The first post-launch display of all the winning images from this renowned competition focusing on British fauna and flora. Extraordinary pictures of our rarest animals and the wildlife on our doorstep.
To find out more about the competition visit the BWPA website: here
Cath Hodsman is an artist and illustrator, who has a passion for painting and drawing insects. She was recently made a member of the Society of Biology and is a registered tutor for the Royal West of England Academy.
The printing method we will use today uses a pencil to make marks on the printing surface. It is a fantastic workshop that will introduce you to the art of print making and how to easily make complicated multiple colour prints.
You will also be able to use your printing block multiple times to create your own unique wrapping paper – all ready for Christmas!
On this 1-day course you will learn how to needle-felt with wool.
You will be introduced to the basics of needle-felting, taught how to make a wire armature to form the basis of your sculpture and how to mould the wool to the frame.
You will be amazed how the wool sculpture seems to develop a character of its own. Once you have become confident in using the basic skills and techniques you are only limited by your imagination!
A materials pack will be supplied by Michelle Hickman, at the cost of £15 per participant, payable directly to her on the day. The materials pack will include a felting kit and tools to keep, plus all the wool and materials required.
Michelle taught herself needle-felting and, for several years now, has been selling sculptures and commissions of her animals all over the world, as well as running courses and workshops.
She enjoys passing on her love of wool and needle-felting and is keen to share what she has learned.
Explore the mysteries behind the Collagraph Print on this 1-day course.
Learn how to make your own unique prints from plates created from mount card, which is incised with lines, collaged with paper and other textured mediums to create an exciting textured printing surface.
You will be shown how to prepare paper and how to ink up and wipe your plates ready for printing. The first part of the course will be spent making the plate and then the second will be spent printing in different ways to create your own unique print.
A sketch/photograph you want to work from.
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
Drawing materials i.e. pencils, rubber, paintbrushes.
All other materials will be provided by Tor Hildyard, at the cost of £10 per participant, payable directly to her on the day.
Tor is a prize winning printmaker, who shows her work both nationally and internationally. Tor is interested in experimenting with new techniques, images and printing methods which allows her to challenge the boundaries of printmaking and enables her to produce the right marks and textures that relate to each subject matter.
Tor worked as a Printmaking tutor and technician at UCA, Maidstone, Kent, after finishing her degree. She later returned to achieve an Masters in Printmaking in 2010.
She now runs her own private printmaking courses from her studio in Worcestershire.
This 2-day course will show you how to draw colourful bird portraits with coloured pencil.
Using photographs supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to draw eyes, feathers and bright colours using techniques such as blending, layering, colour mixing and shading. Each exercise will be demonstrated step by step and the tutor will be on hand to provide group and individual constructive criticism.
By the end of the course you will have produced a few bird portraits to take home.
All materials will be supplied by Jonathan Newey, at a cost of £20 per participant,
payable directly to him on the day.
Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist with over 20 years of experience in teaching in adult education.
He is well known nationally for his coloured pencil drawings of animals and is a founder member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
Come and meet and hear from glass artist Amanda Lawrence who spent four years walking, looking and listening in the Slad Valley with camera, sketchbook and sound recorder to create our winter exhibition. Amanda’s striking glass sculpture and haunting soundtrack, photographs and stories create an uplifting and thought-provoking experience.
Even though this event is free, please tell us if you intend to come. Donations welcome. Refreshments available.
On this 2-day course you will carefully study a natural object of your choice (seeds, leaves, shells etc) to pick out the shapes, forms, lines and textures occurring within it. You will then carve this form in lime wood, either in a representational or more abstract way. You may bring an object you have found either from home, on a walk or in the gardens at Nature in Art.
Robert will also provide a range of objects for reference but it is always good to work from something that you have been specifically drawn to yourself. Preliminary sketches in pencil and/or models in plasticine, depending on your abilities, will aid your 2 and 3 dimensional understanding of the object before starting in wood.
Robert has been carving from early childhood and his fascination with wood and the natural world has always been very close to him.
Robert had a former art training and received the National Diploma in Design from Wolverhampton Art College. He has also taught at Stafford College. Robert recently became an RBSA with the Society of Birmingham Artists and a master carver in the Waterways.