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Botanical art is a beautiful classic art practice for those who love nature, gardening, botany, science and art! Tabatha focuses on the elegant tradition of botanical art, and she takes her students through a little of that history - particularly in its New Zealand context.

Working with selected plant specimens the focus is on simple plant forms; this is an introduction course and Tabatha will guide you through basic drawing and paint techniques over the two days.

No experience is necessary. Suitable for ages 18+


About Dr Tabatha Forbes

Dr Tabatha Forbes has a Doctorate in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she has devoted her arts career to working as a practicing artist, arts administrator, writer, and tutor for over thirty years.

After growing up in Auckland, Tabatha completed her Doctorate studies in Rarotonga where she lived with her family for 6 years. She returned to NZ in 2016 moving to her husband’s hometown of New Plymouth. She lives with her family live in Oaonui, South Taranaki, and has a gallery and studio ‘Forbes & Flay’ in main street Opunake.

With her doctoral thesis focused on what connects and disconnects us from nature, Tabatha has passion for connecting people with nature specifically through the timeless practices of botanical art and nature journaling. She runs courses all over NZ but these will be her first workshops in Queenstown!


  • Wednesday 18 January | 10am - 3pm
  • Thursday 19 January | 10am - 3pm


  • $165


  • Wed 18 Jan — Thu 19 Jan


  • 10:00 am — 3:00 pm


  • Dart House
  • 11/12 Hawthorne Drive
  • Frankton, Queenstown 9300