NatureArt Lab


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Learn printmaking as a medium for art inspired by our beautiful local flora and ecosystems.  Explore the fascinating textures and patterns of leaves and grasses in this two-day introductory workshop.

About the tutor

Dr Fenja T. Ringl is a Canberra-based printmaker with a passion for nature-influenced art that reflects Australia’s unique ecological and cultural environments. With a professional background in archaeology, palaeo-ecology and science communication, Fenja draws inspiration from years of travelling and working across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Fenja initially explored printmaking as a way of interpreting the natural world while on fieldwork many years ago, and has since developed printmaking into a full-time occupation/obsession.

About the course/workshop

Design and create hand pulled prints inspired by fresh or dried plant speciments or from our existing drawings and photographs. The course introduces you to two types of printmaking techniques – drypoint (intaglio) and linocut (relief) – through which to express the intricate forms and patterns characteristic of plants. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with recycled household materials as printing plates. At the end of the class you can expect to have produced several unique botanical prints on professional printmaking paper using both hand burnishing and an etching press.

This workshop is a stand-alone introductory course, but also works as a follow-on workshop from Botanical monotype printmaking offered in Term 3.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to develop and create printed images using positive and negative ‘space’ for mark-making through two different printmaking techniques.
  • Drypoint skills from concept to finished print: develop a design suitable for intaglio printing (where ink is pushed into gouges engraved into the surface of the plate and is then transferred to paper through pressure), engrave the design into a clear plastic plate with consideration to line weights and shading, ink and clean the plate, print onto paper using a press. Experiment with techniques on various materials.
  • Linocut skills from concept to finished print: develop a design suitable for relief printing (where ink is rolled onto the raised surface while ‘white’ spaces are cut away), transfer an image to a Japanese vinyl plate, carve the design into the plate, ink the plate, print onto paper by hand and/or with a press.
  • Gain knowledge of the materials and equipment used with linocut and drypoint printmaking techniques.
  • Gain in-depth experience of the printmaking process through the focused study of bird forms and feather patterns, and through the translation of these features to two different printmaking techniques.

Prerequisite/level:  This workshop requires no previous experience. Suitable for all students 16+ from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their printing skills.

Materials: This workshop is a combination of supplied materials and BYO materials.  The materials provided have been factored into the course cost (approximately $30 worth of consumables).  The remaining items required are easily acquired and inexpensive and the list will be sent to students upon enrolment.  Please check your junk and spam inboxes so you don't miss our emails.

Class Size:  The class size is strictly limited to 12 students.  There is a minimum number of students required to run the class.  If the minimum number is not reqched NatureArt Lab may postpone the workshop to a later date.  Students affected by this will be offered an option to transfer to the new dates, or if unable to attend, a full refund.   

Dates: 15 and 16 October 22 

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Administration: There is free parking available onsite as well as a Cafe located a short walk away.  All students are requested to bring their own drinks/beverages (or purchase from the shop).

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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 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

Image Credit:  by Dr. Fenja T. Ringl