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.

Peacock Spiders in Watercolour - with Renata Wright (2 day workshop)




Learn all about these incredible little spiders and how to illustrate these spiders with watercolour!

About the tutor:

Born in Broken Hill, and now living in Perth, Renata has been painting in watercolour since 1988. She has worked in other mediums too but watercolour fascinates her because of its endless possibilities and challenges! Renata teaches watercolour classes in the northern suburbs of Perth, the main subjects being landscapes, seascapes, animals, flowers, people and more... When she is  home though, she LOVES to paint spiders! She loves all spiders, their webs and personalities. Renata has been fascinated by all sorts of little creatures since she was a child. Story books featured insects and spiders in living communities, making homes in mushrooms and having conversations with each other. It was a lovely fantasy world to live in. Now as an adult, she still finds the "little" world fascinating, and have discovered that there are more spiders in the world than just redbacks and tarantulas! There are orb spiders, jumping spiders, crab spiders, and her favourites - peacock spiders! And a whole lot more!

About the workshop:

We will begin with an exciting field visit to Jerrabomberra Wetlands to see peacock spiders in their natural habitat with local peacock spider expert Stuart Harris. This will provide an opportunity to see these amazing little spiders, and get to know more about their behaviour and ecology.

Back in the studio over two days, Renata will show you how she paints peacock spiders in a fun, step-by-step format which is easy to follow. We may have live specimens to look at under microscopes, but will also have a range of photographs for reference. We'll all paint the same subject for the first painting but after that you will be free to paint your own and Renata will gladly give you all the tips you need to create a peacock spider painting with your own style and influence.

You can read more about Renata and her spider world at:,  Instagram -, and Facebook - Renata also sell prints on Redbubble -

This fun workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced artists. A materials list will be provided on booking. Morning and afternoon tea refreshments are included; please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 15, 16 - 17 November 2019

Days/Times: Friday 5.30 - 7.30pm Field trip to Jerrabomberra Wetlands; Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab, Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT.

Artwork by Renata Wright (drawn with permission from images provided by Jurgon Otto). 

Photo by Stuart Harris

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