Field Sketching with Paint

Field Sketching with Paint

Sat, August 3
Learn together as we walk the trail, stop to sketch, and move again making quick paintings or drawings using your favorite materials!

Bring your favorite sketching materials, including pen, pencils, watercolors and sketch book in a small backpack or shoulder bag.

We will walk the trail, and stop to sketch or paint and making quick paintings or drawings. Joan demonstrates composition, color and brushwork and works with you individually to meet your goals.

Learn how to set-up and break-down and pack your painting and sketching materials. We will do multiple sketches in paint or drawings while we seek different subjects to capture ideas quickly. We evaluate the sketches after returning to our trailhead. Find camaraderie with other beginner or advanced artists as we learn from each other.

Joan Hoffmann has taught painting, drawing and woodblock printing with PRNSA for over twenty years. The Pt. Reyes Seashore landscape is home to her. She creates impressionistic landscapes in oil, watercolor and woodblocks. She lives in Vermont, but she grew up in California, and started her art career in California and the west.


-We will be meeting at the Tomales Point Trailhead at the end of Pierce Point Road

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Notebook or sketchbook(no lines) for painting or drawing

Permanent fine black marker and #2 pencil or colored pencils

Watercolor kit (palette and paints) with two brushes

Water and cups for paints

Optional-pad of Watercolor paper

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

· Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

· Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

· Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

· Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

· Masks are optional at your discretion

· Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.