Whats on at Nature in Art

Ice Bound @ Nature in Art
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

Darren Rees received the Artist in Residency honour from the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute, travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula. This display presents some of his sketches and paintings executed in situ, plus some studio pieces completed on his return.


Rees-King Colony

Image: King Colony by Darren Rees

How to Draw Realistic Eyes in Graphite Pencil – Jamie Boots @ Nature in Art
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

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, the realistic texture of skin, fur and the glassy look of an eye can be achieved.

Boots eye

Glorious Glass Engraving – Amanda Lawrence @ Nature in Art
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm

This course explores the wonderful and versatile craft of glass engraving with a drill.  It’s an opportunity for beginners to learn the basic techniques and for those who have attended a previous introductory course to expand their skills.  Over the two days we will discover three different techniques, including surface engraving, creating a 3D effect with intaglio (low relief) engraving and engraving with coloured glass.  You will work on both flat glass and vessels and you will come away with at least one little masterpiece of your own making!  No previous experience or artistic expertise necessary to join in, but some manual dexterity is needed for this technique.Lawrence


Postcard Portraits @ Nature in Art
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm
Image: Chris Noble


To mark our 30th anniversary, hundreds of artists who have worked with us have each created a special work of art. Purchase a ticket to become the proud possessor of one of these marvelous miniatures!

A View Inside – Illustrating the Inner Beauty of Botanical Subjects – Sarah Morrish @ Nature in Art
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

During this course you will be exploring the intricate detail within botanical subjects whilst experiencing and comparing different techniques used for dissecting and enlarging features. We will be using some of these to illustrate elements of the plants and flowers in graphite pencil and watercolour within a study page format.

To support our learning and recording of features, we will be using microscopes and further elements of technology such as tablet computers and macro lenses for smartphones (the latter items are not essential materials to buy for the course).

The course will suit those artists who have had an introduction to botanical art and those with more experience. It will also suit botanical artists who like to take a more traditional approach and those who would like to explore a more contemporary portrayal of their subject.


Willow Garden Structures – Helen Lomberg @ Nature in Art
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

On this 1-day course you will make Plant Climbers, Plant Supports, Trellises and decorative Garden Hurdles, all out of willow grown in Somerset and here in Gloucestershire.

Helen will guide you through each stage of the process, whilst introducing you to the different  varieties of willow which you can use to make your creations unique.

By the end of the day you should have been able to make 3-4 items to take home to put in the garden.

Lomberg garden

Scratching Out the Details: Scraperboard – Jackie Cox @ Nature in Art
May 19 @ 10:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm

Scraperboard is a method of creating a tonal picture by scratching through a layer of black  Indian ink to reveal a white chalk layer beneath. In some ways it is similar to drawing, except the white is scratched from the black.

We will explore the techniques that can be used to make marks and scratch out detail.

We will also cover different types of scraperboard and scratchboard, including how to make your own and the different ways board can be coloured after scratching.


David Shepherd @ Nature in Art
May 22 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

A unique selection of original paintings by David Shepherd CBE, who died in 2017. He was one of the UK’s best known and best loved wildlife artists and a conservation icon. His powerful legacy lives on through his instantly recognisable paintings and the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.


Image: ©David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The Wildlife Art Society International @ Nature in Art
May 26 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 300 paintings, drawings, original prints, photographs 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.


Mandy Shepherd talk
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 Mandy has been a professional wildlife artist for over 30 years and is the daughter of David Shepherd. This evening is a rare opportunity to hear personal anecdotes and tales about David and his art, her own early life and influences from her father all interwoven with her own story. Supported by film, this will be an evening to celebrate David’s amazing life and legacy, expressed partly through Mandy’s own endeavours.

Mandy also is well known for her portraiture and military work. After her degree, she travelled to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa which culminated in her first exhibition in Zimbabwe in 1980.

Proceeds to be shared with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Galleries open 7pm – 8pm to view David Shepherd originals and have snacks. Talk starts 8pm. PLEASE BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE