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Note: Program may be subject to change.
Flora Friedmann Basketry workshop
Learn the technique of constructing a square grid base and build on from this to produce a delightful square basket. The grid base will be woven in natural and dyed cane and the basket walls will be made from natural or dyed bangalow palm inflorescence and/or coral pea vine. The grid is a versatile construction and can be woven into square, rectangular and circular forms and produces a very decorative effect. The traditional basketry techniques of weaving, twining (using two weavers) and waling (using three weavers) will be taught. All materials will be provided. There will be demonstrations, individual instruction and a comprehensive worksheet to take home. Read more about our new basketry tutor on the back page of the magazine.
When: Saturday 1 March, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Scientific Botanical Illustration class
with Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop
As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations 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 technique suitable for reproduction.
When: Mon 3 & Tues 4 March, 9.30 am - 4 pm (book online) SOLD OUT OR
Ikebana and Ceramics demonstrations
Teachers of the Sogetsu Ikebana School will demonstrate the art of Japanese floral arrangement. Students of the celebrated ceramicist Mitsuo Shoji will demonstrate some of the techniques involved in creating ceramic vessels.
When: Sunday 9 March, throughout the day
Got a green thumb? Come along to Helping Hands and experience the work and care that goes into maintaining the Garden. Wear boots with ankle support and bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and water.
When: Thursday 20 March, 10 April and 15 May, 8.45 am to 12 noon
NB: Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens members only.
Sandra Marker, teacher of the modern Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will introduce you to the basic techniques of ikebana, the floral art of Japan. Sogetsu encourages artists to work with nature in an individual and imaginative form through colour, line and texture to create arrangements from the heart for all to enjoy.
When: Saturday 29 March, 10 am - 3.00 pm
Melinda Young Jewellery workshop
Join contemporary jewellery designer Melinda Young for a workshop exploring the beauty and wearable potential of natural materials. Students will learn how to create stunning and unique pieces of jewellery through a series of experimental exercises. Melinda will also teach participants about stringing and binding methods in jewellery making. See www.melindayoung.net.
When: Saturday 29 March, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Wanderlust Sydney workshop
Wanderlust is a yoga, lifestyle and entertainment event. The morning and afternoon feature yoga classes, lifestyle and meditation seminars, with entertainment in the evening from 4.30 pm. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available onsite. This is an open public event, with both free and ticketed
When: Sunday 30 March 2014, 8 am - 8 pm
Beverly Allen Art Master Class
A four day botanical painting workshop for artists with some experience. With colour we will explore the light and shade, tone and form necessary to creat a three dimensional illusion on paper. We will analyse the layers of colour needed to depict a plant realistically, and learn techniques of colour mixing and application of washes. There will be an emphasis on the finer details that bring a painting to life and demonstrations of various techniques.
When: Tues 8 - Fri 11 April, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Barbara Duckworth Art Classes
Mount Annan is one of Sydney's best kept secrets for native plants. Among its collection are many spectacular specimens of eucalypts, wattles, grevilleas, bottlebrushes etc. Or choose your own subject matter! This year students will get to enjoy a new, start-of-the-art classrom in the Australian PlantBank.
When: Fri 9, 16, 23 & 30 May, 10 am - 4 pm
Phillippa Carnemolla - Exhibition Artist Workshop
See the world through the eyes of Phillippa Carnemolla, 2012 resident exhibition artist. Join Phillippa to create some unique pieces based on the geometry and patterns in plants and the interdependence of flora and fauna at this hands-on workshop.
When: Sat 17 May, 10 am - 3 pm
Autumn Sketching Safari
Sketch your way around the Garden with experienced sketching artist Ellen Fielder. Create your own masterpiece inspired by the Garden and meet new friends along the way. Materials are supplied, so just come into the Garden and enjoy!
When: Sunday 31 May 2014, 11 am - 1 pm
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