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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Hello WABA Members,

You are invited to attend a work shop with Halina 'Painting Leaves'

Details are

When: Saturday, 28 October 2017
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Cost: $120 for non-members and $110 for members

For details and bookings, please contact Nilavan Adams of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc on 6254 3989 or at

Click here for flier

WABA Members meeting - Satuday 12th August

Dear WABA Members,

We will be having an informal quarterly meeting at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick next Saturday August 12 at 1pm.

There may be a few agenda items to discuss regarding the upcoming WABA exhibition and any other matters arising.

If time permits we will do some art- please bring your own drawing/painting gear and choose to paint or draw wetland birds, plants or one of the specimens at the centre.

If any members have not been to the venue before it can be a bit tricky to find. The entrance gate is on the left as you proceed down Dairy road towards the wetlands parking area. After you turn into the gate we are in the Ranger's building which is on your right.

Explore your interest in nature through art and science - with NatureArtLab

Dear WABA members,

Explore your interest in nature through art and science. Learn drawing and painting techniques, wildlife and botanical art integrated with natural science, field studies and science-based studio skills.
Canberra’s ‘NatureArt Lab’ offers an exciting range of unique courses and workshop programs specialising in natural history illustration and art inspired by nature. 

Our courses are offed by experienced and passionate tutors. Based at M16 Artspace, we provide a professional working studio equipped to support our teaching programs.

Whether you are keen to learn something new or consolidate your existing skills, we have exciting programs for you. Enjoy our nine weekly sessions and full day courses.

Further information will be available soon on a new website.
Registrations are now open – don’t miss out! For bookings and further details please contact me at:

For flyer with full details click here

Julia Landford

CSIRO Opportunity

Hello WABA members,

CSIRO is seeking assistance from a student filmmaker to work with CSIRO's collections in Summer. Applications will close on 7 August

For full details click here

Classes with Peter Marsack, Term 3 2017 - Keeping a Natural History Visual Diary

Hello WABA members,

You are invited to attend Peter's course on

Keeping a Natural History Visual Diary

This course will look at some of the many ways available to document what you see in the natural world from taking notes and sketching to coloured pencil, watercolour and gouache. The approach of spring in the ACT provides a wide array of possible subjects and this course will help us see and really appreciate what we encounter.

Thursdays 10-1pm, 6 weeks,  July 27 - September 7 (no class on  Aug. 31)            

Course fee $ 205

Location: Workspace A, M16 Art Space, 21 Blaxland Cres. Griffith

Peter's contact details are: Email <>  mobile 0429 954 507


Classes with Peter Marsack, Term 3 2017 - How to draw what you see

Hello WABA members,

You are inited to attend Peter's course on 

How to draw what you see

We will practice some basic techniques and learn about materials used in drawing then focus on how to use these skills to draw a range of subjects. The course will suit beginners as well as challenging more experienced artists.

Wednesdays  10.30 – 12.30, 6 weeks,  July 26 -  August 30

Course fee $195

Location: Workspace A, M16 Art Space, 21 Blaxland Cres. Griffith

Peter's contact details are: Email <>  mobile 0429 954 507



Artists wanted for demo at 'Out of the Box' symposium

Dear WABA members

The symposium “Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections”, jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and the CSIRO, is being held on Thursday and Friday 1-2 June 2017 at the University’s Ann Harding Conference Centre.

A table will be set aside for a couple of WABA members to demonstrate their art and/or sell WABA cards and artworks. This activity will be for a couple of hours during lunchtime on both days.

If any WABA members are interested in running the WABA stall, please contact Julia Landford at for further information.

Julia will be speaking on art and natural history collections and leading a workshop on establishing a national museum of natural history.

Further information about the symposium can be found on the website:


Glenda Shelley

Public Officer

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc.

M: 0422 405 658

STEP – Forest 20 at the Arboretum - 5th May

Dear WABA members,

The message below is the details regarding an art event to be held at the Southern Tablelands Ecosytems Park (STEP) at the Arboretum on Friday 5 May.  It’s the Arboretum’s contribution to Tree Week celebrations.  The message was sent by STEP’s President, Judy Smith.

To celebrate National Tree Week, bring your chair, easel, sketchbook, paints, pencils or charcoal to Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP – Forest 20 at the Arboretum), Friday 5 May for a morning of art, native plant appreciation and good company. This is a free event and morning tea will be provided. For catering, please register your interest via email as spaces are limited. Meet at the Village Centre, NAC at 9.15am. (STEP is an easy 5 minute walk from the Arboretum carpark).

Committee Roles at WABA and Quarterly meeting cancelled

Dear WABA members

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the upcoming Quarterly meeting which was to be held on Saturday March 11. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

This email is also an opportunity to ask members to consider taking on a committee role. Don't be shy!-we are keeping our commitments at a very manageable level this year as our committee has shrunk.

