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  • After selling out workshopS IN 2017 & 2018, The WIRED Lab WELCOMES back Jessie rose Ford

  • Set in the beautiful surrounds of The Coach House at Darbalara, spend the day with Jessie learning to capture botanical imagery with watercolour. 
  • In this one day workshop, Jessie will guide students through drawing and painting a flower in a realistic, botanical illustration style.
    Beginning with drawing, we will learn accuracy and basic botany, progressing into colour mixing and painting techniques using watercolour.
  • In this 6 hour workshop you will learn:

  • Basic botany and flower anatomy
    How to accurately draw flowers
  • Observation of light and shade
    Matching and mixing the correct colour
  • Watercolour techniques: how and when to use them

Who Should Attend?

Introductory class, suitable for beginners and experienced artists.

What You'll Get

Each attendee will create a new artwork, while learning techniques and theories of drawing, watercolour painting and botanical art.

Participants will also be provided with a yummy home-made snack and/or fruit platter, and refreshments including water, organic teas and French press coffee.

What To Bring?

Materials List

  • Pencils: 2H, HB and 2B
  • Soft kneadable eraser
  • Watercolour paper: 300gsm smooth/hot press paper. Arches, Saunders, Fabriano, Strathmore or Bockingford are good brands
  • Brushes: Round in size 2 and 6. Sable or synthetic
  • Watercolour paints: Arts Spectrum, Windsor & Newton, Lucas, Holbein, Schminke, Rowney, Rembrandt Artist quality paints are good brands
    Tubes or paints in the following colours:
    Three cool primary colours such as: Lemon yellow, Permanent Rose and Cerulean blue
    Three warm primary colours such as: Winsor Yellow Deep, Cadmium red and Cobalt
    Optional extra colours: Yellow ochre, Burnt Umber, Paynes Grey
  • Extra Materials
    Cloth or paper towels
    2 jars for water
    White plate or paint palette


Saturday 16 February, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm


The Coach House at Darbalara
Darbalara Road
Gundagai  NSW 2722


The Wired Open Labs workshops are presented in a range of venues where varying access needs can be met.
We have endeavoured to make our workshops as accessible as possible.

Please contact us with specific access needs before purchasing a ticket to ensure we meet your requirements.


$175 per ticket (GST inc)
12 places available

The Wired Lab is a registered provider of the NSW Government ‘Creative Kids’ Program, which entitles parents and carers of young people (18 years and under) to a $100 voucher towards creative activities. These vouchers will be active from 1st January 2019, and one voucher per child is available on an annual basis.
Most of our workshops are accessible to mature teens or children accompanied by an adult. 
Parents and guardians of participants under 18 should contact us directly before enrolling.

To claim your voucher the parent/guardian needs to establish a Service NSW account and apply for a Creative Kids Voucher

Once your voucher is issued contact us to reserve your child's place in a workshop.
Please provide the child's full name, date of birth and the voucher number.

If the workshop place is more than $100, we will invoice you for the balance of the fee.

Contact Details

Anna Schoo | The WIRED Lab | anna@wiredlab.org


ABOUT Jessie

Jessie Rose Ford is an award-winning artist and tutor based in Melbourne who specialises in botanical art and pet portraiture.

Jessie travels Australia to run tutorials and workshops, exhibit her work and seek subject inspiration. She is fascinated by the intricacies of nature and primarily uses watercolour and drawing techniques with an emphasis on realism in her work.

Her art residency on Flinders Island in Tasmania led her to receive the Highly Commended Prize during the ReFraming Nature exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2015.


With thanks to our partners at The Coach House at Darbalara.







This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


The Wired Lab is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.