Inspired by Nature: Three days of drawing and painting at the National Arboretum Canberra - Ginger Catering
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Inspired by Nature: Three days of drawing and painting at the National Arboretum Canberra

Inspired by Nature: Three days of drawing and painting at the National Arboretum Canberra

Enjoy three wonderful days of drawing and painting, in the beautiful environs of the National Arboretum and the Margaret Whitlam Pavillion.

The focus is on really looking at the world around you, as well as touching it. The grounding of nature, plants, mountains, weather, light and water is remarkable.  This can open a space for you to play with these elements and to create images, which will surprise you.

Students can choose to develop drawings for the whole workshop or to move onto paintings. A project can develop over the 3 days. No experience is necessary but work produced is suitable for art school entry folios.

Leeanne Crisp will lead the workshop. She has a long career at the ANU School of Art and has been an art museum educator at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.  Leeanne Crisp’s work is in the National Portrait Gallery, The National Library Visual collection, and she has won the ANU Drawing Prize, the Copes Watercolour prize and has been in the Archibald, Portia Geach, Dobell and Blake Prizes.

Leeanne is experienced with beginners and practicing artists and her classes are a stimulating mix of both.


  • 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2017



  • $450 for the three days



For drawing, students need to bring 5 sheets of cartridge paper(minimum), soft graphite pencils, a good white eraser, a sketchbook (which can also function as a notebook) you could use on your knees, a glue stick and scissors, and a camera is a good idea.

Any other drawing materials you like. (Tuition on how to use any of them is available). This could include pastels and pastel paper, oil pastels, gouache(opaque watercolour) transparent watercolour and watercolour paper like Arches, brushes, inks, pens ,charcoal, conte, coloured pencils. You could also consider found materials like papers, textiles photographs and glue which you could use for collage.


You need a minimum of 6 colours, including blue, orange red, green and yellow and purple and white. This could be Liquitex or other good quality acrylic tubes.  Have a look at a colour chart and choose the ones you like. You could use gouache or watercolour but choose professional artists quality. A Palette for mixing paint paint, good quality bristle brushes for acrylics soft hair brushes for watercolour. You will need jars for water. White plastic plates can be good for mixing. No oil paints, although students could use oil sticks. Buy primed canvas , or prepared canvases or oil sketch paper.

There will be recommended materials at both Eckersleys stores in July.

Students need warm clothing, sturdy shoes and protective clothing and a portable stool is a good idea.

Any questions,