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Art in Nature

Sunday 710.00amMay


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Art in Nature


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Outdoor guided sketching sessions for adults. From 10 am to 12 noon, every first Sunday of the month. Tutor: Artist and illustrator Lucia Para,

Join Lucia in the magical settings of the botanic gardens for some inspiring art time. Create wonderful memories on the page with this meditative art practice that will recharge your creative self and delight your inner child. Lucia will show and explain technical aspects of observational drawing/painting, how to choose individual and unique colour palettes and look at different ways to depict the landscape. Groups are small so that attention can be given individually. This class is open to all level of abilities, please bring along a sketchbook and your favourite art materials. Ticket cost: £20 for the session, plus a one off purchase at the gardens for a Wellbeing Pass (£16.25, entry valid for 6 months, which includes parking).

Lucia Para in originally from Italy, she did a fine Art degree in Florence and specialised in landscape painting. Her work in inspired by nature and colour, has a heart warming feel which reflects her personality and children illustrations. Her art can be found on the Island in many shops and online on her website and social media (Facebook and instagram ).

FAQ: Which art materials are needed? There will be some exercises with B/W and some coloured. The type of colours is your choice, bring what you feel confident using. If you don't have experience, oil pastels, markers, coloured pencils are a good start. The sketchbook -or sketchpad or loose paper on a board- could be A5 (more portable) or A4 size to start. We might sketch by standing or sitting on the ground... take something to sit on, like a foldable stool/picnic chair or a blanket.

Can I bring my child along? Lucia works regularly with children, but this class has some technical language that might be a bit boring or difficult for small children.

What if it rains? Sketching under the rain has its own interestingness, Lucia sketches in all weather and each experience has its own learning and memories. Take weatherproof clothes if rain is forecasted. There are several sheltered areas in the gardens, including a temperate house from where we can sketch. The gardens also have cafe and toilets.