Participate in an art workshop at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich led by the noted artist James Gurney, using water-soluble colored pencils, watercolors, and gouache to depict real museum specimens. Materials will be provided. Registration required at brucemuseum.org; click “Reservations.” Museum members $40; nonmembers $55.
Gurney's career as an artist and illustrator began in the 1980s. He painted more than 70 covers for science fiction and fantasy paperback novels and worked on numerous assignments for National Geographic magazine, specializing on reconstructions of ancient civilizations and depictions of legendary voyages. He also created several stamp designs for the US Postal Service, most notably The World of Dinosaurs in 1996.
In 1992, Gurney’s masterwork, Dinotopia: a Land Apart from Time, was published. The book landed on the New York Times Bestseller List, and Gurney won many awards for his writing and illustrations, including the Hugo. Original artwork from the Dinotopia books has been exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and has toured to museums throughout the United States and Europe.
Throughout his career, Gurney has helped inspire emerging generations of artists and illustrators drawn to the fascinating intersection of science and fantasy. He has written two art instruction books: Imaginative Realism (2009), about drawing and painting things that don't exist, and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010). These books are based on the daily posts on his weblog, Gurney Journey, for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers.
Museum members $40; nonmembers $55
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