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Introduction to Wildlife Art Workshop

Sunday 14 April 2024 - Scarborough

  • 75 British pounds
  • Scarborough - Workshops & Courses

Spend a day with BBC Wildlife Artist of the year Stella Mays with an introduction to wildlife art at North Yorks Art School. Using pastels and guidance from Stella you will work on creating your own animal portrait. About Stella Mays: I have always loved animals, fundamentally I guess I’m a cat person. Little cats share my home, big cats inspire my work. Drawing wildlife is a way to communicate my passion for the natural world and lose myself in its wonder. I am a self-taught artist. This might sound good, but in my case basically meant that I learned to paint back-to-front. Without guidance I perfected the art of beautiful shading long before I trained my eye to the fundamentals of form, proportion and perspective. It has taken years to straighten things out, although quite an adventure learning from a thousand happy accidents. The wonder of art is that you never stop learning. It’s frustrating, addictive and rewarding. I am continually striving for original compositions with a strong narrative. As I sketch each picture the story evolves, often influenced by the landscape or the interaction between subjects. I have always worked in pastel. I love the vibrant colours and the immediacy of the medium suits my impatient nature. I feel I know a lot about pastels now and have many strategies to make them behave (mistreated they can be very messy!). I have been fortunate in winning several art competitions and was BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year a few years back. As an artist I am always looking for ways to evolve and improve and after 25 years as a professional wildlife artist, it is wonderful to still feel passion for my work. Sharing my knowledge and hopefully inspiring others to express their creativity is very important to me. I have judged numerous art competitions and it is fascinating to see the huge variety of approaches people have to art. Sunday 14 April 2024 10am-4pm with Stella Mays This workshop takes place at: North Yorks Art School 2-4 South Street Scarborough YO11 2BP Includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.


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