Botanical Watercolour - Lupins in NZ 2018 with Heidi Willis

A 5 day Botanical Watercolour class like no other. This trip combines it all - a luxury home nestled just outside Queenstown, one of Australia's best Botanical Watercolour artists, a field trip to collect and study the incredible fields of Lupins and a day trip to the turquoise waters of the Blue Pools. We can't wait to show you one of the most stunning regions in NZ and help you to take your art to the next level. In the comfort of our private art studio each day, Heidi will teach you her highly sought after watercolour technique, drawing on the Lupins of the region. We have taken care of all your needs for this trip so that you can indulge yourself in a long weekend away to revive the senses and put in some serious art time for yourself. Don't forget the roaring fire, outdoor spa bath and tennis courts as well as 11 acres of property to explore outside of our studio time! Come and see why Artable is the leader in Painting Holidays. Limited to 10 students.

Our NZ Lupins Botanical Watercolour Art Workshop is the perfect extended weekend away for any creative watercolour lover. Staying in the heart of the South Island just outside of Queenstown with one of the best botanical watercolour artists in Australia, this is sure to be a weekend not to be missed. No matter what level you feel you are painting at, Heidi can help you to build a strong foundation for your future arts practice. Please note that this is a studio based workshop with no plein-air.

After picking you up in Queenstown, we will travel straight to our accommodation. Once you settle into your accommodations, we will meet in our private art studio and settle in for the weekend. Nights can be spent in front of the roaring fire with a glass of local wine before we hit the nightlife and incredible restaurants of Queenstown.

We have included time in the field with Heidi as we hunt down the incredible Lupins, renowned in this area. There is also a day trip to the Blue Pools - if I hadn't seen this place with my own eyes, I would never have believed that water could be this colour or this clear. We will work with the weather to try and find the best day to pack a picnic and enjoy a break from the studio for this incredible day out.

Drawing on the season of Lupins in this part of NZ, Heidi will be taking you through her techniques specific to botanical watercolour with plenty of one on one time and professional mentoring. With only 10 spots available, you need to book as early as you can - this workshop will sell out well in advance of the dates.



21-25 November 2018


Accommodation is at a luxury 7 Bedroom home just outside Queenstown. You can pay a $600 supplement for your own room (limited number available), contact us for details.


All breakfasts & lunches are included as well as 1 dinner in our package price. The other dinners will be at different local restaurants and are pay as you go. Please note that alcohol is not included.


The climate at this time of year can be cool. Please bring warm clothes for outdoor excursions.


Pack painting clothes, sturdy walking shoes as well as something nicer to wear out to dinners. A good waterproof/windproof jacket is great for when the weather changes. It is worthwhile to pack a swimsuit for the spa and the Blue Pools (if you are game to face the cold!).


We have found it useful to recommend a hotel for those of you staying the night before or afterwards. Our recommended hotel for this trip is Peppers Beacon in Queenstown. We will pick you up from the front of this hotel at 8.30am on our first day. We will return you to the hotel of your choice in Queenstown or the airport on our final day around 2.30pm.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended and is to be organised by you. You can get cancellation cover attached to your insurance in the event that you need to cancel inside our refund dates.

Art Sessions

We will be painting as a group every day from 9.30-4pm. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy.


Flights are not included and are to be organised by you.


A deposit of $500AUD is to be made via our website to secure your spot

The balance of payment is due on 15 July. You can pay us in instalments if this helps.

This trip relies heavily on group numbers and we are contracted to our accommodation partners as well. Therefore it is necessary to charge a cancellation fee as outlined below in the event that you decide to cancel.

We need to meet minimum numbers by 15 July in order for this trip to proceed, please take this into consideration before making further travel arrangements.

If we decide to cancel the trip at any time we will issue you with a FULL refund. We are not responsible for expenses incurred in the preparation of trips (even cancelled trips), such as airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or health problems. There is no refund if you arrive late or decide to leave early. Deposits secure your place.


Cancellation fees are determined accordingly:

Until 1 July - FULL REFUND

Until 15 July - $500 cancellation fee

Until 1 August - 50% of the trip cost

From 1 September - no refunds

Payment Details

Payments are to be made to: 

Gillian Buttress-Grove trading as Artable

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB: 062 643

ACC: 1006 5044

Please use your surname as reference and the letters WIL. For example Smith WIL

Art Supplies

Supplies list ~ HEIDI WILLIS ~ NZ

  • Pencils, 2H, HB and 2B
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 mm HB
  • White plastic eraser
  • Scotch tape
  • Taklon or good quality detail brushes (sizes 3/0, 1, 3, 4, 5 with GOOD points and a cover sleeve on them)
  • Palette (a KLIK Palette)
  • Masking Fluid (colourless W&N please)
  • Ruling pen
  • Sketchbook
  • Tracing paper (perhaps 5 sheets A4 or equivalent)
  • Blade to cut paper and sharpen pencils etc
  • Paint colours

    Watercolour paints artist quality Windsor and Newton

  • Sepia
  • Windsor Violet
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Magenta
  • Windsor Red
  • Indigo
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Olive Green
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue (Red Shade)
  • Green Gold
  • Windsor Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Paper/board
  • Langton Watercolour Board 10x14in – Allow 1 per day
  • NOTE:

    Heidi will bring worksheets, Langton boards and brush supplies with me for the group. You can reimburse me for these costs at the workshop. 

    Itinerary What's Included

    To book, email your enquiry using the button below or phone Gillian on 0411 317 606.

    $2995 $500 deposit required

    Meet the Teach

    Heidi Willis

    Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a leading natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established and her meticulous and intricate studies of botany and birds can be found in significant public and private collections around the world.

    Heidi’s work has featured in prominent national and international exhibitions over her career. Highlights include The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize six times to date, winning a Highly Commended award in the Works on Paper section in 2014 resulting in her work going on tour with the prize winning entries. Her major work St Vincent’s Amazons and Cannonball Tree has just been selected as a finalist again for the 2016 exhibition. The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious and richest art competitions held by the South Australian Natural History Museum. Several of her works have been showcased as a finalist at the Focus On Nature exhibitions, a leading international Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum. Her work has also featured and won awards in both Botanica and The Margaret Flockton Award, hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

    Her work is held in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation PA, USA and her work has also been included in the highly regarded Shirley Sherwood Collection. Her work has also been featured in several publications, most significantly Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Craft Arts Magazine, Colophon, SA Life, International Artist Magazine and Artist’s Palette Magazine multiple times over, with her work featured on the front cover of Artist’s Palette issue 123. In 2015 she was taken on by Australian Geographic as a freelance botanical illustrator where her work features in the Nature Watch section of the magazine.