Canberra NatureArt Lab at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent , Griffith is now open!

Dear WABA members,

Canberra’s very first natural history art school, established by Julia Landford, is launching tomorrow with its first series of courses ready to go! The program represents a new approach to art teaching, integrated with scientific expertise and conservation values. There are nine courses and six workshops on offer so far, all led by professional tutors. Classes are run on mornings, afternoons and evenings five days a week, plus weekend workshops. The artspace is fully equipped with microscopes, a natural history reference collection and much more. Courses include:

Foundation and materials techniques:

  • Exploring colour theory – an important foundation course for all watercolour artists, with Lesley Wellington
  • Drawing Basics – essential skills for all artists and a great refresher course for everyone, with Lesley Wallington
  • Introduction to Watercolour – learn the fundamentals of watercolour techniques, with Lesley Wallington

 Botanical Art:

  • Botanical Art – fine art skills with watercolour for botanical artists, with Nilavan Adams

Wildlife Art:

  • Illustrating insects in watercolour, with Cheryl Hodges
  • Bird illustration – learn to observe birds and understand structure for fine illustration work using gouache and watercolour, with Peter Marsack
  • Wildlife Drawing and Observation Skills, with Peter Marsack
  • Nature Studies – create a valuable sketchbook, with Peter Marsack

The weekend workshops include a great variety of interesting topics:

  • Coloured pencil techniques with Jan Clark
  • Acrylic painting techniques – focusing on white cockatoos, with Marijke Greenway
  • Feathers, with Peter Marsack
  • Spirals in Nature, with Lesley Wallington
  • Eucalypts in Watercolour, with Cheryl Hodges
  • Watercolours – Achieving Depth and Form for advanced botanical artists, with Halina Steele.

A recent media article published in the City News provides further details:

Please don’t hesitate to contact Julia Landford on for information. The website provides course information for online bookings:  or visit the Facebook Page at:

Canberra NatureArt Lab is a member of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). Enjoy the difference - with a specialized natural history program – a first for Canberra!

Julia Landford

Founding Director I Canberra NatureArt Lab

M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

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