Introduction to Watercolour and Gouache, Flora and Fauna Illustration with Olivia York

A Flora and Fauna Illustration course by artist and illustrator, Olivia York, focusing on the application of gouache and watercolour.


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Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Art students aged 15 – 17 may be able to attend, please contact to discuss suitability)


June 4 week short course

  • Dates: Thursdays; 1-Jun, 8-Jun, 15-Jun, 22-Jun, 2023
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Glenferrie Studio (Level 1, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn)
  • Course fee: $305 inc. GST


A Flora and Fauna Illustration course by artist and illustrator, Olivia York, focusing on the application of gouache and watercolour.

Learn the foundations of watercolour and gouache illustration with an emphasis on the natural world. Learn tips and tricks for sketching and painting animals and flowers, with a particular focus on Australian wildlife and plants. Small classes mean this course can be led by the individual interests and goals of its students and Olivia will offer personalised assistance informed by the participants individual goals. Olivia aims to build confidence and help students find their own illustration style. Students will experiment with techniques that are discussed and demonstrated during class and students will have the opportunity to apply them to the artwork they create.

We welcome all skills levels, from complete beginners, to experienced artists who need a space and dedicated time to create. We maintain small class sizes to ensure Olivia can offer one-on-one tuition for each student.


Olivia York is a Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and Australiana enthusiast. She creates witty and whimsical watercolour illustrations, inspired by our Australian flora and fauna. She has produced illustrations for a range of applications, including children’s books, food trucks, homewares, clothing and most recently a mural.

Her products have been featured in several tv shows, books and magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Frankie magazine and Koala (Thames & Hudson). Olivia has collaborated with such brands as House, Lalaland, Nutella and Auspost.


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