The colour blue is generally associated with the sky and the oceans but is oddly rare in nature. It has different meanings in different cultures and was the first man-made colour pigment in 2,200 B.C. This selection of work celebrates blue in a varied mix of both 2D and 3D items. From contemporary work to eighteenth century illustrations, abstract interpretations to representational art, see a wide range of work celebrating blue in nature.
This workshop is a riot of paper play – folding a multitude of clever, intriguing and practical little books, wallets and envelopes or wraps. Have a lot of fun making them for yourself or as gifts for someone special. No particular skills required so this workshop is suitable for all levels of capabilities.
Silk paintings are created on white silk, using brilliantly coloured dyes . These dyes can be contained to certain areas by the use of gutta, which forms a resist . Over the weekend we will practise drawing with tubes of gutta to create pictures, plus we will have the opportunity to try out the many other techniques that can be used to create gorgeous effects on the silk.
Creating iridescent feathers in watercolour, the subject is the peacock one of the most colourful birds. By using vivid colour and light Valerie hopes that this 2 day workshop will be fun as well as learning a layering technique that you will find useful for creating the plumage of colourful birds such as kingfishers and parrots. We will be using gold watercolour paint and aqua bronzes to enliven the Peacocks feathers and background.
I will also provide the reference material and a peacock feather or two. We will be concentrating on the head and neck with a little of the tail feathers included so please do not think you will be painting the whole bird!
I will supply the gold watercolour paint and aqua bronzes to try out so please bring along a couple of white saucers or small dishes as the aqua bronze is a powder.
Example of a watercolour by Val Briggs
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.
Derek Robertson has been a professional artist for over 30 years and his paintings have won multiple national and international awards. He is also an enthusiastic amateur naturalist and bird ringer and has had papers published in many scientific journals. Derek will be talking about his most recent project ‘Migrations’ which ties together human rights issues of refugee crises and climate change through the imagery of migratory birds and their role as environmental indicators. Derek travelled and sketched through the UK, Europe and the Middle East drawing together imagery of birds and people as they negotiated borders, refugee camps and points of transit. An evening for all.
Migrations is on show at May 21st – June 23rd
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!