Art, Science & Beauty of Nature in Kauai, Hawaii: 2-Day Plant Taxonomy & Botanical Watercolour Art Course | By botanist Bian Tan and botanical artist, Lucinda Law


Art, Science & Beauty of Nature: 2-Day Plant Taxonomy & Botanical Watercolour Art Course

By botanist Bian Tan and botanical artist, Lucinda Law

Specially crafted for nature lovers and botanical art enthusiasts, this 2 day plant taxonomy-meets-art course held on the weekend of 23 and 24 February 2019 includes garden tours of McBryde Gardens and Allerton Gardens, plant taxonomy workshops by botanist Bian Tan and botanical artist Lucinda Law. You’ll learn to identify and illustrate plants that we will encounter during our garden tours. This powerful combination of art and science approach will enrich your experience of the botanical world and empower you to observe and draw the beauty of nature through holistic and creative perspectives.

Date: 23 & 24 February 2019, Saturday & Sunday

Time: 830 am to 430pm on both days

Venue: McBryde Garden (23 Feb), Allerton Garden (24 Feb)

Price: USD $300, includes:

  • Two-day workshop of Plant Taxonomy and Art led by botanist Bian Tan and botanical artist Lucinda Law
  • Provision of all notes
  • Botanical materials are provided for all classes
  • A full course schedule and material list will be sent to participants.

Price of USD$300 excludes:
  • USD$160- Admission tickets and garden tours for McBryde Garden & Allerton Garden on both days respectively.

Do note that because we're hosting in event booking on a Singapore's event website, you'll be asked to pay in Singapore dollars SDG$400 during checkout. The course fee of USD$300 when converted to Singapore dollars is SGD$400.

To Bring / Wear:

You are encouraged to bring your own art materials if you have them. Otherwise, art materials and watercolours will be loan for your use)
Hat, sunscreen, poncho/umbrella, insect repellent, camera, comfortable walking shoes (this is a rain or shine event).


Details of the Workshops

When we first take a close look at plants, it is often a daunting task to make sense of the green tangle that confronts our observing eye. Let Bian assist you in getting a handle on what you are seeing and drawing, by breaking down plants into their basic component parts. Through live plant samples that you dissect and examine in the classroom, Bian will guide you to:

  • Know the basic morphological terms associated with stems, leaves, buds, flower shapes, and flower parts.
  • Become confident in identifying leaf arrangement: opposite, alternate, whorled, or spiral; and simple vs. compound leaves.
  • Survey the amazing diversity of leaf, stem, and flower forms in tropical plants.
  • Know what you are drawing, and become aware of its function.

Cultivate and deepen your joyful curiosity for the natural world from an arts perspective. Through a series of demonstrations and one-on-one guidance by Lucinda, you will learn basic observation, photography, illustration, and watercolour skills to improve on your technical presentation in your art practice and enhance your experience in nature.

  • How to document and choose subjects, for example, through photography.
  • Essential guide to basic watercolour painting: Materials, essential troubleshooting skills and all you need to know to enjoy your art practice.
  • Shapes, proportions, measurements and composition.
  • Watercolour applications and techniques. Tonal values, graded wash, wet-in-wet, drybrush, water evaporation timing, and steps of operations.
  • How to mix and achieve attractive, translucent and vibrant blend of watercolours using a range of primary colours. Introduction to new secondary colours and how to unlock their creative potentials.

Your Instructors

As South East Asia Programme Coordinator for Botanic Gardens Conservation International (, Bian Tan assisted Southeast Asian botanical institutions with rare plant conservation, environmental education, and staff capacity building. As Living Collections Manager at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, he curated the living collections and pioneered the development of the South East Asian Cloud Forest collection through collaborations and joint expeditions with institutions in Southeast Asia. Bian spent nearly 20 years in the USA, and is currently based in Singapore, where he leads nature and heritage tours and teaches classes on botany, plant identification, and other nature-related topics.

Lucinda Law is a botanical artist, educator, editor and founding director of Within, a nature-led creative studio and consultancy. As a self-taught watercolorist with a MA in Fine Arts, she was later trained in intermediate botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, London. She has worked on over 40 commissions with clients such as Leica, Chanel and Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has more than eight years of teaching experience in tertiary arts and design education in Singapore. Her botanical art workshops integrate a balance of holistic and technical arts approaches to enhance participant’s attunement with nature within their personal creative practice. Her artworks focus on her developing interest in environmental biodiversity conservation through collaborations with botanical gardens and environmental institutions. | Instagram:

Contact Us

For more details, terms and conditions of workshops and the course schedule, do email us at

We look forward to a time well spent with you to cultivate your creative nature.
See you soon.
Feb 23 - Feb 24, 2019
[ Sat ] - [ Sun ]
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM HST
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2 Day Course (excludes USD$160 for McBryde and Allerton gardens entrance/tour) SOLD OUT $400.00
Venue Address
4425 Lawai Road, Koloa United States
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