What’s On

Oct
4
Mon
Reflections on Nature
Oct 4 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm

REFLECTIONS ON NATURE

An exhibition by members of the Braid Society

Following fascinating exhibitions over the years focusing on textile techniques and crafts, from quilting to lace, crochet to embroidery, this display highlights another discipline, braiding. All the work on show is by members of The Braid Society which was founded in 1993 to promote the practice and education of making braids and narrow bands. Most exhibits have been made by UK members, but some have come from abroad, including Japan, Israel and the USA.

Throughout history people have needed ‘narrow wares’ for practical purposes such as ties for clothing and straps for possessions. This expanded into them being used as decorations, embellishments and, latterly, for art pieces.  Various techniques developed in different parts of the world (sometimes using specific pieces of equipment) and include Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo), Ply Split Braiding, Peruvian Braiding, Inkle and Tablet Weaving, Cord Making, Loop Braiding, Luceting, Sprang and other finger manipulated weaving.

This, the Society’s biennial exhibition (delayed by Covid), showcases recent members’ work made using diverse  methods and yarns as they have ‘reflected on nature’. On some days, makers will demonstrate amongst their exhibits.

Plus see makers at work on Oct 8th and 13th (11am-3pm), Saturday 16th (11am-1pm) and Wednesday 20th (11am-2.30pm).

On October 24th there will be an opportunity to try different braiding techniques. See art courses

 

Oct
24
Sun
Explore Braiding @ Nature in Art
Oct 24 all-day

Course Suitability: Beginners – Improvers

Maximum Participants: 16

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

Come and join members of the Braid Society to learn or improve your braids. Various techniques will be available including Kumihimo on marudai and disc, Ply-Split braiding and cord making, Inkle and Tablet Weaving. During the day we hope you will be able to try two different methods.
The tutors are experienced braiders who have all demonstrated and taught throughout the country:
A former Chair of the Society, Julie Hedges is a renowned weaver and braid maker. Since 1990 she has been researching, teaching and developing the techniques of Ply-Split Braiding and has published a number of books on the subject.
Bridget Paish started making Andean Braids some 30 years ago and then learnt Kumihimo and band weaving. She enjoys being in close contact with the threads and learning new techniques. Since lockdown she has been exploring Sprang.
Mavis Atkinson was introduced to Kumihimo over 20years ago and it had an instant appeal. By using a takadai or marudai a vast number of braids can be created. The manipulation of colour is a constant delight and challenge to her as it can transform a braid.
Kay Hawkins is the current Chair of the Braid Society. She discovered braiding by accident in 2014 and has explored many techniques using both specialised and simple equipment.

Materials Required:

All equipment and materials will be provided by the tutors at a cost of £5 per person which will be payable on the day.

Art Course Cost: £25

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

Places will be offered on a first come first basis.

If you would like to book a place on this course please email: tickets@natureinart.org.uk

Nov
6
Sat
Trees in Lino Printing with Beth Jenkins (FULLY BOOKED) @ Nature in Art
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

Course Suitability: Absolute beginners – Improvers

Maximum Participants: 12

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

Working in black & white and colour, this course will explore different ways of depicting trees in lino prints. You will be looking at different approaches for trees in leaf and bare trees, as well as stylised designs.

The course will look at how to use colour in your work and how to register your prints so that you can add different layers. A variety of different inking techniques will be taught.

You will be given guidance in how to adjust your designs for the printmaking process. Samples of different types of lino will be available to try and participants will be able to see the subtle difference these can make to the final outcome. You will be guided at every stage of the process and you should finish the course with a number of finished prints.

Materials Required:

Most materials will be provided but please bring:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Apron/old clothes

Please bring some images to work from, in the form of photos or sketches. You will be working on A5 blocks, unless you are a very experienced lino cutter, in which case you may choose to work on A4.

The cost of materials for the two days will be £10.

Artist’s Profile:

Beth Jenkins is an experienced artist and tutor. Her love of the natural world is shown in her landscape prints, often of trees and water. Following her residency at Slimbridge, birds are now becoming a regular feature of her work.

