This post is about:
- the nature of the course
- the bursaries offered by the Society of Wildlife Artists for those wanting to attend the course
- the SWLA annual exhibition - and a special offer to readers of this blog.
The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course
John Busby (author of the authoritative publication Drawing Birds and Looking at Birds) set up the seabird drawing course 25 years ago. It is an independent course and open to all.
It offers the opportunity to:
- work alongside c.20 established and enthusiastic artists and
- get an insight into the diverse approaches that those artists have to working in the field.
Venue: Seabird colonies around North Berwick and the Firth of Forth.
Course Leaders: The Course is typically led by members of the Society of Wildlife Artists which has lots of members who like drawing birds! In 2017, Course leaders Kittie Jones, Greg Poole, John Threlfall (author of Drawn to the Edge) & Darren Woodhead will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on drawing and painting in the field.
Gannet studies, Bass Rock, frm another wonderful Seabird Drawing Course, thanx 2 every1 4 makin it again so special! pic.twitter.com/jqUybSg5N1— Darren Woodhead (@DarrenNWoodhead) 4 July 2016
An astounding day on Bass Rock drawing Gannets. An incredible experience pic.twitter.com/O8zkJXWQjM— David Hunt (@DavidHuntArt) 29 June 2016
The course is run by Mark Boyd and you can to apply to go on the course independently please write to Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a blog post by Bruce Pearson about this year's course which he attended in June
The SWLA Seabird Drawing Course Bursaries
|Drawing by Evelina Flodstrom - Winner of the 2016 Bursary|
The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) also offer two or three bursaries each year - to emerging artists - for places on the Course.
- Applications for bursary places on the Seabird Drawing Course are now open.
- This is a link to the SWLA seabird drawing bursary application form
- Applications close 30th September 2016.
- DO SEND images of recent artwork that demonstrate the ability to sketch from life - including sketches and fieldwork (they don't have to be polished, finished works)
- DO NOT SEND Artwork copied from photos. This is considered to be of little relevance to the nature of the seabird drawing course.
What the bursary provides
The current bursary is £550 per person, divided as follows;
- Course fee (£330) (which is paid directly by SWLA).
- £220 - paid shortly before the course for use by the applicant e.g. boat trips (£30/trip, ranging from none to 3 or 4) and/or towards accommodation.
- Evelina Flodstrom – 2016
- Lara Scouller – 2015
- Becky Thorley-Fox – 2015
- Claire Williamson – 2015
- Ben Woodhams – 2014
- Kate Aughey – 2008
- Gareth Williams – 2007
- Martin Aveling – 2007
- Helen Bullard – 2006/2007
- Antonia Philips – 2004/2007
- Janet Robinson – 2005
- Celia Smith – 2005
- Chris Wallbank – 2005/2009
- Vicky White – 2003/2004
- Anna Kirk-Smith – 2002/2004
- Esther Tyson – 2002
- Camilla Le May – 1999/2000/2001
- Deborah Grice – 1997
- Rosanne Guille – 1997
|Max Angus - The Seed Searchers|
The Natural Eye: The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition
The Society of Wildlife Artists will be hosting The Natural Eye: The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries between 26 October to 6 November. It will doubtless be including some of the artwork made as a result of the Seabird Drawing Course.
Readers of this blog can get free entry for two to the exhibition (normal price £6) if you mention this blog (the Making A Mark blog) at the Gallery Desk