What’s On

Jul
6
Sat
Mosaic Garden Birds – Yvette Green @ Nature in Art
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

These little garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

On this one day workshop you will produce a stained glass mosaic bird on a stalk to brighten up your garden. You  will be able to make a bird of your choice from a limited selection of shapes.

Skills covered on the course will include mapping out of your original design, basic glass cutting, stained glass mosaic techniques, and grouting techniques.

This course is suitable for all levels although glass cutting skills are a bonus.

Jul
13
Sat
Pattern in Nature – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm

Discover nature’s pattern book in this course inspired by the shapes, colours and textures of natural objects. Take inspiration from Nature in Art’s extensive collection of shells, feathers, seeds, bark, leaves, and pebbles. We will begin by experimenting with creating textures and marks with acrylics, before creating original images inspired by your chosen object(s). Learn about mark-making, brushwork, paint application, design and composition. This course is suitable for those new to acrylics as well as those with more experience. For pattern enthusiasts it’s a must!

Jul
20
Sat
Sketching Birds using Pencils & Watercolours – Trevor Smith @ Nature in Art
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm

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.

Jul
27
Sat
Decorative Mosaics – Joanna Dewfall @ Nature in Art
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm

Day One

You will learn about the various mosaic materials and techniques of cutting and setting.  You will make a 25cmsq panel on board on the first (or only) day.

Day Two

You will make a 30cmsq mosaic slab for the garden on a concrete paver. The tutor will assist you to make sure you have a simple bold design to mosaic.  The tutor has templates available to use if need be.  You will mosaic the design in reverse during the day and, if complete in time, the tutor will assist you to set the design in cement adhesive on the paver.  The tutor has run this workshop numerous times and everyone always leaves with a completed paver. However, if a student has not finished the mosaic in time they can take away a paver and adhesive to fix at home.   Grouting will be demonstrated but you will need to complete this at home – grout and full instructions included. Please note the concrete pavers are not suitable to be transported home on a bicycle!

Aug
3
Sat
Focus on Form, Creating Contrast, Highlighting Highlights and Deepening Darks – Ann Swan @ Nature in Art
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm

We see objects because of light and in order to create realistic images of plants we need to fully understand light and observe how it reacts with our subjects to describe their shapes. In this two day workshop Ann will show you how to interpret light and shade and to accurately capture these contrasting tonal values to create a true sense of three-dimensional form and volume in your work.

Ann will demonstrate ways of creating realistic highlights and sheen and help you choose convincing shade colours to create depth in shadows so that your work will come to life on the page.

You will be able to put all this into practice on a more finished piece with full support from Ann.

Aug
10
Sat
Botanical Illustration in Watercolour/Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm

The Course will focus on botanical painting, giving the learner the opportunity to work in either watercolour or gouache. The course will be taught by Simon Williams SBA.

Gouache and watercolour are both water soluble mediums and can produce stunning paintings. Gouache is an opaque form of     watercolour and is not an inferior medium to watercolour. For much of the time it is used for illustration, book design and          publishing for its fantastic reproduction and vibrant colour. Throughout the course you will be guided in colour mixing,           botanical accuracy, brush techniques to render fine detail and the most important skills to gaining 3 dimensional forms to botanical studies.

This course is open to people that have some drawing/painting experience, improvers and advanced levels to a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see  samples for the style of painting.

Aug
17
Sat
Painting in the Moment – Frances Whitman @ Nature in Art
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Focusing on joyful expression through art, this art workshop is all about discovering and reconnecting  with your creative side.  Offering  you the chance to loosen up creatively, without expectations, in a nurturing, fun and relaxing environment.  You will have the opportunity to experiment with many different art mediums, with expert tuition from Frances.

We will be experimenting with lots of different materials, and producing a great many artworks if you choose to.

Join me and discover the joy of creating something new and unexpected.

 

Sep
7
Sat
Exploring Drawing – Nik Pollard @ Nature in Art
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Drawing is a fantastic way of exploring the world around us.

This one day workshop is designed to be fun it will invigorate, excite and challenge.  The morning session will be a series of short exercises exploring drawing. Participants will develop ways of seeing, interpreting and making. The afternoon session will be made up of longer exercises where participants will be able to develop their drawing skills further with the aid of one to one tuition.

This workshop is open to all who want to draw!

Sep
14
Sat
How to Draw an Owl in Graphite Pencil – Jamie Boots @ Nature in Art
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 15 @ 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.

Example of work by Jamie Boots

Sep
18
Wed
Drawing in Ink – Ian Coleman @ Nature in Art
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

With a natural history theme this is an introduction to various ink drawing tools and surfaces, with a focus on penning and brushing techniques. A look at creating high contrasts, shading, tones and line styles with small examples in sketchbooks and various papers. Get ready for Inktober 2019 on Instagram, a world wide motivational challenge to encourage you to get inky, to be inspired and improve your drawing skills and share your results.