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Saturday, June 29 • 10AM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Members)
Come draw a summer sunflower or the flower of your choice in the wonderful environment of Point Reyes. We will focus on and study composite flowers (sunflowers, daisies, zinnias and asters) do some flower dissections and color studies to prepare us to draw these happy and colorful flowers. Colored pencils are the perfect medium- fun, safe and portable. Using botanical drawing techniques we will learn about color theory and how to create beautiful color by layering and blending. All levels are welcome. Also open to youth (age 10 to 17) with attending parent.
Saturday, July 6 • 9:00AM – 4:00PM • $90 ($80 Members)
This class is fun, fun, fun! In this workshop students are always amazed with the outcome of their paintings. Birgit guides you step-by-step through the painting process and shares her techniques of how to simplify and create realistic rocks, sand and beach glass and other treasures you find along the many beaches at Point Reyes. With the techniques learned in this class you’ll be able add another dimension into your paintings. You will first start by painting diverse images so you’re comfortable with the different used techniques, and then apply those techniques into your final painting. For class purposes you will be using 1/2 sheets of watercolor paper, which is a more manageable size during the learning process. The wonderful thing about this workshop is the ability to easily make up your own compositions, use materials that are provided or use your own reference photos. Beginners are welcome and are encouraged not to be afraid, but knowledge of watercolor is helpful. All levels welcome.
This class is full, please call 415-663-1200 x373 to be added to the waitlist.
July 12- 14 • 6PM Friday – 2PM Sunday • $180 ($170 Members)
Like flight, writing can mean escape or travel, transcendence or release. A Point Reyes sojourn invites it all: beaches and forests offer refuge; wild winds carry the imagination aloft. Come write from a comfortable perch at the edge of this extraordinary landscape, in the company of sea birds skimming surf, vultures riding updrafts, kestrels hovering before the drop. This weekend retreat is for new and experienced writers working in all forms. Whether you write primarily for growth and discovery or with an emphasis on profession and craft, prompts and exercises will nudge you into new and productive territory. The two days will include discussion, in-class and solo writing time, optional sharing of drafts, and optional instructor conferences. There will be plenty of opportunity for individual exploring, on the page and/or in the field. Bring a notebook waiting to be filled, a project in progress, or both. We’ll work, sleep and eat at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, where the view out every window is an invitation to flight. All levels welcome. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station.
Ane Carla Rovetta
Saturday, July 20 • 10AM – 4:30PM • $80 ($70 Members)
The unpredictable play of sublime brilliance and moody fog makes the headlands of Point Reyes irresistible to artists. This inspiration will guide our work, and will provide the basis for a larger en Plein air image. Dependent upon the day’s weather patterns we could be viewing the dynamic cliffs at Drakes Beach, or the endless water and dramatic vistas out at Chimney Rock. Participants will go home with at least one large piece and several sketches and ideas. All levels welcome.
Saturday, July 27 • 9AM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Members)
The delicate family of “neutral” colors found in Point Reyes often stump even the best artists. Come join other painters, be inspired by seashells, sand and snowy plovers, and learn to mix these subtle neutrals. We will do quick color studies in the morning and work on a larger painting in the afternoon. Bring the medium of your choice; watercolors, acrylics, waterbase oils or oils. Joan will demonstrate in oils and watercolors and give insightful painting tips. Beginner painters are welcome and experienced painters will enjoy the subtleties learning more about these elusive hues. All levels welcome. Also open to youth (age 10 to 17) with attending adult.
Sunday, July 28 • 9AM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Members)
Take a morning walk through Bear Valley to observe and sketch the plants and animals starting their day in this beautiful meadow habitat. In the afternoon, we’ll regroup at the Morgan Horse Ranch House and add watercolor to our sketches to give them a personal flare. Learn the joy of journaling through nature, beginner or experienced, we will improve recording what we see and have fun adding and mixing colors together. Joan will demonstrate, give insightful evaluations and tips on making quick sketches in the field. End the day with a series of pen & ink watercolor memories from the journey. All levels welcome. Also open to youth (age 10 to 17) with attending adult.
Gayle Lee Still
Saturday, August 3 • 1PM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Members)
Discover the versatility and ease of working with bull kelp to create beautiful fiber art. Gayle will lead a discussion on collecting and preparing this natural material. You will create a basket using a variety of basketry techniques including: plaiting, twining and random weave. Time permitting, there will be instruction on how to sew a pouch necklace that will dry to look like leather. All levels welcome. Bull kelp materials included in course fee.
Ane Carla Rovetta
Saturday, August 3 • 10AM – 4:30PM • $90 ($80 Members)
Before the onset of digital imagery, biological illustrators used pencil drawings as the basis of beautifully rendered images in black and white. During this day of sketching and inking, we will be wandering the Bear Valley area and sketching the Oaks, Douglas fir and Bay trees found there. In the afternoon we move indoors to render the field sketches into more permanent ink and scratchboard images. All levels welcome. Some art materials included in course fee.
