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2020 Art Courses at Nature in Art


17th February 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Embellishing your Paintings with Gold-Leaf – Claudia Hahn @ Nature in Art

Inspired by the decorative works of the golden age of illustration and the Arts and Crafts movement, this course will show you how to incorporate gold-leaf into your paintings. It can be used either to highlight small areas of your paintings or bring glow to the complete background. Gold-leaf is a stunning, versatile and decorative way to bring a surprising new element and shine to your work.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as advanced participants. Please be aware that working with gold leaf, which comes in thin, fragile sheets, is painstakingly fiddly: you need to bring patience!!



14th & 15th March 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Goldwork Embroidery Snowdrops – Sheila Knight @ Nature in Art

Enjoy a relaxing weekend creating a beautiful Goldwork Snowdrop Design. Learn about and how to use the lovely materials used in Goldwork Embroidery. The techniques used in this design are couching gold and silver threads, couching braids, cutting purls and attaching them. Padding a shape and covering it with leather.



21st March 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Glass Fusing – Sharon Foley @ Nature in Art

Glass fusing is joining two or more layers of glass through heating in a kiln.

There are several techniques that can be adapted to this basic principle some of which give surprising results. This course will teach some of those techniques alongside glass cutting (if you are new or in need of a refresher) and consist of glass layering, use of glass frits, powders and encapsulation between layers of glass. The course will guide you in designing and making either 4 glass coasters or a larger, flat piece of art glass. These will then be fired in a kiln and ready for collection after the course.



28th & 29th March 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Adventures with Acrylic Ink – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art

When is ink not ink? When it’s Acrylic Ink (it’s liquid acrylic paint, not ink). Explore this fascinating medium, which adds a whole new dimension to your acrylic practice. Discover the vibrant colours – glossy, iridescent, shimmering, pearlescent and explore when and how to use them in realistic and abstract art. We 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.



18th & 19th April 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

A Parrot, Coloured Pencils on Mount Board – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Coloured Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject.



31st May 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

A Colourful Chameleon, Coloured Pencils on Mountboard – Karen Coulson @ Nature in Art

This course is a wonderful introduction to the world of coloured pencil techniques. Learn the art of layering and blending Coloured Pencils whilst using different pencil strokes to create the textures required for the subject.



6th & 7th June 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Watercolour Fun – John Horton @ Nature in Art

We will do 4 paintings over the weekend. One for each session. Landscape and beachscape to a specific basic composition which you will be required to draw out for yourselves from a sketch which I will provide and help with if needed. We will explore creating the feeling of distance and light in a painting by lying down successive washes, using ‘wet into wet’ techniques and light and shade to produce depth. Possible seasonal themes will be autumn colours and mists, winter snow, sunsets, big skies, trees and reflections. We will go through each painting stage by stage and I will advise and assist where required.



13th & 14th June 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Studying and Capturing Light, Shade and Texture in a Bee Portrait – Cath Hodsman @ Nature in Art

Capturing drama in art is the secret to its success – harnessing lowlights, highlights and texture help create mood as well realism. For this workshop, Cath will take students on a journey that focuses on these important elements.

Each student will complete a beautiful and detailed graphite sketch of a Solitary bee.

Students will also learn about the fascinating life cycle of solitary bees, that make up 90% of the UK’s collective bee species. About how solitary bees make much more effective pollinators than both honey bees and bumble bees and how creating habitat and nesting sites and material for solitary bees is easy and fun to do….involving anything from rotten wood to empty snail shells….!



4th & 5th July 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Painting Wildlife in Acrylics – Kim Thompson @ Nature in Art

On this 2 day course participants will master the fast drying time of acrylic paint, tackle details and a variety of textures found in nature and leave with a better grasp of this very versatile medium. Everyone will be encouraged to enjoy experimenting with brushes and sponges and the techniques Kim uses in her own paintings.

This course will appeal to those who are looking to establish a good understanding of using acrylics to capture wildlife subjects and who have already tried acrylics and want to learn more. Kim is a considerate and encouraging tutor and will bring a relaxed approach to the two days.



11th July 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Mosaic Garden Birds – Yvette Green @ Nature in Art

These little garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

On this one day workshop you will produce a stained glass mosaic bird on a stalk to brighten up your garden. You will be able to make a bird of your choice from a limited selection of shapes. Skills covered on the course will include mapping out of your original design, basic glass cutting, stained glass mosaic techniques, and grouting techniques. This course is suitable for all levels although glass cutting skills are a bonus.



25th & 26th July 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Drawing Birds in Coloured Pencil – Andrew Forkner @ Nature in Art

This course will explore the techniques involved in producing realistic and lifelike drawings of birds using coloured pencils.

We will look at how to capture the iridescence seen in some bird feathers, as well as the textures and patterns of the students’ own choice of bird subjects.



1st & 2nd August 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Natural Forms: Feathers, Bark and Seedpods – Ann Swan @ Nature in Art

Explore ways to create finely, fashioned, feathers and textured, tactile, bark.

Ann will demonstrate the techniques she uses such as underpainting, resist and embossing to build up textured layers and capture the exquisite detail of both feathers and bark.



8th & 9th August 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Sensational Sketching – Jackie Garner @ Nature in Art

When you sketch outdoors, whether for exploring or information gathering, that sensory experience gives your drawings an immediacy and energy that is always appealing. In this course we will used an array of media and techniques and will take our inspiration from the Nature in Art site.

Each participant will choose their own preferred subjects – perhaps birds, butterflies or dragonflies, their habitats, or even the static sculptures in the grounds. We will use line, tone and texture to explore structure, proportion and movement, before looking at how to develop sketches into more finished (realistic or abstract) artwork.



15th August 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Painting in the Moment, Intuitive Art Workshop – Frances Whitman @ Nature in Art

My intuitive art workshops aim to give you creative confidence. Providing a nurturing, fun and relaxing space in which you can enjoy the process of creating mixed media artworks. Allowing you to enjoy the creative process, to let go, creating spontaneously, without thinking, without trying to draw precise shapes, trusting your instinct rather than your brain.

Intuitive art is about letting go of fear or expectations, allowing each painting to evolve in its own time, in its own way, allowing something new and unknown emerge. We will be experimenting with lots of different techniques and materials, to include acrylics, acrylic pouring medium, encaustic art, pastels, inks, pencils and more.

I will guide you in the application of each medium and technique, ensuring this workshop is suitable for those that are new to art as well as those that are more experienced. The day will start and end with a short guided meditation. No experience necessary!



29th & 30th August 2020

10.00 am - 17.00 pm

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor/Gouache – Simon Williams @ Nature in Art

This course will focus on botanical drawing and painting techniques in the option of working in watercolour or gouache. Observational skills are a very important part of botanical art so students will be encouraged to work from life by making detailed studies from either plants, leaves, fruit or vegetable specimens.

Course tutor Simon Williams will advise on a practical one-to-one basis, giving guidance in observations, colours suggestions and how to paint from the initial base coats to more controlled techniques. This will include rendering textures, contour definitions and colour transitions. Gouache is an opaque form of watercolour and is not an inferior medium to watercolour. For much of the time it is used for illustration, book design and publishing for its fantastic reproduction and vibrant colour.

This course is open to all levels, but it is preferential to have some drawing/painting experience as botanical work requires a precise rather than loose style of painting. Please visit the tutor’s website to see samples for the style of painting.



To book a place on any course please return a completed application form along with £20 deposit.

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