What’s On

Jun
26
Wed
Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly @ Nature in Art
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm

An illustrated talk byCharlesDewhurst      £8 including finger buffet and access to all the galleries

Some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies are the swallowtails and birdwings,  includes our own very localised British Swallowtail. Possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the largest in the world is The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly  (Ornithoptera alexandrae), where females may have a 30cm wingspan. It is classed as Endangered by CITES and has a very restricted habitat. Examples are traded illegally for huge sums of money. Charles has lived and worked as a scientist in New Guinea, where the Queen Alexandra butterfly is found, and talks as both an expert and enthusiast for this amazing creature.  An evening of natural history and conservation. Do come!

Jun
29
Sat
Painting Wildlife in Acrylics – Kim Thompson @ Nature in Art
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 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 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.

Jul
1
Mon
Lino-printing Wildlife – Richard Jarvis @ Nature in Art
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A day of hands-on linoprinting which will include the use of the different cutting tools, creating and transferring a design onto the lino block and cutting to leave a relief surface.  The cut block can then be  inked up and printed using either hand burnishing or a press. Please bring along any ideas/images that you would like to use. There will also be images available on the day. Old clothes or an apron are   advisable.

www.richardjarvis.me.uk

Art from the Tree @ Nature in Art
Jul 1 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

 A guided tour/talk to see the stunning exhibition of woodturned items making up the special exhibition ‘Art from the Tree‘.

Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start. No charge, but donation appreciated. Coffee/tea available beforehamd.

Jul
2
Tue
Art from the Tree @ Nature in Art
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm

Over 300 items by members of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain. Artistry and craftsmanship come together in wonderful items exploiting the varied qualities of wood. From the traditional to contemporary, a diverse show also incorporating colour,carving, texture and a mix of other mediums. Exhibition includes 118 items from the Ray Key collaboration project.

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We are delighted that the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain are staging this exhibition of turned wood with nature very much in mind. It offers a wonderful opportunity to see a host of techniques exploited to bring out the beauty in wood – art from the tree.  The exhibition includes a large number of pieces, of varying scales, and is made up of three different sections.
The first is ‘The Ray Key collaboration’. This came about after many part turned pieces were found in the workshop of Ray Key BEM after he died in September 2018. Ray was the founder and president of the AWGB.  The part turned pieces were sent out to turners from five continents for them to finish in their own style. 118 pieces were returned revealing a vast array of different  techniques and styles representing a unique collection of work. These will all be exhibited at Nature in Art and at a later date auctioned, partly in aid of the AWGB.
Ray was a very influential turner who  revelled in the beauty of wood. He said,  ‘My work embraces minimalism; my quest is to produce objects of beauty and elegant simplicity. I am a great believer of the object as a whole; not a disjointed assemblage of different ones. ‘Keep it simple stupid’, ‘let the wood speak for itself’ and ‘if in doubt leave it out’ are my design bywords’. One of his great delights too was his sense that in his time this ancient craft is now accepted as an ‘art form’.’
A preview of the Ray Key Collaboration pieces can be seen on the AWGB website: www.awgb.co.uk/ray-key-collaboration
The second grouping is ‘The Masters’ which showcases the work of Ray Key (the first person ever to be awarded the title), Reg Hawthorne and Stuart Mortimer. All three were awarded the title of ‘Master Turner’ by the Worshipful Company of Turners. (The Turners’ Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London. Its origins go back to early medieval times: the first reference to a London turner dates back to 1189.) Many of these Master pieces will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
The third section are by AWGB members and are a selection of the best pieces chosen from their international seminar which took place last October along with some additional pieces from local turners. Many of these pieces will also be available for purchase at the exhibition.
For the first week of the exhibition (2nd – 7th July) we will also have a lathe and demonstrations taking place in the studio.
The AWGB is a national charity which aims to promote woodturning to ensure the craft continues and to advance education in woodturning. It currently has over 3000 members, including makers abroad, and has 50 local UK branches, including in Gloucestershire. Phil  Irons, who has a spectacular large vessel in the Nature in Art collection, was elected President of AWGB earlier this year.

Jul
6
Sat
Mosaic Garden Birds – Yvette Green @ Nature in Art
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

These little garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

On this one day workshop you will produce a stained glass mosaic bird on a stalk to brighten up your garden. You  will be able to make a bird of your choice from a limited selection of shapes.

Skills covered on the course will include mapping out of your original design, basic glass cutting, stained glass mosaic techniques, and grouting techniques.

This course is suitable for all levels although glass cutting skills are a bonus.

Jul
13
Sat
Pattern in Nature – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm

Discover nature’s pattern book in this course inspired by the shapes, colours and textures of natural objects. Take inspiration from Nature in Art’s extensive collection of shells, feathers, seeds, bark, leaves, and pebbles. We will begin by experimenting with creating textures and marks with acrylics, before creating original images inspired by your chosen object(s). Learn about mark-making, brushwork, paint application, design and composition. This course is suitable for those new to acrylics as well as those with more experience. For pattern enthusiasts it’s a must!

Jul
20
Sat
Sketching Birds using Pencils & Watercolours – Trevor Smith @ Nature in Art
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 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.

Family Fun Day – Walks with Hawks @ Nature in Art
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

A fantastic opportunity to meet a variety of magnificent birds of prey, from owls and hawks to falcons and eagles. The friendly team at Walks with Hawks have an inexhaustible enthusiasm and knowledge of birds of prey and will be on hand to tell you all about them!

You’ll also have a chance to join in with some fun creative activities.

Tickets: £2 per person (excluding museum galleries but including artist in residence and craft activities)

No need to book, just turn up to have some fun!

Jul
27
Sat
Decorative Mosaics – Joanna Dewfall @ Nature in Art
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm

Day One

You will learn about the various mosaic materials and techniques of cutting and setting.  You will make a 25cmsq panel on board on the first (or only) day.

Day Two

You will make a 30cmsq mosaic slab for the garden on a concrete paver. The tutor will assist you to make sure you have a simple bold design to mosaic.  The tutor has templates available to use if need be.  You will mosaic the design in reverse during the day and, if complete in time, the tutor will assist you to set the design in cement adhesive on the paver.  The tutor has run this workshop numerous times and everyone always leaves with a completed paver. However, if a student has not finished the mosaic in time they can take away a paver and adhesive to fix at home.   Grouting will be demonstrated but you will need to complete this at home – grout and full instructions included. Please note the concrete pavers are not suitable to be transported home on a bicycle!