Ane Carla Rovetta
Saturday, August 10 • 10AM – 4:30PM • $80 ($70 Members)
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 color exploration we will be using colorful chalks provided by Ane Carla our goal is to create a ‘gestaldt’ image, built upon scientific observation. Students will leave with at least two completed animal drawings as well as many skeletal and color explorations. All levels welcome.
Saturday, August 17 • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM • $90 ($80 Members)
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 atmospheric scenes. Learn how to incorporate minimal landscapes to evoke intrigue and bring the viewer into your painting allowing them to experience a Zen like feeling. Learn how to use so-called mistakes to your advantage to create illusion. After this workshop, and working with the techniques learned you will start to view nature as a vast painting. All levels welcome.
Saturday, August 24 • 9AM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Members)
Participants will spend a full day of weaving with expert Charles Kennard at Kule Loklo in Point Reyes National Seashore. The day will start with Charles introducing different techniques of Coiled Willow Basketry and then participants will begin a Paiute-style trinket basket, with a foundation of whole willow, weavers of split willow, and redbud for a colored pattern. We will also learn about the cultivation of weaving materials, and how to split and trim weavers. All levels welcome. Materials included in course fee.
Sept. 7 & 8 • 9AM – 4PM (each day) • $110 ($100 Members)
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 knowledge and skill of plein air painting. The objective of this workshop is to assemble the supplies and materials for outdoor painting. Tom will discuss the various methods for producing paintings on location and the materials it takes to produce a painting in one sitting. He will demonstrate and lecture to explain short cuts and simple ways to capture your subject in less than two hours. The class will have ample time to paint in the open "en plein air" with Tom's expert eyes and vast knowledge for individual instruction and critique. All levels welcome.
September 13- 15 • 6PM Friday – 2PM Sunday• $180 ($170 Members)
On the lip of a continent or at the limits of propriety, edges are jumping-off places—unsettling and exhilarating. All writing that’s alive and meaningful is writing “at the edge”: writing to discover what we don’t know we know; writing at the junction of the human and larger-than-human worlds; writing on the brink of something new. This overnight retreat is for new and experienced writers working in all forms. Whether you write primarily for growth and discovery or with an emphasis on profession and craft, come for inspiration and encouragement, collegiality and solitude, and above all, time to work and play amid Point Reyes’ wild beauty. Bring a notebook waiting to be filled, a project in progress, or both. Readings and discussions will equip you with new techniques and strategies; prompts will connect you with ideas that are poised to fly. The two days will include instruction, in-class and solo writing time, optional sharing of drafts, and optional instructor conferences. You will emerge with new work and new perspective. All levels welcome. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station.
Sunday, September 15 • 9:30 AM – 2 PM • $80 ($70 Member)
Join expert artist and horse enthusiast Paul Miller with instruction in sketching and drawing the horses at the Point Reyes National Seashore Morgan Horse Ranch. The class will include a short lecture about the ranch history, about Morgan Horses and about the basics of drawing almost anything quickly. Students will be shown simple techniques of creating horses on paper that are in proportion, convincingly rendered, and that look animate. Weather permitting most of the drawing will be outdoors around the Morgan Horse Ranch pastures and if available, visitors’ horses at the horse trailer staging area at the head of Bear Valley Trail. All levels welcome. Also open to youth (age 15-17) with attending adult.
October 5 & 6 • Saturday 9AM – 4PM • Sunday 9AM – 1PM • $140 ($130 Members)
Point Reyes National Seashore is home to some of the most preserved historic barns and ranches idyllically located on the California coast. Pierce Point Ranch is one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula and was one of the most successful dairy ranches of its time. Join Birgit O’Conner in exploring this ranch and other historic structures in a full weekend of watercolor instruction. There will be an optional Friday, October 4 (4pm – Sunset) exploration of Pierce Point Ranch with Birgit to gather reference photos and sketches in the fading afternoon light for paintings during the weekend. This is not a Plein air class, but one that teaches you to simplify and translate the essence of landscapes and historic structures through photos and sketches. Have fun, be free, explore and express yourself by letting go of the frustration of trying to control and create every blade of grass. You’ll learn about paper, brushes, how much water to use, moving color, layering, and shape shadows. All levels welcome.
This class is full, please call 415-663-1200 x373 to be added to the waitlist.
October 11-13 • 6PM Friday – 2PM Sunday • $180 ($170 Members)
Enjoy an entire weekend painting outdoors on cliffs above, and below on beaches leading out to the open sea. For countless generations people have been inspired by the vastness and sheer beauty of the ocean. Come and be motivated by the historic Lifeboat Station and its historic photographs of boats, men and marine habitats gracing the walls. We will study marine paintings by two great American painters: Winslow Homer (watercolors) and Armin Hanson (oils). Bring the medium of your choice. Joan will demonstrate and give insightful assessments: how to improve your painting or how to find a direction in you painting style. Come away with fresh new paintings and a deep understanding of maritime painting tradition and techniques. All levels welcome. Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station included.
We offer gift certificates for specific classes or the dollar amount of your choice. Email or call 415.663.1200 ext. 373 and we can create a certificate for you to give as a gift.
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This page last modified June 18, 2013.