Geelong School of Botanical Art



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 and Saturdays.  Tuesday and Friday classes are for students of all levels. Saturday classes are for advanced students.

The Timetable for 2022 Term 1 classes are now available Here

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 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 

February 2021




Workshop: Introduction to Botanical Drawing in Graphite and Coloured Pencil
With AMANDA AHMED at the Geelong Botanic Gardens in the Meeting Room 9.30am to 4.30pm
Weekend #1: Introduction to Drawing with Graphite – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
Weekend #2:  Realistic Renderings with Coloured Pencil – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July
This intensive 4 day workshop is an introduction to botanical art learning the basics of drawing.  It will comprise of two components – graphite on Weekend #1 and coloured pencil on Weekend #2. The focus on both weekends will be on drawing from observation to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects.  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 beautiful setting of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. 

This workshop is designed so students interested in watercolour can attend Weekend #1 only with a view to enrolling in Beginners’ Botanic Art with Craig Lidgerwood (Fridays fortnightly) OR for students interested in graphite and coloured pencil can attend Weekend #1 and Weekend #2 with a view to enrolling in Drawing I and II with Amanda Ahmed (Tuesdays fortnightly). Contact the Friends’ Office asap to book your place, as these workshops fill up very quickly. The course description and material list can be found here: Outline and Materials List 

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$220 for one Weekend or $380 for Weekends 1 & 2. 10% Discount for Friends' Members.
Book at the Friends’ Office by Friday 17 June.