What’s On

Printed and Embellished Textiles – Liz Robertson @ Nature in Art
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

Design a unique printed wrap scarf and learn print techniques which can be applied to fabric and paper projects.

  • Use natural objects as inspiration for a printed design
  • Learn to make a variety of printing blocks and how to print a continuous repeat design
  • Make print blocks which you will be able to keep
  • Print with your blocks using bright and metallic print media onto a pashmina-type wrap
  • Embellish the printed wrap with stitch, beads and sequins


Mountains of the Moon @ Nature in Art
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

 Mountains of the Moon – An illustrated talk by Steve Russell

The Ugandan Rwenzori Mountains with their glaciers, rocky  outcrops and unique varieties of plants and animals are like nowhere else on Earth. This range was first photographed in 1906, when Italian photographer Vittorio Sella accompanied the Duke of Abruzzi, on an expedition. Described as being more of a challenge to climb than Kilimanjaro and situated between Uganda and the DRC in a region not always freely accessible, the Rwenzoris are  under-explored and have been professionally photographed only very rarely since Sella’s time. This summer marked the third and ultimately successful attempt by Steve and two companions to climb up into the high regions, to document and record the flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes. Steve’s images reveal incredible scenes, from the mossy lower slopes to the high regions where the glaciers have retreated, exposing stark views of the bare rock.

Steve has many awards and accolades for his photography and books. He has been a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Travel Photographer of the Year, Hassleblad Masters Competition, Epson Pano Awards and others.  One his photines is in the Nature in Art collection.


Metalpoint Drawing & Lettering Techniques – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A workshop to introduce the ancient and mysterious art of drawing with metal wire – it was how masters such as Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael drew before the pencil arrived.  Metal won’t make a mark on paper unless the surface is suitably prepared so we will trial a range of easily obtained grounds as well as a variety of metals like copper, silver, brass and aluminium.  The effects are fairly monotone, but give incredibly sensitive and atmospheric results – something utterly different to graphite.  All tools and materials will be provided but bring along any small metal objects to try – a silver spoon, gold earring, brass badge, but no rusty nails please!  This is not a how-to-draw course – it is a day to learn how to use metals to draw with.


Applique Textile Sunset, Sky & Water – Kathleen Matthews-Saunders @ Nature in Art
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm

Light, colour and reflections of the sun can change the landscape dramatically. Working with lots of coloured organza’s to give light and colour to the picture, metallic fabrics to give the sparkle to the water. With a few hand dyed fabrics, bought fabric and fusible web for the appliqué you will create the spectacular    vivid colours of the setting sun, making the sky and sea look as if they are on fire. The stark contrast of the dark reflections and foreground. Gold metallic fabric is used for the golden glow of the sun. Hand stitching and free machine embroidery will be used to further enhance your picture.


Sketching with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

This is a two day course that will show you how to sketch landscapes and architecture with waterproof black ink pen and watercolour wash. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to use the pen with watercolour paint both before and after painting. Techniques taught will include colour mixing, brush technique, light and dark, drawing with a pen and how to loosen up to achieve expressive sketches. By the end of the course you will have produced a few sketches to take home with you. Suitable for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.


Christmas Celebration @ Nature in Art
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a Christmas celebration with an evening of festive music, readings and carols with the Gloucester and District Christian Choir. Mince pies and mulled wine included in the buffet. An evening not to be missed with an enthusiastic group of local community singers under their Musical Director, Pamela Dewick.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year @ Nature in Art
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm

All the latest winners in the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition organised by The Natural History Museum, London. Chosen from 45,000entries from 95 countries, these amazing images reflect nature’s beauty, diversity and fragility.


Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration @ Nature in Art
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm

GSBI was founded 25 years ago by teacher, botanist, writer and illustrator, Michael Hickey.GSBI specialises in botanical illustration as distinct from flower painting. It includes a number of RHS medal winners. This show includes works in pencil, ink and watercolour.Meet members every day.

Stargazing Night @ Nature in Art
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm

Join members of the Cotswold Astronomical Society to spend an evening of stargazing from the grounds of Wallsworth Hall. If you have your own equipment,please bring it with you. If not, you will be able to use equipment provided. Coffee shop open to buy drinks etc. from 6.30pm. If the weather is cold, wrap up warm!2019 is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, so local astronomer Peter Cadogan will finish the evening with a talk celebrating that mission.
Doors open 6.30pm to buy snacks from Coffee shop and view the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. Stargazing at 7.30pm followed by talk.

PLEASE BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE 01452 731422. Thank you.

How to Draw an Elephant in Graphite Pencil – Jamie Boots @ Nature in Art
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 17 @ 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.