Canberra NatureArt Lab
Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, Canberra
Canberra NatureArt Lab offers unique art courses and workshops focusing on art inspired by nature.
We provide a fully equipped space for art, science and nature studies, with great tutors to guide your creative learning.
Courses & Workshops
Painting with Watercolour II - Term Four 2018 - Lesley Wallington
This course continues the exploration of painting with watercolour looking at harmony in colour and combination of techniques. Students will complete a series of exercises and projects using monochromatic, complementary and analogous colour schemes and will gain practice combining wet and dry techniques with transparent glazing. At the end of the course students will have an enhanced ability to identify and mix colour and an understanding of how different hues affect each other. 15 October - 19 November 2018 Monday 1.30 - 4.30pm 6 x 3 hour sessions
Drawing II - with Lesley Wallington
In this course we will continue to develop drawing skills focusing on forms in nature and progressing from preliminary to finished works. We will use further exercises with graphite, conte pencil and pen and ink to train the eye. We will also introduce techniques with colour pencil. Topics will include foreshortening, symmetry, spirals and how the Fibonacci series relates to complex forms in nature. Students will gain the maximum benefit from this course by completing at least 3 hours practice between classes. Suitable for students who have completed Introduction to Drawing or those with some previous drawing experience. Morning tea will be available. 19 October - 29 November 2018 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions); Please note: no class on 9 November. Friday mornings from 9.30am - 12.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
The Theory, Art and Practice of Nature Photography - with Damien Esquerre
Learn all the basics of nature photography and how to successfully photograph wildlife (from insects to mammals), landscapes and nature in general! Learn how to be technical and creative with your nature photography. Over four three-hour sessions you will learn in detail: camera equipment, exposure, lenses, getting sharp images, light, composition, macro and close-up, flash, approaching animals and digital editing. Includes a hands-on practical session in the field to apply techniques. Please contact us if you have any further questions on requirements or details of the course. Refreshments are included for the program. Limited to 10 students. Theory sessions: September 6, 13, 20 and 27 (6.00pm - 9.00pm) Practical session: September 23 (8.40am - 3.00pm) Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Introduction to Pastels and Pastel Pencils - with Ellouise Theron
Learn how to use pastels and pastel pencils over a six week course with master pastellist, Ellouise Theron. Learn about the materials and techniques required to create textures and effects with small experimental studies, then progress to create accurate and dynamic pastel paintings using these techniques.You will focus on composition, drawing, the importance of value in a painting and colour theory. Students will be able to use their own reference material or tutor-provided reference. Suitable for all levels of experience from beginners through to anyone wishing to revise their pastel painting. A materials list will be provided. Refreshments are included. 15 October - 19 November 2018 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Monday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm Venue: Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Painting with Watercolour 1 - with Gillian Carden
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to painting with watercolour. Through a series of exercises and projects students will learn about materials, stretching paper, different properties of pigments and basic techniques for applying paint to paper. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to revise their practice. Refreshments will be available. 25 October, 1 November, 15 November, 22 November (4 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 9.00pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Introduction to Botanical Art - with Cheryl Hodges
Learn the principles and techniques of botanical art, in order to create a realistic botanical watercolour painting. You will observe and draw plants, looking at composition, tone and form, then bring the drawing to life using washes, glazes and dry brush work for fine details. Suitable for beginners through to intermediate students. Morning tea is provided. A materials list will be provided on booking. Wednesday 17 October - 21 November 2018 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) 9.30am - 12.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, Canberra
Introduction to Pastels: Inspired by Kookaburras - with Ellouise Theron
Learn to use pastels and paint a kookaburra (with personality!) in pastel with experienced wildlife pastel artist Ellouise Theron. Follow basic steps to create an accurate drawing and underpainting directly onto pastel paper. Learn basic pastel and pastel pencil techniques and how to create textures, the importance of values, how to use paper colour and how to approach backgrounds. This two-day workshop is designed to develop skills whilst working on your very own pastel painting of an Aussie icon - the kookaburra. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to revise their art practice. Morning and afternoon tea provided. Saturday 18 and 25 August 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm (two days) Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Australian Birds: Magpie Watercolor Study - with Lesley wallington
Learn how to paint a magpie with experienced artist and tutor Lesley Wallington! Understand the magpie's character and anatomy, develop your use of pencil techniques for quick sketches and transfer of a drawing. Learn basic watercolour techniques, colour mixing, creating light and shade and transparent layering. Create a completed artwork by the end of the day. Suitable for beginners and intermediate level students. 9.30am - 4.30pm Saturday 24 November 2018 Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
White on White: Moth Illustration with Coloured Pencil - with Jan Clark
Using moth images and actual specimens of white, or almost white moths, you will explore the various ways a white subject can be captured with coloured pencil. The coloured pencil medium is capable of conveying beautiful textures. Subtle strokes and layering will be explained as well as the tools and papers used to achieve different effects. Suitable for all levels of experience. Morning and afternoon tea available. Please bring your own lunch. Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018. 9.30am - 4.30pm both days. Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Creating a Visual Art Diary: Using Art to Connect with Nature - with Julia Landford at ANBG
Slow down. Look at nature. Find your inspiration in the natural world. Join us for an inspiring, creative session where you'll learn how nature and art can be combined to create unique, beautiful and captivating artistic images. Whether you're a complete beginner or an accomplished artist, you will develop your skills of observation, drawing and appreciation for our natural environment. You will be provided with your very own visual diary. Bring a pen, pencil or other sketching materials and enjoy some drawing and observation time! Sunday 19 August, 10.00 am - 12 noon Venue: Banks Building, Australian National Botanical Gardens Image: Julia Landford
Textures of Nature in Coloured Pencil - with Janet Matthews
Creating feathers and fur in colour pencil is both inspiring and achievable. Janet will teach different techniques with the colour pencil to capture the vibrant colours of the birds as well as the soft and bristly fur of Australian animals. Students will also learn how to infuse their drawings with life and personality, an essential element of Janet’s own artworks. Each day will have a different subject with all the techniques needed to continue your own artworks in the future. This workshop is suitable for all levels of skill, as Janet teaches with step by step demonstration and personal instruction. A materials list will be provided on booking; refreshments are available. Please bring your own lunch on both days. 17 - 18 November 2018 Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am - 4.30pm each day Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith.
The Art of Drawing: Insect Drawing Workshop - with John Forrester Clack
This course is an intensive drawing weekend where you will be working with and looking closely at insect specimens from our beautiful natural history collection, with artistic guidance from accomplished artist John Forrester Clack. Through drawing you will be rendering as accurately as possible on to cotton paper tone, shade and texture using a full range of graphite pencils. This will demand a great deal of dexterity, visual concentration in looking and creative mark-making to explore these small and beautiful creatures. Students will have access to binocular microscopes and USB microscopes for observation. This workshop will offer two approaches to drawing - Day One will focus on detailed scientific approaches; Day Two will offer a choice of tackling the subject as a continuation of a detailed scientific approach OR to present an artistic portrayal in a large and flamboyant interpretation. Suitable for all levels of experience. A materials list will be provided on booking. 22 - 23 September 2018 (two day workshop) Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith.
Coming soon: Create a Visual Art Diary of your Floriade Experience with Julia Landford!
Experience Floriade through a drawing and sketching workshop with Julia Landford. Price details and bookings will be available soon through Floriade!
Our Field Trips
Montague Island Experience 9-12 November 2018
Whether you are an artist or a nature photographer, you will love this opportunity to sit amidst hundreds of breeding terns and gulls with newly emerged chicks, watch the little penguins arrive ashore in the evenings and see seals on the rocky shoreline. There is an optional tour at extra cost available for people wishing to snorkel with the seals (details on application). Price includes return boat trip, accommodation is at the historical lighthouse, with twin share rooms (single supplement may be available for $1,230 including GST) and all meals throughout the program. Experienced watercolour and gouache artist, Lesley Wallington, will provide artistic guidance and mini-workshops. Well known ecologist and bird expert Chris Davey will accompany the group as the scientific expert. We will also have access to NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers for information on the flora, fauna and history of the island. Dates: 9 - 12 November 2018 - Departs Narooma, NSW, around midday on Friday 9 November (thirty minute boat trip across to Montague Island). - Returns to Narooma early afternoon on Monday 12 November 2018 (Note: Departure times and dates may vary depending on weather conditions). SOLD OUT - If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact email@example.com Full payment of $820 inc. GST is due by 1 August 2018; payments may be made by installments on request.
NatureArt Sketchers - Monthly Field Outings
Join a friendly group of NatureArt sketchers once a month for nature-based field sketching outings. The group will meet from 10.15am - 12.15pm on the third Monday of each month at different locations around the Canberra region. The focus will be on wildlife and botanical drawing and sketching, large or small format, with artwork inspired by nature. No tutor will be provided. This is a free social activity providing artists with an opportunity to practice and refine their sketching skills, and to meet other people with similar interests. 18 June - Australian National Botanical Gardens 16 July - National Arboretum (Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park - STEP) 20 August - Sculpture Gardens, National Gallery of Australia 17 September - Floriade, Commonwealth Park 15 October - Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 19 November - Jerrabomberra Wetlands 17 December - Australian National Botanic Gardens Please bring your own sketching equipment including pens, pencils, papers, nature journals, drawing boards. Please note that participation is voluntary, no costs are involved, and NatureArt Lab does not accept any liability or responsibility for participants in relation to these activities. Bookings can be made through our volunteer coordinator Annette Dahler by email: Annette_dahler@yahoo.com If you have any questions please contact Annette by email (see above) or by phone 0423 085 589
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