16 Leonie Norton


Make your Colours Sing with the Birds and the Bees 


Open to the Intermediate to Advanced Artists only.

BA/VisArt, BFA (Hons) Scientific Plant Illustration, Grad. Dip. VET (Adult Education), Cert IV (Workshop and workplace training)

This intensive workshop will challenge and reward you on many levels and will extend your overall knowledge of painting techniques while discovering the unique methods of adding pollinators to plants. Identify the correct pollinators which could be birds, bees or butterflies for your plant or flower subject. It is an exciting skill to learn how to place them to create the greatest impact, and it also gives further interest and information to the botanical subject. Bring your chosen plant and images you have for a pollinator subject. Along the way, you will discover the importance of the processes needed for outstanding botanical paintings. These will include strong tonal contrasts, how to paint realistic highlights and shadows and how to create a balanced composition and put depth in your work, dry brush painting, mixing, matching, layering, and glazing of transparent colours. Make your colours sing! Over glazing will enhance the colours and give them life and vibrancy. Learn about colour harmony and how to create a three-dimensional illusion. Students will not only draw and paint but will learn how to observe and use their natural skills and artistic abilities to enhance any painting. An important aspect of this workshop is individual tuition and demonstrations as well as class demonstrations which are an integral part of this course. Leonie’s teaching methods have proven to be not only highly successful but also an enjoyable experience.   This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced students 18 years and over who have an eagerness to learn new skills. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Leonie Norton is a professional botanical artist, author, and international educator with twenty years of teaching experience. She is held in high regard as one of Australia’s most prominent and highly qualified botanical artists. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and has paintings in Australian and overseas collections, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA. Leonie exhibits annually in Australia and has been represented in the Sydney Botanical Gardens ‘Botanica’ Exhibition since its inception. Her solo exhibitions in Australia, Canada, England, and New Zealand have been hugely successful. Her workshops are in demand in both Australia and internationally. She is an external examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA he has taught botanical art field techniques at Macquarie University. Leonie has illustrated botanical art journals and contributes articles on a regular basis to Australian Artist magazine, Artists’ Palette, Back to Basics and Drawing & Inspiration. Her publication ‘Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s – 1960s’ has been a best-selling book at the National Gallery of Australia and leading bookstores. As a balance in her life, Leonie also teaches Travel Sketching and takes art groups to places such as Fiji, Cambodia, Vietnam, South India, Bali, New Zealand, Central Australia, Flinders Ranges and Hobart Tasmania. Regular overseas destinations for her botanical art tours are Fiji, Bali and Flores in Indonesia.

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