Masterclass with John Pastoriza-Piñol to be held during the Flora of Australia Exhibition in Canberra, May 19 – May 20 2018

The structure of the class involves a painting project and John will assists each student with composition, watercolour painting techniques, colour theory which will be offered in class and assigned for homework.
During the class, John will assist you with painting the chosen class subject. He will show how masking fluid can be used to achieve very fine detail and will instruct students how to use the NEEF ¼ Comb, an invaluable tool for contemporary Botanical Art.

When: May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018 all-day
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre,30 Elouera St Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: $250 BASA members $270 non members
Contact: Sandra Ianson

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Watercolour Painting at Linden Art Gallery, Thursdays 10, 17, 24 & 31 May 2018 3pm to 5pm

Learn from one of Melbourne’s foremost botanical artists John Pastoriza-Piñol in this exciting new workshop series. Open to all skills levels, John takes you step-by-step through the process of botanical watercolour painting. Offered on four Thursday afternoons in May 2018, John will be sharing his specialised knowledge of composition and drawing techniques, painting application and colour theory. Classes like this are always more fun with friends and discount prices are available.
John is a contemporary botanical artist based in Melbourne. Rich luminous hues and gorgeously exotic and rare botanical specimens epitomise John’s work, however his are much more than mere flower paintings: closer inspection reveals a certain ambiguity of form and intent directing us towards a complex narrative. A master of his medium, his perfectly executed watercolours remain true to the accuracy that is vital to botanical illustration, yet they have a fluidity and sensuality that stirs the viewer to experience more than a mere marvelling of technique.
A selection of materials will be provided and participants will need to purchase an equipment kit provided by Eckersley’s Art & Craft and put together by John.
Venue: Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre 195 Bank St South Melbourne 3205
Cost:$220 + $125 equipment kit per person.
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Midwinter Workshop: Dormancy or Nature at Rest Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July 2018

During this two-day workshop, students will observe and document the unique and fascinating structures of winter skeletons: buds, stems, seedpods, bulbs and seeds. With John’s guidance, everyone will work towards producing a composition incorporating several elements that is both pleasing and informative.

Suitable for those with some experience of botanical illustration. A materials list will be provided by the Friends’ office after booking.

When: Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July
10am to 4pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne
Cost: Friends $220 Non-members $285
Bookings Essential – Online
Bookings/Enquiries: (03) 9650 6398

Botanical Art Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii) at The National Tropical Botanical Garden December 10 – 13 2018

Workshop Description: Don’t be afraid of Watercolor!
Join renowned Australian botanical artist John Pastoriza Pinol for in-depth watercolor instruction and technique. For intermediate students with some background in botanical art. Through informative demonstrations and personal guidance, discover the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists to achieve very fine details. In this four day class the instructor will assist you with composition, painting techniques and color theory as you accurately render a specimen from the NTBG garden. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail.
Workshop Fee: $500 USD
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Botanical Art Classes with John Pastoriza-Pinol, Mt Macedon Horticultural Hall, Mt Macedon

Term 2 2018 dates 9.30am – 4pm Tuesdays

April 10, 24    May 8, 22,    June 5

Cost: $320 members of the Mt Macedon Horticultural Society
$355 (non- members) includes annual membership
For bookings contact: or 0408 33 44 78

Term 2 2018 Classes at the Geelong Botanic Gardens

Saturdays (Advanced to Semi- Professional) Class A & C combined: (Full) With John Pastoriza-Pinol 4 full days, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm @ $330 members or $360 non-members.

April  7, 14    May 5, 12     June 2

Sundays (Advanced Beginners) Class B & D combined: (Places limited) With John Pastoriza-Pinol 4 full days, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm @ $270 members or $300 non-members.

April 8, 15    May 6 , 13    June 3

Grampians Brushes 2018 Botanical Art Workshops 8 – 13 September 2018

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 September 18
Introduction to Botanical Art
Learn the basics of botanical art including: drawing to composition, painting techniques and introduction to colour theory. Students who enroll in this introduction workshop may have completed some level of art but may wish to learn more about botanical art. There are no prerequisites to enrol in this class just an eagerness to learn and a sense of adventure. Introduction

Monday 10 – Thursday 13 September 18
Botanical Art Workshop
Discover the intricacies of achieving fine detail in botanical painting with watercolour masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists to achieve very fine details. In this four day class focusing on spring blooms, learn about composition, painting techniques and colour theory as you accurately render flowers. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Beginner/intermediate

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“Thanks for conducting the recent botanical art course at the Geelong Botanical Gardens. The time flew by. Not only are you an highly skilled artist, but your training and presentation skills are really world class (and I have seen trainers in many different arenas across the world). You bring the right energy to the sessions and your passion for botanical art is palpable and infectious and your ability to break the process down into small manageable steps that when re-assembled gave a final product gave beginners like me the confidence to do more.”
Duncan Kennedy, Geelong.

“I really loved being in your class, learned a great deal, and now have an even greater appreciation for your work and the art of using masking fluid!!Love your energy, sense of humour and playfulness- and the fact that you are a Walking Dead fan makes you, in my 21 yr old son’s vernacular, a “total bad-ass”.. But seriously, your patience, positive, encouraging approach, excellent demonstrations of technique, clear communication, flexibility, willingness to share your expertise, and ability to reach students on their own level all make you a truly excellent teacher in addition to being an incredible artist.” 
Laura Sawczuk. San Francisco.