The first out-of-London showing of the very latest exhibition of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards, celebrating the beauty and diversity of British wildlife and the talent, artistry and determination of the photographers who created them. A fantastic book of the competition (pictured) is available in our shop SEE THE WINNERS HERE
This unique two-day watercolour painting workshop will use insects specimens, microscopes, magnifying glasses and macro photos to explore the hidden, beautiful, magic and unseen world of insects – To find out how insects use their vast range of colour and patterns to help make them the largest and most successful group of animals on Earth.
Students will then pay homage to what they learn by painting an intricate and beautiful watercolour study.
Using woolen fibres and specialist felting needles, you will sculpt your choice of whale or fish.
Starting with simple shapes, then making fins and tails we will join all the parts smoothly adding colour and character with our felt needles.
Learning how to fashion and join parts will enable you to go on your own felting journey making other creatures after today.
We will use commercial and hand dyed wool fibres for our sculpting. This dry felting technique uses a specialist felting needle held rather like a pencil tapping dots on a page.
Design a unique printed wrap scarf and learn print techniques which can be applied to fabric and paper projects.
- Use natural objects as inspiration for a printed design
- Learn to make a variety of printing blocks and how to print a continuous repeat design
- Make print blocks which you will be able to keep
- Print with your blocks using bright and metallic print media onto a pashmina-type wrap
- Embellish the printed wrap with stitch, beads and sequins
The Ugandan Rwenzori Mountains with their glaciers, rocky outcrops and unique varieties of plants and animals are like nowhere else on Earth. This range was first photographed in 1906, when Italian photographer Vittorio Sella accompanied the Duke of Abruzzi, on an expedition. Described as being more of a challenge to climb than Kilimanjaro and situated between Uganda and the DRC in a region not always freely accessible, the Rwenzoris are under-explored and have been professionally photographed only very rarely since Sella’s time. This summer marked the third and ultimately successful attempt by Steve and two companions to climb up into the high regions, to document and record the flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes. Steve’s images reveal incredible scenes, from the mossy lower slopes to the high regions where the glaciers have retreated, exposing stark views of the bare rock.
Steve has many awards and accolades for his photography and books. He has been a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Travel Photographer of the Year, Hassleblad Masters Competition, Epson Pano Awards and others. One his photines is in the Nature in Art collection.
A workshop to introduce the ancient and mysterious art of drawing with metal wire – it was how masters such as Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael drew before the pencil arrived. Metal won’t make a mark on paper unless the surface is suitably prepared so we will trial a range of easily obtained grounds as well as a variety of metals like copper, silver, brass and aluminium. The effects are fairly monotone, but give incredibly sensitive and atmospheric results – something utterly different to graphite. All tools and materials will be provided but bring along any small metal objects to try – a silver spoon, gold earring, brass badge, but no rusty nails please! This is not a how-to-draw course – it is a day to learn how to use metals to draw with.
Light, colour and reflections of the sun can change the landscape dramatically. Working with lots of coloured organza’s to give light and colour to the picture, metallic fabrics to give the sparkle to the water. With a few hand dyed fabrics, bought fabric and fusible web for the appliqué you will create the spectacular vivid colours of the setting sun, making the sky and sea look as if they are on fire. The stark contrast of the dark reflections and foreground. Gold metallic fabric is used for the golden glow of the sun. Hand stitching and free machine embroidery will be used to further enhance your picture.
This is a two day course that will show you how to sketch landscapes and architecture 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. By the end of the course you will have produced a few sketches to take home with you. Suitable for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.
Join us for a Christmas celebration with an evening of festive music, readings and carols with the Gloucester and District Christian Choir. Mince pies and mulled wine included in the buffet. An evening not to be missed with an enthusiastic group of local community singers under their Musical Director, Pamela Dewick.