The Botanical Illustrators meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10am to 3pm in the Maud Gibson Room (which is near the RBG Cranbourne Office). It is a small, friendly group and anyone interested is welcome to call in and visit us during those times.
Our group get-togethers, made up of artists of varying experience, allow us to share ideas, information and give each other encouragement and support whilst working on our paintings. The group holds exhibitions at various galleries.
For further information about the group, exhibitions or classes, contact Margaret Holloway on 0438 985 382 or at email@example.com.
BOTANICAL ART CLASSES
Botanical Art Classes (4 per school term) are currently held on Fridays from 10am to 3pm in the Maud Gibson Room (which is near the RBG Cranbourne Office). In 2014, classes will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 4 times per term from 10am to 3pm in the Friends’ Room (also near the RBG Cranbourne Office), starting on 12th February.
Edyta Hoxley has been taking the class since February 2013. Edyta is an experienced exhibiting artist whose work is predominately inspired by Australian indigenous flora. Edyta has been helping our students develop their own way of seeing and representing botanical subjects on paper.
Marta Salamon will be instructing classes in 2014. Marta is also an experienced exhibiting artist and art teacher whose background in education and fine arts led her to botanical art via Jenny Phillips. She has a particular interest in Western Australian flora and travels regularly to WA to paint species found in the wheat belt and the south-west. Her work is represented in private collections on both sides of the Pacific and in various publications.
The maximum class size is 10, ensuring individual attention. It is suitable for beginners or artists with some experience. Fees are $210 for members and $235 for non-members.
The Illustrators Wednesday Group has been working consistently. Artists have had to think creatively about subject matter whilst the myrtle rust problem persists. Fruit, vegetables, shells and rocks are some of the subjects tackled.
Our recent Wednesday workshop was conducted by Elena Kolotusha who demonstrated her technique of combining colour pencil, pastel and gouache on textured pastel paper. It was a fascinating insight into one of the approaches employed by this accomplished artist. Her generous presentation engaged our participants and gave us the opportunity to experiment under Elena’s guidance. The power and freshness of her art and clarity of presentation gave us much inspiration and pleasure.