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.

Threatened Species: Marsupials of Tidbinbilla - with Emily Birks




This course is the second in a series of art courses and workshops focusing on threatened and vulnerable species of Australia. The long-nosed potoroo, brush-tailed rock wallaby and koala are all listed as threatened or vulnerable, with challenges including habitat destruction, urbanization, climate change and other threats. These 3 species live with the swamp wallaby in the Eucalypt Forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, where they are being studied to preserve their populations in future.

This special workshop, led by local wildlife artist Emily Birks who is currently undertaking an artist's residency with Tidbinbilla, will explore the use of acrylic ink to illustrate one of Tidbinbilla's marsupials: the long-nosed potoroo, swamp wallaby, brush-tailed rock wallaby or koala. Emily uses acrylic ink for its vibrancy, water resistance and quick-drying properties. In the first week we will visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the south of Canberra to sketch and take reference photographs of our animal of choice.  Students will learn about the vital work that the scientists at Tidbinbilla are doing to preserve these species.
In weeks 2-4, we will return to NatureArt Lab for tuition with Emily in the use of ink techniques, colour mixing and glazing to produce vibrant animal portraits. Participating artists will have the opportunity to enter final works into an exhibition at Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre gallery during August 2019.

Suitable for beginners and intermediate level students. Tidbinbilla field trip suitable for all – wheelchair accessible paths. Shorter walk of approx. 700m (Koala Path) and longer loop (Peppermint Trail) approx. 1.8km return. Morning tea included for sessions at M16 Artspace. A materials list will be provided on booking.

22 March - 12 April 2019 (4 sessions)

Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm 

Week 1: Field trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (students will meet at the Visitor's Centre at 9.30am). 

Weeks 2-4: Workspace A, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

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