Nature Art Lab

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.

Leaves Larger Than Life - with UK artist Jess Shepherd




Come and explore the land of the colossal with Jess Shepherd (Inky Leaves) and learn how to paint botanicals larger than life. Focusing on leaves during day one, this workshop will explore the drama that can be created through thoughtful lighting, examine the importance of composition and reveal the full range of colours that can be used to paint realistic greens and browns. During day two, Jess will move on to talk about blue flowers and flower painting in general and will reveal the best colour mixes for blue flowers. She will have all her tools with her, so can talk about burnishing and how to paint black backgrounds. It’ll be quite a mix, but she’s keen to impart with as much of her knowledge as she can while she is in Australia. It might be that you don’t come away with a finished giant leaf, but you will come away with a new project started and a bag full of knowledge and inspiration. There will also be a chance to hear more about her current work, see a portfolio of her latest work and watch her paint.

J R Shepherd is a botanical painter from the UK. In her current work she is working to enrich our current perceptions of botanical illustration, its applications and how it sits within the larger scope of visual arts. Jess has paintings in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, The Fitzwilliam Museum, National Botanic Garden Dublin and Chelsea Physic Garden. Her work has been published in books and scientific journals and has been featured in a number of exhibitions and on television. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a member of the Chelsea Arts Club and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. A materials list will be provided on booking. Refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon tea; please bring your own lunch.

Dates: Wednesday 14 - Thursday 15 November 2018

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Crosbie-Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens

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