Beth is a member of Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative. Her work was selected for the inaugural Masters of Relief Print Exhibition by the Royal Society of the Painter Printmakers. She exhibits widely in the UK and beyond and has work in private collections in the UK, Europe and North America.

www.bethjenkins.co.uk

Art Course Cost: £90 NiA Members, £110 Non-members

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Nov
13
Sat
Landscapes in Acrylics with Nick Dawe @ Nature in Art
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

Course Suitability: Beginners – Improvers

Maximum Participants: 12

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

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. All the way through the course Nick will lead the painting and provide plenty of individual guidance leading to completing a finished landscape on a canvas panel by the end of the course.

Materials Required:

All materials will be provided for the cost of £10 per person payable directly to Nick during the course.

Artist’s Profile:

Nick has been teaching acrylics and watercolour for approximately 30 years. He provides workshops and demonstrations for art societies and hold regular workshops at Dumbledon Hall Hotel. Nick regularly sells work. in exhibitions and is a member of TWASI (The Wildlife Art Society International)

Art Course Cost: £90 NiA Members, £110 Non-members

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

Places will be offered on a first come first basis.

If you would like to book a place on this course please email: tickets@natureinart.org.uk

Nov
20
Sat
Studying and Capturing Light, Shade and Texture in A Bee Portrait with Cath Hodsman (FULLY BOOKED) @ Nature in Art
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day

Course Suitability: Beginners

Maximum Participants: 12

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

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

Materials Required:

  • Fine retractable propelling Pentel pencils – 0.5mm and 0.3mm
  • Selection of woodless graphite sticks
  • Set of ordinary pencils ranging from HB – 6B
  • Putty Rubber, Tom Bow Mono Zero rubber
  • Embosser – Link to buy: https://iartsupplies.co.uk/soft-grip-embossing-stylus-set-of-3.html
  • Hot pressed watercolour paper (Langton’s is fine – cheaper) – or buy the more expensive Saunders Waterford hot pressed w/c paper. St Cuthbert’s Mill. White – 14″ x 10″. 20 sheet pad. 140lb. Get from Amazon or Pegasus Art Supplies or Jackson’s etc.
  • Good desk top pencil and graphite sharpener – Cath has some to borrow
  • Feather, Ruler, Sketching Fixing Spray

Artist’s Profile:

Cath Hodsman, AMRSB, is a Cotswolds-based artist and illustrator who is one the the country’s foremost natural-history artists. Her passion and specialism is painting and sketching insects, which she has done for the last 10 years. In order to pay homage to their hidden beauty, she aims for 100% anatomical accuracy in every artistic study she produces. Through her scientific approach to her work, she has been made an Associate Member of the prestigious Royal Society of Biology. She is also well known for her ever-popular and unique insect painting and sketching course – With these she has taught with the illustrious London’s Natural History Museum, The Royal West of England Academy, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), The Field Studies Council, as well as many other relevant , esteemed artistic and natural history clientage and venues; including The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

www.cathhodsmanwildlifeartist.com

Art Course Cost: £90 NiA Members, £110 Non-members

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Nov
27
Sat
A Parrot, Coloured Pencils on Mount Board with Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

Course Suitability: Absolute beginners – Improvers

Maximum Participants: 12

*Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing during the course and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.*

Course Description:

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

Materials Required:

All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course.

Artist’s Profile:

Karen is a self taught award winning coloured pencil artist and tutor, painting mostly wildlife subjects. She is a gold member of the UKCPS (United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society).

She exhibits nationally and has won many awards for her detailed pencil work. She runs regular courses in the Pencil Museum, Keswick and Nature in Art, as well as many classes in Hampshire where she currently lives.

www.karencouson.co.uk

Art Course Cost: £90 NiA Members, £110 Non-members

(cost does not include lunch (available to order and purchase on the day from the Coffee Shop))

Places will be offered on a first come first basis.

If you would like to book a place on this course please email: tickets@natureinart.org.uk