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.

Birds of the Botanic Gardens - Portraits in Ink - with Emily Birks




Create a beautiful ink portrait of your favourite bird at the Australian National Botanic Gardens!

About the tutor:

Emily Birks is a local Canberra wildlife artist who works primarily in acrylic ink, which she loves for its intense colour, layering capabilities and quick-drying characteristics. In a world experiencing rapidly escalating environmental issues, Emily is inspired by the work Australia's scientists are doing to preserve our native fauna. Her aim is to create highly detailed portraits showing the beauty and character of each animal subject, while also telling the story of their importance to the environment.

About the workshop:

Join Emily to explore the peaceful Australian National Botanic Gardens and enjoy the sounds and sights of the bird life on Saturday morning. Sketch and photograph the birds of your choice. Back at the NatureArt Lab studio in Griffith, Emily will share her knowledge of acrylic inks to help you to create highly detailed, character-filled ink portrait of one of the beautiful birds of the ANBG.

There will be a field trip to Botanic Gardens on Saturday early morning for enjoyment of nature, sketching and photographing. If participants cannot attend at this time, please bring sketches and/or photographs of birds they might like to paint.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Enjoyment of nature while observing native bird species at ANBG
  • Knowledge of acrylic ink properties and techniques
  • Completion of a small portrait of a bird in ink

Dates: 11-12 January 2020


- 8.30am - 10.00am Saturday - Field trip to Botanic Gardens for sketching and photographing

- 10.30am - 4.00pm Saturday - Workshop at NatureArt Lab studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

- 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday - Workshop at NatureArt Lab studio


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