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Kingcombe Meadows Project exhibition – 29th March to 5th April 2018

Kingcombe by Carry Akroyd

In 2017 the Dorset Wildlife Trust celebrated 30 years of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, a beautiful mosaic of unimproved pasture, wildflower meadows, woodland and ancient hedgerows in the heart of the rolling hills and vales of the southwest. The Trust invited SWLA members to respond to this nationally important nature reserve. Exhibited in the Main Barn will be artwork by SWLA members Carry Akroyd, Robert Greenhalf, Simon Griffiths, Richard Jarvis, Harriet Mead, Antonia Phillips, Nik Pollard, Greg Poole, and Matt Underwood.

Kingcombe Meadows Project
Dorset Wildlife Trust,
The Kingcombe Centre
Toller Porcorum
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0EQ
29th March to 5th April 2018

Barn Owl by Simon Griffiths

SWLA/SOC exhibition ‘On Migration’ 17th February-4th April 2018

Redwings by Kittie Jones

The Society of Wildlife Artists’s will be holding an exhibition in the SOC’s Donald Watson Gallery, 17th February-4th April 2018. Donald was a founder member of the SWLA and 2018 is the centenary of his birth. The gallery also had very close associations with John Busby, another founder member.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Society’s work in a new part of the UK and the exhibition will showcase a broad range of contemporary wildlife art with particular focus on some of the recent projects that the Society has been involved with, including the BTO’s Flight Lines book, illustrated by members of the SWLA.

The Donald Watson Gallery
Scottish Ornithologists Club
Waterston House
Aberlady
East Lothian
EH32 0PY
17th February to 4th April 2018
Open 7 days a week 10am-4pm Free Entry
There will also be workshops to coincide with the exhibition including:
Birds on the Page-Composition and Picture Making
with Kittie Jones SWLA and John Threlfall SWLA
March 24th 2018 10 am to 3.30 pm
and
Birds in Watercolour
with Darren Woodhead SWLA
date to be confirmed
Both workshops £35 for SOC members and SWLA Friends,£40 for non members. Materials not included. Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee supplied. Book with SOC on 01875 871330

Screenprinting with Jane Smith SWLA

Thursday 19th October 2017   10.30 til 4.30 pm
171002-1(001)Jane Smith, author and illustrator of Wild Island, is a print-maker, specialising in screen printing. On this one day course you will learn the basics of screen printing, and finish by making your own three-colour print. All materials will be supplied. Just bring a willingness to experiment, an apron and a packed lunch.
Cost £75 (Friends £65) all materials included; limited to 8 participants.
booking and full details darrenreesart@btinternet.com

Painting in the Park: sketching wildfowl in St James Park with Robert Greenhalf and Peter Partington

Saturday 21st October 2017 11.00 am til 4.00 pm

Clip0002This workshop is all about drawing birds from life, using as models the collection of tame wildfowl in nearby St. James’s Park. We will have the use of the Learning Centre at the Mall Galleries where we will start the day at 11 am with a brief introduction from your tutors Peter Partington and Robert Greenhalf before heading across the road to the park where you will be free to find your own wildfowl subjects to draw. Peter and Robert will be on hand to advise and instruct throughout the day.
There is a convenient cafe where refreshments and shelter in the event of rain can be had.
At 3.30 pm  we will head back to the Mall Galleries Learning Centre for a short debrief before finishing at 4 pm.
There will be ample opportunity to view and gain inspiration from the SWLA Exhibition in the Gallery. The “Out of the Frame” room should be particularly relevant as it is all sketches and paintings made in the field.
Cost £65 (Friends £55)
booking and full details darrenreesart@btinternet.com

Mono and Relief printing workshop with Greg Poole

Sunday 22nd October 2017   10.30 til 4.30 pmshort-eared owl monoprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will look at how printmaking can help to simplify and evolve ideas.  The methods we will be using would be easy to set up at home, no press required.
We will explore how to quickly generate bold blocks of tone/texture/ colour. These can then be layered/combined with further blocks, or line The aim to see how many ways we can use to explore the same subject matter.
If you are an experienced printmaker you should come away with some new ideas and if you are a beginner you should leave with a good handle on the basics. No materials or tools required but old clothes/apron or overalls advisable.
It would be helpful if you brought along some recent work to show your approach to drawing and to act as a possible start point for the printmaking.
Cost £75 (Friends £65) all materials included; limited to 8 participants
booking and full details darrenreesart@btinternet.com

Tora Benzeyen – bursary winner 2017

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Tora painting razorbills at St Abbs Head

To be honest, I didn’t know anything about the SWLA and seabird drawing course until last summer & the Turkish Sweetgum Project (2016) . Meeting with the four great artists who are already members of SWLA changed all my perspective on the wildlife art. With advice from them, I searched and worked a lot to apply for the seabird drawing course. It was a great moment when I received the acceptance mail from the SWLA. I was very excited because the dream to see thousands of seabird was gonna be true in a couple of months.

Gannet studies from Bass Rock using wax crayon. It was too hard to work so close to the birds. I tried to focus on the lines in bill and eye.

Gannet studies from Bass Rock using wax crayon. It was too hard to work so close to the birds. I tried to focus on the lines in bill and eye.

The week we spent on amazing Scottish coasts was incredible. Being with dedicated artists and sharing their experiences taaught me a lot in just a couple days. It pulled me up day to day. I always tried to sue different techniques and ways to express my observations. The results can be discussed but it is clear that the week was more effective than all a year that I spent alone. In addition to the artistic side, the birds were unbelievable for me. It was the first time that I saw these species and in those numbers. I can still feel every second of my time I spent with these birds.

Razorbill studies using charcoal. It was very enjoyable experience for me to use charcoal because normally, I hate to use charcoal. But since that drawing, I am using charcoal very oftenly.

Razorbill studies using charcoal. It was very enjoyable experience for me to use charcoal because normally, I hate to use charcoal. But since that drawing, I am using charcoal very oftenly.

Each of the tutors and artists were incredible. I didn’t expect to be in such a welcoming atmosphere. To see their their great interests and hospitality kept me motivated for all week. When I looked back and see the differences between before and after the course, I can say that I feel myself more controlled to understand what I draw and I am not bored anymore when I draw something for hours. Also I am more confident to use my watercolor palette freely and I am not seeing an object to draw when I look a bird. I am looking for its behaviour and try to understand it’s moves.

Razorbill studies using pencil. With suggestion of coursemate Ben Woodhams, I was trying to draw Razorbills just in 5 lines. There are dozens of pages that I tried this way. It was teachful to understand its behaviours and moves.

Razorbill studies using pencil. With suggestion of coursemate Ben Woodhams, I was trying to draw Razorbills just in 5 lines. There are dozens of pages that I tried this way. It was teachful to understand its behaviours and moves.

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Herring gull studies using wax crayon. I tried to use the same 5 lines technique with colours.

Besides all, I feel myself very happy to catch a chance to be with these great people in the great places. Thank you very much all the support you gave me to live this unforgettable experience.

Fulmar studies using pencil. I was trying to understand the bill shape. It took me all day to see real shape.

Fulmar studies using pencil. I was trying to understand the bill shape. It took me all day to see real shape.