Specialist Art Workshops

  • 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 
Please read Terms and Conditions (download right)

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.

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

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
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Bookings Essential - Online or 
Bookings/Enquiries: (03) 9650 6398

Midwinter Workshop: Dormancy or Nature at Rest - BOOKED OUT

With John Pastoriza-Piñol
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.
When: Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July
10am to 4pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne
Cost: Friends $220   Non-members $285
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Hardcover Bookbinding Workshop—Create Your Own Journal or Sketchbook

with Deanna Hitti

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. 

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.

When: Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July
OR
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July
10am to 4pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne
Cost: Friends $300   Non-members $365
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Bookings Essential - Online or 
Bookings/Enquiries: (03) 9650 6398

Dianne Emery

by Dianne Emery





Image by John Pastoriza Pinol


A notebook being constructed