NatureArt Lab

Studio Workshop: PAINT BLUES THAT GLOW - Botanical watercolour painting of Australian Bluebells: 1 and 8 March 2022 (Intermediate to Advanced)

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Bluebells are usually in abundance around Canberra during spring and summer and blue in all its variety has to be a favourite flower colour for painting! By using the Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia sp.) as the feature plant, come to appreciate their delicate flower structure (and colour) through careful observation and extra drawing know-how. Learn how to enhance a sense of dimensionality in your blue flowering botanicals by manipulating the arrangement of blues throughout your study piece - using various intensities of glazing with transparent wash.

Dates: 1st and 8th March 2022

Days/Times: Tuesdays, 9.30am - 4.30pm 

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

 About the workshop:

 Learn the important characteristics of Wahlenbergia flowers through careful study and observational drawing in preparation for completing a small botanical study piece. Margaret will provide a review of how to approach botanical drawing and how to draw bluebell flowers accurately from any angle with confidence.  Other aspects of learning include: how to create effective composition (structural and tonal), unified colour using watercolour washes and glazing with just three tubes of paint, brushing continuous fine lines and use of coloured pencil to support the watercolour artwork. 

All aspects of learning will be carefully explained and demonstrated. Participants are welcome to complete a small study or to produce study pages to perfect the drawing and painting skills covered at class and that could be used as a suitable reference material for future botanical paintings, hand painted notecards etc. 

 As the workshop will focus on live material, students will need to purchase a potted bluebell from a native plant nursery or collect material (not from Nature Reserves).


Suitable for participants aged 16+. Suitable for all students intermediate to advanced students who wish to develop their botanical art skills. It is preferable to have completed the Watercolour Foundation and Drawing Foundation courses (or commensurate experience). 

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. 

Bluebell artwork by Margaret Saul


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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, wearing of masks, 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.

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