Drawing is a foundation skill for almost all natural history art, from a quick field sketch to the most detailed illustration.
About the tutor:
Canberra based, Renee Prescott, has a passion for sharing her love of nature that many of us walk past or often can’t see. Renee is an avid photographer of nature’s awe-inspiring macro world, with a particular interest in fungi, moss and insects. Over the past years she has complemented her photography by focusing on various art mediums, including graphite; pen & ink; coloured pencil; and watercolour, to re-create the beauty and uniqueness of natural subjects (particularly when photos don’t do them justice). Renee looks forward to sharing her practical knowledge and experience to inspire participants in developing their artistic endeavours with nature.
About the course:
This four session studio-based course provides a comprehensive introduction to drawing with clear explanations of materials and techniques. Students will learn about perspective, line, value, mark making and shading and how to put these elements together in preliminary drawings. Using graphite, 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.
This course is a recommended pre-requisite for all new NatureArt Lab students. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to revise their practice and build a solid foundation for their skills. A materials list will be available prior to the start of the class.
Dates: 3 - 24 February 2022
Day/Time: Thursday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm
Location: NatureArt Lab, Workspace A M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT
* Please note that should the situation with COVID change and we are unable to run this course in the studio, the course will be delivered ONLINE using zoom sessions, full video recordings of techniques and PDF documents listing all instructions. Anyone registered to attend this will be notified immediately with the option to proceed with online, refund or change to a future course.
Images by Renee Prescott: Wax cap fungi, macro-photography; Pine nut drawing in graphite