NatureArt Lab

Studio Course: BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION, PART B: Painting in Watercolour, 15 July - 5 August 2021

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Keen observation, a little botanical knowledge and well-developed illustration skills underpin every beautiful botanical art piece. 

About our tutor: 

Margaret Saul is a highly experienced botanical artist, illustrator and teacher. Margaret’s interest in nature and art developed in a family of artists and amateur naturalists who delighted in frequent nature rambles and excursions  with time to sketch and paint during summer holidays.  While staff illustrator for the Queensland Herbarium she produced illustrations for field guides and floras and developed a keen interest in botany and in helping to bring a greater awareness of native plants to the general public.  Since 1988 she has enjoyed teaching botanical art and facilitating “the art of seeing” for her many students in Australia and across the USA and as founding director and designer of a comprehensive curriculum for the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration, USA (2004 – 2015).  Margaret is represented in private and public collections including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA, the Sherwood collection in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK and in science and art publications. Her botanical portraits are published in four books that document botanical art. 

Preferred media:  Watercolour supported by coloured pencil.

About our workshop:

See your cyclamen artwork bloom into glorious colour and botanically accurate detail as you learn how to apply several innovative colouring techniques that minimize the layering of watercolour washes. Your beautiful cyclamen conveniently offers itself to a variety of especially useful detailing techniques, with an approach that does not rely on extensive “fine dry-brushing” to enhance form and colour. These classes are sure to develop a deepening appreciation for the beauty of plants, their colours, form, and function so that even a walk in your local parks and gardens can add a wonderfully new dimension to your day.

Learning areas include producing a complete colour wheel from your three tube-colours as a useful reference of tints, normals and subtle shades that intimately relate to your cyclamen, without reaching for tubes of grey, or white. Various watercolour wash techniques are first practised using exercises, including how to illustrate details of venation in leaves and petals. An overview of Margaret’s approach to picture composition (i)structural and (ii)tonal will be discussed, as time permits. Margaret will include demonstrations of techniques for small groups using Covid safe precautions.
For you to gain satisfaction with your progress in this brief but intensive botanical painting course please plan for completing a minimum of two hours of set homework each week in preparation for the next class. The detailing of your botanical painting will most likely need to be completed at home after this course ends.

N.B. All participants, including anyone who did not attend Part A, are asked to complete an outline drawing of a cyclamen study for Margaret to check its readiness for later tracing onto your watercolour paper at home, in time for the start of class in week two.

Suitable for intermediate students with a serious interest in achieving botanical accuracy. A materials list will be provided prior to the start of the class.

Note: Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply throughout the workshop. Class size is limited to 13 students. Students are requested to bring their own drinks and snacks. NatureArt Lab is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and reserves the right to reschedule if required at the time.

If you miss out on a place in this class, please let us know and we can add your name to a waiting list for a future class. Email:

Dates: 3 - 24 June 2021

Days/Times: Thursdays, 1.30pm - 4.30pm 

Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Cyclamen Drawing by Margaret Saul