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To mark our 30th anniversary, hundreds of artists who have worked with us have each created a special work of art. Purchase a ticket to become the proud possessor of one of these marvelous miniatures!
During this course you will be exploring the intricate detail within botanical subjects whilst experiencing and comparing different techniques used for dissecting and enlarging features. We will be using some of these to illustrate elements of the plants and flowers in graphite pencil and watercolour within a study page format.
To support our learning and recording of features, we will be using microscopes and further elements of technology such as tablet computers and macro lenses for smartphones (the latter items are not essential materials to buy for the course).
The course will suit those artists who have had an introduction to botanical art and those with more experience. It will also suit botanical artists who like to take a more traditional approach and those who would like to explore a more contemporary portrayal of their subject.
On this 1-day course you will make Plant Climbers, Plant Supports, Trellises and decorative Garden Hurdles, all out of willow grown in Somerset and here in Gloucestershire.
Helen will guide you through each stage of the process, whilst introducing you to the different varieties of willow which you can use to make your creations unique.
By the end of the day you should have been able to make 3-4 items to take home to put in the garden.
Scraperboard is a method of creating a tonal picture by scratching through a layer of black Indian ink to reveal a white chalk layer beneath. In some ways it is similar to drawing, except the white is scratched from the black.
We will explore the techniques that can be used to make marks and scratch out detail.
We will also cover different types of scraperboard and scratchboard, including how to make your own and the different ways board can be coloured after scratching.
A unique selection of original paintings by David Shepherd CBE, who died in 2017. He was one of the UK’s best known and best loved wildlife artists and a conservation icon. His powerful legacy lives on through his instantly recognisable paintings and the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Image: ©David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 300 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 will be demonstrating throughout the exhibition.
Mandy has been a professional wildlife artist for over 30 years and is the daughter of David Shepherd. This evening is a rare opportunity to hear personal anecdotes and tales about David and his art, her own early life and influences from her father all interwoven with her own story. Supported by film, this will be an evening to celebrate David’s amazing life and legacy, expressed partly through Mandy’s own endeavours.
Mandy also is well known for her portraiture and military work. After her degree, she travelled to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa which culminated in her first exhibition in Zimbabwe in 1980.
Proceeds to be shared with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Galleries open 7pm – 8pm to view David Shepherd originals and have snacks. Talk starts 8pm. PLEASE BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE
Come and join in with a host of hands-on activities both inside and outside to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Just £2 each to include all activities (excluding access to the museum) and free to paying visitors to the museum.
A CRAZY selection of activities!
…paint with bubbles, make a bird feeder, make and use a natural paint brush, try you hand at a scraperboard CD, take on the boat challenge and make a boat from natural materials, go on a nature scavenger hunt and much more…
No need to book. Just come and join in the celebrations!
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.
Click HERE to see more images of works from our collection.