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 2021 classes will be available shortly- 2021 Classes

Location: All classes are held in the Geelong Botanic Gardens' Meeting Room at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens, or on-line.

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 

January 2021




January Saturday 9 and Sunday 10: Beginners' Botanical Drawing Workshop in Graphite and Coloured Pencil with Tutor AMANDA AHMED. 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.  Class outline and Materials List

Onsite at Geelong Botanic Gardens, GBG Meeting Room.
This intensive two day workshop is an introduction to botanical art learning the basics of drawing.  The focus will be on drawing from observation starting with graphite pencils (day 1) and moving to coloured pencils (day 2) to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects.  This will incorporate developing skills such as tonal variation, different mark making techniques, understanding how basic geometric shapes can be found in nature and translating them into your drawings.  This workshop is suitable for beginners with little to no experience in botanical drawing and is presented in a friendly and supportive environment within the setting of the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens. 

Skill level required: Beginner

Cost: $215 ($195 FGBG Members)

For more information and to register your interest, please call the Friends of GBG Office 03 5222 6053



January Saturday 16 and Sunday 17: Regal and Zonal Pelargonium Flower Portraits Workshop, with Tutor JOHN PASTORIZA-PIÑOL . Class outline and Materials List

Onsite at Geelong Botanic Gardens
The Florence E Clarke Geranium Conservatory holds the State’s Pelargonium Collection which is the largest collection of species and cultivars from the Geraniaceae family. This family includes the popular Geraniums and Pelargoniums familiar to gardeners.

The amazing variation of cultivars amongst the Regal and Zonal pelargoniums are vast. On closer inspection, the structure of these flowers is truly remarkable and this workshop will focus painting a single bloom portrait which will be enlarged up to 10 times its natural size. 

Skill level required: Intermediate to advanced.

Cost: $240 (FGBG Members $220)

For more information and to register your interest, please call the Friends of GBG Office 03 5222 6053