Wildlife and art enthusiasts are invited to get creative this summer with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Great Heath Team, who will be running a series of art events, encouraging people to learn how to draw and paint, using Dorset’s wildlife and landscapes for inspiration.
The workshops will take place on Upton Heath and Brownsea Island, where visitors can explore the landscape with an artist, learning how to translate what they see onto the page. Artists Julie Herring and Merisa Mann will be sharing their skills and knowledge with the groups.
Julie has studied Fine Art Painting and Natural History Illustration and has a great interest in the design and patterns found in nature. Julie said, “One of my greatest pleasures is to spend time outdoors in the natural environment and drawing is a way of getting closer to it. The art activity can improve your well-being by feeling connected. When you look at wild flowers, trees or wildlife in detail, your enjoyment is enhanced.”
Marisa is an ecological artist, who works with conservation groups to increase the public’s awareness of our surroundings, the importance of helping the survival of endangered species, and to enjoy the wonders of nature. Marisa said, “I have spent time in both Asia and Africa, and I like to use vivid colours in my work. Participants will be using acrylic ink on watercolour paper and I will share a variety of techniques, including photos of my completed work.”
The Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar, said, “We’re so pleased to be running an even wider range of art workshops this year, including one for children to enjoy. The Great Heath project is all about helping people get to know their ‘next door nature’, and our workshops are a relaxed and inspiring way to encounter nature and bring out your inner artist.”
There are four workshops between May and July:
Thursday 19 May 10am – 1pm at Upton Heath, drawing workshop with Julie Herring.
Thursday 2 June 10am – 1pm at Upton Heath, drawing workshop for kids, with Julie Herring.
Thursday 7 July 10am – 4pm Painting workshop at Upton Heath, with Marisa Mann.
Thursday 14 July 11am – 2pm Brownsea Island Walk and Draw, with Julie Herring.
Booking is essential. Please phone 01202 692033 or email email@example.com to book your place and find out more.