Geelong School of Botanical Art

Botanical Art Classes

Botanical Art classes are among the most popular activities held by the Friends.  The classes are held at the GBG Meeting Room. Experienced teachers conduct small classes of students at levels varying from beginners to advanced. The teachers and a number of past students have received recognition at significant botanical art exhibitions both locally and internationally.

Classes are held on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Tuesday and Friday's classes are for students of all levels. Saturday classes are for advanced students and Sunday classes are for beginners to intermediate.

The Timetable for all 2020 classes is available - 2020 Classes

Location: All classes are held in the Geelong Botanic Gardens' Meeting Room at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Enrolment and Fees: An Enrolment Form must be lodged at the Friends' Office at least two weeks before the start of the Victorian school term. Term Fees must be paid in full before the start of the first class.  Please check term fees at the Friends' Office before making payment.

Absence of leave policy

Absence of leave form


For more information about our Geelong School of Botanical Art - Botanical Art brochure 

The Wagtails

All members of the Geelong School of Botanical Art are encouraged to be a part of the Wagtails. This is an informal painting session when students can come and work on their projects without formal instruction;

Coming to Wagtails enables you to meet other students from the other classes; this fosters a sense of collegiality among the School students. It also provides you with the opportunity to discuss any problems you may be having with your art with other students, and to gain feedback and encouragement from them. It is a mutually supportive group and all students are very welcome to attend; from the new students to the more advanced.

  • Wagtails must be members of the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens
  • Wagtails is free of charge for current students, or,
  • For members who have been enrolled in any of the previous four terms of classes, the fee for Wagtails is $25 per term
  • Wagtails meet in the Art Room each Wednesday from 12.30 pm to approximately 4.00 pm. Occasionally, the commencement time may be delayed due to a Friends’ event in the Art Room 

November 2017



2020 Workshops

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12: Botanic Art Masterclass - Two-day workshop, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
"The Anatomy of Flowers: After Auther Harry Church" Tutor, John Pastoriza-Pinol.
The revolutionary drawings of Arthur Harry Church (1865-1937) are considered some of the finest botanical illustrations of the twentieth century. This workshop will cover techniques on how to draw and paint flowers in the style of Arthur Harry Church. You will learn about plant morphology and the variation flowering parts. Tutor, John Pastoriza-Pinol$160 members or $180 non-members, bookings due by Friday 20 December.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18: Botanical Perforations - Two-day workshop,  9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor, Dolores Skowronski-Malloni
Learn how to transfer a simple botanical drawing onto watercolour paper using perforating techniques.
$160 members or $180 non-members


 Many other Botanical Art Workshops have been held - Read more