What’s On

Jul
21
Tue
Anthony Gibbs: A Brush with Light
Jul 21 – Sep 6 all-day

Anthony Gibbs is at the forefront of wildlife art in the UK. His extreme attention to detail whilst never losing the life of the subject, and his portrayal of textures and the play of light have made his work eagerly collected. This stunning display embraces new works together with iconic ones from years past.

Aug
29
Sat
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor/Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm

This course will focus on botanical drawing and painting techniques in the option of working in watercolour or gouache. Observational skills are a very important part of botanical art so students will be encouraged to work from life by making detailed studies from either plants, leaves, fruit or vegetable specimens.

Course tutor Simon Williams will advise on a practical one-to-one basis, giving guidance in observations, colours suggestions and how to paint from the initial base coats to more controlled techniques. This will include rendering textures, contour definitions and colour transitions. Gouache is an opaque form of watercolour and is not an inferior medium to watercolour. For much of the time it is used for illustration, book design and publishing for its fantastic reproduction and vibrant colour.

This course is open to all levels, but it is preferential to have some drawing/painting experience as botanical work requires a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see samples for the style of painting.

www.swillustrations.com

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Sep
3
Thu
UK Colour Pencil Society
Sep 3 – Sep 20 all-day

 A stunning selection of works by members of the UK Colour Pencil Society who, for this annual exhibition, are focusing on the natural world. Expect a wide range of interpretations from the traditional to new and fresh ways of depicting nature.

Sep
10
Thu
Macro Photography of Still Subjects – John Ward @ Nature in Art
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm

The course will cover the basics of macro photography of still subjects: basic optical principles, tripod work, macro stand work, illumination, and image stacking and processing. The aim is to show how to avoid the pitfalls which can degrade image quality in photographing small things and especially how to extend depth of field, the zone of acceptably sharp focus in the object space, which so limited macro photography in the pre-digital age. Do not be too daunted by the equipment notes, below. Whilst being a ‘technical’ field where many bits of kit can be useful in particular situations, much can still be accomplished with little kit, and those with a sound grasp of basic principles can extend their ‘operational capabilities’ as they feel inclined.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Sep
26
Sat
Landscapes in Acrylic – Nick Dawe @ Nature in Art
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

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.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Sep
30
Wed
Sketching Gloucestershire with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm

This two day course will show you how to sketch the landscapes and architecture of Gloucestershire with waterproof black ink pen and watercolour wash. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to use the pen with watercolour paint both before and after painting.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Oct
10
Sat
Trees in Lino Printing – Beth Jenkins @ Nature in Art
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm

Working in black & white and colour, the course will explore different ways of depicting trees in lino prints.  We 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.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Oct
13
Tue
Drawing for the Terrified – Richard Box @ Nature in Art
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – Oct 14 @ 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.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

 

Oct
25
Sun
Explore Braiding – Braiding Society Members @ Nature in Art
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Members of The Braid Society will demonstrate and introduce participants to various braiding techniques. These will include Kumihimo on Marudai and disc, Ply-Split braiding and cord making, Inkle/band weaving. During the day, you will be able to choose two different methods to learn or develop your skills to make a group of samples or a small piece of braided jewellery.

Special note for this course: As there will be more than one tutor on this course, the total number we can accommodate will be 20, but all the teaching of the different techniques will be done in groups of 5 – 10 people so, as with all our courses, there always will be plenty of individual attention.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

Nov
11
Wed
Sketching Autumn with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm

This two day course will show you how to sketch the colours and textures of autumn landscapes with waterproof black ink pen and watercolour wash. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to use the pen with watercolour paint both before and after painting. Techniques taught will include colour mixing, brush technique, light and dark, drawing with a pen and how to loosen up to achieve expressive sketches.

To book a place on this course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.