Nature Art Lab

NatureArt Lab offers participants the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and immerse themselves in art inspired by nature. Select a series of courses to suit your interests, and consider developing your foundation skills through a better understanding of colour theory, drawing skills or use of water-based mediums such as watercolour or gouache. Our team of experienced tutors will support your creative learning journey with expert instruction and guidance in a fully equipped art-science space.

Threatened Species: Grey-headed flying foxes - with Peter Wale




This workshop is the first in a series of art workshops focusing on threatened and vulnerable species of Australia. The Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is the largest bat in Australia, and is listed as a vulnerable species due to a significant decline in its numbers. Challenges include habitat destruction, urbanization, climate change and other threats.

At the start of this workshop, we will visit the Commonwealth Park flying fox campsite for observational sketches and a briefing provided by local scientists. This special workshop, led by interstate wildlife artist Peter Wale, will explore the use of watercolour to illustrate a grey-headed flying fox. He will teach drawing skills and demonstrate the use of gestural drawing, drafting, negative space, composition and tonal values to create drawings which fully express the life and spirit of the flying fox. Peter will also provide tuition in the use of watercolour brush techniques, colour mixing and glazing to help enhance our ability to produce vibrant animal portraits.

Participating artists will have the opportunity to enter final works into a NatureArt exhibition and display works for an information night on the Grey-headed flying fox to be held in early 2019. 

Please note: Bookings must be confirmed by 15 February 2019. 

Suitable for artists with some experience with drawing and use of watercolour. Beginners are also welcome. Refreshments will be provided; participants will need to bring their own lunch. A materials list will be provided on booking. 


* 5.30 - 7.30pm, Friday 22 February - Field Trip to Commonwealth Park;

* 9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 February - Workshop

Venue: Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

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