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Art Club with Friends of the Towans

A new Art Club centred on drawing, painting and making outside whilst in the dunes on the north coast of Cornwall. The club's start-up has been funded by the Dynamic Dunescapes project and is part of Friends of the Towans.

Art Club on the dunes - A Friends of the Towans Art Club workshop called an 'Introduction to Botanical Art for Families'. Funded by Dynamic Dunescapes. Andy Nelson teaching people how to use hand microscopes. Photograph Sophie Oudeboon.

I run this club with artist Hilary Jean Gibson. Much to our delight, we’ve received a second year of funding through Dynamic Dunescapes Heritage Lottery funding to run and develop it with Friends of the Towans and a core group of Art Club members that are already regularly drawing and painting with Hilary.

Art Club on the dunes - A Friends of the Towans Art Club workshop called an 'Introduction to Botanical Art for Families'. Funded by Dynamic Dunescapes. Employing a method called Walking Maps, Dominica teaches people about the plants they have walked past and why there are 'scrapes' on the dunes. Photograph Sophie Oudeboon.

My role is to develop workshops which target science and art in a fun and relaxed way, with the aim of enabling everyone to become inspired by the mystery of the dunes. To date I have concentrated on delivering botanical illustration sessions to families.

We are also holding a Big ‘Dune’ Draw.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Andy Nelson and Pip Cook from the Dynamic Dunescapes team for their help and advice, and Martin Rule, Towans Ranger, without which the club would not exist.

You can read about our achievements in 2022 and you can join by studying the dates below.

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Art Club Dates 2023

I found the combination of the science and art fascinating; Andy Nelson the conservationist talked about the habitat of some of the plants we were to draw and also the way the site is managed: Dominica Williamson our artist, gave us insight into the botanical process and a lot of guidance on how draw and paint the plants; a very enjoyable and inspiring day.

— Anne Schneider, Participant