It is amazing how much more you notice when you draw your environment using a sketchbook! Explore Melbourne’s internationally renowned Botanical Gardens while learning the basic skills needed to make descriptive drawings of the landscape. Practice constructing a line drawing, creating tonal areas, and the basics of perspective and make your drawings interesting by showing both close-up details such as foliage and flowers, as well as their surrounding environment. Throughout the session there will be several demonstrations to illustrate composition, perspective and how to draw trees etc. The class is open to nature lovers at all levels of artistic ability. 

National Code AL67
Study Level Short Course
Campuses City Campus
Fee $110
Concession Fee $105


Start End Fee Description  
16/Mar/2019 16/Mar/2019 $110, $105 Concession HXAL6701C 1 x Sat 10am-1pm 16 Mar to 16 Mar 2019

Eleni Rivers is a professional artist who has been teaching painting and drawing for over 25 years. She recently completed her MFA at JFK University in Berkeley, California in addition to holding several art degrees from colleges in Australia. Her paintings, drawings and illustrations have been exhibited and published in many countries and are held in collections both here and the US. Now based in Melbourne, Eleni continues her journey in paint on themes of nature, family and belonging within the Australian landscape. You can see examples of Eleni's work at

There is no prerequisite for enrolling in this course.

Please bring the following sketching materials:

  • A4 size drawing or sketching block with firm backing for support and bulldog clip to keep paper secured
  • 2B and 4B pencils, sharpener or knife, small pieces of sand paper (medium and fine grade)
  • kneadable or normal eraser.

For your own comfort and sketching activities bring the following:

  • sun hat, water bottle & snack
  • something light to sit on e.g. small picnic rug and or small stool and umbrella.
  • Do dress for comfort taking the weather forecast into consideration.
  • Note: In case of rain, the session will move undercover inside the cafe. 

Meeting place information will be provided upon enrolment.

CAE offers a wide range of Art courses. For details about upcoming courses, please refer to the CAE website or phone CAE on 9652 0611.

Gain skills that are sure to assist you in your ongoing sketching activities.

Last updated: March 7, 2019 03:20pm