Whats on at Nature in Art

30 Years of Collecting @ Nature in Art
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm

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.

Nature in Art Trust; (c) Nature in Art; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Image: Animals Entering Noah’s Ark – Jan van Kessel the Younger

Click HERE to see more images of works from our collection.


Drawing for the Terrified – Richard Box @ Nature in Art
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – Jul 1 @ 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.


Gary Hodges: Love and Protection @ Nature in Art
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

 A very special exhibition of 42 uniquely embellished prints by the UK’s best known pencil artist, Gary Hodges. All will be auctioned at a special event on 21st July by BBC TV’s James Lewis. All the proceeds to be shared by 5 strategic animal charities and Nature in Art.


Woodland Birds in Acrylic – Martin Rumary @ Nature in Art
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm

A 2-day course concentrating on painting our familiar British woodland birds in their natural environment, using Acrylics Paints on Board.

Beginning with the preliminary sketches of the birds, from both memory and reference material, we will discuss capturing a sense of movement and progress through depicting associated surroundings such as leaves, grass, wood etc.

We will also be looking at creating depth in the work and the importance of the overall composition, whilst working towards completion of the final painting, and discussing framing ideas.



A special Gary Hodges evening with BBC TV’s James Lewis @ Nature in Art
Jul 21 @ 6:15 pm

A very special evening to view over 40 specially embellished prints by Gary Hodges in the company of the artist and friends, with over ten being available to purchase by auction on the night. 100% of the proceeds will be split between some of Gary’s favourite charities – Animals Asia, Born Free, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, EIA & Nature in Art. Other pictures will be available to bid on through an online auction, also in aid of the charities. A really enjoyable evening to celebrate the work of a renowned artist and the strategic work of some of the most effective conservation and art charities. Not to be missed!

Every ticket holder will be entered into a prize draw with the first prize being an embellished print pluss four other prizes.


Doors open at 6.15pm

Wine / soft drinks and finger food included


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral @ Nature in Art
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Gallery Pangolin, this show is part of our anniversary celebrations – sculptures, prints and drawings by a host of well known artists including Jon Buck, Lynn Chadwick, Terence Coventry, Antony Gormley, Peter Randall-Page and Geoffrey Dashwood. All inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

Cactus Cat by Jon Buck

Sketching Birds using Pencils & Watercolours – Trevor Smith @ Nature in Art
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 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.


Tropical Seedpods in Graphite with Underpainting – Ann Swan @ Nature in Art
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm

Tropical seedpods are the inspiration for this workshop.  Ann will be demonstrating her techniques for using coloured pencil or pastel pencils applied with solvent as a base for detailed graphite drawing.  The colour is applied first and then melted into the paper using an alcohol based solvent.  Once dry the surface of the paper is unchanged and provides a good support for detailed drawing either with graphite or with coloured pencil. So the best of both worlds, some colour and lots of detailed and tonal graphite drawing. Throughout this workshop Ann will demonstrate all the techniques she uses in her work and will spend time individually with each student to help you perfect your technique.


Open Air Performance of The Three Musketeers – IK Productions @ Nature in Art
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm

Join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they travel the length and breadth of France saving the day, rescuing people in distress and generally being heroes. Follow D’Artagnan in his quest to join the Musketeers in this hilarious comedy adaptation which takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour around France, and still has time for a quick trip across the Channel. With physical comedy, fast-paced action and quick wit, IKP’s version of The Three Musketeers promises to entertain all ages.

Following their recent successes with Three Men in a Boat, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, IKP are bringing their unique brand to another classic novel. Expect swashbuckling, sword-fights and subterfuge in the fast, funny, family-friendly adaptation of the French favourite – Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.

This production is designed to be performed in the open-air and will continue in all safe weathers. Bring a picnic and something to sit on.

Botanical Painting using Watercolour or Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm

The Course will focus on botanical painting, giving the learner the opportunity to work in either watercolour or gouache. The course will be taught by Simon Williams SBA.

Gouache and watercolour are both water soluble mediums and can produce stunning paintings. 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. Throughout the course you will be guided in colour mixing, botanical accuracy, brush techniques to render fine detail and the most important skills to gaining 3 dimensional forms to botanical studies.

This course is open to people that have some drawing/painting experience, improvers and advanced levels to a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see samples for the style of painting.