Classes are held at the Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Black Mountain, Canberra.

Bookings are required for all workshops.
A $25 deposit for each workshop is required to book a place. Payment for balance of tuition fees should be received prior to class date.

Following are the workshops on offer for 2013:

Botanical art for beginners

Christine Cansfield-Smith
March 2 and 3 ($180)

During this workshop for beginners students will be guided step by step through the fascinating world of botanical art. They will learn how to observe, sketch, mix colours and render a fine painting. Christine is the owner and Director of Everything Botanical Pty Ltd. In this introductory workshop students will be shown the basics needed to enjoy botanical painting. You will start with learning about light and shading, watercolour mixing and colour swatches and then move into composing and drawing a live plant specimen. Students will leave the class very satisfied that they have the tools and techniques to continue with botanical art. A highly recommended workshop with a passionate and inspiring tutor!


John Pastoriza-Pinol
May 11 and 12 ($230)

John is a superb artist and teacher. His BIBA and CIBA workshops fill quickly. Many of his paintings are found in collections around the world. He is a recipient of many art awards and recognised as one of Australia’s finests botanical artists. John’s work has featured in the Highgrove Florilegium under the aegis of His Royal Highness Prince Charles. In this workshop he will take you step-by-step through the the techniques he uses to create a beautiful painting of a pomegranate. A class not to be missed!

Dry brush techniques

Dianne Emery
June 29 nd 30 ($230)

Dianne studied art at the National Gallery School in Melbourne (now the Victorian College of the Arts)and followed this with a Diploma in Education. She has worked as an artist and teacher for many years. Dianne now teaches at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, running courses and workshops in Botanical Illustration and art. She is a regular tutor in Canberra and Beechworth for CIBA and BIBA students. In this workshop Dianne will take students through the steps of using dry brush to create fine and beautiful detail. Dianne is a wonderful artist who has exhibited widely. Her work is held in the State Collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens as well as in private and corporate collections both in Australia and overseas.

Mastering graphite

Sharon Field
July 20 and 21 ($230)

Sharon has stated that ‘When I attempt to interact with a single flower or leaf or piece of bark, I find myself on a voyage of discovery. I love the potential drama that hides in something that many people describe as “pretty” or “dead” or that they even overlook completely. I really love it when one my drawings or paintings has the power to make a viewer stop and look … again … and again. Sharon has been painting for over 10 years. Her work is exquisitely and finely detailed. In this workshop Sharon will teach students how to create detailed drawings with

Design and composition for botanical art

Rita Parkinson
August 10 and 11 ($230)

Rita is a contemporary botanical illustrator based in Melbourne. She graduated in Fine Arts from Central St Martins School of Art, London and in Art History from the Courthauld Institute, London University. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. Her chosen media is gouache, tempera, watercolour and coloured pencil. This class is one not to be missed by botanical artists who want to make the most of their paintings with a course in design and composition. Rita will look at one or two aspects in depth - negative space, focal points and the Fibonacci sequence in plant life.

Grevilleas and Hakeas

Tanya Hoolihan
August 24 and 25 ($230)

Tanya is currently undertaking a Degree in Natural History Illustration at Newcastle University. She has exhibited widely and won numerous prizes for her paintings and illustrations. Her goal with this workshop is to guide students in the successful creation of two difficult plant specimens - Grevilleas and Hakeas. Tanya is a superb teacher and her popular workshops are always well-prepared and packed with lots of useful tools and techniques.


Leonie Norton
September 21 and 22 ($230)

Leonie Norton is a botanical artist and international tutor. She is one of Australia’s most prominent and highly qualified botanical educators and leading artist in her field. Her paintings can be found in private and public collections in Australia and overseas. Leonie holds regular courses in Sydney and conducts specialised workshops in Australia and New Zealand. She instructs at Summer Schools in regional NSW, WA, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK as well as being a regular tutor for CIBA and

Pears larger than life

Stephanie Goss
October 26 and 27 ($230)

In this workshop Steph will teach ‘enlarged’ paintings using pears as the specimen. This will include lots of ‘wet on wet’ technique using 640 gsm paper. Steph moved to the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, from Adelaide, where she studied art and design as well as photography while completing a teaching course. She has sold her work in many exhibitions around Australia and in Europe. She is producing two series of fruit cards, some of which have been chosen by Maggie Beer to sell as specialty items in her store in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Steph is a very experienced and regular teacher of BIBA and CIBA workshops. To do this workshop it is recommended that students do have some watercolour experience. A combination of freedom and creativity!

New techniques with drafting film

Dolores Malloni
November 23 and 24 ($230)

Dolores Skowronski-Malloni is an Argentinean Australian who has been practising as a botanic artist since 1993. Her work develops in a themed format, always searching for a new subject to challenge her audience. Three of Dolores original works are held in the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Dolores has been recently commissioned to complete a series of pictures of Argentinean trees for the Argentinean Embassy in Canberra. This exciting workshop follows on from Dolores’ recent success with a series of Bonsai created by her using layers of pen and ink and watercolour on drafting film. Dolores will demonstrate this unique and new method so that students may apply it to their own botanical paintings. The workshop will possibly use a local collection of Bonsai plants as specimens for the paintings.

Callistemon and Rainbow Lorikeet

Janet Matthews
December 7 and 8 ($23)

Janet’s individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite has been described as “weaving magic with pencil”. Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings of animals and birds full of personality and humour, have won many awards. Janet exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas.
Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings are always of a high standard and reflect her own personality, humour, life experiences and love of our wildlife. Janet’s love of drawing and her rapport with ‘critters’ is evident in her portrayal of animals and birds, either in their natural environment or co-habitating in suburbia. Drawing them in family groups, in pairs of ‘friends’ or in action or play, she captures their personality or “conversation” beautifully. She has a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts and a Diploma of Visual Arts from Monash University.

Further information and bookings:
To reserve your place for any of the workshops download and complete the 2013 CIBA Workshop Booking form, or contact the workshop co-ordinator Nilavan Adams, on 0422 357 441 or email CIBA at

2013 CIBA Workshop Brochure

2013 CIBA Workshop Booking form

Cancellations policy
1. If a prospective participant who has booked and paid for a workshop wishes to cancel, we require notification at least three weeks prior to the workshop. If such notice is given, we can then make a full refund.

  1. If a prospective participant cancels from a workshop and provides short notice (less than a week) we reserve the right to only provide a refund, minus the deposit, on a case-by-case basis, i.e. for ill health or in an emergency situation.

  2. If a workshop is cancelled by CIBA or BIBA, a full refund will be made to each student.

  3. If for any reason, an instructor is unable to conduct a planned CIBA or BIBA workshop, we will endeavour to provide a suitable alternative instructor. If no suitable instructor can be found, a full refund will be made to each student. However, in such circumstances, CIBA or BIBA will not compensate for transport, accommodation or other costs incurred by prospective participants.