What’s On

Apr
7
Tue
Gordano Textile Artists: Nature’s Messages
Apr 7 – Apr 19 all-day

Diverse responses by 11 artists to the natural world. While some are environmental warnings or calls to action, others include threats to endangered species, the damage caused by fracking, the preciousness of the air we breathe,the remarkable way trees and fungi connect and signals given by the markings of animals.

Hit List
Apr 7 – May 10 all-day

To coincide with Earth Day, see exhibits throughout the museum exploring the theme of extinction. With a gallery of works by Tom Van Herrewege reminding us of the diversity being lost, go on to see other paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting species that already are, or one day, may not be with us anymore.

Apr
18
Sat
A Parrot, Coloured Pencils on Mount Board – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Coloured Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

May
5
Tue
British Woodcarvers Association: Power of Nature
May 5 – May 17 all-day

A collection of works by members of the British Woodcarvers Association who are carrying on a tradition that throughout history and across the world has been an important part of man’s creative endeavour. See a broad range of nature inspired work, using a variety of woods and techniques. Meet members most days.

From Harm to Harmony
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

An illustrated talk by Jozette Khimba
The world is in climate and ecological crisis, not least because of what has become known as ecocide (large-scale systematic destruction of the natural living world) which is legally permitted. Current regulations simply do not stop the harm. The co-founder of StopEcocide, PollyHiggins, believed that the most effective way to see this trend reversed is to make ecocide an international crime, a proposal she presented to the UN Law Commission in 2010. Polly, an eminent lawyer who sadly died last Easter Sunday, spent the last decade making the word ‘ecocide’ globally understood by giving talks, advising governments and making documentaries. Along the way she inspired thousands, from parliamentarians to ecologists and from lawyers to artists. Her vision lives on and has more momentum than ever. Come and hear about this radical and innovative approach which could do for all life on earth what the criminalisation of genocide has done for vulnerable minorities: provide protection where none existed before.This talk complements our exhibition ‘Hit List’ that focuses on the theme of extinction. Galleries open 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm followed by talk. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.

May
23
Sat
The Wildlife Art Society International
May 23 – May 31 all-day

The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 350 paintings, drawings, original prints,photographs and sculptures by professional and part-time members of this active organisation will be on display, the majority for sale. Members demonstrating every day.

May
31
Sun
A Colourful Chameleon, Coloured Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
May 31 @ 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 Coloured Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Jun
2
Tue
Seeing Red
Jun 2 – Jul 19 all-day

A celebration of the colour red, one of the first colours used by artists dating back to prehistory. From orange tinges to deep wine hues, red is all around us. We see it in birds and beetles, leaves and fruits, lava and sunsets, and throughout history it has held significance for cultures around the world.

Jun
6
Sat
Watercolour Fun – John Horton @ Nature in Art
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

We will do 4 paintings over the weekend. One for each session. Landscape and beachscape to a specific basic composition which you will be required to draw out for yourselves from a sketch which I will provide and help with if needed. We will explore creating the feeling of distance and light in a painting by lying down successive washes, using ‘wet into wet’ techniques and light and shade to produce depth. Possible seasonal themes will be autumn colours and mists, winter snow, sunsets, big skies, trees and reflections. We will go through each painting stage by stage and I will advise and assist where required.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Jun
13
Sat
Studying and Capturing Light, Shade and Texture in a Bee Portrait – Cath Hodsman @ Nature in Art
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm

Capturing drama in art is the secret to its success – harnessing lowlights, highlights and texture help create mood as well 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….!

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.