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Art School program 2014
In 2014 we will be offering the classes below. For more information, ring the office on 9231 8182 or email email@example.com. If you are interested in any class that is fully booked please call the office to go on a waiting list. We often have cancellations.
More information on art and illustration at the Gardens can be found here.
NEW FOR 2014
Angela Lober - Art Master Class
Learn the techniques for mastering dramatic and contemporary Botanic Artworks with coloured backgrounds. The course will include the composition of a botanic subject and will focus on the application of flat coloured backgrounds on watercolour paper, using gouache and acrylic paint.
Students should have some previous experience in Botanic Art.
When: Wed 27 & Thurs 28 August, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Natural Materials Jewellery Workshop with Melinda Young
Join contemporary jewellery designer Melinda Young for a workshop exploring the beauty and wearable potential of natural materials. The workshop includes a series of experimental exercises and also introduces participants to stringing and binding methods. Materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own selection of natural materials to work with. www.melindayoung.net
When: Saturday 29 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) OR
Barbara Duckworth Art Classes
Foundation & Friends are pleased to announce four more classes with Barbara in 2014. There will be two at the Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and two at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.These four day courses will be run over four consecutive Fridays., Artist Barbara Duckworth, has taught Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney for the last 16 years and at the prestigious Royal Art Society, Sydney. Students will work in graphite, watercolour and/or coloured pencils. Classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced students.
When: Fri 7, 14 & 21 February, 10 am - 4 pm (book online) OR
Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
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 (book online) OR
Beverly Allen Art Master Classes
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 (book online) OR
Charlotte Thodey Acrylic Still Life
Learn to paint still life with acrylics. The course emphasis will be on the close-up observation of nature and light. We will look at the basics of drawing and arranging of the objects on canvas, to the setting out of the painting according to the tonal values and proceed to the careful building up and layering of colour to capture the light that reveals the fleshy essence of the fruit.
When: Thurs 3 & Fri 4 April, 9.30 am - 4 pm (book online) OR
Kate Nolan Art Master Class
The course aims to teach botanical art students how to add an insect to their botanical artworks, and/or how to portray an insect on its own. Inclusion of an insect as part of a botanical artwork distinguishes it considerably from the rest, and Kate will teach what sorts of insects to choose to complement one's artwork and how to include them. There are certain features insects have and the course teaches what to look for in this regard too, and why it is important to include those features. This class is a must for anyone planning to include insects in their botanical paintings.
Suitable for beginners to advanced students. Insects will be available to purchase from Kate, or you can bring your own.
When: Wed 30 & Thurs 31 July, 9.30 am - 4 pm
Stephie Goss - Art Master Class
Learn to paint your subject larger than life, express yourself artistically and have a wonderful big painting hanging on your wall. We will paint on Arches 640 gsm paper and learn a painting technique which enables you to really experience the application of water colour washes using large brushes, and lots of paint and water. Your approach can be contemporary or traditional as you see your chosen colours merging on the paper.
This workshop is for the young and not so young. Some experience with water colour painting would be an advantage. Subject matter will be determined by seasonal fruit or vegetables
When: Wed 24 - Fri 26 September, 9.30 am - 4 pm