We have a range of classes and workshops to suit every skills from beginner to advanced.

Classes and workshops are capped to 12 participants. Classes will only go ahead with sufficient numbers.

Payments required upfront. Our cancellation policy is 14 days prior the scheduled class or workshop.

All precautions have been taken to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing for an enjoyable workshop.
BASQ has a strict COVID safe plan in place for the safety of all students and tutors.


Beginner classes

We now offer new beginner classes available throughout the year.

Botanical Drawing with Cassandra Hodgins 

All skills level

Working in graphite only, over four sessions participants will learn the fundamentals of botanical drawing, learning to observe the botanical world. Discuss basic botany to understand the underpinning structure and function of botanical subjects. 

Using these new skills to create simple line and shape drawings, moving to more complex drawings, adding tone to create form. Participants will complete botanically correct graphite drawings. 

All botanical art starts with detailed line and tonal drawings. These classes will be an excellent start to your botanical art career. 

Cost: $210

BYO morning tea.


Sundays 7, 14, 28 February & Saturday 20 February 2021
9:00 – 12:30


Centenary Community Centre
Dandenong Room, ground floor
171 Dandenong Road, Mt Ommaney

Leaf Shading and Modelling  with Anne Hayes 

All skills level

This series of classes focuses on the fundamentals of rendering Leaves. The first part introduces various techniques using graphite, with the second part introducing watercolour work.


We will spend some time on shading and pencil techniques; discuss the pitfalls that beginners fall into (e.g. work being too pale and flat because of not enough contrast and depth/colour); look at the colour science and opaque/transparent/staining properties of different watercolours; practice effective colour mixing; and also look at mixing believable greens. 

The course will finish off with more watercolour work introducing drybrush and glazing.

The class will start at 9:00 sharp, students should be there by 8:45 to setup.

Materials list supplied on registration.

Cost: $210

BYO morning tea.


Saturdays 6, 13, 20, 27 March 2021


To be confirmed


Introduction with coloured pencils with Florence Joly

All skills level

Working with a basic selection of 20 pencils, participants will go through colour mixing techniques and various exercises to understand the medium and start a small project. 

As a participant, you will learn how to look closely at a subject, dissect its colour components and acquire the skill of creating a finished drawing with a limited palette. 

You will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of pencil brands and discover the difference between art and student quality pencils. 

The importance of choosing the right paper for the right project will also be explored. 

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to purchase the necessary materials to complete a coloured pencil artwork. 

Students should be present before 9:30 to setup, class starts at 9:30.
It is recommended to bring your own portable light.

Cost: $130

BYO morning tea & lunch.


Saturday 10 April 2021
9:30 – 16:30


The SPACE Kenmore
Cr Branton & Paley Street, Kenmore Hills


A range of new workshops are available during the year, the program changes every year. 

Undergrounds & Backgrounds with Jan Lawnikanis

All skills level


Day one: undergrounds
Saturday 6, 9:30–16:30

This first day will focus on colour and light, with explanations and theory about the different reasons for choosing colours for shadows and tone, and will continue with paintings in the Grisaille method, where just the shadows are painted as a first layer (in colour) and other colours are added on top

Day one is essentially a repeat of the previous sold-out workshop we ran in October 2020. Previous participants are most welcome to join again and extend their practice of these skills. You are also welcome to register for either day or both.

Cost: $130

Day two: backgrounds
Sunday 7, 9:30–16:30

This day will concentrate on painting white flowers with an emphasis on achieving layered backgrounds that harmonize with the chosen colours.

The workshops are for all levels, and offer an opportunity for more traditional or experienced botanical artists to explore new ideas and technical approaches to incorporate in their watercolour toolbox, and a chance for new practitioners to expand their skills and knowledge in understanding colour.

Cost: $130

BYO morning tea & lunch.


Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 February 2021


Seven Hills Hub “Jolly Centre Workshop Space”

28 Tallowwood Drive, Seven Hills

Scraperboard with Kay Sullivan

All skills level

Learn the elements of botanical artistry using scraperboard.  This workshop focuses on learning the basic techniques of this fascinating art form. A small work will be completed.     

There will be opportunity to progress further for those with previous experience, e.g. adding of colour to larger areas.

Cost: $110

BYO morning tea & lunch.


To be advised.


Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

33 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha