What’s On

Scottish Wildcat Portrait, Coloursoft Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Derwent Coloursoft Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the  subject. All materials will be supplied including a line drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Underwater Turtle, Coloured Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to coloured pencil and water colour pencil techniques. One method of using watercolour pencils will be explored for the watery background. Learn the art of layering and blending assorted  coloured pencils to create the turtle. All materials will be supplied including a line drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Langley Mill Pottery @ Nature in Art
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm

The Langley Mill Pottery, Derbyshire was in operation from 1865 – 1982 producing a wide range of stoneware ranging from salt glazed ink bottles, utilitarian items and tableware to high quality and original art pottery. This unique display celebrates some of their innovative nature-inspired output.

The Last Resort of Yesterday in the World of Tomorrow @ Nature in Art
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm

 An illustrated talk by Simon and Carol Trapnell
Come and get a fascinating glimpse of three Middle East countries – Jordan, Yemen and Oman. Personal stories of travels in Arab nations steeped in history and rich in culture. From spectacular landscapes to ancient ruins, the world’s first skyscrapers to the lowest place on earth, fascinating traditions to decorative arts, there is much to amaze you on this journey in three of the world’s most water scarce countries.
Doors open 7.00pm to view galleries. Finger buffet 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm.


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.

Bolt Textiles @ Nature in Art
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

Eight textile artists, under the aegis of Jean Littlejohn, explore the diversity of nature.Their varied interpretations are revealed by a mixed media approach and a broad range of work. A variety of techniques and combinations of techniques, as well as disparate sources of inspiration will be represented in

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.

Into the Blue @ Nature in Art
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

The colour blue is generally associated with the sky and the oceans but is oddly rare in nature. It has different meanings in different cultures and was the first man-made colour pigment in 2,200 B.C. This selection of work celebrates blue in a varied mix of both 2D and3D items.

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.