In-person Nature Journaling and Art Courses

£95.00

Introduction to Nature Journaling Course (4 weeks)

Tuesday April 16th to May 7th 2024, 1-3 pm

Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, EX24 6LU

 

Nature journaling is a creative practice founded in deep observation of nature and the growing of a personal connection (or reconnection) to the natural world. It is a calming, restorative practice of slowing down and taking notice, with the intention of finding new things to see every day in your local environment…even if you think you already know it well. There are no rules on how to keep a nature journal, so this activity is truly for everyone and anyone. No prior experience is needed in art or writing, and all materials will be provided (sketchbooks and illustrated nature journaling guide for you to keep, other art materials for use in the sessions only). PLEASE NOTE: There will be two “outdoor days” as a part of this course, and we will be meeting in a few different locations. Your own transport will be needed to the meeting locations, and reasonable mobility will be required although both locations have good accessible options.

Week 1: Tuesday 16th April 2024, 1-3 – Introduction. This class will be held at Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton. Introduction to nature journaling, including a chance to meet your tutor, see his journals and receive your materials. This session will include introductions to all the art materials we will be using in the course, using Alex’s “nature table” for inspiration. Different approaches to nature journaling will be discussed, so you can find something that suits you in the future weeks.

Week 2: Tuesday 23rd April 2024, 1-3 – Nature journaling the landscape. This class will be held at Seaton Beach. Two approaches to nature journaling a landscape will be given – annotated landscape diagrams and tonal sketches or paintings. This will be your first dose of nature journaling outside.

Week 3: Tuesday 30th April 2024, 1-3 – Nature journaling birds. This class will be held at Seaton Wetlands. In this class, we will nature journal birds at Seaton Wetlands – taking in a few different locations (the mound, the hide, the pond) to learn how to quickly sketch and document real, moving birds! If you have them, please bring binoculars/scope/zoom camera.

Week 4: Tuesday 7th May 2024, 1-3 – Nature journaling plants. This class will be held at Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton. Fundamentals of nature journaling plants in order to recognise them again. We will use fineliners and Derwent Inktense to render realistic images of wildflowers gathered in the local area. Details will be provided on how to look at plants with a naturalist’s eye so that you will recognise them at any time in their life cycle.

This course is held at The Nature Journaling Centre, Umborne Bridge Studio, Unit 1 Dolphin Street, Colyton, Devon EX24 6LU (apart from on the dates given above). The course price is £95 including all materials (paper to keep, Inktense pencils to be used within the session only.) Payment is available by cash or BACS transfer and a deposit or instalment option is also welcomed, please email me to discuss.

 

Painting Nature in Derwent Inktense Course (4 weeks)

Wednesday Nights June 26th to July 17th 2024, 6.30-8.30pm

Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, EX24 6LU

 

Derwent Inktense is a fantastic medium for creating artwork both indoors and outdoors. Bright and vibrant, Derwent Inktense pencils are similar to watercolour pencils, except they dry permanent like ink. This allows you to build layers in a way that is more akin to coloured pencil than to watercolour. In this 4-week course, Alex will show you how to use Derwent Inktense pencils with confidence. The course schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Getting used to the pencils. Swatching and other exercises. In this class, you will learn how to use the pencils through wet and dry application, how to make swatching charts to get you accustomed to how the colours look, and which colours are best to buy for different applications.

Week 2: Painting tonal landscapes from photos. In this class, you will learn to do “thumbnail” landscapes based on tonal variation, filling a page with different one-colour, two-colour, and three-colour landscapes. For the brave, we will then progress to any-colour landscapes!

Week 3: Painting plants and autumn leaves. In this class, you will learn how to use Derwent Inktense in a more subtle way: for botanical illustrations. We will draw wild plants and autumn leaves found locally, using fineliner outlines to create the drawing then using the Inktense in layers to build colour into the drawings.

Week 4: Painting birds. In this class, you will use all you’ve learnt about Derwent Inktense to create a beautiful bird painting using photos Alex has taken of birds in and around East Devon. You will trace an outline drawn by Alex then add your own details. You will learn how to mix realistic colours based on the skills you have developed with pencils over the last few weeks.

This course is held at The Nature Journaling Centre, Umborne Bridge Studio, Unit 1 Dolphin Street, Colyton, Devon EX24 6LU. The course price is £95 including all materials (paper to keep, Inktense pencils to be used within the session only.) Payment is available by cash or BACS transfer and a deposit or instalment option is also welcomed, please email me to discuss.

 

Introduction to Coloured Pencil Course (4 weeks)

Monday October 7th to 28th 2024, 10am-12pm

Umborne Bridge Studio, Colyton, EX24 6LU

 

Learn the fundamentals of coloured pencil technique including swatching, colour mixing through layering and blending, different types of marks, and a range of natural subjects. Several exercises will be set throughout the course, building on technique week by week. In the final week, you will use what you have learnt to begin your own animal, bird, pet, or plant portrait! We will be using Derwent Procolour colouring pencils. All materials are provided for you to try in class and colour recommendations will be provided if you elect to purchase your own set. Full course schedule to be announced, please check back for the weekly breakdown.

This course is held at The Nature Journaling Centre, Umborne Bridge Studio, Unit 1 Dolphin Street, Colyton, Devon EX24 6LU (apart from on the dates given above). The course price is £95 including all materials (paper to keep, Inktense pencils to be used within the session only.) Payment is available by cash or BACS transfer and a deposit or instalment option is also welcomed, please email me to discuss.

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