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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.

NatureArt at Montague Island — nature and art

'Jessica Rosemary Shepherd - Botanical artist and much more' By Morgyn Phillips

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'Jessica Rosemary Shepherd - Botanical artist and much more' By Morgyn Phillips

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.

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'NatureArt Field Trip - Montague Island, 9 - 12 November 2018'. By Chris Davey

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'NatureArt Field Trip - Montague Island, 9 - 12 November 2018'. By Chris Davey
The NatureArt visit to Montague Island brought together people with shared interests in art and the synthesis between art and the natural history of the island. Explorations of bird species, marine and insect life provided much interest for the group, with artists enjoying a series of workshops with well-known artist and NatureArt Lab tutor Lesley Wallington. Chris Davey provided the scientific expertise and guided many nature walks around the island morning and evening to see the many species that make Montague home. Highlights for the visit were the thousands of crested terns and silver gulls that breed on the island at this time of the year. Observation of the birds' nesting and parental behaviours, plus the constant challenges that these species face as they raise their young is endlessly fascinating.

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NatureArt in Borneo 2018 - A trip of a lifetime! By David Andrew (Lonely Planet Author and Guide)

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NatureArt in Borneo 2018 - A trip of a lifetime! By David Andrew (Lonely Planet Author and Guide)

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...

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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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