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.

Insect Illustration: Insects in Black and White Workshop - with Peter Marsack




Insects have existed for around 400 million years, making them the most successful life-forms on Earth. Australia is home to an astonishing number and variety of insects - well over 80,000 species have already been assigned scientific names but the majority remain undescribed. Insects vary enormously in size, shape and colour, providing wonderful subjects for illustrators. 

This intensive three-day workshop with professional illustrator Peter Marsack will explore insects and the ways we can illustrate them, with a focus on stick insects.  Students will have access to several species of live stick insects, and observe their structure as a way of building up drawings and paintings; the use of magnification in drawing, the use of references, especially specimens and photos; and the process of rendering in pencil, ink and scraperboard. Demonstrations will form part of all practical illustration sessions. 

Peter is an award-winning artist with extensive experience; he has drawn and painted insects ranging from tiny Collembollans to wasps, dragonflies, mantids and butterflies.

Workshop inclusions:

- Three full days of professional tuition with a professional illustrator

- Technical demonstrations in pencil, ink and scraperboard

- Access to museum insect specimens and live stick insects

- Refreshments for morning and afternoon tea

Suitable for all levels of experience, though it would be an advantage to have completed Drawing 1 (or equivalent). Participants will have the option of working from specimens that we provide or developing artwork from their own references with expert guidance. Materials list available on booking.

Dates: Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15 April (3 days)

Date/Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm

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


 Scratchboard illustration by Peter Marsack


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