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ON THE TRAIL NATURE JOURNALING

emandalgarden

2019 Workshop Schedule

Exploring Rocks, Hills & Mountains - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

Artists and ramblers have always been drawn to shapes that rise up from the surface of the earth in the form of rocks, hills, and mountains. In this workshop you will learn to re-create the soft rolling texture of hills, the majestic rise of mountains and the jagged and precarious nature of cliffs and the water beneath them - all using my hands-on teaching aids. You'll receive a simple kit that includes a palette with eight pigments that I will teach you how 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: January 12, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Waterfalls, Creeks & Lakes - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

Whether we find it in streams, waterfalls, marshes, or lakes, water fascinates us. Water reflects the land and sky above it and provides an ever-present undercurrent as we ponder the mysteries that lie beneath the surface. Through a series of exercises, you will learn to distill this fluid wonder into simple shapes to transfer into your journal in graphite and watercolor. You will be given my simple palette of 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. My Exploring Rocks, Hills & Mountains class, presented the day before, forms an excellent background for this workshop if you're looking to add further depth to your waterscape pictures.

When: January 13, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Taming the Dynamic Sky - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

The ever-changing sky deeply affects our mood each day. We feel it internally, and we witness it visually. In this class youÕll learn techniques to render clear blue skies, billowing cumulus clouds, wispy cirrus clouds, dark ominous skies, and colorful sunsets. Beginning with a simple eight-color palette, I will teach you to mix the colors into a full range of expressive hues. You'll also be provided with a journal, a water brush, and other tools to take home.

When: February 16, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Expressive Trees - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

In this workshop, you'll learn various techniques for sketching the gestures and energy of trees, painting them with a wide range of nuanced colors you'll 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 of trees in winter. We'll also practice brushwork techniques for rendering conifers. You'll be given a compact kit that includes the palette and paints, a journal, a waterbrush, and special pencils, providing you with all you need to nurture a wonderful nature journaling experience.

When: February 17, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Anticipating Wildflowers - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

Each spring we anticipate the emergence of wildflowers, blossoms whose colors and forms bring such delight to our senses. Bring samples from your garden if you wish! You will learn to mix and match subtle and flamboyant colors of petals and leaves, explore simple techniques for blocking in shapes and details, and dream up words that express your observations and responses to these humble bearers of joy. You will be given my simple palette of eight pigments, which you'll learn to transform into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors. You will also be provided a journal, a water brush, and other tools to take home.

When: March 16, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Where Sky and Land Meet - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

In this workshop you will learn to create miniature landscapes to lend your journals a sense of place. As always in my watercolor nature journal classes, this workshop will begin with a thorough exploration of the magic of mixing a full range of nuanced hues with our limited palette of eight colors. I 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: March 17, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Advanced Practice at the Tilden Native Plant Garden

Setting off from Castle in the Air, we will take a short drive for an artistic tour of California native plants in Tilden's Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Although you'll be given a fresh kit of Kristin's special eight-pigment palette, this course will skip the instruction on mixing and matching colors, so it's important that you have taken one of my workshops in the past. During the course of the day, we'll travel as a group through the garden's many winding paths, and I will give several demos along the way. This is a chance for you to use your skills in a variety of outdoor settings!

We'll meet at Castle in the Air and then carpool to Tilden.

When: April 13, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Poetry as Inspiration in your - Castle in the Air, Berkeley

Many of you have loved the poetry I have read in my workshops and have asked for more opportunities to write in the journals I teach in class. In this class, you'll listen to nature poetry in a way that translates to visual responses of landscape painting, using the senses of sight, scent, sound, touch, and heart. Bring in a natural object and will guide you through this sense exploration, my color mixing and matching method, and tips on how to sketch and paint your subject. You'll be given my simple kit that includes a 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: April 14, 11am - 5pm
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Castle in the Air

Waterfalls, Lakes & Creeks - Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassets, CA

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.

$55 kit fee required. Poetry included.

Where: Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassetts, CA
When: Sunday, June 16 - Friday, June 21
Cost: $450 plus food and lodging
Register: Sierra Nevada Field Campus

A Sense of Place in Your Watercolor Nature Journal - Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassets, CA

There's nothing quite as stunning as the landscape of the Lakes Basin area. 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 flowers, rocks and water using a handy and comprehensive kit. We will begin the workshop with color mixing a full range of vibrant colors from a limited palette of pigments. Each day we will take a 1-3 mile hike to different locations. 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 you get started. There will also be an emphasis on page layout and adding notes and prose to your pages.

$55 kit fee required. Poetry included.

Where: Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassetts, CA
When: Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19
Cost: $450 plus food and lodging
Register: Sierra Nevada Field Campus

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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

Workshop Schedule

WORKSHOPS at a Glance

2019

January 12
Exploring Rocks, Hills & Mountains
Castle in the Air

January 13
Waterfalls, Creeks & Lakes
Castle in the Air

February 16
Taming the Dynamic Sky
Castle in the Air

February 17
Expressive Trees
Castle in the Air

March 16
Anticipating Wildflowers
Castle in the Air

March 17
Where Land & Sky Meet
Castle in the Air

April 13
Advanced Practice at the Tilden Native Plant Garden
Castle in the Air

April 14
Poetry as Inspiration
Castle in the Air

June 16 - 21
Waterfalls, Lakes & Creeks
Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassets, CA

July 14 - 19
Create a Sense of Place
Sierra Nevada Field campus, Bassets, CA