NatureArt Lab

Studio Art Course (NOOSA QLD): Nature Drawing 1 - Foundation Studies in Graphite: 4 - 25 November 2021 (Beginners)

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Drawing is a foundation skill for almost all natural history art.  Whether a quick field sketch or the most detailed illustration, understanding the basic techniques will lift your drawing ability to a whole new level!


About the tutor:

Dion Dior is a natural science illustrator, field artist, nature journaler, science communicator, instructor and avid support of citizen science. Based in Noosa, Queensland, Dion's work focuses on the revealing aspects of nature and biodiversity which she believes has a profound impact on our understanding of the natural world.  Dion works primarily in graphite, watercolour and ink.  Through her instruction, she encourages collaborative learning, deep observation and field research to bring about greater skills and understanding.  She believes that the journey from studio learning to field study is an interconnected dance of discovery for both Dion and her students. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and was the List Solutions Prize gold medalist for Communication Strategy.  Dion has over 17 years of teaching experience both online through Ruzuku USA and as a resident instructor in the visual arts laboratory at the Waterloo Centre for the Arts in the mid-west USA. She is a Founder and Director of the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Nature Journal Club and regularly leads field trips and nature illustration workshops.


About the course:

This four-week morning studio course provides a comprehensive introduction to nature drawing with clear explanations of materials and techniques. Students will learn about perspective, line, value, mark making and shading and how to put these elements together in preliminary drawings. Using graphite, we will look at basic shapes in nature, shadows, perspective and more. If you have always wanted to draw and not had the chance, then this class is for you!

Drawing needs minimal materials, is the easiest medium to carry with you in the field, and helps you to enjoy the natural environment by looking with a purpose.


This course is a recommended pre-requisite for all new NatureArt Lab students. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to revise their practice and build a solid foundation for their skills. A materials list will be available prior to the start of the class. COVID-safe practices apply.

Dates: 4 - 25 November 2021 (4 sessions)

Day/Time: Thursday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm 

Location: Tait-Duke Community Cottage, Earl Street, Tewantin, QLD 4566

Images: Graphite drawings - kangaroo spinal disc and shell, nature journaling and photography by Dion Dior

Field sketching Dion DiorSpinal disc kangaroo Dion Dior
Botanical sketches by Dion Dior