Whats on at Nature in Art

30 Years of Collecting @ Nature in Art
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm

Since Nature in Art opened its doors to the public in 1988, our unique collection has grown and diversified. This display highlights some of the many wonderful paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and other items that have been aquired in our first 30 years, an inspiring platform for the three decades to come.

Nature in Art Trust; (c) Nature in Art; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Image: Animals Entering Noah’s Ark – Jan van Kessel the Younger

Click HERE to see more images of works from our collection.


Painting Wildlife in Acrylics – Kim Thompson @ Nature in Art
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm

On this 2 day course participants will master the fast drying time of acrylic paint, tackle details and a variety of textures found in nature, including how to paint eyes, fur and feathers and leave with a better grasp of this very versatile medium.  Everyone will be encouraged to enjoy experimenting with brushes and sponges and the techniques Kim uses in her own  paintings.

This course will appeal to those who are looking to establish a good understanding of using acrylics to capture wildlife subjects and who have already tried acrylics and want to learn more. Kim is a considerate and encouraging tutor and will bring a relaxed approach to the two days.

Kim Thompson

Paper Letters in Relief – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learn to render beautiful letters in light and shade on pristine white paper.  We will begin by learning to draw letters suitable for cutting stencils and emboss these into paper.  We will then modify those shapes to cut out of paper, score and curl them so that the letters take on a life of their own – standing proud of the background.  Both create fabulous 3-D effects in a simple way – offering final results that have a special purity and particularly useful for personalized and unique gifts.  Suitable for all levels.


Drawing for the Terrified – Richard Box @ Nature in Art
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm

Are you terrified of drawing but secretly long to learn how? Richard Box has an  approach that will steady your nerves and build drawing ability and confidence. You will be amazed at what you will be able to draw by following his method. Because you are ‘terrified’  you will stay with a simple still life for the whole course. The main focus is in learning how to truly SEE what is often merely glanced. Once this is understood, you will be empowered to follow a number of procedures and techniques in both monochrome and colour. Thereafter, at home, you will be able to apply these to any subject you like.


Gary Hodges: Love and Protection @ Nature in Art
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

 A very special exhibition of 42 uniquely embellished prints by the UK’s best known pencil artist, Gary Hodges. All will be auctioned at a special event on 21st July by BBC TV’s James Lewis. All the proceeds to be shared by 5 strategic animal charities and Nature in Art.


Woodland Birds in Acrylic – Martin Rumary @ Nature in Art
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm

A 2-day course concentrating on painting our familiar British woodland birds in their natural environment, using Acrylics Paints on Board.

Beginning with the preliminary sketches of the birds, from both memory and reference material, we will discuss capturing a sense of movement and progress through depicting associated surroundings such as leaves, grass, wood etc.

We will also be looking at creating depth in the work and the importance of the overall composition, whilst working towards completion of the final painting, and discussing framing ideas.



A special Gary Hodges evening with BBC TV’s James Lewis @ Nature in Art
Jul 21 @ 6:15 pm

A very special evening to view over 40 specially embellished prints by Gary Hodges in the company of the artist and friends, with over ten being available to purchase by auction on the night. 100% of the proceeds will be split between some of Gary’s favourite charities – Animals Asia, Born Free, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, EIA & Nature in Art. Other pictures will be available to bid on through an online auction, also in aid of the charities. A really enjoyable evening to celebrate the work of a renowned artist and the strategic work of some of the most effective conservation and art charities. Not to be missed!

Every ticket holder will be entered into a prize draw with the first prize being an embellished print pluss four other prizes.


Doors open at 6.15pm

Wine / soft drinks and finger food included


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral @ Nature in Art
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Gallery Pangolin, this show is part of our anniversary celebrations – sculptures, prints and drawings by a host of well known artists including Jon Buck, Lynn Chadwick, Terence Coventry, Antony Gormley, Peter Randall-Page and Geoffrey Dashwood. All inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

Cactus Cat by Jon Buck

Sketching Birds using Pencils & Watercolours – Trevor Smith @ Nature in Art
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 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.


Tropical Seedpods in Graphite with Underpainting – Ann Swan @ Nature in Art
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm

Tropical seedpods are the inspiration for this workshop.  Ann will be demonstrating her techniques for using coloured pencil or pastel pencils applied with solvent as a base for detailed graphite drawing.  The colour is applied first and then melted into the paper using an alcohol based solvent.  Once dry the surface of the paper is unchanged and provides a good support for detailed drawing either with graphite or with coloured pencil. So the best of both worlds, some colour and lots of detailed and tonal graphite drawing. Throughout this workshop Ann will demonstrate all the techniques she uses in her work and will spend time individually with each student to help you perfect your technique.