The Natural Business of Art Workshops with the KAC

11 June 2022 9:00 am

The Natural Business of Art Workshops with the KAC

Field Journaling the Exotics Among Us with Lyn Baldwin

In North America, botanists normally define exotic plant species as those species not present at the time of European colonization. In British Columbia, such plant species now represent more than 20% of the species occurring within our province. Some are harmful, negatively impacting native diversity. Others are more benign, inhabiting disturbed environments where few native species could survive. Still, others beautify our urban landscape in planters and park beds.  All matter. Join botanist and artist Lyn Baldwin for a drawing exploration of the exotics among us. We’ll begin by mapping the density of their colours in downtown Kamloops, identifying which ones we notice and which ones we ignore before using simple journal exercises to learn more about their urban ecology. No drawing experience is necessary. 

Happening June 4th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Cost $12. Supplies Included.

Location: Heritage House, 100 Lorne St, Kamloops, BC

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Cyanotypes with Ila Crawford 

The first permanent photographs were made in cyanotype. Anna Atkins was one of the first to use this process in 1843, recording specimens of British algae in book form. John Herschel invented the process that creates these beautiful blue images. 

Participants in this workshop will collect samples of local plants and use them to create photographic silhouettes. Other ways to create negatives for use in cyanotype exposure will be demonstrated. Lyn Baldwin, botanist, will aid in identifying and collecting the plants while the group meanders the back lanes of Kamloops. Participants are welcome to bring plant material from home as well. Cyanotype prints easily incorporate the use of digital technology with the much older process of direct stencil printing. 

Happening June 5th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Cost $12. Supplies Included.

Location: The Smorgasbord Deli, 225 7th Ave, Kamloops, BC V2C 3S8

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Participants are encouraged to take the field journaling workshop and the cyanotype workshops together.

Sketch-a-bee: Learning About Our Native Bees Through Drawing with Elaine Sedgman

The interior of British Columbia is home to more than 500 species of native bees. Come explore their startling diversity and beauty with author, artist and master gardener Elaine Sedgman. Elaine will introduce us to the different types of bees that call our valley home and then using pinned specimens and microscopes, we will use a series of drawing exercises to become more familiar with their complicated lives. No drawing experience is necessary. 

 Happening: June 11th, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Cost $12. Supplies Included. 

Location: Room S331, Ken Lepin Science Building, TRU, 859 College Dr, Kamloops, BC

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