Art Workshops for Adults

NatureArt Lab offers participants the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and immerse themselves in art inspired by nature. Select a series of courses to suit your interests, and consider developing your foundation skills through a better understanding of colour theory, drawing skills or use of water-based mediums such as watercolour or gouache. Our team of experienced tutors will support your creative learning journey with expert instruction and guidance in a fully equipped art-science space.

Bird Illustration Intensive Workshop, Canberra, 26 - 28 April 2019 - with Peter Marsack (STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE!)




Learn how to observe and illustrate beautiful Australian birds with a professional illustrator!

About the tutor:

Peter is an award-winning wildlife artist with extensive illustration experience. Peter originally trained as a zoologist but has also worked extensively as a freelance natural history artist and illustrator. He was a senior artist for the multi-volume Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB), and one of three illustrators for the CSIRO Australian Bird Guide. Peter was a prize-winner in the inaugural Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, and provided the artwork for the highly successful Pocket Guide to the Birds of Canberra. Peter also collaborated with local naturalist Ian Fraser on A Bush Capital Year (CSIRO 2011), which went on to win a Whitley Certificate for regional natural history. He has a particular interest in the evolving genre of Science Art. After decades of illustrating birds for identification Peter is now interested in showing birds in their natural habitats under a range of lighting conditions.

About the workshop:

Join our three-day workshop as an intensive class in illustrating birds for identification. The workshop will look at understanding the structure of birds as a way of building up drawings and paintings; the use of references ranging from field sketches to specimens and photos; and the process of rendering in pencil, watercolour and gouache. Sessions will include field observation and sketching at the nearby Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Demonstrations using gouache will be part of all practical painting classes.

Participants will have the option of working from drawings of familiar local bird species that we provide, or developing their own drawings and paintings with expert guidance. The course will begin with the basics of illustration and move towards the more challenging task of showing birds in the natural environment.

This workshop should help you to ‘see with a purpose’ and enhance your enjoyment of any observations of the natural world. 

Workshop Inclusions

- three days of bird illustration tuition with Peter Marsack, including access to reference material and our natural history collection

- guided field trip and drawing program at a local wetlands site

- refreshments during the studio sessions

Suitable for students with basic drawing skills; experience with watercolour washes (desirable). A materials list will be provided on booking.  Please bring your own lunch - a fridge and microwave are available. 

Days/Dates: Friday 26, Saturday 27, & Sunday 28 April 2019 (3 days)

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm each day

Venue: Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Artwork by Peter Marsack, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher


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