Whats on at Nature in Art

Mar
3
Sat
Mosaic Garden Birds – Yvette Green @ Nature in Art
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

These little garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

On this one day workshop you will produce a stained glass mosaic bird on a stalk to brighten up your garden. You will be able to make a bird of your choice from a limited selection of shapes.

Skills covered on the course will include mapping out of your original design, basic glass cutting, stained glass mosaic techniques, and grouting techniques.

This course is suitable for all levels although glass cutting skills are a bonus.

Green

Mar
10
Sat
The Art of Monoprinting – Nik Pollard @ Nature in Art
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm

Energy, improvisation, gesture, spontaneity and chance are all characteristics of Monoprinting

This two-day workshop is designed to introduce printmaking to the beginner whilst allowing more experienced participants to further explore the possibilities of monoprinting.

Printmaking materials and equipment will be provided along with expert one to one tuition.

Day one will made up of short demonstrations of techniques and opportunity to investigate the potential of this versatile printmaking process. Day two will allow for development of ideas and further investigation of materials.

The Monotype / Monoprint is the most painterly and responsive of all printmaking techniques. It is a process that can be explored at home or in the studio without great investment or need for space.

Participants are invited to bring any sketchbooks or source material of their own, however this is not a requirement.

Pollard mono

Mar
20
Tue
Needlefelted Bird Pictures – Kirsten Hill-Nixon @ Nature in Art
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Needlefelting  works woolen fibers into the surface of a fabric backing to produce “pastel” like images with the wool fibres.

By the end of the day you will have a fabulous life like bird picture, and the confidence to go on felting at home.

You don’t need to be fabulous at drawing to give this technique a go!

We will be using hand dyed and commercially dyed wool fibers, to create our images, our backgrounds will be  woolen textiles, industrial prepared needlefelt, upcycled hand dyed woolen fabrics, upcycled tweeds.

This technique uses specialist needles to felt the wool fibers into the surface of the fabrics using smallHill-Nixon flat felt tapping  motions as if we were tapping lots of pencil dots onto a page.

 

Mar
24
Sat
Reflections of Nature – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – Mar 25 @ 5:00 pm

Otters, wildfowl, kingfishers, waders on the shoreline, animals at a waterhole.…anyone wanting to paint wildlife in its natural habitat will sooner or later need to tackle painting water. Wildlife may use water to swim, drink, bathe, dabble or dive. This course will explore how we can convincingly depict wildlife and water in a variety of scenes. We will investigate reflections, movement, perspective, transparency, colour, tone and atmosphere.

Acrylics are an ideal medium for this course, but oils,  watercolours or pastels are also acceptable.

Garner

Mar
31
Sat
Hedgerow Easter Baskets – Helen Lomberg @ Nature in Art
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and learn how to make a simple basket out of hedgerow material to hold all your Easter eggs or just to enjoy for the rest of the year.  You will be using a variety of hedgerow material including Willow, Dogwood, Snowberry and Hazel to make a unique basket.

Lomberg

Apr
14
Sat
Mandarin Duck, Coloursoft Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Derwent Coloursoft Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the  subject. All materials will be supplied including a line drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Coulson mandarin duck

Apr
15
Sun
Meerkat, Coloursoft Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Derwent Coloursoft Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the   subject. All materials will be supplied including a line drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Couson meerkat

Apr
21
Sat
How to Draw Realistic Eyes in Graphite Pencil – Jamie Boots @ Nature in Art
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

On this 2-day course you will learn all about working with graphite pencil from experienced artist Jamie Boots.

Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch.

Jamie will show participants that. whether or not you are using a pencil that is blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard, or using a variety of tones, the realistic texture of skin, fur and the glassy look of an eye can be achieved.

Boots eye

Apr
24
Tue
Glorious Glass Engraving – Amanda Lawrence @ Nature in Art
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm

This course explores the wonderful and versatile craft of glass engraving with a drill.  It’s an opportunity for beginners to learn the basic techniques and for those who have attended a previous introductory course to expand their skills.  Over the two days we will discover three different techniques, including surface engraving, creating a 3D effect with intaglio (low relief) engraving and engraving with coloured glass.  You will work on both flat glass and vessels and you will come away with at least one little masterpiece of your own making!  No previous experience or artistic expertise necessary to join in, but some manual dexterity is needed for this technique.Lawrence

 

Apr
26
Thu
A View Inside – Illustrating the Inner Beauty of Botanical Subjects – Sarah Morrish @ Nature in Art
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

During this course you will be exploring the intricate detail within botanical subjects whilst experiencing and comparing different techniques used for dissecting and enlarging features. We will be using some of these to illustrate elements of the plants and flowers in graphite pencil and watercolour within a study page format.

To support our learning and recording of features, we will be using microscopes and further elements of technology such as tablet computers and macro lenses for smartphones (the latter items are not essential materials to buy for the course).

The course will suit those artists who have had an introduction to botanical art and those with more experience. It will also suit botanical artists who like to take a more traditional approach and those who would like to explore a more contemporary portrayal of their subject.

Morrish