Friday March 26: 3pm – 6pm EST
Sunday March 28: 3pm – 5pm EST
Instructors: Wendy & Jean
Workshop Description: Explore the nature of your own backyard and farther afield and capture its beauty and diversity with quick studies and more detailed paintings. This workshop will provide tips and techniques for sketching outdoors with pencil, pen, and watercolor, and help you gain confidence working directly from nature. Free from the expectation of “creating a masterpiece,” working in a nature sketchbook will give you the freedom to experiment, practice, and record your experiences. We will include ways to add text to your sketchbook. Whether you are looking for renewed inspiration, seeking to nurture your creative spark, or hoping to build your artistic skills, this class will set you on a journey of discovery that is much more than an illustrated record of what you see. Sketch after sketch, year after year, you’ll cultivate a sense of wonder and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the world around you. Instruction will be tailored to various skill levels.
Jean Mackay is an artist, educator, and naturalist. She has been keeping an artist journal for more than nearly 20 years as a way to study and share the beauty and diversity of nature, as well as to record the art of everyday living. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard, Jean’s journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. Jean teaches at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine and at the Art School of Columbia County in New York. Her blog, Drawn In, shares the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield. www.jeanmackayart.com. She has a new book for young people just out: “The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook by Jean Mackay.
Our workshops include a set of pre-recorded videos for you to watch as you prepare for class, as well as recordings of each workshop session, delivered via email. We encourage collaboration and community, and we strive to create a safe virtual environment for everyone to draw together. We provide live demonstrations on the first day of a workshop and constructive critique of your work on the second day. ALL of the registration and video material for this workshop is delivered to you via email. Please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts so that you do not miss correspondence from us!
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations at least one week in advance will receive a 95% refund (5% processing fee), or you can choose to transfer your registration to another available workshop. If you cancel less than one week up to 48 hours before the event, we will give you a 95% refund, less 5% if we can find someone to replace your spot. Less than 48 hours cancellation, we cannot issue a refund. You will still receive all recordings from the workshop, and you can watch them at your convenience.