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~ Draw & Paint The Tree Of Life ~

~ Mughal Style ~

~ New Farm Community Centre, Brisbane ~ 

Weekend 17th 18th August

10:00 - 16:00

The Tree of Life is a recurring motif in many arts and contain deep symbolism, being embodiments of celestial and vital energies. The Celts believed trees were their ancestors, the gatekeepers to the Otherworld. The Persian layered symmetrical Meditation Tree alludes to the stages of Sufism.

Through the practice of meditative remembrance (dhikr) the Sufi experiences

Divine Love and basks in the shade of the Tree of Life. 

 In India, the stylisations are many and specific to each craft.

As many trees are represented, from the real to the mythical, from the ashwattha to the kalpataru,
the divine tree that grants wishes. 
Some ancient Indian texts look at creation itself as a tree.

But even without the complex layers of symbolism, it is always heartening to see this motif.
The tree, whatever else it is, is a giver of life. 
A beautiful thing to be celebrated and give gratitude for.


In this weekend workshop,  Artist Stephanie June Ellis will gently guide you through

sacred trees from around the world including The Bodhi Tree, The Meditation Tree

and The Fiddle Box Tree , known in Australia as The Directions Tree. 

You will learn an array of simple yet effective techniques to create your very own Tree Of Life.

Biomorphic and geometric drawing techniques

Painting Techniques  ( Ink and watercolour using naturally ground pigments )

Abstract botanical motifs

The Golden Proportion In Traditional Arts & Crafts.


The Tree Of Life will focus on Motifs from the Mughal Dynasty

Together we will recreate A 17th Century 17th Century Northern Indian Floor-spread.


The Mughal dynasty, is of Turkic-Mongol origin that ruled most of Northern India

from the early 16th to the mid-18th century 


Investment ~ $260

~ All materials are provided including

A variety of watercolour paper to experiment on

Fabriano 300gsm Watercolour Paper ( for final design )

Tracing paper

A good working compass

Drawing pencils and fine tip black pens


No skills required 
Bookings are absolutely essential 

~ Deposits are available to secure your place ~



~ Experience the workshop by clicking on the video below ~

~ Bellingen NSW Participants March 2023


~ Testimonial ~ 

" I highly recommend joining class with Stephanie. A very inspiring teacher and a satisfying weekend drawing and painting. I loved the natural ochre and Indigo paints. Thankyou Stephanie."

~ Jean Marie ~

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