The current committee is:

President: Vacant

Vice President: Vacant

Secretary: Gillian Carter

Treasurer: Sam Blanks

Public Officer: Glenda Shelley

Website Manager: Paul James

Newsletter Editor: Judy Stevenson

Workshop Coordinator: Nilavan Adams

Committee Member: Andrew Henley

Publicity Officer: Vacant

Field Trip Coordinator: Vacant

Not all these positions need to be filled but we do need a President, and one or two more committee members would be great. Please contact anyone on the committee to discuss if you think you could help.


Gillian Carter on behalf of the WABA committee

Mulligans Flat - Artist in residence exhibition 'Art in the Sanctuary' - Thursday 2 march 6:30pm

You are invited to a night of art at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

When : Thursday 2 March 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm, sunset

Where: The Woolshed at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

'Autonomy' is an exhibition by our Artist in Residence - Georgia Black. It explores the idea of protection and the autonomy afforded to animals living at Mulligans Flat, free from the threat of foxes and cats.

Georgia's ceramic works are integrated into the landscape around the Wool Shed - mirroring the essence of the Sanctuary and taking a lively and organic form. 

Please come and join us for this wonderful celebration of art and nature in the Sanctuary!

Georgia Black on 'Autonomy'.


In this series of ceramics I aimed to create something that was tactile and an immersive experience for the viewer, mirroring the way in which Mulligans Flat Sanctuary is an immersive experience for visitors. It is a wild environment but safe from predators, contained but one can easily get lost.

By night, the sanctuary comes alive and countless pairs of eyes can be seen shining back at you, reflecting the torchlight in your hand. It is a time to listen carefully for the slightest sound, while trying to make not a whisper yourself.


By day, evidence of the evening’s activity is made visible. Diggings, scratchings, patterns and textures set a vibrant scene for the songs of the skies inhabitants.

These works contain some of the textures of the environment, while mimicking the delicate but sturdy ecosystem that is in place. The clay has been worked until it reaches the delicate stage of holding its form and falling back onto itself. They are hand-built objects, inspired by the protected environment that is Mulligans Flat and the autonomy of the wildlife that live there.

Garden fund raiser - Queanbeyan Uniting Church - Sat 4 March 2016 at 6:00pm

Hello WABA members,

QUC Garden Ministry cordially invites you to attend a fundraising dinner featuring three courses of delicious local produce with special guest poet Laurie McDonald and live music with 5-piece up beat funk band Good Question

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 6pm Queanbeyan Uniting Church Hall Rutledge St, Queanbeyan NSW

Over a pre-dinner (non-alcoholic) drink, meet the passionate people behind the newly established QUC Community Garden that has been contributing fresh produce to St Benedicts over the past 2 years. Purchase a raffle ticket on the night for your chance to win a variety of inspiring prizes.
All proceeds will support the laying of a concrete pathway into, as well as gabion seating throughout, the community garden on the church grounds.


Tickets $50 per person; or $340 for a table of 8 (ie save $7.50 per person by booking a group).

Bookings through Eventbrite:

Enquiries & group bookings: Natalie Maras 0400 051 978;

Download flier here


Call for Natural History and Botanical Artists - reFraming Nature 2017

Hello WABA members,

Each year, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens (FRBG) Melbourne present an art exhibition in October.  In 2017, the theme of the exhibition will be natural history entitled reFraming Nature 2017 held in Melbourne from October 7-22.

The exhibition covers topics such as ferns, fungi, insects, butterflies, marine life, pond life, shells, birds, fossils, amphibians as well as botanical subjects (not flower focussed) such as fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and leaves.  All the paintings and drawings exhibited aim to be as scientifically accurate and detailed as possible while expressing at the same time artistic vision and creative individuality.

We would like to encourage as many artists as possible to enter works and hence would appreciate you distributing this message to any botanical or natural history artists in your region via email or newsletter.

Official entry rules can be obtained from our website (  Entry forms will be available on our website a few months before the entry due date of September 1, 2017.  For further information or to join our email list, please email

Additionally, we have a growing database of botanical artists who we regularly correspond with.  If there is an activity in your area that may be of interest to botanical and natural history artists, please let us know so that I can pass the information on to them.

Thank you for your time.

Andrew Carr

Convenor, Illustrators Group, FRBG Melbourne.


reFraming Nature 2017 at a glance:

Date: 7-22 October

Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004 (Behind the Shrine of Remembrance)

Times: 10am - 4pm daily

Admission: free (although a gold coin donation will help with our fundraising efforts)

All framed works are for sale as well as artists cards, unframed originals and prints