Paintings by Derek Robertson based on his researches into bird migration and visits to refugee camps in Calais, Sicily, Cyprus and Jordan. The work overlays depictions of refugees and migrants with studies of migrating birds, blending stories,tradition and acute, personal observation.
The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 300 paintings, drawings, original prints, photogrpahs 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.
Come and meet Daphne Neville and her otter Rudi! For over 50 years Daphne has been a film and TV actress. Since the 1980s she has combined this with her conservation work with otters. This is a wonderful chance to find out about them from one of their most enthusiastic champions!
£2 per person (excluding museum galleries but including artist in residence, Wildlife Art Society show and art activities)
Heart&Soul Community Choir
£6 including light snacks and access to museum and Wildlife Art Society exhibition
Under the inspirational leadership of Hilary Davies, Heart&Soul Community Choir will be lifting our spirits with a varied repertoire covering traditional and contemporary folk songs from the British Isles, South Africa, Bukino Faso and New Zealand (plus other gems). The emphasis is on the sheer joy and diversity of singing! Part proceeds in aid of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. An evening not to be missed!
Using natural leaves, you will learn how to use the heat press, stencils and foil to create stunning, unique textile designs. You will experiment with using pre prepared dye paper, and be shown how to transfer the dye to the leaf, layering leaves and background colours to make fabric samples that can be framed as artwork or used in sewing projects. You will also be shown how to cut stencils from your leaves and how to use thermofax designs to give another dimension to your work with the addition of foil. A day of botanical creative exploration , with no experience necessary .
An in-depth introduction to creating art, graphics and illustrations on your iPad with Procreate. All the subjects will be of Natural History. We will create various examples in styles that utilize the amazing variety of brushes and editing functions. I’ll show you all sorts of tips and tricks, advice on importing and exporting files, brush creation and so on. Creating digital art on tablets is becoming very popular with graphic designers, illustrators and artists as the devices become ever more powerful. As a life long professional artist in traditional media I think you’ll be amazed at the variety of art which you can achieved. Have a play and discover your digital style!
An illustrated talk by Charles Dewhurst £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!
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.
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.