Get artistic with Dorset's wildlife
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
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 Marisa Mann will be sharing their skills and knowledge with the groups.
Drawing is a way of getting closer to nature
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.”
Increase the awareness of your surroundings
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.”
Get to know your 'next door nature'
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.”
Choose from our workshops:
There are four workshops between May and July:
Thursday 19th May 10am – 1pm at Upton Heath drawing workshop with Julie Herring.
Thursday 2nd June 10am – 1pm at Upton Heath drawing workshop for kids, with Julie Herring.
Thursday 7th July 10am – 4pm Painting workshop at Upton Heath with Marisa Mann.
Thursday 14th July 11am – 2pm Brownsea Island Walk and Draw with Julie Herring.
Booking is essential, please phone 01202 692033 or email to book your place and find out more.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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:
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.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
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