Student Art Gallery and Cath’s Latest Art Work.

Cath runs art/insect workshops from her home-based studio and classrooms on the beautiful Minchinhampton Common, near the lovely Cotswold town of Stroud. These monthly events run on the first and second Monday and Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise stated). They are great fun and very informative. Cath teaches each group about insect anatomy, lifestyle and life cycles in a fun and informal way and then how to paint them by producing a unique and intricate watercolour painting, or using a medium or art style of their choice. 

Some of the Tuesday class, happy in their work…

All skill levels are welcome on Cath’s art workshops – From beginner, through to expert – There is something for everyone.

Some of the Tuesday class with Cath, discussing painting techniques.The 2019 teaching year is galloping along, with two terms already completed. In the third term (Sept- Dec) Cath and her students will be studying something a bit different – “Studying and Painting  the Beauty of Bugs and Birds”.  Click for more.. 

Students will be looking at the world in which bugs inhabit, considering their intrinsic relationships and interaction with other animal groups, such as birds. These relationships are all essential in maintaining a healthy and balanced ecology. In the light of this, Cath has painted her own homage to “Bugs and Birds” see image below. Students will paint this composition, or will use their own ideas and inspiration to formulate their own unique interpretation of the theme of “Bugs and Birds”. Alternatively, students can just stick to painting and studying insects. It will be interesting to see everyone’s interpretation of this theme, as the term progresses…Scroll to the bottom of the page to see her students’ beautiful work so far… 

“Bugs and Birds” –  Fauna from Central and South America. Copyright Cath Hodsman. Watercolour . Click for purchase info:

Below are images taken from the third month of the third term, featuring beautiful artwork for the “Bugs and Birds” theme: grasshoppers, beetles and birds slowly emerging…. Also beautiful art work completed independently between each workshop, or work finished from the earlier in the year on Natural History Heroes. Everyone is getting stuck in…

For the first term of 2020, Cath has chosen to tackle technical aspects of drawing, immortlised in a solitary bee portrait… 

Jan – Apr 2020 – Term 1. Home based workshops. “Studying and Capturing Light, Shade and Texture in a Bee Portrait.”

“Capturing drama in art is the secret to its success – harnessing lowlights, highlights and texture help create mood as well realism. For this term, Cath will take students on a journey that focuses on these important elements.  She will showcase how to get a little extra finesse into artwork by emphasising the very dark, the very light and the very textured areas of any study. 

Each student will complete either a beautiful and detailed watercolour and/or a graphite sketch of a Male Solitary Red Mason bee. (Osmia bicornis)

In line with this, students will also learn about the fascinating life cycle of solitary bees, that make up 90% of the UK’s collective bee species; about how solitary bees make much more effective pollinators than both honey bees and bumble bees and how creating habitat, nesting sites and material for solitary bees is easy and fun to do….involving anything from rotten wood to empty snail shells….! ” 

For more info, click here: – Studying and Capturing Light, shade texture info sheet3

Detail of Cath’s graphite sketch of a male Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) Copyright, Cath Hodsman 

Artists, nature-lovers and keen insect fans of all skill levels are welcome to come along and indulge themselves in their favourite subjects. Students are also able to take full advantage of Cath’s fascinating and comprehensive insect specimen collection (all natural death); use high-powered microscopes and also pick her brains on her favourite subject – Bugs! – A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a morning or a day, mixing with like-minded souls and to use art to pay homage to the best and most important things in life.

For more info on these fun and informative art/insect workshops, email Cath on .

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