Journal Sketching and Painting

Journal Sketching and Painting

August 14, 2022
Sketch along the trail in pen or pencil, then learn to add watercolor. Finish the day with a journal full of Pt Reyes scenes!

Joan will meet participants at the Five Brooks Trailhead and demonstrate and discuss how to make a quick journal sketch. Beginner or advanced participants welcome! No experience necessary.

Then we will disperse and walk on the trail and stop to make journal sketches in pen or pencil. Joan will work with you individually on your journal drawings. We will picnic for lunch. After lunch we will meet back at the Trailhead and cars to paint in the journals with watercolor.

Joan will demonstrates watercolors and how to use them in a journal. These small quick sketches and a bit of color will be your memory of Pt Reyes! She gives insightful critiques throughout the day.

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 Five Brooks Trailhead

– 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:

Journal, preferably with watercolor paper. Roller Ball Black pen, #2 pencil, erasure, small set of watercolors with brush and paper towel (arm rag, Jack Laws style works too).

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

In accordance with Marin County and CDC guidelines for public health, we will require all participants to 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-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.

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

During class all participants will be required to do the following

• Masks are optional outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, but we recommend continuing to maintain a 4’-6’ distance from other participants or wearing a mask if gathered closely together

• Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering at all times

• Masks are optional indoors for vaccinated participants but strongly recommended

• Bring your own food and water

• We reserve the right to modify requirements as recommended by NPS regulations or local county health orders at the time of class

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

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