(Above) Upton Heath © Andy Fale, (below) An Illustration and Old Harry Rocks © Julie Herring
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding its first ‘art workshop’ at its Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen this summer, using inspiration from nearby nature reserve, Upton Heath.
The workshops will be led by local freelance artist and curator, Julie Herring. Julie will teach observational drawing skills, inspired by nature, along with practical hints and tips to get the best out of your artistic talent.
"A sociable and a rewarding experience"
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.
Nowadays, our every day, busy lives often mean we are working in solitude, using technology and working indoors a majority of the time. This lifestyle excludes us from the simple pleasures of the natural world. Being outside in the fresh air, in a beautiful landscape, drawing and sharing artistic views with other people, can be very healthy, sociable and a rewarding experience.”
"A chance for people to get closer to nature"
DWT Learning and Interpretation Officer for The Great Heath, Nicky Hoar, said, “We are excited about exploring a new way of enjoying and being inspired by the nature of our heaths. This is a chance for people to get closer to nature and find new ways to interpret and record what they see.”
A creative kids and families art workshop will be held on Thursday 13th August from 10am 1pm (cost - £5 per child, accompanying adults free), and an adults workshop will be held on Thursday 17th September from 10am -1pm (£5 per adult), both at DWT’s Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen (BH21 3RX).
Refreshments will be provided. Please wear suitable footwear for (weather permitting) a short walk on Upton Heath. Suitable for ages 10+, no unaccompanied children. Booking is essential on 01202 692033 or email .
To find out more about Julie’s work, visit ‘earth art and design studio’ at www.earth-art.org.uk.
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For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
- To provide enhanced opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy and learn about the area's fantastic natural heritage
- To improve physical access to local green space close to high density urban areas
- To develop relationships with local landowners in order to enhance conservation management of land in private ownership and to open up access to more greenspace in the area.
- To provide increased involvement and volunteering opportunities for people in a variety of wildlife habitats on the urban margin
- To improve access to the marine environment on the fringes of Poole Harbour to improve its conservation value and increase public awareness and enjoyment
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
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