Nature Journaling with Meredith Woolnough
Time & Location
About This Workshop
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Nature journaling is an enjoyable way to explore and record nature with the added bonus that your journals become artworks in their own right.
If you missed out on a place in Meredith Woolnough's classes at Grampians Textiles, or just looking for something a little bit different, this two-day workshop may be perfect for you.
In this workshop, you will study various elements from nature through a range of drawing and painting exercises, with the aim of developing and fine tuning your observational drawing skills. We will explore various drawing and watercolour painting techniques with the aim of building up a visual library of inspiration in your personal nature journal. If you have an interest in drawing and exploring nature than this workshop will extend and enrich your existing artistic practice.
Date: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2019.
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $390 (10% off if you book before the end of Jan 2019)
Optional materials fee of $30 (see below)
What will we do in this workshop?
- Develop your observational drawing skills by closely examining and recording natural specimens
- Learn the proper way to collect, store and preserve specimens you find in nature
- Explore the basics of watercolour painting
- Practice colour mixing and colour matching with watercolour paints
- Develop refined drawings and/or paintings of natural subjects
- Create beautifully laid out, inspirational pages in your own nature journal.
Suited to all levels. No experience is necessary.
Student material fee:
Watercolour Palette (optional): $30.00AU
We will be doing some watercolour painting in this workshop, but this is not the main focus of the class. An initial investment into a good range of professional watercolour paints would cost students hundreds of dollars and I don’t expect students to invest this much. So I offer the ‘Watercolour Palette’ option.
If students choose this option; they will be provided with a range of professional watercolour paints, dispensed onto their own palette. These paints will dry on the plate as solid ‘blobs’ (similar to paint pans) and can be reactivated time and time again. If used correctly this palette will last for years and only need to be ‘topped up’ as individual colours are used up.
This palette will be made up of a range of 10 hand picked colours (a mix of various blues, reds and yellows). From these colours we can mix up any tone or hue you need. These paints are of the highest professional quality and are all tried and tested colours that are transparent, permanent and lightfast.
If you choose this option you will need to bring along a white dinner plate (with a shiny glazed surface) to act as your paint palette.
I already have my own watercolour paints. Can I just bring them instead?
Of course you can. The ‘Watercolour palette’ is an optional extra. This palette option is designed for students who don’t have their own paints or only have student quality paints and want to step up to the professional grade paints (yes, there is a big difference).
Student equipment material list:
- A sketchbook of your choice. Around A4 size is good but feel free to go larger or smaller if you prefer. I suggest you choose something that has acid free paper at least 110gsm. If you can get a thicker paper even better. Watercolour journals are the best in my opinion, but they are a bit more expensive.
- A range of natural specimens to study. These could be plants (fresh, dried or pressed), shells, feathers, bones, rocks etc. Bring things that you want to explore and draw.
- Graphite pencils (in a range of grades, eg: 2H, H, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
- Pencil sharpener
- Paper stumps
- Erasers (kneadable and plastic)
- Watercolour paints or a white ceramic dinner plate (if you choose the tutor supplied watercolour palette option*)
- Watercolour Paint brushes. I suggest Winsor and Newton, Series 7 (size 2) brush and then a second brush for colour mixing (just a small, cheap one).
- Small container for water
- Shower cap to fit around your dinner plate
- Paper towel
- Kitchen scissors or pinking shears
These extra drawing materials are not necessary for this workshop but will give you more drawing options. If you have these items already, or if you are keen to learn to draw with them bring them along.
Extra drawing equipment:
Feel free to bring along any other materials you like to work with. Some suggestions include:
• Charcoal (willow and/or compressed) + spray fixative
• Fine line markers in a range of sizes, eg. 0.05 – 0.8mm (permanent)
• Liquid graphite
• Water soluble graphite pencils
• Ink and brushes
• Coloured markers
• Acrylic paints (with brushes)
Tutor: Meredith Woolnough
Meredith Woolnough is an award winning visual artist from the coastal region of Newcastle, Australia. Best known for her nature inspired embroideries, Meredith’s work is held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide. Meredith’s process begins with fieldwork to study and record the natural world. These early stages help her to develop a deep understanding of her subjects and results in original imagery that is transferred into Meredith’s delicate embroidered designs. Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in plants, coral, cells and shells her embroideries represent both the robust beauty and elegant fragility of life.
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