NatureArt Lab

(NEW!) Studio Art Workshop: BOTANICAL MONOTYPE PRINTMAKING : 30 to 31 July 2022 (Beginners)

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Learn about our local woodland and grassland plant species with an expert guide, then spend a weekend creating beautiful botanical monotypes (one-of-a-kind prints) from collected specimens such as leaves and grasses.

About the workshop

On Saturday, join a morning nature walk with a guest ecologist for a brief exploration of our local woodland and grassland species and collect a small selection of plant specimens. Reconvene in the NatureArt Lab Studio for an introduction to two botanical monoprinting methods: gel plate and etching press. 

Dates: 30 and 31 July 22 

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: The meet point/field location for Saturday morning will be advised upon enrolment.  You will require your own transportation to the meetup location and back to the Studio on Saturday.  On Sunday you will be at the NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Learn how to use plants as 'stencils' by selecting suitable plants for printmaking, their optimal preparation for each printing method, and the best types of equipment and tools.  Start experimenting with a gel plate to create positive and negative spaces and to create textural surfaces and layered artworks.

On Sunday, continue gel plate printing with more complex botanical designs and techniques.  Then use plant specimens prepared the previous day to explore monoprinting using the pressure of an etching press. Create several series of botanical prints and turn these into greeting cards, collages and stand-alone artworks (or keep a set as a background image for the botanical linocut and drypoint workshop in term 4).

This workshop is a stand-alone introductory course, but also works as a pre-curser workshop from Botanical Linocut and dry point printmaking workshop offered in Term 4.

Learning Outcomes

  • Combine your own nature experience and learning with the creation of personalised artwork that reflects the ecosystems and environments you explored and collected materials from.
  • Learn how to create printed images with botanical specimens from concept to finished print using both a gel plate and an etching press.  Focus o positive and negative spaces, layering and composition, mark making and experiment with various techniques and materials.
  • Gain knowledge of the materials and equipment used with gel plate and etching press printmaking techniques.
  • Gain experience of nature-based printmaking  through the study of plants within their local ecosystems, and through the translation of this knowledge and your personal impressions into printed botanical artworks.

Prerequisite/level:  This workshop requires no previous experience. Suitable for all students 16+ from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their printmaking skills.

Materials: This workshop is a combination of supplied materials and BYO materials.  The materials provided have been factored into the course cost (approximately $30 worth of consumables).  The remaining items required are easily acquired and inexpensive and the list will be sent to students upon enrolment.  Please check your junk and spam inboxes so you don't miss our emails.

Administration: There is free parking available onsite as well as a Cafe located a short walk away.  All students are requested to bring their own drinks/beverages (or purchase from the shop).

Class Size:  The class size is strictly limited to 12 students.  There is a minimum number of students required to run the class.  If the minimum number is not reqched NatureArt Lab may postpone the workshop to a later date.  Students affected by this will be offered an option to transfer to the new dates, or if unable to attend, a full refund.   

About the tutor

Dr Fenja T. Ringl is a Canberra-based printmaker with a passion for nature-influenced art that reflects Australia’s unique ecological and cultural environments. With a professional background in archaeology, palaeo-ecology and science communication, Fenja draws inspiration from years of travelling and working across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Fenja initially explored printmaking as a way of interpreting the natural world while on fieldwork many years ago, and has since developed printmaking into a full-time occupation/obsession.

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Refund Policy:  Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course).  Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee.  Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking.  This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop.  This policy will be reviewed and amended as ACT Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

Image Credit:  by Dr. Fenja T. Ringl