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ON THE TRAIL NATURE JOURNALING

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2017 Workshop Schedule

Watercolor Nature Journaling: Where Land Meets Sky, Castle in the Air, Berkeley

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. 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, a waterbrush and other essential tools, to continue creating these little jewels.

When: Saturday, March 4, 11 am to 5 pm
Cost: $135 (includes kit)
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Castle in the Air

Watercolor Nature Journaling: Creeks, Waterfalls & Lakes, Castle in the Air, Berkeley

We are fascinated by water, whether as streams, waterfalls, or lakes; it is an ever-present undercurrent to the landscape as it calls us to ponder the mysteries beneath the surface or reflects the land and sky above. Through a series of exercises you will learn to distill this moving wonder into simple shapes that you will transfer into your journal and render in graphite and watercolor. You will be given my simple palette with 8 pigments that you will learn to transform into a full range of beautiful and harmonious colors, as well as a journal, a waterbrush and other tools to take home.

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

Watercolor Nature Journaling: Land, Sky & Sea, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

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, April 21 5pm – Sunday, April 23 2pm
Cost: $250 members/$280 non-member
Kit fee: $55 due the first day of class payable to Kristin Meuser
Register: Pt Reyes Field Institute

Watercolor Nature Journaling: Wildflowers, Castle in the Air, Berkeley

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

Emandal ArtStays I

For the fifth 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. 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: June 7 - 11
Cost: $675 - $787 (includes instruction fee) PLUS $55 required kit fee payable the first day of workshop.
Register: Emandal ArtStays

The Way 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 class, we will explore techniques for capturing close-ups of water, thumbnail landscapes and wildflowers in our watercolor nature journals. We will spend the first morning learning to use our compact kits mixing a full range of colors with a limited palette of pigments. Each day we will take easy hikes to one of four 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. (The kit is required and available on the first day for an additional fee).

When: Sunday July 9 - 14
Cost: $397 plus lodging PLUS $55 required kit fee due the first day of workshop.
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Sierra Nevada Field Campus

Emandal ArtStays II

This workshop is offered twice this year! See description under Emandal ArtStays I above.

When: August 26 - 30
Cost: $675 - $787 (includes instruction fee) PLUS $55 required kit fee payable the first day of workshop.
Register: Emandal ArtStays

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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

2017

February 4
Watercolor Techniques Castle in the Air, Berkeley

February 18
Winter at The Laguna de Santa Rosa

March 4
Where Land Meets Sky Castle in the Air

April 5
Creeks, Waterfalls & Lakes Castle in the Air, Berkeley

April 21 - 23
Sky, Land & Sea
Pt. Reyes

May 20
Wildflowers
Castle in the Air, Berkeley

June 7 - 11
Emandal Art Stays I
Willits, CA

July 9 - 14
The Way of Water
Sierra Nevada Field Campus

August 26 - 30
Emandal Art Stays II
Willits, CA