Botanical Watercolour Masterclass with Tanya Hoolihan

A wonderful opportunity to learn watercolours from artist Tanya Hoolihan who is featured in our current exhibition Artistic Endeavour

Tanya Hoolihan, Lomandra longifolia subsp. longifolia spiky head matrush dili (Yuggara) 2019. Watercolour, graphite on paper, Image courtesy of the artist

Tanya Hoolihan:  Watercolour for Botanical Art Masterclass

Public program for Artist Endevour:  Artists’ contemporary take on Australia’s biodiversity. 

This is an unique and affordable opportunity for beginners and experienced botanical illustrators using watercolours. The 
workshop is lead by Tanya Hoolihan, a leading botanical illustrator - featured in Artistic Endevour. 

Participants will work from a live botanical specimen to create a graphite study, concentrating on form, shading and contrast. This study will then be used as the basis for a small watercolour painting using the techniques of controlled washes and dry brush application to build colour and form suitable for botanical subjects.

About Tanya Hoolihan

Tanya Hoolihan was awarded a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastlewhere she currently lectures in botanical illustration. 
For her PhD topic she researched the extensive botanical collections and diaries of Ludwig Leichhardt’s observations of northern Australia from 1842-48. Tanya regularly exhibits in Floressence in Brisbane, Botanica in Sydney, and 
her work has been selected in the Margaret Flockton Award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. In 2018 she exhibited in a group exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, London. Her work was selected for the worldwide botanical art exhibition, Flora of Australia, in 2018.


       Duration: 5 hours 10.30am - 3.30pm, including a short break for lunch. 

       Age group: adults and high school students (15 years plus)

       Maximum participants: 12 people 

       Cost: $100  - All workshop materials supplied


Artistic Endeavour is an initiative of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program; the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments; and the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Proudly supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council and sponsored by IAS Fine Art Logistics and Winsor & Newton.




Tamworth Regional Gallery

466 Peel Street Tamworth

06 February 2022

10:30 AM - 03:30 PM