NatureArt Lab offers participants the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and immerse themselves in art inspired by nature. Select a series of courses to suit your interests, and consider developing your foundation skills through a better understanding of colour theory, drawing skills or use of water-based mediums such as watercolour or gouache. Our team of experienced tutors will support your creative learning journey with expert instruction and guidance in a fully equipped art-science space.
NatureArt at Montague Island
NatureArt Lab recently hosted a two-day workshop with well-known UK botanical artist Jessica Rosemary Shepherd. With a focus on creating 'larger than life leaves', a group of 15 artists explored the possibilities of creating drama with use of light - giving the plant center stage. Jess inspired us with her ideas about where botanical art might go in the 21st Century. Jess’ artistic projects, whether art-based, soundscapes, media or publishing ventures, explore an evolving philosophy to do with botanical artistic expression and ‘how the strategies and techniques of the visual arts can be adapted to communicate the importance of plants in the modern world’. She spoke about combating ‘plant blindness’ and using art and other mediums to focus attention on the natural world. Her work is both profoundly personal and political, environmental and cultural.
The April 2018 NatureArt Lab trip to Sabah, the northernmost part of Borneo, was an amazing success. Fourteen wildlife artists, none of whom had been there before, experienced some of the magic that this incredible island has to offer. For thirteen days we were treated to sightings of some of the world’s most famous wildlife, from majestic Mount Kinabalu to the pristine rainforests of remote Imbak Canyon, the fascinating Orang-utan and Sun Bear centres at Sepilok to the mighty Kinabatangan River. Only a day’s easy travel from Australia, Borneo punches well above its weight in terms of wildlife riches. Much...
For many years I have been fascinated with the idea of art as an avenue for exploring nature and science. I was born in Papua New Guinea and my family lived there for the first twelve years of my life. The daily adventures of climbing trees, watching spectacular birds, seeing interesting fish in the local streams and exploring our backyard wildlife kept me fully occupied. No television and no computers. I remember the lush forests and gardens surrounding my childhood homes, and the array of butterflies flying through our garden every day. I grew up loving and appreciating nature in abundance....