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ON THE TRAIL NATURE JOURNALING

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2019 Workshop Schedule

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

**Watercolor Nature Journaling – Flowering Plants, Las Vegas**

SPRING is coming and so are the WILDFLOWERS! This workshop will begin with a thorough exploration of the magic of mixing a full range of nuanced colors from a limited palette of 8 pigments. I will present you with teaching aids that give you hands-on, step-by-step experience in sketching and painting flowering plants. You will leave with a compact kit including a journal filled with your color matching exercises that you can reference when mixing new colors, as well as your sketching and painting exercises; your palette filled with 8 pigments; a waterbrush (which supplies a constant stream of clean water); and other essential tools to continue working in your journal.

My workshops are designed to give you confidence by learning to use a portable and simplified kit that you can take with you everywhere, ensuring that you have all you need to record your time in nature. ALL LEVELS WELCOME. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (children under 12 may find this a long day). This is perfect for friends and family to do together and it’s great to have a journaling buddy. Bring a packed lunch! Cost: $145 (includes $55 kit.

When: April 20, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Ferguson's Downtown, 1028 Fremont Street, Las Vegas
Cost: $145 (includes kit)
Register: Eventbrite

How to Build A Journal Page

I will present my step by step process of building a nature journal, page element by element, as you travel through your nature experience. Where to begin? I start by creating a flexible grid which encourages areas for a page titles, conditions notation, color matching dots, notes and poetry/prose, close up sketches as well as sense of place landscapes.

When: May 7, 8 and 10. See www.johnmuirlaws.com for time and place.
No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

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.

Where: Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassetts, CA
When: Sunday, June 16 - Friday, June 21
Cost: $450 plus food and lodging, plus $55 required kit fee.
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.

Where: Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Bassetts, CA
When: Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19
Cost: $450 plus food and lodging, plus $55 required kit fee.
Register: Sierra Nevada Field Campus

Sky Land & Sea

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.

Where:Hisitoric Lifeboat Station, Pt. Reyes, CA
When: Friday, August 16 - Sunday August 18
Cost: $250 includes lodging (bring your own food) at the Historic Lifeboat Station, plus $55 required kit fee.
Register: TBA

Emandal Art Stays: Watercolor Nature Journaling - Along the Eel River

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

Where: Emandal Farm, Willits, CA
When: Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23
Cost: Variable (check website), plus $55 required kit fee.
Register: Emandal Art Stays

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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

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

April 20
Flower Plants
**Las Vegas**

May 7, 8 & 10
Building Your Nature Journal Page
Jack's monthly classes in the Bay Area

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

August 16 - 18
Sky, Land & Sea
Historic Lifeboat Station
Pt. Reyes

August 19 - 23
Emandal Art Stays
Willits, CA

October 19
Trees
Pt. Reyes