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!
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 .
An in-depth introduction to creating art, graphics and illustrations on your iPad with Procreate. All the subjects will be of Natural History. We will create various examples in styles that utilize the amazing variety of brushes and editing functions. I’ll show you all sorts of tips and tricks, advice on importing and exporting files, brush creation and so on. Creating digital art on tablets is becoming very popular with graphic designers, illustrators and artists as the devices become ever more powerful. As a life long professional artist in traditional media I think you’ll be amazed at the variety of art which you can achieved. Have a play and discover your digital style!
An illustrated talk by Charles Dewhurst £8 including finger buffet and access to all the galleries
Some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies are the swallowtails and birdwings, includes our own very localised British Swallowtail. Possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the largest in the world is The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera alexandrae), where females may have a 30cm wingspan. It is classed as Endangered by CITES and has a very restricted habitat. Examples are traded illegally for huge sums of money. Charles has lived and worked as a scientist in New Guinea, where the Queen Alexandra butterfly is found, and talks as both an expert and enthusiast for this amazing creature. An evening of natural history and conservation. Do come!