NatureArt Lab

ONLINE TUTORIAL: ILLUSTRATING BEETLES IN WATERCOLOUR, 6 December 2020, Beginners to Advanced

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Create your own iridescent beetle illustrations in watercolour with Anna Voytsekhovich! 

About the tutor: 

Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology, and a PhD in Botany, she is a professional scientist, scientific illustrator, botanical artist and wildlife illustrator. She was born in Ukraine in 1982. She is an author of a few books and scientific papers, but also known a scientific illustrator. In 2016 she moved to Australia and became a member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia. She currently resides in Sydney and works on a Bush Habitat restoration of critically endangered plant communities.

The workshop: 

Through this online tutorial you will learn about the anatomy, ecology and morphology of beetles, as well as learning how to create different colour patterns and textures of Australian native beetles using watercolours. Students will learn how to produce an initial drawing of an object, how to scale it, what to include in composition, and then learn how to transfer it on paper and produce a beautiful scientifically accurate illustration in watercolour. After the tutorial all students will be able to produce a finished painting of the beetle of their choice using the techniques they learned during the lesson. They will have two weeks to finish their painting and send to the tutor for feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

  • learn new and interesting facts about beetles, their anatomy, ecology and morphology
  • observe different painting techniques and learn how to paint iridescence and complex textures of hard outer beetle wings (elytra)
  • learn how to produce a scientifically accurate sketch and a beautiful watercolour illustration of selected beetles.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate level students with some drawing and watercolour experience. A materials list will be available to participants once bookings are received, prior to the workshop. 

 Date: Sunday 6 December 2020

Times: 10.00am - 12.00noon 

Online tutorial: Participants will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the workshop, with login details. 

 Spotted Flower Chafer, Neorrhina punctata - illustration by Anna Voytsekhovich