Whats on at Nature in Art

Giraffe Portrait, Coloursoft Pencils on Mount Board – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Derwent Coloursoft Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject. All materials will be supplied including a line      drawing to trace for those not wishing to draw free hand.

Example of Karen’s work…


Collagraphs: The Mystery Unwrapped – Tor Hildyard @ Nature in Art
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.


Lino-printing Wildlife – Richard Jarvis @ Nature in Art
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A day of hands-on linoprinting which will include the use of the different cutting tools, creating and transferring a design onto the lino block and cutting to leave a relief surface.  The cut block can then be  inked up and printed using either hand burnishing or a press. Please bring along any ideas/images that you would like to use. There will also be images available on the day. Old clothes or an apron are advisable.


Studying & Painting Insect Colour & Pattern – Cath Hodsman @ Nature in Art
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

This unique two-day watercolour painting workshop will use insects specimens, microscopes, magnifying glasses and macro photos to explore the hidden, beautiful, magic and unseen world of insects – To find out how insects use their vast range of colour and patterns to help make them the largest and most successful group of animals on Earth.

Students will then pay homage to what they learn by painting an intricate and beautiful  watercolour  study.



Needlefelting Fish or Whales – Kirsten Hill-Nixon @ Nature in Art
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Using woolen fibres and specialist felting needles, you will sculpt your choice of whale or fish.

Starting with simple shapes, then making fins and tails we will join all the parts smoothly adding colour and character with our felt needles.

Learning how to fashion and join parts will enable you to go on your own felting journey making other creatures after today.

We will use commercial and hand dyed wool fibres for our sculpting. This dry felting technique uses a specialist felting needle held rather like a pencil tapping dots on a page.


Painting a Wildflower Meadow – Rosalind Wise @ Nature in Art
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm

Wildflower meadows look complicated and difficult to paint. My aim in this course is to show an easy way to construct a meadow, making it look natural, through layering the different grasses and flowers. The painting should achieve spacial depth, energy and variety of species.


Printed and Embellished Textiles – Liz Robertson @ Nature in Art
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

Design a unique printed wrap scarf and learn print techniques which can be applied to fabric and paper projects.

  • Use natural objects as inspiration for a printed design
  • Learn to make a variety of printing blocks and how to print a continuous repeat design
  • Make print blocks which you will be able to keep
  • Print with your blocks using bright and metallic print media onto a pashmina-type wrap
  • Embellish the printed wrap with stitch, beads and sequins


Metalpoint Drawing & Lettering Techniques – Josie Brown @ Nature in Art
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A workshop to introduce the ancient and mysterious art of drawing with metal wire – it was how masters such as Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael drew before the pencil arrived.  Metal won’t make a mark on paper unless the surface is suitably prepared so we will trial a range of easily obtained grounds as well as a variety of metals like copper, silver, brass and aluminium.  The effects are fairly monotone, but give incredibly sensitive and atmospheric results – something utterly different to graphite.  All tools and materials will be provided but bring along any small metal objects to try – a silver spoon, gold earring, brass badge, but no rusty nails please!  This is not a how-to-draw course – it is a day to learn how to use metals to draw with.


Applique Textile Sunset, Sky & Water – Kathleen Matthews-Saunders @ Nature in Art
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm

Light, colour and reflections of the sun can change the landscape dramatically. Working with lots of coloured organza’s to give light and colour to the picture, metallic fabrics to give the sparkle to the water. With a few hand dyed fabrics, bought fabric and fusible web for the appliqué you will create the spectacular    vivid colours of the setting sun, making the sky and sea look as if they are on fire. The stark contrast of the dark reflections and foreground. Gold metallic fabric is used for the golden glow of the sun. Hand stitching and free machine embroidery will be used to further enhance your picture.


Sketching with Pen & Wash – Jonathan Newey @ Nature in Art
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

This is a two day course that will show you how to sketch landscapes and architecture with waterproof black ink pen and watercolour wash. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to use the pen with watercolour paint both before and after painting. Techniques taught will include colour mixing, brush technique, light and dark, drawing with a pen and how to loosen up to achieve expressive sketches. By the end of the course you will have produced a few sketches to take home with you. Suitable for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.