What’s On

Anthony Gibbs: A Brush with Light
Jul 21 – Sep 6 all-day

Anthony Gibbs is at the forefront of wildlife art in the UK. His extreme attention to detail whilst never losing the life of the subject, and his portrayal of textures and the play of light have made his work eagerly collected. This stunning display embraces new works together with iconic ones from years past.

Natural Forms: Feathers, Bark and Seedpods – Ann Swan @ Nature in Art
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

Explore ways to create finely, fashioned, feathers and textured, tactile, bark.

Ann will demonstrate the techniques she uses such as underpainting, resist and embossing to build up textured layers and capture the exquisite detail of both feathers and bark.

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

Sensational Sketching – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm

When you sketch outdoors, whether for exploring or information gathering, that sensory experience gives your drawings an immediacy and energy that is always appealing. In this course we will used an array of media and techniques and will take our inspiration from the Nature in Art site.

Each participant will choose their own preferred subjects – perhaps birds, butterflies or dragonflies, their habitats, or even the static sculptures in the grounds. We will use line, tone and texture to explore structure, proportion and movement, before looking at how to develop sketches into more finished (realistic or abstract) artwork.

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

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – IK Productions Outdoor Theatre @ Nature in Art
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Following the success of The Sword in the Stone and The Three Musketeers, IKP return with another “bonkers” theatre adventure in Summer 2020 with a brand new comedy adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Join Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they encounter munchkins, witches, winged monkeys, enchanted slippers and a Wonderful Wizard! Expect the unexpected in this comedy for all the family, featuring physical humour, fast-paced multi-roling and plenty of laughs for all ages.

Performance is outside
There is no seating provided, so please bring something to sit on. This production is designed to be performed in the open-air and will continue in all safe weathers.

Painting in the Moment, Intuitive Art Workshop – Frances Whitman @ Nature in Art
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

My intuitive art workshops aim to give you creative confidence. Providing a nurturing, fun and relaxing space in which you can enjoy the process of creating mixed media artworks. Allowing you to enjoy the creative process, to let go, creating spontaneously, without thinking, without trying to draw precise shapes, trusting your instinct rather than your brain.

Intuitive art is about letting go of fear or expectations, allowing each painting to evolve in its own time, in its own way, allowing something new and unknown emerge. We will be experimenting with lots of different techniques and materials, to include acrylics, acrylic pouring medium, encaustic art, pastels, inks, pencils and more.

I will guide you in the application of each medium and technique, ensuring this workshop is suitable for those that are new to art as well as those that are more experienced. The day will start and end with a short guided meditation. No experience necessary!

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

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor/Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm

This course will focus on botanical drawing and painting techniques in the option of working in watercolour or gouache. Observational skills are a very important part of botanical art so students will be encouraged to work from life by making detailed studies from either plants, leaves, fruit or vegetable specimens.

Course tutor Simon Williams will advise on a practical one-to-one basis, giving guidance in observations, colours suggestions and how to paint from the initial base coats to more controlled techniques. This will include rendering textures, contour definitions and colour transitions. 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.

This course is open to all levels, but it is preferential to have some drawing/painting experience as botanical work requires a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see samples for the style of painting.


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

UK Colour Pencil Society
Sep 3 – Sep 20 all-day

 A stunning selection of works by members of the UK Colour Pencil Society who, for this annual exhibition, are focusing on the natural world. Expect a wide range of interpretations from the traditional to new and fresh ways of depicting nature.

Macro Photography of Still Subjects – John Ward @ Nature in Art
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm

The course will cover the basics of macro photography of still subjects: basic optical principles, tripod work, macro stand work, illumination, and image stacking and processing. The aim is to show how to avoid the pitfalls which can degrade image quality in photographing small things and especially how to extend depth of field, the zone of acceptably sharp focus in the object space, which so limited macro photography in the pre-digital age. Do not be too daunted by the equipment notes, below. Whilst being a ‘technical’ field where many bits of kit can be useful in particular situations, much can still be accomplished with little kit, and those with a sound grasp of basic principles can extend their ‘operational capabilities’ as they feel inclined.

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

Landscapes in Acrylic – Nick Dawe @ Nature in Art
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

This course will cover a basic understanding of materials and acrylic painting techniques needed to complete a landscape painting working from a reference photo provided by the tutor. The next stage will be to study aerial and linear perspective, techniques needed to paint skies and colour mixing to create depth in the landscape.

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

Sketching Gloucestershire with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm

This two day course will show you how to sketch the landscapes and architecture of Gloucestershire 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.

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