Detailed Botanical Illustration

Refine your illustration skills in watercolour

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Detailed Botanical Illustration is a 3 hour class exploring the use of watercolour to create detailed botanical drawings from observation. Run by Melbourne based illustrator Vanessa Bong, this class will guide students in a series of exercises to gain skills to create their own floral painting.  

The workshop will focus on using transparency, light and shade, layering and linework. It will take you through skills such as:

  • Mixing colour
  • Transparent layering
  • Becoming familiar with brushes
  • Exploring wet on wet techniques
  • How to work on watercolour paper

This is a relaxed class and is a great opportunity for intermediate to advanced students to grow on existing watercolour techniques in a warm and supportive environment. Learn all the skills you need to make a beautiful floral illustration, and develop your skills as a watercolour artist.

All materials and morning tea will be suppled. 

Follow Vanessa’s Instagram feed @vanessaxbong for images of more work.

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What you will learn
  • Steps to build your watercolour painting, from sketch to final piece
  • How to use watercolour transparencies to create depth and layering
  • Brush and wet on wet techniques to create realistic botanical illustrations
What you will get
  • All materials are provided, plus freshly brewed coffee and tea!
  • Go home with your own A4 watercolour botanical illustration
  • A guided class talking through the steps of watercolour painting

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear

Casual dress code

Appropriate for

Intermediate students wanting to develop their skills

Refund & Cancellation Policy

-- For all public classes and workshops --

We can only issue refunds for any cancellations made at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to the start of the event. If you would like to transfer to another session, we require at least 48 hours' notice before the event. You are always welcome to send a friend along and use the ticket in your name if you are not able to attend.

For groups of 5 and larger, we require at least 7 days notice for any refunds or transfer requests.

All classes require a minimum of 8 participants to go ahead. If we need to cancel an event due to low enrolment or unexpected circumstances, we will notify you immediately via email and mobile. Your ticket will automatically be transferred to the next painting session, but you can request any alternative event.

-- For private events --

We only issue full refunds for cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the event date. You will receive an 80% refund off the total fee for short notice cancellations (< 7 days).

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Terms & Conditions

Classe Petit requires 72 hours notice via email ( prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund, or 48 hours notice for a transfer. For group bookings of 5 and larger, we require at least 7 days notice for full refunds or transfers.

Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. 

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