Discover extraordinary urban nature!

Wild Nights is a series of interactive nature and wildlife events at RMIT PlaceLab Melbourne as part of the Cardigan Commons Research Project.

Botanical Drawing Workshop

Thursday 10, 6:30-8 pm @PlaceLab Melbourne

Learn to draw beautiful native Australian plants in this beginner class!

Join us for a botanical drawing class focused on captivating native Melbourne species. This introductory workshop by Jessie Rose Ford delves into the remarkable features and beauty of urban plants that can be found right here in our city.

The session begins with a short expert talk on the biodiversity thriving within the city – shedding light on the diverse plant life that exists in urban environments, as well as emphasising the often overlooked beauty and importance of these green spaces. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how urban flora contributes to the overall health and sustainability of cities.

Following this will be a botanical drawing class suitable for all levels of art and nature enthusiasts, from beginners to nature lovers. All art materials will be provided, so come along!

Jessie Rose Ford is a botanical artist and contemporary plein air painter based in Thornbury, VIC.

Her botanical pieces celebrate the intrinsic beauty and detail found in nature as well as the connection formed between artist and plant. Her paintings most commonly display a plant stripped of context and captured in its full vitality. Through careful observation of each unique plant and the recording of each incredible detail, Jessie’s art brings the natural environment closer to us, where it is visible for us to pause and appreciate.


Limited spots available. Registration is essential.

Register for the event here.

Should you register and then not be able to attend please let us know so we can manage numbers.