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Upcoming Workshops


The Kitchen Garden

Botanical Art Workshop


Saturday 16th November 2019


Saturday 23rd  November 2019

The workshop has been arranged to coincide with our current exhibition: Frederick Mackie – Quaker Plantsman

An exhibition of plants recorded in Frederick Mackie’s Journal during the time he stayed at Narryna with George Washington Walker 1852 – 1854 which features a collection of works by the Botaniko Art Group

The workshop will be led by Jean Henley, a member of Botaniko

Day 1: Saturday 16th November 9.30am – 4.00pm

Botanical drawing, Understanding watercolour

Day 2: Saturday 23rd  November 9.30am – 4.00 pm

Watercolour application

The one week break will allow participants time to practice drawing skills in preparation for Day 2.


$ 100 per person which includes all materials (Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch).

Maximum participants: 10

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take part in this special workshop.

Bookings are essential! Please click here to book your place.


What is botanical art?

Botanical art is a unique and specialised art form which captures the colour, precision and detail of plants to realistically represent their natural beauty.

Over the two days participants will learn to:

-          Create a pencil drawing and methods of transferring the drawing to watercolour paper;

-          Learn the techniques of sketching an object proportionately using light and tone to create depth;

-          Understand colour mixing using a minimal palette;

-          How to apply watercolour giving light and tone to a painting and

-          Have the confidence to continue applying the principles of botanic art to future projects.

About your tutor:


Jean’s affinity with nature developed early with a love of gardens and the beauty of plants through their seasonal transitions. Upon retirement and with no known artistic ability, she enrolled in a botanical art class conducted by Lauren Black, one of Australia’s leading botanical artists, to learn to capture the intrinsic beauty of the plants grown in her garden using watercolour as the medium.

After five years tutelage, Jean and a group of Lauren’s students formed the Botaniko Art Group. This group has held annual botanical exhibitions including:

Port Arthur – An Exotic garden: Unlocking the Botanical Journey at Port Arthur

Knopwood’s Kitchen garden at Narryna

Celebrating 200 years through Botanical illustration at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Frederick Mackie – Quaker Plantsman at Narryna September 2019 – February 2020