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).
An illustrated talk by Simon Trapnell. Our 2016 exhibition CROWD focused on some of the wonderful objects in our collection. Now that we are in our 30th anniversary year, tonight we look afresh at some of the paintings and original prints that have been added to our collection or borrowed from other collections since we opened. Personal thoughts and stories behind amazing works. An art based talk for everyone, even those who wonder whether art is for them at all! Tickets include a finger buffet.
This is a two day course that will show you how to draw African wildlife portraits with coloured pencil. Using photographs supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to draw the textures of animals such as Lions, Elephants and African birds using techniques such as blending, layering, colour mixing and shading. Each exercise will be demonstrated step by step and the tutor will be on hand to provide group and individual constructive criticism. By the end of the course you will have produce a few drawings to take home. Suitable for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.
Materials List All materials will be supplied by Jonathan Newey, at a cost of £20 per participant,
payable directly to him on the day.
Artist’s Profile Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist with over 20 years of experience in teaching in adult education.
He is well known nationally for his coloured pencil drawings of animals and is a founder member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
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.
Materials List All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Jamie Boots.
Artist’s Profile Originally from New Zealand, Jamie is a renowned, but self taught, artist whose work is produced in graphite pencil. Jamie first exhibited his work in 2004 and has won a number of awards for his artwork.
In a very short period of time a hobby became a profession and with a limited number of originals being available each year his drawings have become highly collectable.
An evening of life drawing with a model under the guidance of Rosemary Harvey. Please bring your art materials and a monetary donation for the model. (Some materials may be available for loan of needed).
This 2-day course will cover basic bird anatomy, sketching methods and techniques, the use and handling of watercolour and composing a picture.
For the more ambitious, there will be the opportunity to have a go at sketching birds in flight, which is more of a challenge.
This course is aimed at a range of ability levels, with Trevor on hand to demonstrate particular techniques and to help you develop and
improve your skills.
Materials List A range a B grade pencils (eg 2b – 6b)
An A4 or A3 cartridge paper pad or sheets
Watercolour pad or block (A4 or A3)
An eraser and sharpener
A selection of watercolour paint (a field box is fine) plus with a few small, medium, and larger brushes
Artist’s Profile Trevor’s deep interest in wildlife dates back to childhood and grew with a desire to record the birds and animals he encountered on his visits to local nature reserves and wild corners of Worcestershire. Mastering and developing sketching skills was important!
Trevor has been teaching students the essentials of bird art for over twenty years, but still get a kick from seeing people thrill to the subject and often surprise themselves with hidden latent ability.
In 2001 he published a book Sketching Wild Birds, which was received to high acclaim, as a means of encapsulating his experiences of recording images from life and encouraging others.
Christmas social. SORRY THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR DUE TO THE WEATHER.
A Passion for Nature – a film about Peter Scott.
All the latest winners in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition organised by The Natural History Museum. Chosen from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries, these amazing images reflect nature’s beauty, diversity and fragility.