NatureArt Lab

Studio Art Course (Maleny): DRAWING ONE FOUNDATION STUDIES (NATURAL HISTORY FOCUS): 5, 12 & 19 August 2022

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If you’ve always wanted to know how to draw the natural world and nature finds with ease and accuracy, here’s your opportunity!  Learning foundation drawing and observation skills will help you to improve your graphite illustrations by leaps and bounds.

Students will learn drawing techniques and be encouraged to practice new drawing skills so that they become more familiar. It also offers you a broader way to ‘see’ and experience the natural world.

About this Course:
During this Drawing Foundation Studies workshop, held at the beautiful Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, local artist Petra Meer will introduce you to the foundations skills of drawing with a focus on observing and drawing natural and botanical finds.

Petra will work with you to develop your skills 'step by step' each week, and progressively enable you to use graphite drawing media with increased confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Throughout this workshop you will be encouraged to use each exercise to strengthen your observational skills. This workshop is an opportunity to also broaden how to ‘see’ and understand botanical and nature based for the purpose drawing and more subjects broadly.

Dates: 5, 12, 19 August 2022
Day/Time: Fridays 10.00am-3.00pm (with one hour for lunch)
Venue: The Discovery Centre, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny

Petra will begin by introducing you to some of the important practicalities of using graphite drawing materials. You will learn about the vast potential of your humble drawing materials and equipment, how much they can offer you as an artist, how to choose the right tool for the job, and how to care for your media and equipment.

Through practical exercises, you will progressively learn about the core drawing
concepts used in drawing natural subjects. This will include experience in applying
measuring skills, construction lines and geometric shapes to plan and initiate an accurate outline.

You will also be guided through the use of rendering techniques to indicate three dimensional forms in nature including: how to apply value, light and shadow, graduated tone, the use of contour lines and various shading techniques. Then over time, Petra will help to extend your drawing skills with exercises in perspective and foreshortening to draw botanical subjects that twist, bend, and curl.

Finally, you will learn about the various elements and techniques of composition
included in botanical illustration and how to apply and use these skills in developing a final composition for the completion of the workshop.

We recommend participants to complete a series of homework exercises each week in their own time between classes. This ensures that each person has the time and opportunity to develop their newly learned skills in the practice of drawing, before moving on to learning how to build on these skills in consecutive classes.

Learning Outcomes:
• Knowledge and a developing proficiency in the use of graphite drawing materials and equipment
• Enhancement of observation skills and ways of seeing
• An understanding of the drawing process
• Appreciation of foundational drawing concepts with a focus on botanical and nature art
• Able to apply compositional considerations and processes.

Level of Course:
Suitable for students from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their nature-based drawing, seeing and observation skills.

A materials list will be provided prior to the start of the first class.

Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply throughout the course.
Class size is limited to 12 students.
Students are requested to bring their own drinks,  snacks and lunch (there is also a great cafe on-site).

About the Tutor:

Petra Meer travels everywhere with a creative journal, while riding an adventure bike along the Oodnadatta Track to the Red Centre, sailing up the Eastern Seaboard on a yacht or on countless bush walks into wild places. She also carries a journal for daily life; to travel well through the transitions of living in a busy world. Journaling for Petra is a part of a lively and creative practice; of which nature journaling is an integral part.

Petra has degrees in Art and Design and also a Masters of Counselling. She works as an artist, illustrator, maker, wellbeing facilitator, community arts worker and counsellor. She has exhibited to a national level and her natural history illustration has been commissioned by Parks and Wildlife Services and local councils to illustrate endangered species and to bring awareness to fragile ecosystems. Petra has also recently launched a detailed habitat focused colouring book for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

She believes that making art in nature with meaning and purpose can be accessible to anyone. It can offer us new insights and opportunities for growth, and bring with it an increased sense of joy, relaxation and awe.

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, use 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 Queensland 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

Illustration of the Tasmanian Waratah by Petra Meer