Studying and Capturing Light, Shade and Texture in A Bee Portrait with Cath Hodsman

20th November 2021 – 21st November 2021 all-day
Nature in Art
£90 NiA members, £110 non-members

Course Suitability: Beginners

Maximum Participants: 12

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

Capturing drama in art is the secret to its success – harnessing lowlights, highlights and texture help create mood as well as realism. For this workshop Cath will take students on a journey that focuses on these important elements.

Each student will complete a beautiful and detailed graphite sketch of a solitary bee.

Students will also learn about the fascinating life cycle of solitary bees, that make up 90% of the UK’s collective bee species. About how solitary bees make much more effective pollinators than both honey bees and bumble bees and how creating habitat and nesting sites and material for solitary bees is easy and fun to do…involving anything from rotten wood to empty snail shells!

Materials Required:

  • Fine retractable propelling Pentel pencils – 0.5mm and 0.3mm
  • Selection of woodless graphite sticks
  • Set of ordinary pencils ranging from HB – 6B
  • Putty Rubber, Tom Bow Mono Zero rubber
  • Embosser – Link to buy:
  • Hot pressed watercolour paper (Langton’s is fine – cheaper) – or buy the more expensive Saunders Waterford hot pressed w/c paper. St Cuthbert’s Mill. White – 14″ x 10″. 20 sheet pad. 140lb. Get from Amazon or Pegasus Art Supplies or Jackson’s etc.
  • Good desk top pencil and graphite sharpener – Cath has some to borrow
  • Feather, Ruler, Sketching Fixing Spray

Artist’s Profile:

Cath Hodsman, AMRSB, is a Cotswolds-based artist and illustrator who is one the the country’s foremost natural-history artists. Her passion and specialism is painting and sketching insects, which she has done for the last 10 years. In order to pay homage to their hidden beauty, she aims for 100% anatomical accuracy in every artistic study she produces. Through her scientific approach to her work, she has been made an Associate Member of the prestigious Royal Society of Biology. She is also well known for her ever-popular and unique insect painting and sketching course – With these she has taught with the illustrious London’s Natural History Museum, The Royal West of England Academy, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), The Field Studies Council, as well as many other relevant , esteemed artistic and natural history clientage and venues; including The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Art Course Cost: £90 NiA Members, £110 Non-members

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

Places will be offered on a first come first basis.

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