Explore the art of scientific illustration with artist Sami Bayly as she unfolds the mysteries behind the detailed medium of watercolour and the intricate technique of stippling. Violet Eyes Entomology will provide students with real-life specimens to illustrate, that have been meticulously pinned and posed, giving them a life-like quality.
Having studied a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, Sami Bayly has worked with watercolour as her preferred medium throughout recent years, having completed 60 illustrations for her first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals.
After having worked on replicating a range of textures, such as skin, fur, feathers and scales throughout the book, as well as being experienced in running scientific illustration workshops, Sami is excited to bring her class to Melbourne in 2020.
During this workshop, you will receive first-hand advice from Sami about the different approaches to watercolour painting, including a variety of techniques, such as: choosing the perfect shade through limited colours; which brushes to use for certain areas and textures; why to not use brown or black for the shadows; and how to create form and highlights, along with many more tips and tricks along the way. Sami’s understanding of fine art mediums and techniques will be passed onto students to ensure that their practice of scientific illustration can continue well after the workshop has finished.
This workshop is unique in its approach, as real-life specimens will be used as reference instead of photographs when illustrating, an age-old tradition that that can be traced back for centuries (See works by Maria Sibylla Meria). Choosing from a range of butterflies, moths, spiders and scorpions, students will put this skill into practice and explore its benefits, studying form, proportions and colours in order to create scientifically accurate illustrations.
A range of high-quality art materials (paints, paper, pencils etc) will be provided, making it an ideal class for beginners who have not yet had the chance to dabble in watercolours or stippling. The class is also suitable for students who’re experienced in the field, who wish to further their abilities and be surrounded by a like-minded community with an interest in natural history.
Past students are welcome to bring their specimens they have pinned in previous classes to this workshop.
A seasonal grazing board will be provided for this workshop.
What you will learn
- First-hand advice from Sami about the different approaches to watercolour painting, including a variety of techniques
- Using real-life pinned and posed specimens that will be used as reference instead of photographs when illustrating.
- How to put this skill into practice and explore its benefits, studying form, proportions and colours in order to create scientifically accurate illustrations.
What you will get
- A hands on experience working with real life specimens.
- Access to a range of high-quality art materials (paints, paper, pencils etc), making it an ideal class for beginners who have not yet had the chance to dabble in watercolours or stippling.
- Sami’s understanding of fine art mediums and techniques will be passed onto students to ensure that their practice of scientific illustration can continue well after the workshop has finished.
What to bring
- An excitement for a rare hands on experience.
What to wear
What ever makes you feel like the jewel you are!
All skill levels welcomed.
Jason Penfold grew up in country Australia, where his love for natural history began to grow. Surrounded by plants, animals and stones, his imagination and strong connection to nature has always been a passion.
Jason's love for stones and minerals was nurtured through a family passion for Lapidary, which goes back two generations. Guided by his grandma, he has fond memories of foraging for semi precious stones in his hometown of country New South Wales.
In 2012, Jason began teaching himself how to preserve and pin various butterflies, moths and arachnids. A continued, self-driven education in entomology has lead Jason to work with museums across Australia and the USA, as well as private collectors, on various projects and additions.
Now living in Melbourne, Australia, Jason's art practise marries his love of Lapidary and Entomology into small scale sculptures enveloped in rich symbolism and archetypal meaning.
Having previously taught Entomology in Australia and internationally, Jason now brings his own series of Entomology workshops to the public, spreading the great wonder and happiness that working so closely with nature brings.
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