Whats on at Nature in Art

Wildlife Treasures
Jul 25 – Sep 3 all-day

A rare opportunity to see a selection of original paintings and sculptures by members of The Society of Animal Artists (SAA) produced exclusively for this exhibition. Based in the USA, the SAA has members around the world who represent the best of today’s wildlife artists. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

To complement this display, another gallery will be primarily dedicated to larger works by SAA members taken from the Nature in Art permanent and loan collections.


Goldwork Guild
Aug 22 – Sep 10 all-day

Gold has always been the symbol of wealth, affluence and status. As the noblest of metals, it has been utilised in many applications. This display presents a selection of nature inspired works using one of the oldest embroidery techniques – employing metal threads to create articles of beauty and sumptuousness.


Exploring Sandpaper Aquatint Printmaking @ Nature in Art
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm

Art Courseholly-brookes
with Holly Brookes 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

During this two day course participants will be introduced to sandpaper aquatint printmaking techniques. Working with pre-prepared copper plates they will first be taught how to draw, scrape and burnish an image onto the metal using specialist tools provided by me. The latter half of the course will focus on printing techniques, including how to ink and wipe the copper, use the press and print in multi-colour. By the end of the course each participant will have at least one aquatint to take home with them. All techniques used have been carefully designed to be as safe and non-toxic as possible so should be suitable for the majority of people – small amounts of white spirit are the only toxic substance used.

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

Materials List                                                                                                                 Materials will be supplied by Holly. The cost per person will be approx.  £20, which will be paid to on the day of the course. (Extra materials e.g. a range of cooper plates, will be available to purchase if course participants wish to use them. All basic materials will be covered by the £20 fee.)      

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                Holly Brookes has been inspired by nature for as long as she can remember. She started drawing and painting the countryside around her as a child and never stopped. In 2014 she graduated from Aberystwyth University with a First Class degree in Fine Art, specializing in Printmaking and now works as a professional artist. She particularly enjoys exploring detail and texture in her work as well as sharing her love of traditional printmaking techniques such as etching and engraving with people. She was an category winner in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015 and was featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile in 2016. 


WAG: Watercolours
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

val-briggsAn evening with artists Val Briggs and Trevor Smith

Encountering Beauty
Sep 5 – Oct 1 all-day

Meg Stevens died in 2012 and had had a long association with Nature in Art. She spent much of her life painting out of doors producing paintings that seem to be filled with the breath of fresh air. This retrospective is largely made up of work from the family’s collection. Some items will be for sale.


Needlefelt Hedgehogs @ Nature in Art
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Art Coursesophie-buckley
with Sophie Buckley 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

Join Making Needle Felted Animals author Sophie Buckley, who will guide you through creating a needle felt hedgehog using a special barbed needle and soft natural wool. Learn about needle felt tools and materials, techniques including shaping, adding legs, using a special spiky fabric, facial details, symmetry and how to make the hedgehog look realistic, as well as display ideas.

You will receive needle felt tools to take away, as well as lots of inspiration for your next projects!

Needle felt kits, supplies and signed copies of the book will be available on the day.

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

Materials List                                                                                                               Materials will be provided for a fee of £6.           

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                              During her degree in Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, Sophie Buckley found that as well as enjoying the process of creating, she also enjoyed sharing creative skills with others. After completing a course in workshop facilitation she moved to the Gloucestershire area where she met local creative Steffi Stern, and they have worked together ever since, writing the book Making Needle Felted Animals together which came out in 2015, and have created a business based around the book called The Makerss, through which they are able to share  with others their  enthusiasm for making, love of natural materials, and creative skills.



Painting a Flower Meadow @ Nature in Art
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm

Art Courseros-wise
with Rosalind Wise 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

Wildflower meadows look complicated and difficult to paint. My aim in this course is to show an easy way to construct a meadow, making it look natural, through layering the different grasses and flowers. The painting should achieve spacial depth, energy and variety of species.

Course Cost
Members: £126
Non-members: £165
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced

Materials List                                                                                                                  Pencils, paper, watercolours or gouache paint.

Any size canvas and board – Acrylic or Oil paint.

A few personal photographs of meadows (ones that one has taken or seen) and views that excite and show a variety of species.                

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                       ‘I have been painting the natural world for decades. My aim through my work is to combine truth to the real plants and places, combined with the variety and energy that is found there. I have moved from painting single flowers to garden borders and meadows. I am now painting paths which are leading me out of the meadows into the landscape’. A very experienced tutor Rosalind’s work is familiar to visitors to Nature in Art, not least her giant ‘flower cycle’, often on display on the stairs.



Awesome Acrylics @ Nature in Art
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm

Art Coursejackie-garner-acrylics
with Jackie Garner 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

Vibrant or subtle colours, thin like watercolours or thick like oils, quick drying and lightfast; acrylics are endlessly versatile. Suitable for all abilities, this course will give participants the opportunity to try different methods of applying the paint, creating a variety of effects. We will explore texture, detail, blending, glazing, scumbling and impasto, leading to participants making informed choices in future work.

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

Materials List                                                                                                                 Acrylic Paints I prefer Liquitex, Sennelier or Golden but almost any make will do. Avoid any make that gives huge tubes for very little money, as the quality will be poor.

Brushes Nylon brushes are best: I prefer to use filberts or the flat, square shapes, plus a fine detail brush.

Supports: e.g. your choice of hardboard or MDF or canvas/ canvasboard or stretched watercolour paper. MDF or hardboard will need a coat of primer (or matt household emulsion) first.

Water pot

Palette knife or painting knife

Small spray bottle: The sort sold in chemists for travellers.

Sponge: the car wash type, not the natural sort.

Kitchen roll

Newspaper: for protecting your worktop and for cleaning up.

White ceramic tile or palette

Table easel (optional)

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jackie. Contact details are on her website.                

Artist’s Profile                                                                                                                Jackie Garner trained at Medway College of Design before becoming Nature in Art’s first education officer. She is now a professional artist who specialises in portraying wildlife, taking inspiration from encountering wildlife in its natural habitat.

Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, and is a contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine. She has exhibited with many art societies, including the National Exhibition Wildlife Art, the Society of Wildlife Artists, BirdScapes Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and has held solo exhibitions in London and Gloucestershire. Jackie is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.


Blog:  http://garnerwildlifeart.wordpress.com

WAG: Habitat Paintings
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

homeslider26A chance too view the Meg Stevens exhibition (and other items) and spend a short time creating such work.

An Illustrated Talk by Mary Greenstead. Nature, Gardens and The Arts & Crafts Movements @ Nature in Art
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

William Morris The Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief by William Morris

Mary worked at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, is a writer on the Arts and Crafts Movement and Chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. Come and hear her talk about the importance of nature and the countryside to the Movement in the Cotswolds focusing on the likes of William Morris, Ernest Gimson and C R Ashbee. A facinating evening!