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.

Classes

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. 

BYO morning tea.

Cost: $210

 
Dates

To be advised.

Location

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

Leaf shading & modelling
Flower shading & 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.

BYO morning tea.

Cost: $210

Dates leaf shading class

Saturdays 6, 20, 27 & Sunday 14 March 2021
9:30–12:30 [8:30–12:30 Saturday 27 March]

Dates flower shading class

Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22 May 2021
9:30–12:30

Location

Seven Hills Hub Workshop Space
28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills

 

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.
  • BYO morning tea & lunch.

Cost: $130

Dates

Saturday 1 May 2021
9:30 – 16:30

Location

The SPACE Kenmore
Cr Branton & Paley Street, Kenmore Hills

Advanced coloured pencils – leaves  with Florence Joly

Intermediate skill level

 

This short class will introduce other techniques used with traditional coloured pencils to depict realistic leaves. Using watercolour pencils, embossing tools, washes and dry pencil participants will explore the intricacy of colour mixing and layering to render leaves. 

Participants will be working with the same basic colours used in Introduction to coloured pencils class, complemented with some watercolour pencils. 

Although it is preferable to have attended Introduction to coloured pencils beforehand, it is not necessary if you are already familiar with the medium.

Class starts at 10 sharp.

  • It is recommended to bring your own portable light.
  • BYO morning tea & lunch.

Cost: $100

Dates

Saturday 17 July 2021
10:00 – 14:30

Location

The SPACE Kenmore
Cr Branton & Paley Street, Kenmore Hills

Workshops

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

Introduction to botanical drawing  with Cassandra Hodgins 

All skills level

Botanical drawing starts with good observation of details and characteristics of your specimen. We will discuss some basic botany to understand the structure and function of the specimen. 

Then move on to line drawings and build tone and contrast to turn your drawing into a 3D image.

BYO morning tea.

Cost: $130

 
Dates

Sunday 28 March 2021
9:30 – 16:30

Location

Tamborine Mountain Creative Arts Centre (TMCA)
53 Wongawallan road
Tamborine Mountain

Watercolour and coloured pencils techniques  with Cassandra Hodgins 

All skills level

Working with simple botanical forms, you will prepare a drawing for painting.  Then using a limited palette, you will mix your colours and paint the under layers in watercolour finishing with coloured pencils to bring your drawing to life. 

BYO morning tea.

Cost: $130

 
Dates

Sunday 18 April 2021
9:30 – 16:30

Location

Tamborine Mountain Creative Arts Centre (TMCA)
53 Wongawallan road
Tamborine Mountain

Everyday sketchbooks  with Deb Mostert

All skills level

This workshop will explore the use of sketchbooks as an everyday record of a life observed. With a simple kit of materials that you can carry with you, you can start a habit of drawing every day. We will explore recording our daily lives from the ordinary to the unusual and prove to ourselves that we can get a creative habit going and keep ourselves observant and present. We will learn some drawing techniques in both soluble and non-soluble pens, basic watercolour skills and fun drawing exercises.

We will explore the use of sketchbooks as an incubator, a sentimental keepsake, a mind clearer, a list holder, an idea launcher, a best friend, a personal, intimate and honest playground. They are just for us, a safe space with no pressure to perform, a place to relax, a window into our thoughts and dreams and a visible record of a life observed, to be thumbed back through in times of creative drought.

From a botanical art perspective, the workshop encourages practical everyday evidence-gathering skills that are essential for adding authenticity to your finished works.

Cost: $130

BYO morning tea & lunch.

Dates

Saturday 24 April 2021
9:30–16:30

Location

Seven Hills Hub Workshop Space
28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills

Drawing and painting orchids  with Louise Saunders

All skills level

Australian Native orchids and exotic orchids make beautiful subjects to paint due to their unique forms and exquisite colours. Louise will demonstrate drawing and painting techniques and give guidance for composition, colour strength, colour mixing and the fine details that help make your painting pop. 

Choose the option of live material, orchids, ferns etc, or photographic material. You could buy an orchid from a local orchid nursery such as Fame Orchids or from the florist. Or you might like to visit a bushland area to find and photograph some native ground orchids. The Greenhoods, Corybas, Dipodium and others will be in flower from the end of May to mid-June. 

First day, 19 June:

Work on your road map, your composition using an assortment of live specimens, photographs, and drawings. Work on a simple specimen or a more complex arrangement that may include ground litter with moss and dried leaves or other plants such as ferns or allied plants. 

Second day, 26 June:

Work on the painting process using painting techniques to enhance and strengthen your use of colour. 

Cost: $210

BYO morning tea & lunch.

 NB: Please remember that native orchids are protected and must never be picked or collected, only photographed (at ground level) for our workshop.

Dates

Saturdays 19 & 26 June 2021
9:30–16:30

Location

Seven Hills Hub Workshop Space
28 Tallowwood Street, 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: $130

BYO morning tea & lunch.

Dates

To be advised.

Location

Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

33 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha