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
Illustrating Insects in Watercolour - with Cheryl Hodges
With expert tuition from award-winning artist Cheryl Hodges, learn to illustrate Australian insects. The course integrates art and science with guest speaker scientists providing information on insect life cycles, diversity and structure. Access insect specimens and other reference material, and use microscopes and macro-photography to create your own accurate drawings and watercolour illustrations. This term we will be focusing on butterflies, native bees and beetles. Suitable for all levels of experience. Students wishing to develop their foundation skills in watercolour may also wish to enrol in the 'Introduction to Watercolour Course' with Lesley Wallington. A materials list will be provided. Coffee, tea and biscuits available. 23 July - 10 September 2018 (8 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Monday evenings 6.00 - 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 25 July - 29 August (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) 9.30am - 12.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, Canberra
Painting with Gouache 1 - with Lesley Wallington
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to painting with gouache under the expert guidance of practicing artist Lesley Wallington. Through a series of exercises and projects students will learn about materials, stretching paper, different properties of pigments and basic techniques. Suitable for beginners. Materials list to be provided on booking. 26 July - 30 August (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Thursday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Painting with Gouache II - with Lesley Wallington
Extend your gouache competencies under the expert guidance of practicing artist Lesley Wallington. This course continues the exploration of painting with gouache looking at harmony in colour and new techniques. You will learn about monochromatic, complementary and analogous colours, and practice combining wet and dry techniques. Suitable for intermediate or advanced students who have completed Painting with Gouache 1 or have some experience with gouache. Materials list to be provided on booking. 18 October - 22 November (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Thursday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Painting with Watercolour 1 - with Lesley Wallington
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. 23 July - 27 August (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Monday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
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 I - with Lesley Wallington
Drawing is a foundation skill for almost all natural history art, from a quick field sketch to the most detailed illustration. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to drawing with clear explanations of materials and techniques. Students will learn about line, value, mark making and shading and how to put these elements together in preliminary drawings. Using charcoal, graphite and pen and ink, we will look at basic shapes in nature, shadows, perspective and more. If you have always wanted to draw and not had the chance, then this class is for you! Drawing needs minimal materials, is the easiest medium to carry with you in the field, and helps you to enjoy the natural environment by looking with a purpose. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to revise their practice and build a solid foundation for their skills. Morning tea is available. 27 July - 31 August (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions). Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm. Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
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
Illustrating Grevilleas in Watercolour - with Cheryl Hodges
The course will focus on painting Australian native plants with a study of grevilleas, guided by award-winning botanical artist Cheryl Hodges. We will closely observe the plant with magnifier and microscope and dissections. We will note our observations and describe the plant in a nature journal style. This information will then be used to render a detailed watercolour portrait of the plant, discussing composition, tone, colour, using washes, glazing and dry-brush work. There will also be an opportunity to try pen and ink and also watercolour on vellum. Suitable for beginners to intermediate level. If you wish to develop your watercolour skills further you may be interested in the 'Introduction to Watercolour' workshop with Lesley Wallington. TERM 2: 13 June - 4 July 2018 Wednesday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm 4 x 3 hour sessions Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Introduction to Bird Illustration - with Peter Marsack
Learn to illustrate birds like a professional! This course provides an introduction to bird illustration using gouache, with guidance from professional illustrator Peter Marsack. Students will learn how to accurately illustrate a bird using sketches, observe museum specimens, set up measurements, and refer to resources such as photographs and videos. Topics include bird structure, anatomy, feathers, plumage details, colour and habitat. By the end of the course, students will have completed several studies of birds including the red-browed firetail and grey fantail. Suitable for beginners and continuing students with some experience using gouache. Students wishing to build foundation skills in drawing and painting may wish to enrol in 'Painting with Gouache 1' or 'Introduction to Drawing' with Lesley Wallington. Note: NatureArt field observation sessions with Peter Marsack will be available separately. 24 July - 28 August 2018 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions) Tuesday evenings 6.00 - 9.00pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Wildlife and Nature Drawing and Observation - with Peter Marsack
Led by one of Australia's top bird illustrators Peter Marsack, this course will provide you with the important drawing and observation skills required to draw and illustrate wildlife. For some classes we will provide live wildlife subjects or museum specimens, others will focus on field sketching with reference to animals in their environment. Subjects may include mammals such as kangaroos or wombats, reptiles including snakes and lizards, frogs, insects and birds! Observation underpins virtually all natural science art Learn how to draw wildlife, learning and applying skills of focused observation and good drawing technique Apply these techniques to wildlife subjects from insects to birds and mammals. Suitable for all levels of experience. You may also wish to consider the 'Introduction to Drawing' course with Lesley Wallington to establish your foundation drawing skills. 26 July - 30 August 2018 Thursday mornings 9.30am – 12.30pm (6 x 3 hour sessions) Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Inktensive Workshop - with Dan Power
This one-day workshop is aimed at building and applying a repertoire of ink drawing techniques with award winning artist, Dan Power. Explore a variety of ink illustration techniques including line drawing, stippling, hatching and contour shading. The day will include a mixture of quick drawing exercises to build confidence and familiarity with ink drawing, followed by a more detailed study. Suitable for beginner and intermediate level students. Please note: this course does not cover fountain pens. A materials list will be provided on booking. Morning and afternoon tea provided. 23 June 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Photography of Artwork - Irene lorbergs
This introductory course is for artists to learn how to photograph their own two dimensional or three dimensional artwork for records, publication or promotional purposes. The workshop will review camera settings with particular emphasis on numbers and settings for optimum results. Artists who are keen to retain good quality copies of original works for reproduction will enjoy this course. 24 June 2018 Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm (one day workshop) Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
NatureArt Puggles 5-8yo School Holiday Program July 2018
NatureArt Lab is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love and understanding of nature through the imaginative influence of art. Our tutors are science communication experts and award-winning artists. With enquiry-based learning approaches, children use drawing, painting and other creative activities to learn about nature. Features of our program include - animal encounters, hands-on examination of our natural history collection with microscopes, outdoor play, and nature journaling. Through our unique art-science programs we support a heightened interest in nature and its importance in the world. This program is for children 5-8 years. All art materials are provided and healthy refreshments are included. Week One: 9 Jul - 11 July Week Two: 16 Jul - 18 July Morning sessions 9.00am - 12.00noon Bookings by 6 July are essential; only 15 places available per session. Cost $150 for 3 sessions; $120 for 2 sessions; $70 for 1 session. If you are not booking all three sessions each week, please confirm which days you are booking. Please also advise if there are any special requirements for your child.
Explore NatureArt 9-12yo School Holiday Program July 2018
NatureArt Lab is dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love and understanding of nature through the imaginative influence of art. Our tutors are science communication experts and award-winning artists. With enquiry-based learning approaches, children will use drawing, painting and other creative activities to learn about nature. Features of our program include - animal encounters, hands-on examination of our natural history collection with microscopes, outdoor play, and nature journaling techniques. Through our unique art-science programs we support a heightened interest in nature and its importance in the world This program is for older children 9-12 years. All art materials are provided and healthy refreshments are included. Week One: 9 - 11 July Week Two: 16 - 18 July Afternoon sessions 1.00pm - 4.30pm Bookings by 6 July are essential; only 15 places available per session. Cost $150 for 3 sessions; $120 for 2 sessions; $70 for 1 session. If you are not booking all three sessions, please confirm which days you wish to book. Please also provide details of any special requirements for your child.
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 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
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
Shooting in RAW and Post Production - with Irene Lorbergs
Digital photography is more than just capturing images in the camera; it is also about editing, enhancing and showcasing them in photo books, slide shows and on websites. We’ll start by setting up the camera and shooting in RAW format then we’ll demonstrate beginning-to-end process for a simple digital workflow using the Adobe Lightroom Library workspace for importing, organising and evaluating Raw and Jpeg images, followed by improving image quality quickly using the sliders and tools in the Develop workspace and intro to Photoshop for photographers. Simple, easy – tweak your digital images for outstanding results! Suitable for photographers with experience shooting in RAW modes. One hour shoot in the field and then complete digital workflow over 3 hours. Friday 20 July 9.30am – 1.30pm Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
Get to Know Spiders! A National Science Week Event - with tutor Dan Power
Through the medium of drawing with pen and ink, youth between the ages of 12-17 will come face-to-face with live spiders, meet a spider wrangler to learn about the science behind spiders, experience hands-on examination of spiders with microscopes, and learn to use artistic techniques to create a spider illustration with award-winning artist Dan Power. NatureArt Lab is offering exciting art-science workshops to change your perception of spiders. Expand your understanding of spiders through our unique National Science Week program! We are proud to have received grant funding support for this event from Inspiring Australia, ACT. Suitable for high-school students aged from 12-17 years who are keen to develop their scientific observation skills and drawing capabilities. All materials and tuition included. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Two workshop options: - Sunday 12 August - 9.30am - 12.30pm (12-14 years), OR - Sunday 12 August - 1.30pm - 4.30pm (15-17 years) Venue: Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
Our Field Trips
Montague Island Experience 9-12 November 2018
Whether you are an artist or a nature photographer, you will love the 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 available for people wishing to snorkel with the seals (details on application). Accommodation is at the historical lighthouse, with twin share and single room accommodation available, and all meals are provided 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). Bookings are now open - only 15 places available. Payment of $820 inc. GST is due by 30 August 2018; payments may be made by instalments 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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