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ON THE TRAIL NATURE JOURNALING

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2018 Workshop Schedule

Reflections in your Watercolor Nature Journal

Even the smallest pond can tell the story of the sky and landscape which surrounds it. How does one capture the magic of the reflections of the landscape in water? We will learn to understand the colors that we see in water, and through a series of exercises, transform a three dimensional wonder into a two dimensional jewel in your nature journal. You will be given my simple palette with eight pigments that you’ll learn to mix into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors. You’ll also be provided a journal, a water brush and other tools to take home.

When: Saturday, March 3, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
Register:
Castle in the Air

Trees in your Watercolor Nature Journal

In this workshop, you'll learn various techniques for sketching the gestures and energy of trees and painting them with a wide range of nuanced colors that you will learn to mix from a simple palette of eight pigments. We'll explore the complexity of branching that forms the skeleton for the leaves in Spring and Summer, and the bare silhouettes in Winter. The compact kit* which includes the palette and paints, a journal, a waterbrush and special pencils provides you with all you need to nurture a wonderful nature journaling experience.

When: Saturday, March 10, 9am to 3pm
Cost: $105 members/$125 non-member
Kit fee: $55 due the day of class.
Register: Pt Reyes Field Institute

Wildflowers in your Watercolor Nature Journal

Each Spring we anticipate the emergence of wildflowers whose colors and forms bring such delight to our senses. Bring samples from your garden (suggested, but not required) and we will learn to mix and match the subtle to flamboyant colors of petals and leaves, explore simple techniques for blocking in the shapes and details, and dream up words that express our observations and responses to these humble bearers of joy! You will be given my simple palette with eight pigments that you'll learn to transform into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors. You'll also be provided a journal, a water brush, and other tools to take home.

When: Saturday, April 14, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
Register:
Castle in the Air

Where Land and Sky Meet in your Watercolor Nature Journal

In this workshop you will learn to create a sense of place in your journals with miniature landscapes. As always, we will begin with a thorough exploration of the magic of mixing a full range of nuanced hues with our limited palette of 8 colors. ·Kristin will present you with teaching aids that give you hands-on experience in distilling what you see in the landscape into simple shapes as well as techniques to create depth in your sketches. You will leave with a compact kit including a journal, palette, waterbrush and other essential tools to continue creating these little jewels.

When: Sunday, April 15, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
Register:
Castle in the Air

Sky, Land & Sea in your Watercolor Nature Journal

The Historic Lifeboat Station is nestled in a cove near Chimney Rock and provides a quintessential location for exploring the landscape elements of sky, land and sea. Join the class for a unique opportunity to bring these elements to life and commit them to memory in your nature journal. You will learn to quickly sketch and paint these elements using thumbnail images that give you practice indoors before venturing out into nature with your compact kit where awareness of your senses bring depth to your pages. Writing and page layout will also be introduced as we delve into the representation of this amazing landscape.

When: Friday 4pm April 27 - Sunday 2pm April 29
Cost: $225 members/$250 non-member
Kit fee: $55 due the day of class.
Register: Pt Reyes Field Institute

The Dynamic Sky in your Watercolor Nature Journal

The every changing sky affects deeply affects the mood of the day. We feel it internally, and we witness it visually. You will learn techniques to render clear blue skies, billowing cumulus clouds, wispy cirrus clouds, dark and ominous stratus clouds and colorful sunsets. You will be given my simple palette with eight pigments that you'll learn to mix into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors. You'll also be provided with a journal, a water brush and other tools to take home.

When: Sunday, May 20, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
Register:
Castle in the Air

Trees in your Watercolor Nature Journal

In this workshop, you'll learn various techniques for sketching the gestures and energy of trees and painting them with a wide range of nuanced colors that you will learn to mix from a simple palette of eight pigments. We'll explore the complexity of branching that forms the skeleton for the leaves in Spring and Summer, and the bare silhouettes in Winter. You will be given my simple palette with eight pigments that you'll learn to mix into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors. You'll also be provided with a journal, a water brush and other tools to take home.

