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.

Tulips in Watercolour - with Tanya Hoolihan (Two-day workshop)




Capture the essence of a tulip with watercolour!

About the tutor:

Tanya holds a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle. Working primarily in the field of Botanical Illustration, Tanya has work in Australian and International Collections. She is an invited member of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and a regular exhibitor at the prestigious Botanica exhibition and the Margaret Flockton Awards. Throughout the past years Tanya’s work has received several significant awards including, the Margaret Senior Wildlife Illustration Award, Wetland Care National Art Prize, and on numerous occasions, the Botanical Art Society of Australia Award for the best Native illustration. Tanya currently teaches Botanical and Scientific Illustration at the University of Newcastle as well as conducts private workshops throughout Australia.

About the workshop:

With a past steeped in romance, the Tulip throughout time, has been a muse for art, poetry and festivals. When originally introduced from the mountainous slopes of Turkey into the Netherlands, Tulips became increasing popular. The obsession with the plant, known as “Tulipmania” saw bulbs often being sold for more than the price of a house. Today, Tulips still fascinate many and there are over 6000 cultivars which range in a variety of colours and forms. These plants are one of my favourite subjects to illustrate and with such a varied range of colours and shapes they are always a constant source of inspiration.

Explore many elements of the beautiful and extremely diverse Tulip species. The workshop takes you through the processes from field sketching, to tonal drawing, composition, colour mixing and finally rendering the subject in watercolour. There will be a field trip to Floriade to sketch and view tulips. The focus will be on capturing the flowers vivid colours, depicting the luminosity of the petals and portraying the essence of the specimen. Essential techniques such as washes, glazing and dry brush will be explored and developed. Through the workshop you will improve your current skills, be introduced to new practices, developing a method which can be transferred to future projects and hopefully be caught up in just a little in “Tulipmania”

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. A materials list will be provided. Refreshments are included for morning and afternoon tea; please bring your own lunch. 

Dates/Days: Saturday 21 (including a field trip to Floriade) and Sunday 22 September 2019

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm both days

Venue: NatureArt Lab, Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

Artwork by Tanya Hoolihan



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