Botanical Watercolour Workshop with Heidi Willis

Botanical Watercolour Workshop with Heidi Willis

  • Location: Artistikca & Manly Sculpture School, studio 1, 19 North Fort Road Manly NSW 2095
  • Dates: 14-15-16 October 2022
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm daily ( with 1 hr lunch break)
  • Workshop Size: Min 5 with a max of 10
  • Lunch and snack: Please bring your lunch, however, snacks coffee and tea will be provided.
  • Materials: Bring your own materials (please check the list provided ).
  • Reference: Botanical reference supplied
  • Skill level: Beginners to advance
  • Attire: Wear something you can get dirty
  • Accommodation: Not included. We recommend Airbnb or local hotels that can cater to your needs. check the location and your own transport arrangements


Heidi Willis at  ARTISTIKCA studio space!

This October we are bringing an exciting guest to artistikca space! What other better inspirational place for a very well suited Botanical workshop !!! That our amazing location at the North Head National Park, Artist Precinct, Manly. Heidi will take all participants through her journey, sharing her magical tips about materials, approaches and techniques specific to creating realistic Natural History studies in watercolour. This workshop is perfect for those who appreciate the detail and have the patience needed to build detail using watercolour.

The workshop is designed to give students a greater understanding and appreciation for botanical art practices, and you all will be in for a treat! 3 full Days of amazing inspirational new skills, insights and guidance by one of the most well known Australian watercolour artists. And now that you are here, take the opportunity to enjoy a stroll around the surroundings and get inspired by the natural bushland of the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

We recommend arranging your own accommodation and transport facilities for the weekend.  And make sure to take advantage of the magnificent and breathtaking water views, cliffs, hikes and lookouts in the area. or book yourself into one of the iconic local restaurants.


  • Pencils, 2H, HB and 2B
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 mm HB
  • Firm white eraser
  • Scotch tape
  • Palette (a KLIK Palette)
  • Masking Fluid (colourless W&N please)
  • Ruling pen, just if you have one
  • Sketch pad if you have one, A4 is fine
  • Heidi will supply brushes and paper/board which you will need to reimburse her for at the venue, please bring cash with you for this. Paper/Boards approx. $10/sheet (probably 1 or 2 is needed for this event) approx. $26 for 4xbrush set, $1 worksheet (x1 or 2)

Paints – Watercolour paints artist quality Winsor and Newton. If you do not want to purchase your own watercolours, although this is highly recommended for later use, you can pay Heidi to use the ‘class set’ of watercolours to share and bring your own palette. Cost for this will be $30pp (pay directly on the day )


  • Winsor Violet
  • Neutral Tint
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Magenta
  • Winsor Red
  • Indigo
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Olive Green
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue (Red Shade)
  • Green Gold
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow

REFERENCES – Heidi will supply references for the event

(Full term courses require a minimum of 5 students, In the unlikely event that we don’t reach the minimum, we will cancel the class and fully refund you and inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days before the class.) 


Sculpture examples


Guided by

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Heidi Willis

Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist, specialising in botanical illustration and bird painting. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a leading natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established and her meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world.

Heidi’s work has featured in prominent national and international exhibitions over her career. Highlights include The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize  seven times to date, winning a Highly Commended award in the Works on Paper section in 2014 and 2016, resulting in her work going on the national tour with the prize winning entries. The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is one of Australia’s most competitive, prestigious and richest art competitions and is held by the South Australian Natural History Museum. Several of her works have been showcased as a finalist at the Focus On Nature exhibitions, a leading international Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum. Her work has also featured and won awards in both Botanica and The Margaret Flockton Award, hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Recently, ‘The Great Romance’, a large Flamingos painting and one of the first pieces created in the new medium of acrylics for her, has just been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Birds In Art event. Hosted by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wisconsin, USA, this highly competitive ‘Birds In Art’ exhibition is widely considered to be the most prestigious event for bird artists in the world.

Botanical Watercolour Workshop with Heidi Willis