This 2-day course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering different coloured pencil strokes to create the ‘realistic details’ of a Cheetah, using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils on a coloured Mount Board.
A line drawing will be provided to trace if you do not wish to draw the image free hand.
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Improvers
All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Karen Coulson.
Karen is a self taught award winning coloured pencil artist and tutor, painting mostly wildlife subjects. She is a Gold Signature member of the UKCPS (United Kingdom Coloured pencil Society).
She exhibits nationally and has won many awards for her detailed pencil work. She runs regular workshops in the Pencil Museum, Keswick as well as many classes in Hampshire, where she currently lives.
Sophie has studied a degree in Contemporary Crafts, giving her a broad knowledge base in material, techniques, processes and 3D modelling. She soon discovered her love of working with natural fibres. Sophie is well known for her needle felt workshops, creating beautifully realistic felt animals including blue tits, butterflies and bees. Sophie will be running a special workshop to create felt hedgehog using special material to create a detailed hedgehog including realistic looking bristles. Sophie has excellent tutor knowledge and is keen to guide you through the creation of your very own felt hedgehog.
£50 per person
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Students will be expertly guided through the process of sculpting with the medium of wire be it galvanised, copper or coloured telephone cable.
Students can choose to keep it simple and create a 2D wire drawing, make a small bird or take on a bigger challenge and build a more complex sculpture.
On day 1 you will develop ideas through making a small ‘study’ sculpture and then start the foundations of your larger structure. On day 2 will you continue to add features and details.
Throughout the course you will learn about the different kids of recycled wires and where to source them for future projects.
All materials will be supplied by Celia Smith, at the cost of £10-15 per participant,
depending on the size of sculpture made. This will be payable directly to her on the day of the course.
Celia Smith is an artist who draws with wire, as others draw with pencil. For her, creating sculptures out of wire is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.
The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of domestic and native British birds. She aims to capture not only their shape but also their movement and character.
During this 2-day course Stephen will teach you how charcoal and charcoal pencils compliment each other, so that intricate and subtle details can be achieved as well as the flowing expressive marks the medium is more commonly associated with.
Stephen will demonstrate how the use of various tools can help you control the charcoal allowing the creation of soulful and expressive eyes, deep soft fur, or any other texture you might wish to depict.
You will have the chance to re-create one of Stephen’s drawings and learn lots of those little things that go into the creation of a drawing. Stephen will also demonstrate techniques for transferring an outline onto paper for anyone that wishes to concentrate on achieving great tones and textures rather than struggle to get correct proportions.
All materials needed for the course will be available to borrow free of charge from Stephen Walton.
Stephen is an award winning artist who after ten years experience working in an art gallery has recently took the plunge to become a full time artist.
During his time at the gallery he curated and installed exhibitions as well as running workshops and courses for adults and children alike. He gleaned a great deal from all of these experiences.
Stephen has recently had his first book published, Counting Lions – Portraits From the Wild. With a foreword written by Virginia McKenna, who describes Stephen’s charcoal drawings as ‘Beautiful’. Stephen hopes this will be his first major step in aiding the wildlife he loves so much.
with Jamie Boots 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12
On this 2-day course you will learn all about working with graphite pencil from experienced artist Jamie Boots.
Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch.
Jamie will show participants that whether or not you are using a pencil that is blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard, or using a variety of tones, that the effect of fur, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye can be achieved.
The subject for this art course will be: Zebra
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Advanced
All materials will be supplied free of charge to use during the course by Jamie Boots.
Originally from New Zealand, Jamie is a self taught artist whose work is produced in
graphite pencil. Jamie first exhibited his work in 2004 and has won a number of awards for his artwork.
In a very short period of time a hobby became a profession and with a limited number of originals being available each year his drawings have become highly collectable.
with Ian Coleman
Maximum Participants: 12
The iPad is a great concept sketching tool for conventional paintings, creating hybrid digital images or full digital works.
On this 1-day course Ian will familiarize you with the application Procreate. He will go through its functions and you will learn how to, import and export your work, import brushes, create brushes and create artworks in various styles from graphic lines to photo-real brushwork.
Course Suitability: Absolute Beginners – Improvers
iPad iOS 9.1 or later
Procreate App installed (currently costs £4.49 from the App Store as of Nov 2015. File size 95.9MB)
You will need to ensure that you have at least 1GB of space on your iPad, so that you can download content from the artist before the course.
Ian Coleman is a professional artist and over the last 32 years has produced gallery artworks in acrylics and oils, illustrations and graphic designs for books and advertising.
For last 10 years Ian has run weekend courses on oil painting, watercolours and acrylic
techniques. He is well known for his natural history paintings with a particular interest in marine-life.
The 2-day course will focus on botanical painting, giving you the opportunity to work with alternative mediums such as gouache or acryl gouache. Taking the course in
watercolour is also available if you would prefer to stick to a familiar medium.
Throughout this course you will be guided in colour mixing, botanical accuracy and the most important skills to gaining three dimensional forms to botanical studies.
This course is open to all levels but a precise rather than loose style of painting will be
Click here for the full material’s list for this course.
Simon is one of the country’s leading botanical artists and Course Director for the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course. He is listed in the 35th Edition of Who’s who in Art.
Through his business, SW Illustrations, Simon has worked for some of the largest advertisement branding agencies such as JDO Brand Design and Innovation, Tangible Advertising Agency and freelance for magazines, publishers and wildlife art agencies/studios.
Vibrant colours, permanent, waterproof, transparent or opaque; acrylic inks give the artist a myriad of options in their work.
This 2-day course will explore the possibilities for both realistic and abstract paintings using acrylic inks. You will experiment with different methods of applying the ink and cover working with layers of colour, wet into wet, detail, and usage with other media.
No prior knowledge of working with acrylic inks is necessary.
Jackie Garner trained at Medway College of Design before becoming Nature in Art’s first education officer. She is now a professional artist who specialises in portraying wildlife, taking inspiration from encountering wildlife in its natural habitat.
Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, and is a contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine. She has exhibited with many art societies, including the National Exhibition Wildlife Art, the Society of Wildlife Artists, BirdScapes
Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and has held solo exhibitions in
London and Gloucestershire. Jackie is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.
Jackie is happy to discuss the course with students. Visit her website for contact details:www.jackiegarner.co.uk
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.