Christmas Wildlife Illustration

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Join local artist, Ruth Sheldon, for a brand new workshop focusing on Christmas wildlife illustration, inspired by Victorian Christmas cards

Course tutor: Ruth Sheldon

Course length: 1 session, 10 am-4 pm

Course structure: This course will be held in person in the Field Studies Room at Gosforth Nature Reserve

Course cost: £30 NHSN members / £35 non-members

Join local Artist Ruth Sheldon for a cosy, festive day of illustration where you can have fun exploring using new materials and learn some beautiful illustration techniques. At the end of the workshop, you will have made your very own, framed piece of artwork to take away with you ready to hang on your wall or give away as a hand-crafted Christmas gift.

Ruth’s work draws heavily on illustration techniques seen in the Victorian times, often, in these illustrations animals were given human qualities and were often drawn with detailed outfits, accessories and living environments.

Victorian Christmas cards often had strange and wonderful animal scenes depicted on them and were given to friends and family as a humorous Christmas greeting. In this creative workshop, Ruth will introduce you to some lovely examples of Victorian illustration and then guide you through the process of making your very own illustrated character based on the wildlife that lives in Gosforth Nature Reserve.

Materials Required

Please bring a packed lunch and warm clothes.

About the tutor

Ruth Sheldon is an artist and arts worker living and working in the North East. Her playful illustrations capture the spirit of nature and the natural environment. Her observational sketches and working drawings of the Northumberland countryside have led her to an illustrative style that is both nostalgic and mischievous whilst also maintaining the detail and integrity of the subject matter

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