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The Naturalist's Sketchbook: Sketching Nature in Pencil, Pen, and Paint


with Jean Mackay

Calendar Next session starts Apr 14, 2018 at 10 am

Members: $68, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Gilsland Farm


Get inspired to explore the rich diversity of life around you in pencil, pen, and paint. This 6-hour workshop will help you prepare to sketch outdoors, cover drawing and watercolor painting techniques, and explore ways to capture a sense of place on paper. Whether you are looking for renewed inspiration, seeking to nurture your creative spark, or hoping to build your artistic skills, The Naturalist Sketchbook will set you on a journey of discovery that is much more than just an illustrated record of what you see. Sketch after sketch, year after year, you’ll cultivate a sense of wonder and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Some experience with drawing is helpful, but instruction will be tailored to various skill levels.

Materials suggestions provided upon registration, please bring lunch.
Limit 12 students. Age 16 and up.

About the Instructor

Jean Mackay is an artist, writer, naturalist, and educator. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than 25 years a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to museums, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield.

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