Drawing from Nature


 

 

When: This workshop is held over two half days on Tuesdays 6 and 13 October 2020

Time:  9am - 12.30pm.

Where: Lecture Theatre, Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Cost: $180 for the two-day workshop

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Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.

About the course:

Immerse yourself in nature and practice your skills of observation in this therapeutic and creative drawing workshop.

In the two half-day workshop, you will draw plants and small frames of landscape, with experienced and supportive artists to guide you along the way.

You will explore various mediums that best capture the subject of focus, and look at perspective, foreground, background, contrast, light, the broader elements of the subject and the fine detail.

Consider how best to capture the essence of the subject, be it a single plant specimen or a framework in the garden. Bigger landscape drawing requires a different approach and you will learn where to start.

Expand your observation skills as opposed to just ‘seeing’ the subject. Interaction can help; the texture of a plant specimen is best captured if held.

You will then decide what materials will best reflect the subject. Soft, shiny or leathery elements may be captured with a range of different materials, and you may choose a combination, such as mixing pastels with paint.

Through this process, you will learn more about plant characteristics and adaptations; knowledge that can be transferred to your garden too.

The workshop will be held both in and outdoors where inspiration is in abundance (weather permitting).

This workshop is ideal for budding artists, keen gardeners, students of landscape architecture or design.

Prepare to have fun and relax!

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Presenter: Arbel Zhao

Arbel established his landscape architecture career in China with specialist skills in commercial and large residential projects. With Australian qualifications and experience, Arbel brings a unique cultural perspective to inspire local landscapes. Arbel lecturers in Australia and China in areas of Landscape Design and Architecture.

Collaborative delivery approach

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Ink Landscape Design.

Ink Landscape Design are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and transdisciplinary expertise.

With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Ink Landscape Design works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

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Be COVIDSafe

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and, in preparation for welcoming back groups to our programmes, we have implemented new COVID-19 compliant protocols to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants, whilst minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Small group sizes to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to, whilst not impacting on the quality of the learning experience
  • Extra cleaning regimes in place before, during and after each session
  • Participants and staff must maintain physical distance (1.5m)
  • Participants and staff must practise good hygiene before, during and after sessions
  • Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms

For more information and updates on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see LATEST NEWS.