Whats on at Nature in Art

Communicating Delight
Oct 10 – Nov 5 all-day

In 2016 Nature in Art was given custody of an archive of work by one of the 20th century’s most influential nature artists, the renowned Eric Ennion (1900-1981). See never previously displayed works from this archive, in the company of other paintings loaned from private and public collections.


Studying and Painting Butterfly & Moth Metamorphosis @ Nature in Art
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

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with Cath Hodsman 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 11

As Winter’s bite takes hold, all insects are hiding, riding out the extreme weather as either an egg, larva, pupa, or adult…….. Metamorphosis is one of the truly unique and magical  phenomena in the natural world. So little is known about how it happens and yet, the result of each stage is a wonder to behold…..

This watercolour painting weekend will use art to pay homage to this incredible natural transformation. Cath and course participants will discuss how this mysterious process manifests itself, in butterflies and moths. Each fascinating stage of metamorphosis will be studied in all its beauty and wonder.

As with Cath’s other courses, each student will have access to their own high-powered microscopes, as well as her large selection of insect specimens and macro photos, to study the hidden beauty of this incredible process.

Participants will then use microscopes, specimens and macro photographs to produce a detailed and unique piece of art, paying homage to every stage of this amazing process…..from egg to adult!

Course Cost
Members: £84
Non-members: £110
Course Suitability: Beginners

Materials List                                                                                                                    The full materials list can be supplied to you, please ask at the shop or email:


Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                  Cath Hodsman is a skilled and widely acknowledged British wildlife and natural
history artist and an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor. She is also one of the most technically accomplished and accurate entomological (insects) artists – and as such, the Natural History Museum sells her work. Cath believes that, in order to pay homage to insects using art, it is necessary to capture their anatomical intricacy and she therefore strives for 100% accuracy.

To help conserve and preserve the future of insects, she works closely with many relevant organisations, such as the RHS, the Wetlands Trusts, the Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust.


An Illustrated Talk by Jackie Garner, Brief Encounters @ Nature in Art
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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This talk coincides with our exhibition of work by Eric Ennion, a remarkable all-round naturalist who was one of the 20th century’s most talented and original wildlife artists. Field Sketch: an inspiring wildlife encounter, seized and committed to paper. This talk explores the history, importance and role of field sketching, as artists seek to interpret and communicate their experiences of wildlife. An inspiring evening of art and places for all. Tickets include a finger buffet.

Please book in advance.


WAG: Painting in the moment
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Follow your heart with a practical session ‘Painting in the moment’ led by artist Frances Whitman

Fox Portrait using Coloured Pencil @ Nature in Art
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm

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with Karen Coulson 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

This 2-day course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques.

Learn the art of layering different coloured pencil strokes to create the ‘realistic details’ of a Fox, using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils on a dark coloured Mount Board.

A line drawing will be provided to trace if you do not wish to draw the image free hand.

Course Cost
Members: £84
Non-members: £110
Course Suitability: Beginners – Improvers

Materials List                                                                                                                 

All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Karen Coulson.             

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                Karen is a self taught award winning coloured pencil artist and tutor, painting mostly wildlife subjects. She is a Gold Signature member of the UKCPS  (United Kingdom Coloured pencil Society).

She exhibits nationally and has won many awards for her detailed pencil work. She runs regular workshops in the Pencil Museum, Keswick as well as many classes in Hampshire, where she currently lives.


Gift & Craft Fair 2017 @ Nature in Art
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm
Natty Decco Lime Beetle Print Karen Edwards, 'Bold' planters Ian Beckton Cher Nicholson
(Images left to right: Natty Decco, Nicole Iredale Designs, Karen Edwards, Pear Tree Arts, Nutmeg & Sage)

£2 entry
Free for under 16’s (including access to upstairs museum galleries)
Car parking is free

One of our most popular events, the annual craft fair at Nature in Art has become well known as a source for unique, individually hand crafted gifts, offered to you directly by the crafts people who made them.

Many of the makers will be demonstrating so you will be able to see just how your unique gift was created.

The range of quality gifts you will find at the craft fair includes woodturning, jewellery, ceramics, textile items, as well as stained glassware, metal work, paper crafts and much more. With such a wide selection you are bound to find the perfect gift for your friends and family, or even treat yourself!

During the weekend as well as watching demonstrations from the craft workers, and purchasing gifts, you can also view most of the museum galleries.

You may also be a winner on the raffle or tombola, so make sure you purchase a ticket. There will be a separate raffle on the Saturday and Sunday.


Collagraphs: The Mystery Unwrapped @ Nature in Art
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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with Tor Hildyard 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 8

Explore the mysteries behind the Collagraph Print on this 1-day course.

Learn how to make your own unique prints from plates created from mount card, which is incised with lines, collaged with paper and other textured mediums to create an exciting textured printing surface.

You will be shown how to prepare paper and how to ink up and wipe your plates ready for printing. The first part of the course will be spent making the plate and then the second will be spent printing in different ways to create your own unique print.

Course Cost
Members: £42
Non-members: £55
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced

Materials List                                                                                                                        A sketch/photograph you want to work from.

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

Drawing materials i.e. pencils, rubber, paintbrushes.

All other materials will be provided by Tor Hildyard, at the cost of £10 per participant, payable directly to her on the day.

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                        Tor is a prize winning printmaker, who shows her work both nationally and internationally.

Tor is interested in experimenting with new techniques, images and printing methods which allows her to challenge the boundaries of printmaking and enables her to produce the right marks and textures that relate to each subject matter.

Tor worked as a Printmaking  tutor and technician at UCA, Maidstone, Kent, after finishing her degree. She later returned to achieve an Masters in Printmaking in 2010.

She now runs her own private printmaking courses from her studio in Worcestershire.


WAG: Rock Music Rock Art
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

0345dc3f67f9b08a5268a26303764394 Watch a film about a unique initiative – The Rock Music Rock Art project which was inspired by the ancient ‘rock gongs’ of remote Lolui Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda. Sponsored by the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation and supported by the British Council, sculptor Peter Randall-Page, composer Nigel Osborne and members of the London Sinfonietta visited Lolui Island where they collaborated with local sculptors and musicians. Whilst on the island, Peter Randall-Page explored and absorbed his surroundings and the island’s ancient culture and created a sculpture in situ and a new body of work on his return. As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘Seed‘) at its heart.

2017 British Wildlife Photography Awards
Nov 7 2017 – Jan 7 2018 all-day

Just a week after its launch, see all the winning images from this famous competition focusing on British fauna and flora. Stunning photographs and awe-inspiring nature.
Image: Detail from ‘Hitchhikers’ (lions mane jellyfish) by George Stoyle (overall winner 2016 BWPA).

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Natural Selection
Nov 7 – Nov 19 all-day

Gordano Textile Artists return once more with a fresh and vibrant exhibition of textile art based on the natural world with many pieces taking a theme from the objects selected for the popular CROWD exhibition last year. The display will feature a variety of techniques using fabric, thread and paper.