Close Focus Flowers Painting Workshop

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03 - 06 Jun 2021


10:00 am - 4:30 pm


3½ Days


Shop 1.14 Level 1 Oasis Shopping Centre, 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218



Hourly Schedule

Thursday Evening

1pm - 4pm
Afternoon Class
Select your reference image and get your canvas drawn up.


9am - 5pm
Day 1
Select your medium from acrylics, traditional oils or water mixable oils and learn how to analyse and plan your painting.


9am - 5pm
Day 2
Continue working on your painting, practising your colour mixing and blending techniques.


9am - 5pm
Day 3
Finish off and perfect your painting! Drinks on conclusion with review of your work and tips for finishing off if not completed.

This fun 3 1/2 day workshop with Tracy Saywell will show you how to paint flowers in close up detail using either acrylic paint or water soluble oils. Learn how to capture the breathtaking qualities of flowers from a close focus point of view in both acrylic and water-soluble oils.

Unable to attend a workshop? Find out about the Online Course here (coming soon).

Tracy will share with you, easy step by step techniques and tricks used by the masters for blending colour and manipulating light to create glowing realistic paintings.

Enjoy the company of other artists and find new friends who share your interests in a truly fun filled weekend.

All materials are provided for you, including a large deep edge canvas to create your masterpiece on! So you can come along and immerse yourself in the joy of painting with no worries or hassles of trying to put together your equipment.

The range of colours and the beauty of flowers in unmatched in the natural world and you can learn how to create luminous beautiful paintings capturing this beauty with Tracy's simple proven system that is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists.

Painting of Blue Iris in Oil on Board by Tracy Saywell
Unlock your Creativity! It doesn't matter where you are on your creative journey - whether you are a seasoned artist or a complete beginner, this workshop will help you to create stunning paintings you will be proud to hang in your own home or even sell!
rose painting in acrylic by tracy saywell


  • How to choose the best materials and handle them properly
  • Learn how to use acrylic and water soluble oils
  • Learn how to glaze
  • Learn how to shade correctly
  • Learn how to mix luminous colours
  • Learn tips on photography and composition
  • Understand flower forms and shapes
  • Learn how to add foliage and strong backgrounds
  • You will learn how to assess value – colour is very important but value does all the work. It’s the true difference between a painting that sings and one that’s flat.

View OUR Students Work:

Debby MorrisChristina LinDeanne SkehanAnnette Drummond-HillsMichelle BrennanPamela Thiel-PaulAda BosistoTania SalisburyWendy PetersSheryl BullardAngela DillJoan Strophair


  • Drinks on arrival and completion
  • Large deep edged canvas provided for your painting – choice between square (30″ x 30″/76.2cm x 76.2cm) or rectangular (24″ x 36″/60.9cm x 91.4cm) portrait or landscape.
  • Use of all art materials provided – brushes, paints, mediums, easels etc.
  • Instructional notes provided
  • Lots of photo references to choose from (over 80!)
  • Get 1 month FREE Art Club Membership (Giving you 20% off art supply purchases + more)
Please note: as we have moved to a new studio location inside the Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach, we will no longer be serving lunch included in the course and the price has been reduced accordingly.


3½ Day Workshop, Thursday runs from 6pm – 9pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday run from 9am – 5pm.

The class begins on Thursday evening with a glass of champagne and some nibbles. You will then choose your reference image and start on your composition.  Over the weekend you will paint your masterpiece and share in a catered lunch with the class. On Sunday afternoon we will finish up with champagne drinks while we admire the work of the class.

Painting Workshops

What our Students have to say:


Debby Morris

I have always wanted to paint large flowers but didn’t know how to approach it. So I decided to get help from the professionals at Articci. I had a fantastic experience. The art room was very inviting and had a very happy ambience, a place that inspired me to paint. Love the floral decor and the beautiful floral paintings around the room. The whole weekend was one of the best learning opportunities for art I have had. All the participants were friendly and Tracy, Sonya and Angela were very supportive, and I think that everyone felt comfortable and inspired to paint. Tracy’s way of teaching was casual but also very informative, she was always there when direction was needed. It was easy to learn from Tracy. The catering for the whole weekend was gourmet and such a variety to choose from. Beautiful!! I had never used water soluble oil paints before and I just love the way they perform! Just as good as oils, without the smell and messy clean up. I also learnt that these water soluble oil paints are just oil paints with modified linseed oil that enables water clean up and less odour. I achieved the confidence to paint large flowers successfully and also the desire to chase my dream of selling my artwork.


