What’s On

Willow Garden Structures – Helen Lomberg @ Nature in Art
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

On this 1-day course you will make Plant Climbers, Plant Supports, Trellises and
decorative Garden Hurdles, all out of willow grown in Somerset and here in Gloucestershire.

Helen will guide you through each stage of the process, whilst introducing you to the different  varieties of willow which you can use to make your creations unique.

By the end of the day you should have been able to make 3-4 items to take home to put in the garden.

Japanese Brushwork – Takumasa Ono @ Nature in Art
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This one-day workshop which will introduce you to Sumi-e, the ancient art of creating Japanese ink pictures, or Japanese brush painting. Traditionally, these paintings feature subjects from the natural world such as flowers and birds. The Japanese experience painting as a form of meditation that brings peace and harmony to the artist and the finished pieces are intended to inspire the same sense of tranquility and joy in the viewer.  This practical course will help you master all the techniques you’ll need to create striking paintings and discover the spiritual aspects of this unique art form.

‘Get Off Auto’ – Digital Photography Workshop 1 – Alan Law @ Nature in Art
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The first of two one day Workshops to help you leave Auto Mode and make the most of your Digital SLR/Bridge camera.

If you have only used Auto mode, or tried other settings on your Digital SLR/Bridge camera, with disappointing  results, this workshop will give you a good understanding of photography and how to work in Manual mode in just one day. You will have plenty of “hands on” experience combined with information/worksheets helping you put your new skills into practice.

You will learn about the relationship between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed and how to use this to transform your images – YOU will be in control! We will also learn how to add interest to your photographs with advice on Composition as you produce a range of images.

How to Draw a Cheetah in Graphite Pencil – Jamie Boots @ Nature in Art
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 @ 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.

‘Get Off Auto’ – Digital Photography Workshop 2, Developing Your Skills – Alan Law @ Nature in Art
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The second of two one day Workshops to help you leave Auto Mode and make the most of your Digital SLR/Bridge camera.

Build on your Workshop 1 experience or if you are comfortable using Manual mode on your Digital SLR/Bridge camera, this workshop will develop your skills and help you learn new techniques to become more creative.

Areas to be covered include : Manual mode – how and when to use it. Understanding and using light in your photography. Action photography – capturing movement effectively: freezing, blurring, panning. Composition – the formal elements: line, tone, shape, texture, form, colour. Black & White – when and how to use it. Metering modes.

Natty Little Folded Books – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This workshop is a riot of paper play – folding a multitude of clever, intriguing and practical little books, wallets and envelopes or wraps.  Have a lot of fun making them for yourself or as gifts for someone special.  No particular skills required so this workshop is suitable for all levels of capabilities.

Silk Painting – Jackie Cox @ Nature in Art
May 11 @ 10:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

Silk paintings are created on white silk, using brilliantly coloured dyes . These dyes can be contained to certain areas by the use of gutta, which forms a resist . Over the weekend we will practise drawing with tubes of gutta to create pictures, plus we will have the opportunity to try out the many other techniques that can be used to create gorgeous effects on the silk.

Creating Iridescent Feathers in Watercolour, The Peacock – Val Briggs @ Nature in Art
May 18 @ 10:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm

Creating iridescent feathers in watercolour, the subject is the peacock one of the most colourful birds. By using vivid colour and light Valerie hopes that this 2 day workshop will be fun as well as learning a layering technique that you will find useful for creating the plumage of colourful birds such as kingfishers and parrots.  We will be using gold watercolour paint and aqua bronzes to enliven the Peacocks feathers and background.

I will also provide the reference material and a peacock feather or two. We will be concentrating on the head and neck with a little of the tail feathers included so please do not think you will be painting the whole bird!

I will supply the gold watercolour paint and aqua bronzes to try out so please bring along a couple of white saucers or small dishes as the aqua bronze is a powder.

Example of a watercolour by Val Briggs

Rendering Fur Texture with Soft and Hard Pastels – Andrew Forkner @ Nature in Art
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

During the course we will explore how to achieve realistic detail and texture, using a controlled, multi-layered approach to working in pastel.

Botanical Printing, 3 Ways – Clare Walsh @ Nature in Art
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Using natural leaves, you will learn how to use the heat press, stencils and foil to create stunning, unique textile designs. You will experiment with using pre prepared dye  paper, and be shown how to transfer the dye to the leaf, layering leaves and background colours to make fabric samples that can be framed as artwork or used in sewing projects. You will also be shown how to cut stencils from your leaves and how to use thermofax designs to give another dimension to your work with the addition of foil. A day of botanical creative exploration , with no experience necessary .