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State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022
State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022

1 - 22 March 2024, Kookaburras in Natural Acrylics, with Yvonna de Jong

Original price $380.00 - Original price $380.00
Original price
$380.00 - $380.00
Current price $380.00

New Acrylic Painting Course Using Sustainable, Natural Earth Pigments*

Learn how to create a wildlife painting using a 100% environmentally friendly, naturally archival plant-based acrylic medium and luscious natural earth pigments. This is an exciting new course to Canberra with a focus on the joy of painting nature using products friendly for both humans and the planet.

  • Dates: 1 - 22 March 2024
  • Days/Times: Fridays, 9.30am - 12.30pm 
  • Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith; free parking is available at either the front or both sides of the building.

    About the Course

    These natural Earth and mineral pigments are beautifully archival, eco-friendly and sustainably harvested from around the world. They contain no added fillers, preservatives, stabilises or heavy metals”. In addition, the eco-friendly and petroleum free acrylic medium, is made with 100% plant-based ingredients, and it is naturally archival, providing a permanent water based, non-yellowing finish that dries crystal clear.

    During this comprehensive beginner course you will explore colour though making your own paints, mixing and blending a variety of tonal values. You will develop skills using various brushes to create different effects, explore glazing skills to create shading and highlights.  You will also hone your observation skills though focused connection to your subject and learn an easy method to transfer your drawing onto your canvas. Discover the details of bird anatomy and explore finishing touches to create a beautiful, finished artwork.  Over four-weeks you will complete a final painting with full direction and step-by-step support from your experienced tutor. 

    We are excited to present this new course to promote the importance of Sustainability in Art in Canberra.

    Video: Natural Earth Paint

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Learn the fundamentals of painting with natural acrylic products
    • Develop step by step skills for completion of a wildlife artwork from drawing to final painting details

    *Experience/prerequisites: This course is suitable for beginners aged 16+; participants must have completed the Make Your Own Natural Acrylics Workshop. Please note only natural acrylics can be used in this course. 

    Please bring the natural paints kit from the Make Your Own Acrylics Workshop. A materials list which includes brushes, a palette and other items will be provided prior to the course.

    About the tutor

    Yvonna de Jong is a Canberra based Artist, passionate about nature and caring for our environment. She is a qualified teacher and her preferred medium is acrylic paints. She is an avid photographer and most often paints from her own reference material.
    The absolute joy of spending time in nature is a big motivation for her love of painting and she loves to support others to create paintings and fulfil their creative vision, in their own way. Yvonna believes we all bring our own personal interest in nature to our artwork and loves to encourage students to stay true to this, through her structured classroom experiences.

    Yvonna emphasises the importance of connection and observation when developing painting skills and this provides a framework for step-by-step encouragement of students in her classes.

    NatureArt Lab Awards

    • 2022, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Promoting Sustainability, ACT
    • 2024, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Building Communities, ACT

    Images: Kookaburra Acrylic artwork by Yvonna de Jong

    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

    COVID-19 Policy: NatureArt Lab participants attending studio courses, workshops and nature tours are required to comply with current COVID-19 state policies.  Please check current policies for your state location.

    Class 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

    Nature Tour Refund Policy: Details for refunds on nature tours will be available separately.