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.

Watercolour on Vellum for Botanical and Nature Artists - with Dianne Sutherland (3 day workshop)




This special one-off workshop will offer experienced botanical artists an opportunity to learn about the use of watercolour on vellum with internationally recognised UK botanical artist Dianne Sutherland.

About the tutor: 
Dianne is a British artist, who originally trained to paint floral designs on china with the Royal Doulton design studio, in her hometown, Staffordshire. She worked as a freelance illustrator before becoming a full time botanical artist in the late 1990’s. Her preferred subject material includes native plants, from home and abroad and deconstructed plant studies in study pages and sketchbooks. She work in Graphite and Watercolour on paper and vellum.

Dianne holds a Diploma in Botanical Art and a BSc Honours in Biology from the University of Aberdeen, focusing on floral morphology and reproductive success in flowering plants. Graduated with distinction from the SBA Diploma Course. She teaches botanical art online and in person and has been invited to teach all over the world. She writes a popular botanical art blog and moderates a large social media botanical art group. Currently serving on the Society of Botanical Artists Council, she has been an elected member of the Society since 2012. She is also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society.

Dianne has been a regular Royal Horticultural Society exhibitor and has work held in the collection at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation; Dianne is also a member of the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney, Florilegium Society, with work in their permanent collection.

About the workshop:

In this 3 day workshop you will be introduced to vellum as the traditional surface of choice for the botanical artist. You will learn about and try painting on various types of vellum scraps to get a feel for the different surfaces, thereafter, you will learn the watercolour techniques used for painting on vellum.

You will choose from a variety of small subjects for a final small work, which will be painted on Kelmscott vellum (provided). Kelmscott is the finest vellum produced by William Crowley’s, the last vellum maker in the UK. Instruction and demonstrations will be given throughout which will enable you to prepare the surface and paint a glowing translucent painting of you chosen subject.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced botanical artists. Morning and afternoon refreshments are included; please bring your own lunch. A materials list will be provided on booking. 

Dates: 8 - 10 October 2019

Days/Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

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