Darwin’s Islands II (Virtual)

Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, blue footed boobies, volcanic islands and deep blue seas.  The Galapagos islands are all about pure colour, beautiful seas and skies,... Read more

VIRTUAL Galapagos £140
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Date
25 Mar - 28 Mar 2021


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Location(s)
Galapagos Islands
SOUTH AMERICA / Galapagos


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Tour content
Paint the beautiful seas, rugged islands and fascinating species studied by Charles Darwin


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Tutor(s)
Mary-Anne Bartlett

Let's sail away to sketch and paint the enchanting wildlife of the remote Galapagos Islands with artist tutor Mary-Anne Bartlett.

Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, blue footed boobies, volcanic islands and deep blue seas.  The Galapagos islands are all about pure colour, beautiful seas and skies, weird animals and strange plants. 

Join Mary-Anne for 4 days of virtual painting in the Galapagos with live sessions including demos on painting landscapes and wildlife. 

She will illustrate her talks on natural history and conservation with artwork done by explorers and artists since the islands were discovered.  Darwin studied the flora and fauna here, and his conclusions led to his theories on evolution.  We will supply you with pics from our Art Safari tours to the Galapagos for your source material. 


(We will be visiting there for real in July, spaces are available – please join us.  This will be Mary-Anne’s fourth time painting in the archipelago.)

 

Mary-Anne leads you via Zoom to the islands.  We will have the chance to draw from stills and video footage and learn the techniques of a wildlife artist. With art demonstrations, interaction and tales from the high seas Mary-Anne will show you how she tackles various species including tortoises, boobies and sea lions.  Even using photos she will show you how to make your sketches lively and loose.

In between your painting sessions Mary-Anne will give you exercises and homework to help your technique for drawing moving animals.  

We will give you some local recipes try out between your painting sessions.

Learning via Zoom is highly concentrated and productive.  It allows you to delve into technique and imagination.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

All sessions start at 2pm GMT

Day 1: Meet Mary-Anne and the Art Safari team on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time, which includes advice on sketching seascapes, landscapes and wildlife.

Mary-Anne shows examples of her own sketches from the Galapagos.

You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.

Mary-Anne includes a slide talk on natural history and conservation in the Galapagos with artwork done by explorers and artists since the islands were discovered

You have time in between session to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.

Day 2: We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process.

Day 3: The third day is free for you to paint all day.

Day 4: We hold a final short meeting (around an hour) to review and share your work and insights from the course.

The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.

It’s going to be a fun and highly informative voyage!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • A laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • An assortment of paint brushes, suitable for your medium in different shapes and sizes

Mary-Anne will work in watercolour but you may use any medium – she often works with a simple, ‘double primary’ palette comprised of Cadmium Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow Golden, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt and Cerulean Blue. This course isn’t specifically about colour, so just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.

  • Watercolour paper, canvas or canvas boards, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 4.
  • Cartridge paper, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 10.
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Easel/table easel or other means of holding your canvas/paper at an angle (watercolour) / vertically (oil)
  • Paint palette
  • Jars for water or solvent (if you use it)

Itinerary

Day 13hr Live Zoom - including art lectures and art demonstration
Day 23hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique, art lecture and art demonstration
Day 3Time to develop your painting
Day 42-3hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique and chat
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VIRTUAL TOUR COST:

This virtual Galapagos painting tour costs £140pp

ZOOM:

The joining point for your Galapagos tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.  No flippers needed.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or info@artsafari.co.uk

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