When: Sunday, May 27, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
Register:
Castle in the Air

Experience the Magic of Water in your Watercolor Nature Journal

Water moves through the Lakes Basin as an ever-present undercurrent to the land surrounding the Sierra Buttes. In this workshop, we will explore techniques for capturing the dynamic energy of water, along with rocks and wildflowers in our journals. We will spend the first morning learning to use our compact kits mixing a full range of colors from a limited palette of pigments. Each day we will take a 1-3 mile hike to different locations including waterfalls, lakes and streams. The evening before we will work with small photos to gain comfort with sketching and painting the setting of the following day, and each morning I will give demonstrations on-site before we get started. There will also be an emphasis on page layout and adding notes and prose to your pages.

When: June 17 - 22
Cost: TBA ($55 kit fee required).
Register: TBA (Sierra Nevada Field Campus)

Create a Sense of Place in your Watercolor Nature Journall

Sketching and painting the land gives a sense of place to your journal pages. Learn to quickly render miniature landscapes as well as close-ups of wildflowers, rocks and water using a handy and comprehensive kit. You’ll learn to mix a full range of vibrant colors using a limited palette of pigments, and get hands-on experience in how to sketch and paint quickly and accurately using my simple teaching aids. There will also be an emphasis on page layout and adding notes and prose to your pages. Enjoy short hikes and daily demos.

When: June 17 - 22
Cost: TBA ($55 kit fee required).
Register: TBA (Sierra Nevada Field Campus)

The Flora and Fauna of Chimney Rock, Pt Reyes

This weekend we will stay at the Historic Lifeboat Station where we will focus on sketching and painting the plants and animals we have the luck to see during the early Fall season. We will learn to mix a vibrant range of colors from a limited palette of pigments in our compact and comprehensive kits while simple hands-on teaching aids will build your confidence in sketching and painting the flora and fauna of the Chimney Rock area. There will be an emphasis on adding notes and prose to our journals along with page layout. This workshop is designed to be a safe place for beginners and experienced journalers alike. Enjoy this magical place with nature journaling pals!

When: Friday 4pm September 14 - Sunday 2pm September 16
Cost: $250 members/$280 non-member
Kit fee: $55 due the day of class.
Register: Pt Reyes Field Institute TBA

Emandal Farm Art Stays

For the sixth year Tam Adams is hosting this wonderful 4-Day retreat at Emandal Farm, a beautiful and bucolic farm with rustic cabins, a gorgeous dining room where three gourmet farm food meals are served, a beautiful garden and abundant natural surroundings. We will spend the mornings together mixing colors, learning techniques for rendering plants and landscapes, and experimenting with page layout and writing in a variety of locations. The afternoons can be spent however you want - hiking the trails of this 1,000 acre farm, swimming in the beautiful adjoining Eel River, and sketching and writing in your journals. There will be other workshops as well, and we will all meet after dinner to share what we are doing soiree style. All levels welcome. For more about the farm visit the website: Emandal Farm

When: September 17-21
Cost: $900 - $998
PLUS $55 required kit fee payable the first day of workshop.
Register: Emandal Art Stays TBA

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"…. you did WAY more than teach us to play with watercolors. The whole drive home over the mountain after the workshop I saw colors and shadows I never see.

This morning I was looking at the way the mountains get lighter and go to blue in the distance.

This afternoon I was seeing how the light comes through the trees.

So cool… the waking up you did with us!"

– Sage, Workshop Participant, April 2014

Workshop Schedule

WORKSHOPS at a Glance

2018

March 3
Reflections
Castle in the Air

March 10
Trees
Pt Reyes

April 14
Wildflowers
Castle in the Air

April 15
Where Land & Sky Meet
Castle in the Air

April 27 - 29
Sky, Land & Sea
Pt Reyes

May 20
The Dynamic Sky
Castle in the Air

May 27
Trees
Castle in the Air

June 17 - 22
Magic of Water
Sierra Nevada Field Campus

July 15 - 20
Sense of Place
Sierra Nevada Field Campus

September 14 - 16
Flora and Fauna
Pt Reyes

September 17 - 21
Emanda ArtStay
Willits, CA