We are excited to launch our first series of classes in Noosa from October this year with well-known artist and nature-journaler Dion Dior.
With over 17 years of teaching experience, Dion is our Queensland branch coordinator and will also be teaching some of our high-quality foundation drawing and watercolour courses in the beautiful Noosa region.
In the coming months we will be offering many new and exciting courses with a range of art mediums and techniques, all inspired by nature. Queenslanders can now access face-to-face classes and workshops, as well as our outstanding range of scientific illustration and other online courses.
The Noosa region is an internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with nearly 40% of the area is protected in national parks, conservation parks, State forests, lakes and systems. It has around 61 distinct regional ecosystems, with 8 of these listed as endangered and 12 rated as regionally significant. The area includes both temperate and subtropical climate zones and is home to nearly 2,500 plant species and over 3,000 wildlife species, including 10 iconic species. There are over 300 bird species, with 35 of these are listed under international migratory bird agreements. Our NatureArt Lab classes will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of this incredible region!
Dion is a natural science illustrator, field artist, nature journaler, science communicator and instructor. Her experience and passion for nature are evident from her dedicated work with nature journaling and her involvement with many local organisations including as a member of Queensland Naturalists Society, the Gympie and District Field Naturalists, the Queensland Botanical Arts Society, the Australian Citizen Science Association and the Noosa Environmental Education Hub. Dion is also the Founder of the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Nature Journaling Club and regularly leads field trips in the region.
Our emphasis is on citizen science and developing a sense of 'place' and environmental guardianship through observation and nature connection. Nature journaling practices and citizen science are key components to bridge the gap between art and science in all of our programs.
NatureArt Lab branches are currently located in Canberra and Noosa, with more locations opening soon.