensual celebrations of LIFE’!

John spent some time earlier in the year painting at the National Tropical Botanic Gardens at Kauai in Hawaii, and held a solo exhibition at the Scott Livesey Galleries in High Street, Armadale during May and June. Last year, he was artist in residence at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado, USA, and then travelled to Transylvania, where he worked on paintings that may be selected for the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania to record the flora of Transylvania in a permanent way.

In his latest four-day workshop for the Melbourne Friends, John will teach techniques for drawing and painting spring flowers. Students will learn his methods for the use of masking fluid to achieve very fine detail. 

Suitable for those with experience in drawing and watercolour.The cost of the course includes materials to be used during the workshop.
A materials list is available from the Friends’ office.

When: Tues 3, Wed 4, Thu 5, Fri 6 October 10am to 4pm
Where: Whirling Room Studio, Observatory Gate, RBGV Melbourne Gardens
Cost: Friends $445 Non-members $507
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Above: Clematis x hybrida
Below: Tulipa x hybrida both painted by
John Pastoriza-Piñol.