Illustration of watercolour Banksia

Banksia Fruiting Cones Watercolour Workshop

Saturday 13 April and Sunday 14 April 2024

Two day workshop from 9:30am - 4:30pm 

Recomended for ages 16+

Queensland Museum Kurilpa, Entry via level 2


Learn to paint iconic native Australian plants in watercolour with botanical and natural history artist David Reynolds.

The workshop will focus on the fruiting cone of a Banksia serrata (Old Man Banksia) using a variety of techniques to capture its intricate detail.

Students will learn in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with plenty of open discussion about the watercolour techniques used to create this beautiful subject. Practical demonstrations of each technique will be shown allowing students to progress to a finished watercolour painting.

Learning Outcomes:
Develop skills in layering transparent, staining and opaque pigments
Understand techniques in building high levels of detail
Colour mixing using transparent washes
Creating an iconic Australian native painting in watercolour

This workshop is facilitated by NatureArt Lab. Established in 2017, NatureArt Lab is the premier natural science art and illustration organisation in Australia. NatureArt Lab offers a range of art and photography courses in Brisbane including drawing foundation studies, watercolour, printmaking, wildlife and botanical art programs.

Tutor: David Reynolds
David is an experienced botanical and natural history artist who enjoys painting in rich natural pigments, always looking to achieve a high level of accuracy within his work. David describes his style as ‘Accurate Realism’ and is always looking to portray his botanical and wildlife subjects with the most accurate detail possible yet doing it in a ‘painterly’ way honouring the watercolour medium.

In May 2018, David had two Banksia paintings represented in the World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition held in Canberra – Banksia integrifolia and Banksia serrata. 

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