Drawing From Nature. Two Day Workshop

Friday, 22 Oct 2021 @ 09:00 Past Event
Drawing from Nature. Two day workshop

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

In this two day workshop, (held on Fridays 15 & 22 October 2021 at 9:00am to 4:00pm), 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!

This two day workshop will take place from 9:00am - 4:00pm on Fridays 15 and 22 October 2021.

What to bring

sketch booksyour favourite drawing toolssuitable clothing for outdoors

Find out about this series of collaborative workshops at and download a brochure.


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 trans-disciplinary 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.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and, in preparation to welcoming our programmes, we are implementing new COVID-19 compliant protocols to offer an enjoyable experience for all participants while minimising the risk of COVID-19. Measures include:

Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/ or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.

Group sizes have been kept small to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to while not impacting on the quality of the learning experience

Participants and staff must practice good hygiene before, during and after sessions

Extra cleaning regimes will be in place before, during and after each session

Participants must maintain physical distance (1.5m) For more information and updates on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see LATEST NEWS.

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