What’s On

‘Get Off Auto’ – Digital Photography Workshop 2, Developing Your Skills – Alan Law @ Nature in Art
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The second of two one day Workshops to help you leave Auto Mode and make the most of your Digital SLR/Bridge camera.

Build on your Workshop 1 experience or if you are comfortable using Manual mode on your Digital SLR/Bridge camera, this workshop will develop your skills and help you learn new techniques to become more creative.

Areas to be covered include : Manual mode – how and when to use it. Understanding and using light in your photography. Action photography – capturing movement effectively: freezing, blurring, panning. Composition – the formal elements: line, tone, shape, texture, form, colour. Black & White – when and how to use it. Metering modes.

Natty Little Folded Books – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 Painting – Jackie Cox @ Nature in Art
May 11 @ 10:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

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 Peacock – Val Briggs @ Nature in Art
May 18 @ 10:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm

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

Migrations @ Nature in Art
May 23 @ 7:00 pm

Migrations – A Field Study in Adversity: an illustrated talk byDerekRobertson   £8 including finger buffet and access to galleries

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 @ Nature in Art
May 25 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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.

Otter Family Day @ Nature in Art
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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)

Rendering Fur Texture with Soft and Hard Pastels – Andrew Forkner @ Nature in Art
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

During the course we will explore how to achieve realistic detail and texture, using a controlled, multi-layered approach to working in pastel.

Heart&Soul Choir @ Nature in Art
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

Heart&Soul CommunityChoir     

£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!

Botanical Printing, 3 Ways – Clare Walsh @ Nature in Art
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Using natural leaves, you will learn how to use the heat press, stencils and foil to create stunning, unique textile designs. You will experiment with using pre prepared dye  paper, and be shown how to transfer the dye to the leaf, layering leaves and background colours to make fabric samples that can be framed as artwork or used in sewing projects. You will also be shown how to cut stencils from your leaves and how to use thermofax designs to give another dimension to your work with the addition of foil. A day of botanical creative exploration , with no experience necessary .