NatureArt Lab

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL ART, date to be confirmed (possibly July or October 2020), Beginners - Intermediate

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Demystify the use of watercolours for your botanical art and take an illustration from your imagination to reality!

About the tutor: 

Christopher Meadham graduated from the National School of Art, Darlinghurst, Sydney, majoring in Illustration. He worked as a graphic designer in advertising, television, audio visual and animation in Australia and Canada. His teaching experience includes NSW TAFE, Qld. and NSW Adult Education Canberra University and The Canberra School of Art.

The camera, landscape photography, the inclusion of drawing and watercolour
pigments in the image became central of his work practice. Watercolour has long been a medium of choice in illustration because of its amazing diversity in application.

Chris attended the Art in the Garden with Friends exhibition in 2015 which began his interest in botanical art. Chris aims to bring the spontaneity of lively watercolour and a compositional whole of image approach to the more traditional forms of botanical art. He has exhibited widely, with works held in a number of private collections and was commissioned to illustrate the south granite wall of the Magna Carta Monument, Parks, Canberra.

About the course: 

The watercolour medium and drawing can be the most rewarding experience in the creation of illustrative art. This simple, timeless medium can hold many challenges and delights and a basic understanding can help you take control. Understanding colour, pigment structures, water behaviour, having brush control and an eye for form will give great confidence to push the boundaries and shape your visual idea. Plants make wonderful subjects, they don’t talk back and every piece of knowledge we learn and observe can be woven into the illustration. Chris will initially take you step-by-step through a series of introductory skill sets including rules for drawing, observation skills, knowledge about your tools. You will gradually develop your skills to the point of completing your own botanical work based on your choice of botanical specimens. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Build conference in your work practice
  • Improve drawing and observation skills - form, composition, approach
  • Demystify and exploit the power of the watercolour medium
  • Push boundaries in identifying own style
  • Take an illustration from imagination to reality
  • Enjoy yourself

This course is suitable for beginners to intermediate level students. A materials list will be available prior to the start of the course. Refreshments including tea and coffee are included. 

Dates: to be confirmed (possibly July or October 2020). We will be monitoring the unfolding situation closely and advising dates closer to the time).

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