Illustrating Rays workshop artwork

Illustrating Rays in Acrylics Workshop 

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 June 2024

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

Recommended for ages 16+

Queensland Museum Kurilpa, Entry via level 2



Learn about the art and science of stingrays with marine biologist and illustrator Dr Lindsay Marshall.

Observe real specimens of stingrays and learn about stingray taxonomy, including how to identify a specimen using a taxonomic key.

Students will be observing, drawing and transferring to final watercolour paper. Learn how to use masking fluid to recreate natural skin patterns on our base layer, before working on the upper layers and final detail of the ray in acrylic paint. The final outcome will be an accurate and detailed natural history drawing of a stingray.

Workshop learning outcomes:

  • Learn about stingray taxonomy and how to identify a sting ray using identification guides and taxonomic keys
  • Create an accurate sketch of a stingray from observation of a subject
  • Use masking fluid to create realistic and taxonomically accurate skin patterns as their base layer
  • Use acrylic paints and medium to create upper layers and detail to represent the morphological elements of the stingray (such as mucous layers, thorns, tail spines)
  • Create an A4 (210 × 297mm) picture of a stingray in natural history illustration style.

About the Tutor:
Dr. Lindsay Marshall, a distinguished fisheries biologist and natural history artist, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the workshop. With a PhD focused on shark fin morphology and a lifetime achievement award from the Australian Society for Fish Biology, Dr. Marshall is not only a seasoned scientist but also the first person in the last century to illustrate an entire vertebrate group.

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.

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