NatureArt Lab

Online tutorial: ILLUSTRATING NATIVE BEES IN WATERCOLOUR: 7 February 2021 - Beginners to Advanced

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Create your own detailed bee 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 bees, as well as learning how to create different colour patterns and textures of Australian native bees 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 you can follow the guidance provided with pre-recorded videos to produce a painting of the bee of your choice. You will have two weeks to finish your first painting and send to the tutor for feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

  • learn new and interesting facts about native bees, their anatomy, ecology and morphology
  • observe different painting techniques and learn how to paint the colour and complex textures of bees
  • learn how to produce a scientifically accurate sketch and a beautiful watercolour illustration of selected bees

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: 7 February 2021

Days/Times: Sunday 10.00am - 12.00noon 

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

Illustration by Anna Voytsekhovich