NatureArt Lab

Australian National Botanical Gardens: BANKSIA SERRATA IN WATERCOLOUR, 13 - 14 February 2021, Intermediate

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Celebrate the art of botanical painting and create your own Banksia serrata artwork with experienced botanical artist from Melbourne, David Reynolds! 

About the tutor: 

David is an experienced botanical and natural history artist who enjoys painting in rich natural pigments, always looking to achieve a high level of accuracy within his work.

He describes his style as ‘Accurate Realism’ and is always looking to portray his botanical and wildlife subjects with the most accurate detail possible yet doing it in a ‘painterly’ way honouring the watercolour medium.

In May 2018, David had two Banksia paintings represented in the World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition held in Canberra – Banksia integrifolia and Banksia serrata. For further information about David's work please see his website at:

About the workshop: 

Banksias are one of my favourite subjects to paint! Over this two-day workshop we will explore the techniques used to create a beautiful Banksia study with step by step demonstrations and careful planning. Each student will be guided through the process, ensuring confidence to complete a banksia study. Students will learn to hone the techniques necessary for ‘accurate realism’. A detailed line drawing will be available for students to transfer to their watercolour paper. This enables a quick entry into the painting process. Printed photo reference will be supplied and available for each student. 

We are also organising an additional field trip to see the newly established Banksia Garden at ANBG on Friday afternoon (12 February) from 3.30pm - 4.30pm for interested participants.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Create contrast, focus and dynamics in your painting
  • Explore techniques like wet on wet and dry brushing and when to use them
  • Extended colour mixing
  • Gaining the skills to finish your detailed Banksia study

This workshop is designed for intermediate level artists with some botanical art experience. A materials list will be provided prior to the workshop. Please bring your own refreshments for morning, afternoon tea and lunch - note that food is available for purchase from the ANBG Pollen Cafe. 

Note: This workshop will be offered in a large space with one student per desk for social distancing purposes. NatureArt Lab reserves the right to reschedule this course if required due to COVID limitations. 

Dates: 13 - 14 February 2021

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm both days (plus an additional field trip to see the ANBG Banksia garden on Friday 12 February from 3.30pm - 4.30pm for those interested).

Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens

**Please note that enrolments close one week prior to the workshop.