Painting Banksia Cones

Discover the detailed botanical art processes of drawing and painting a banksia cone, using your observational skills. Areas covered will be shadows and highlights, tonal variations, and mixing and matching colours. Learn how to create perspective and form. Class demonstrations and individual tuition. Banksia cones will be provided.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Materials and Techniques. Comprehensive class demonstrations of initial drawing and colour study
  • Discussions for using various size brushes
  • Using colour chart to mix and match colours
  • Techniques for applying watercolour washes demonstrated
  • Learn to identify subtle colours the subject
  • Learn to transfer drawing onto watercolour paper
  • Drawing and a colour study of your subject will be done before final painting
  • Class and Individual Demonstrations.
  • Class Appraisal: Completed work to be appraised by tutor.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of the initial drawing.
  2. Understand the techniques and importance of doing a colour study.
  3. Gain the ability to transfer drawing on to watercolour paper.
  4. Identify subject colours.
  5. Paint shadows and highlights.
  6. Have the confidence to apply multiple watercolour washes to achieve intensity.
  7. Identify various subtle colours in the subject.


  • HB, 2B, 4B Pencil or clutch pencil 0.5mm HB, 2B
  • Pencil sharpener
  • White plastic eraser
  • Grey kneadable eraser
  • Paper stump
  • Several pieces of smooth drawing paper A4 size
  • Magic Cellotape or masking tape
  • Baking paper
  • Magnifying glass, hand held (magnificiation x3)

Watercolours Winsor & Newton brand Artists’ Quality watercolour paints recommended. 5ml tubes

  • Cadmium Lemon (alt: Winsor Lemon)
  • Cadmium Yellow (alt: Winsor Yellow)
  • Cadmium Red (alt: Winsor Red)
  • Permanent Rose
  • French Ultramarine (alt: Ultramarine or Winsor Blue [Red Shade])
  • Cerulean Blue (alt: Winsor Blue [Green Shade])
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Sepia


  • Round Sable: Sizes 0, 3, 5. Check the point of brush. Brushes should be Kolinsky Sable.
  • Nylon or synthetic: Size 0,3. Nylon brushes usually have red handles.

Watercolour Paper

  • Arches 300 gsm hot pressed (smooth) 2 x A4 sheet or 1 x A3 sheet or 56 x 76 cm sheet (can be cut into various sizes).
  • Cut before bringing to workshop OR if you prefer to work with a pad, it is less expensive to purchase an A3 pad and cut it to required size.
  • Smaller piece of watercolour paper for recording colours, Cut from A4 sheet.

Other Items Required

  • 2 x Water Containers (jars) or large plastic containers.
  • Palette (for mixing colours) can be ceramic or matt plastic. Ceramic plates work very well also.
  • Clean cotton rag, paper towels or tissues.

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

$211 Limited / $190

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27 Nov

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