Be the Artist: Botanical Illustration with Mali Moir

Past program

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Meet: Information Desk
Ground Level

Inspired by the plant species represented in the exhibition Colony: Australia 1770–1861, local artist Mali Moir uses native Australian Eucalyptus species as a basis to teach guests how to create small tonal studies of different gumnuts.

Guests are also welcome to bring their own plant material that inspires them.


Mali Moir began her career as a botanical artist in 1993 at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Combining botanical and horticultural knowledge with artistic skills, Mali has contributed pen and ink drawings for Flora of Victoria, Flora of Australia, Mulleria and other scientific publications. By working closely with botanists, Mali has gained an understanding of the importance of scientific accuracy, the fundamentals of precise measurement and thorough depiction of detail. She teaches botanical illustration in association with the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, at private art groups and conducts workshops in Victoria, interstate and overseas.


1. Learn how to create a measured drawing
2. Scaling and transferring a drawing
3. Toning and rendering a drawing using various shades of media

Workshop Outline

Introduction by the artist (15 minutes)
Activity 1 – Starting your drawing (45 minutes)
Activity 2 – Transferring your drawing (30 minutes)
Activity 3 – Rendering your drawing (60 minutes)

Sun 29 Apr, 11am–1.30pm (Past)

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Sun 29 Apr, 2.30–5pm (Past)

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Workshops Australia Colonialism Colony NGV Australia, Federation Square