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Join Australian Scientist Who Drew Every Ray in the World for First Ever Art Workshop in Australia

Canberra’s very own botanic art studio, NatureArt Lab, is delighted to welcome one of Australia’s leading natural history experts, Dr Lindsay Marshall, who will be delivering a ‘Painting Rays with Acrylics’ workshop at NatureArt Lab’s Griffith studio on 28 and 29 March.  

Students will get the opportunity to learn about stingray taxonomy and create beautiful natural history illustrations with acrylics.

Lindsay Marshall is a world expert in shark fin identification, but other than high school art class has never had any formal artistic training. Lindsay’s first artistic commission; Rays of the World is of particular significance as it is the first time in 100 years a single natural history artist has illustrated an entire faunal group. 

Lindsay said: “I’ll take students through the process I used to create the accurate natural history images for the Rays of the World book. We will be observing real specimens of stingrays from the local market and learning about stingray taxonomy. We will be observing, drawing and transferring onto final watercolour paper.” 

Julia Landford, Founder of NatureArt Lab said: “This is the first time that Lindsay is delivering an art workshop of this kind in Australia and we are delighted that she has chosen Canberra to share her expert natural history knowledge and artistic skills.  Places are selling out fast so I’d advise any interested parties to book a place now.“


Dates: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 20200

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

Price: $330

Bookings: Click here

Throughout March, there will be other courses on offer, giving students a chance to examine and interpret insects, birds and other creatures through various art mediums. Each course will take students through a step-by-step process to develop valuable drawing techniques used to create beautiful works of art.

The NatureArt Lab Summer Program continues throughout March - for more information or to book a course, visit https://natureartlab.com.au/ 

For more information please contact Amy Cox at Nerio Communications on T: 02 5100 6123 or amycox@neriogroup.com


Notes to Editors:

Rays of the World features a unique collection of paintings of all living batoid species by Australian natural history artist Lindsay Marshall, compiled as part of a multinational research initiative, the Chondrichthyan Tree of Life Project. 

As the sole illustrator for the project, Lindsay spent six years illustrating one of the larger extant vertebral classes of species, the Chondrichtheys, in its entirety (sum 1200 species). This can be compared to painting every single living species of bony fish, or mammal, or reptile, or bird, or amphibian. 

Although Lindsay has a PhD in shark fin identification and illegal fisheries, she has no formal artistic training. She approaches her work with the perspective of scientific evaluation, with a great appreciation of form and colour and of the diversity of the natural world. This precision and attention to detail is exactly what is required of a scientific illustrator.