Wendy Peters , Woo Art

I had already attended a watercolour day with Tracy and loved it, and the way she teaches breaking everything down into easily understood sections. I wanted to work on larger canvas in either acrylic or oils and love botanicals, as a new artist I want to get to a level where I feel confident to sell my paintings. I enjoyed every minute of it, Tracy makes everyone feel so welcome and included, her enthusiasm for art is infectious, she gives everyone confidence that they can achieve what they came for and more. Her knowledge of all media is fantastic and her tips of how to make it easier to achieve great results are invaluable. Thorough detailed notes are given to refer to at home., she is so generous with her information. I was struggling with blending oils to a consistency where I could achieve the results I was looking for, this was explained and demonstrated and made easy. I came home with the confidence to create large botanical canvases, how to see values, assess colour, blend, finishes, getting image onto canvas and so much more.... I will definitely attend more of Tracy's workshops, I can't recommend her highly enough. Close Flower 3 1/2 day Botanical workshop.


Deanne Skehan , Jagnoir concepts

I needed to challenge myself by attempting something out of much comfort zone Great atmosphere, and even when the pressure was on Tracy made me feel relaxed and able to achieve what I set out to do. I saw Tracy transform the class from a majority of first time painters, to a class of artists, producing magnificent pieces of art. It was brilliant to see what she could do in three days, with the class. The impossible was possible and I painted the large Dahlia in oils. A medium I have never used and believed I could not work with. Tracy convinced and encouraged me and I am now on my third huge oil painting and loving every moment I get to paint.


Sheryl Bullard

I saw Tracy’s beautiful floral paintings at the Main Beach floral festival last year, and couldn’t resist trying to replicate something similar enough to be happy with my result. With Tracy’s gentle and knowledgeable guidance, I was delighted to see a quite amazing resemblance of the roses I was painting coming to life on my canvas. With taking a little step after each little step, anyone can achieve something beautiful.


Tania Salisbury

I enjoy exploring my creative side and thought this sounded like a lovely weekend to learn a new medium. I had completed a course with Articci previously - a Textiles Design course so I knew I liked the course structure and being taught by Tracy and the team. I didn't question going back to Tracy and Articci when wanting to learn other methods or mediums. It was such a great experience - I loved learning a new medium but what I enjoyed outside of that was the beautiful setting and doing this over a weekend with a lovely group of like minded people. The class was made up of a mix of levels of talent so you could feel comfortable being a learner like myself (never having painted in acrylics and oils) amongst those that had before. I learned the method of painting close up flowers in acrylic and oils for a learner like myself as well as the method of paint blending with some neat tricks and tips.


Annette Drummond-Hills

I wanted to learn how to use water-soluble oils and how to paint realistic flowers on a large canvas. I loved the atmosphere of the studio, being with like-minded fellow students and learning from Tracy and being looked after by Sonya. I learnt how to look at a photo and break it down petal by petal, how to look for the shadows and lights to provide depth and movement to the flowers and how-to tips and techniques for using water-soluble oils. Tracy is a very motivational and enthusiastic teacher that enjoys sharing her years of knowledge and love of painting. Tracy wants every student to go beyond their own expectations and abilities to produce a high-quality painting that they can be proud of. I am astounded at what I learnt and achieved over the 3 1/2 day workshop. I adore my painting!



I've always wanted to do art classes but never made the time or committed to a workshop. I wanted to create my own artwork for my home. We were fortunate to have a small class this time around so Tracy was able to spend more time with each of us. Although I've seen her in action with a full class and she still maintains a high standard of teaching to the individual. My experience was, I have to admit, very overwhelming at the start, and I did question myself many times, what am I doing? But Tracy just repeated the simple steps, and techniques to us, and it all came together. I am very proud of my first artwork, and it started as a blank canvas, then was just one petal at a time, then before you knew it, it all came together. I'm feeling more confident and excited to do another. I recommend Tracy's workshop, you will be amazed at what you can create with a little guidance. Sonya was also so helpful and knowledgeable with the art supplies. I learnt the importance of values in your artwork, stepping back and looking over your work and mixing colours. I still have a long way with colour mixing, but I learnt Titanium White is my new best friend and can fix anything, you can't go wrong!


Tanya Williams

I have always enjoyed being creative and trying new things, so I jumped at the chance to try the Close Focus Flowers oil painting workshop to gain a new creative skill. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the step by step process of how to paint beautiful flowers with oils. I was astonished on how simple it actually is. I found Tracy to be very supportive and encouraging throughout the workshop and I am looking forward to further workshops with her in future to further my skills. I learnt I have the ability to create a stunning piece of art for myself, friends, or even for selling!


Shop 43 Level 1, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach QLD 4218


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