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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.

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Arts education and nature: empowering creativity, problem-solving and promoting good health.

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Arts education and nature: empowering creativity, problem-solving and promoting good health.
Why are the arts so important in education? With the current rate of environmental degradation and biodiversity decline, how can we better support environmental literacy, stewardship and sustainability in our communities? Why is nature so important for health, happiness and creativity? There is a strong and growing literature base which demonstrates clear answers to these questions. NatureArt Lab is actively promoting these approaches through our programs for children, youth and adults.

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MY INSPIRATION FOR ART BEGAN IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA - BY JULIA LANDFORD

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MY INSPIRATION FOR ART BEGAN IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA - BY JULIA LANDFORD

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....

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BLOKES AND WILDLIFE ART - WHAT'S GOING ON?: PETER MARSACK

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BLOKES AND WILDLIFE ART - WHAT'S GOING ON?: PETER MARSACK

Over the past couple of years I’ve moved out of a long-term job as a biologist in the public service, finished an almost equally long-term bird illustration contract, and begun teaching some of what I’ve learned about wildlife art to interested members of the public. I’ve now run dozens of classes – at the ANU Centre for Continuing Education, for the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with the Watercolour Group at M16 Community Artspace, for the Tablelands Regional Council in far north Queensland, and now with Canberra NatureArt Lab at M16. I’ve met scores of committed and talented...

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NatureArt Lab: A New Approach - by Peter Marsack

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NatureArt Lab: A New Approach - by Peter Marsack

For any aspiring artist there is something magical and rewarding about holding an image in your mind clearly enough to make a representation of it – marks on paper or canvas, a sculpture, a digital file – and have someone else understand and appreciate what you imagined. However, getting to that point is not simple, and you may never be satisfied with the gap between your imagination and your artwork , but the rewards are in the journey. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Atherton Regional Gallery in north Queensland before 26 November 2017 you’ll...

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