What’s On

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Feb 4 – Mar 29 all-day

Now in its fifty-fifth instalment, see the winning images from the very latest annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography selected from 48000 entries from 100 countries. The competition is owned and operated by the Natural History Museum.

See images from the show here

Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration
Feb 11 – Feb 23 all-day

Founded in 1993, Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration specialises in botanical illustration as distinct from flower painting. It includes a number of RHS medal winners in its ranks. This show includes works in pencil, ink and watercolour. See members at work everyday. On show in the Atrium of our Education Centre.

Embellishing your Paintings with Gold-Leaf – Claudia Hahn @ Nature in Art
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Inspired by the decorative works of the golden age of illustration and the Arts and Crafts movement, this course will show you how to incorporate gold-leaf into your paintings. It can be used either to highlight small areas of your paintings or bring glow to the complete background. Gold-leaf is a stunning, versatile and decorative way to bring a surprising new element and shine to your work.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as advanced participants. Please be aware that working with gold leaf, which comes in thin, fragile sheets, is painstakingly fiddly: you need to bring patience!!

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

Wallsworth Art Group
Feb 25 – Mar 1 all-day

See a selection of work by the museum art group. On show in the Atrium of our Education Centre.

Britain’s Ancient Forest, Legacy and Lore
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

An illustrated talk by Julian Hight
Come on a tour of Britain’s ancient forest told through its surviving ancient trees. From the wildwood, through working woodlands and royal forests, enclosed deer parks and landscaped manorial estates to modern plantation forestry and rewilding, this talk recounts the little told tale of an evolving landscape shaped by its wildlife, people and their relationship with trees – many of which survive as living links to Britain’s rich and ancient history. As well as being an ancient tree specialist and nature lover, Julian Hight is a designer, photographer and musician, so his talk will also feature original music written and recorded by him reflecting seasons in the forest, with forest sounds recorded through the year weaved in to produce a unique forest soundtrack.Copies of Julian’s latest book ‘Britain’s Ancient Forest, legacy and lore’, will be available on the night.Free access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm. Talk starts c8.10pm. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.

Goldwork Embroidery Snowdrops – Sheila Knight @ Nature in Art
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing weekend creating a beautiful Goldwork Snowdrop Design. Learn about and how to use the lovely materials used in Goldwork Embroidery. The techniques used in this design are couching gold and silver threads, couching braids, cutting purls and attaching them. Padding a shape and covering it with leather.

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

Glass Fusing – Sharon Foley @ Nature in Art
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Glass fusing is joining two or more layers of glass through heating in a kiln.

There are several techniques that can be adapted to this basic principle some of which give surprising results. This course will teach some of those techniques alongside glass cutting (if you are new or in need of a refresher) and consist of glass layering, use of glass frits, powders and encapsulation between layers of glass. The course will guide you in designing and making either 4 glass coasters or a larger, flat piece of art glass. These will then be fired in a kiln and ready for collection after the course.

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

Iceland: Land of Fire and Brilliant Birds
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm

An illustrated talk by Philip Mugridge ARPS
Philip is a very experienced and widely travelled nature photographer. Iceland is one of his favourite photographic haunts which he has visited multiple times. This talk will reveal why he loves it so much! Its spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring geological features (including many active volcanoes) mean this is an inspirational place for the nature photographer, particularly when coupled with some fantastic bird life. (Iceland is the only place in Europe where some species breed). Whether you are a nature lover or adventurer, practicing photographer or armchair traveller, do join us for this entertaining and fascinating evening. Free access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Buffet at 7.30pm followed by talk c.8.10pm. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.

Adventures with Acrylic Ink – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm

When is ink not ink? When it’s Acrylic Ink (it’s liquid acrylic paint, not ink). Explore this fascinating medium, which adds a whole new dimension to your acrylic practice. Discover the vibrant colours – glossy, iridescent, shimmering, pearlescent and explore when and how to use them in realistic and abstract art. We will experiment with different methods of applying the ink and cover working with layers of colour, wet into wet, detail, and usage with other media. No prior knowledge of working with acrylic inks is necessary.

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

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.