The Arts

The Arts

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

This class will focus on observing different qualities of light and color in nature, and how they translate into painting. Reflected light in shadow, atmospheric color and light, time of day, as well as a breakdown of the behavior of light on water, are some of the...

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Following a discussion of California Native American split willow basketry, participants will begin weaving a Paiute-style water bottle with willow warps and split willow wefts. The baskets usually have pointed bottoms, and are sealed with pine pitch to make them...

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

In this workshop, we will concentrate on working quickly and decisively, developing a strong idea, understanding values, and employing color to its full advantage.

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 2:00pm

Good storytelling involves elements of conflict, tension, climactic action, observational detail, characterization, and resolution that are not always found in nature writing. The wild world of Point Reyes and the drama of outdoor life offers countless opportunities...

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Join Keith Hansen at the beautiful Historic Lifeboat Station for a weekend workshop where we will, step by step, learn the basics of bird illustrating. Using specimens, photographs and observing birds in the wild Keith will share with you the various aspects of...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

The 1995 Vision Fire burned over 12,000 acres, including dozens of homes. Yet from the ashes rose new life: proliferating blooms of long-absent plants, clouds of native butterflies, even a previously unknown species of moth. In fact, Point Reyes’ bishop pine forests...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 2:00pm

Color mixing is one of art’s most joyful processes, but without a strong foundation, it can be a guessing game. This workshop will share a powerful system for accurate color mixing and painting with watercolor to reveal spring’s fleeting palette. We’ll paint indoors...

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

There is nothing better than walking out into the wilderness with canvas, paints and an easel prepared to soak in the environment and paint the wild landscape before you.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Let's celebrate the end of winter by painting Spring Flowers, learn techniques to add shape, depth and drama by using smooth washes and lots of color.  Some knowledge of watercolor is helpful, but if you have taken the workshop before you are welcome to bring your own...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 2:00pm

This workshop will concentrate on the selection of a good subject, breaking it up into simple shapes & designing a solid composition. Paul strives for his students to learn & understand values through an initial thumbnail sketch. Each day Paul will do a demo...

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to Monday, June 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

For ten years, intrepid writers have joined this retreat in the wilderness of words: a weekend writing retreat with an easy pace. This year we are adding an extra day. Morning workshops on poetry and essay include writing in nature as a means to look, listen, feel,...

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 2:00pm

For wildflower enthusiasts, a trip to Point Reyes in the spring and summer is a must. Bountiful wildflowers bloom at the Seashore February through August. Colors range throughout the spectrum and across many sizes. They can be viewed in many habitats including...

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Blogging—or keeping a web log—is an enjoyable activity that takes nature enthusiasts outdoors with a camera (a digital point-and-shoot or smartphone will do), notebook, and ton of ideas. In this class we’ll create content for the first of several (or, for experienced...

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Learn to paint the colors of the sea at the shoreline where sand and surf meet and where the tide churns the sea into foam. We will study the greens and blues that structure the glassy colors at the tide line and mix lavender for shadows in the sea foam as the surf...

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Several tribes of western Oregon traditionally use whole-stem rush (Juncus effusus) to make small storage baskets and conical burden baskets. Each student will make a small burden basket, using diagonal twining, and experiment with decorative techniques. We will also...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for a day in the field at a rarely visited Point Reyes hidden valley for field sketching. The class will also retreat to a beautifully restored farm house, usually off-limits to the public for more in depth conversation and critique.  In the morning...

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

Point Reyes seems a land apart—stitched loosely to the mainland along the Olema Valley, nearly sundered from the rest of California by Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. Indeed, the peninsula is only passing by, heaving its way toward Alaska along the San Andreas Fault....

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Highly prized for the purity of their pigment, the vibrant color of pastel chalks has captivated artists for centuries. Because pastel technique can combine drawing and painterly styles, it is a perfect avenue for discovery. The summer light will help us sort out hue,...

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:00pm

Good storytelling involves elements of conflict, tension, climactic action, observational detail, characterization, and resolution that are not always found in nature writing. The wild world of Point Reyes and the drama of outdoor life offer countless opportunities...

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:00am

There is nothing better than walking out into the wilderness with canvas, paints and an easel prepared to soak in the environment and paint the wild landscape before you. Renowned plein air expert Tom Soltesz is leading a two day workshop where he will relay his...

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Celebrate the iconic landscapes and seascapes of Point Reyes National Seashore with renowned watercolor artist Mike Bailey. Start each morning braving the seashore’s smarting air and catching Summer sunlight as it begins to rise in the East and hit the land and ocean...

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Vertebrate animals share an evolutionary history that is visible when comparing their skeletons. This internal structure, once understood, provides a foundation for drawing the external features of a fish, reptile, mammal and more. During this light hearted day of...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Enjoy an entire weekend painting outdoors on rolling cliffs and wide beaches leading out to Drakes Bay. See why countless generations of people have been inspired by the vastness and sheer beauty of the ocean. Come and be motivated by the Historic Lifeboat Station and...

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will be using large washes to create the emotion of the beautiful sky over Point Reyes National Seashore using a limited pallet. Create colorful sunsets and the mysterious fog and mist swirling through the coastal wetlands and mountain ridges along with other...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm

This class will focus on observing different qualities of light and color in nature, and how they translate into painting. Reflected light in shadow, atmospheric color and light, time of day, as well as a breakdown of the behavior of light on water, are some of the...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm

Making art in wild places is powerfully transforming, yet can be so overwhelming. A series of studies designed to get us all working with ease in the wild will focus on forest subjects and the unique response and mark of each individual. During gentle forays outdoors,...

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Autumn is the perfect time to explore colored pencil techniques with all the beauty of the changing leaf colors, seed pods, gourds and berries. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing and layering color. Learn to create rich reds, browns and...

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 4:00pm

Point Reyes National Seashore is home to some of the most preserved historic barns and ranches idyllically located on the California coast

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

For nature illustrators, watching a flower go from being pollinated to creating a fruit of some kind gives us another whole world of possibilities of objects to draw. We can incorporate these fruits, capsules, nuts, or pods into our pictures of our flower to add...