NatureArt Lab

(NEW!) Field and Studio Workshop: BOTANICAL ART - A NOVEL COLOURING TECHNIQUE: 12 September 2022 (Beginners to Advanced)

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Brighten your day with other budding or experienced botanical art enthusiasts by creating a botanical style illustration of wattle (Acacia sp.) and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for these gems of our native bushland. Learn Margaret's illustration tricks demonstrated in class and see your own wattle sprig, laden with glorious golden blossom, appear as if springing to life, in convincing detail, on your watercolour paper - in relatively quick time.

This afternoon session is preceded by an invigorating morning of field observations and sketching of the flowering acacias growing at the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) at the National Arboretum (NAC).

Dates: 12 September 2022

Days/Times: Monday, 9.30am - 4.30pm 

Venue: STEP Garden (National Arboretum) followed by NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Details will be given once you enrol.

Materials: A materials list will be emailed out once enrolled.  Please check your junk and spam folders to ensure you receive our email

About the workshop:

We will begin at the National Arboretum Canberra with a guided walk through the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Wattle garden followed by field observations sketching, note taking and photography (smart phones are fine) to learn about various acacia species, including their leaf and flower arrangements. Discover further fascinating features of acacia flowers and leaf forms through close observation at the NatureArt Lab Studio to create a wattle artwork.  There will also be an opportunity to view up-close some of Margaret's completed original art.

This brief but carefully placed instruction is open for all.  For the novice - starting drawing and painting through the lens of a botanical artist and for experienced artists - broaden your range of creative skills suited to either a "looser" field sketching style or an art piece that can effectively capture structural forms and characteristic textures - in wonderful detail.


Suitable for participants aged 16+. Suitable for all students beginners through to advanced.

About our tutor: 

Margaret Saul is a botanical artist/illustrator and an avid nature lover who art and teaching are founded in her four years of disciplined classic style art school education (fast disappearing in Australia) and her professional experience in this field of art. Since successfully graduating in illustration (1970), she has enjoyed full-tine positions at the Queensland Museum, the Zoology Department University of Queensland, and the Queensland Herbarium.  Later, while freelancing and with a growing demand for her classes, she established The Margaret Saul School of Botanical Art & Illustration (1997-2003) based a the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. When relocating to the USA a similar scenario led to her founding and directing the current Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration, USA (2004-2015) designing its comprehensive curriculum and certificate course and presenting masterclasses across the USA and in Australia.

Margaret has judged international exhibitions in both botanical art and natural science illustration and served on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists in an educational role.  Her paintings are found in private and public collections including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA, and commissions for the Shirley Sherwood Collection, UK  Recently returned to Australia after 20 years overseas she and her husband now live in Canberra where she is a member of the Australian National Botanical Gardens Botanical Art Group and as an Hon. Life member of various botanical art societies  Though not a keen exhibitor her entry for the Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition, 20-18 was one of the works selected for the sequential presentations of exhibition openings around the globe  Her paintings are published in four hardcover books documenting botanical art and in numerous volumes of the Flora of Australia.

Bluebell and Wattle artwork by Margaret Saul


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 

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking.  This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, wearing of masks, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop.  This policy will be reviewed and amended as ACT Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

 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

 Note: If you miss out on a place in this class, please let us know and we can add your name to a waiting list for a future class. Email: