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Mini-Workshop: Crushing a Landscape into 2" x 3"

Materials Required: sketch pad, pencils (HB is a good choice), a view finder, and value scale

Ink Moist Brush Technique

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Painting Objects in Watercolor with John Cody

Materials Needed:

Drawing With Silverpoint

All supplies will be provided. Silverpoint drawing tools and other materials will be available for purchase from the instructor, if you wish.

Participants wishing to work ahead of time may bring a small drawing of a simple natural object(s) with good detail. Otherwise, the instructor will provide small objects/images suitable as subjects for silverpoint drawings.

A chicken, a duck, and a rabbit walked into a class — a refreshing twist on wildlife drawing

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This class will begin in the out of doors, where we will bring live animals to begin the workshop. We may later go indoors to a classroom, if necessary, or if weather drives us indoors.

I usually bring at least a plastic garbage/leaf bag to sit on in case the ground is damp. If my luggage allows, I pack a gardening knee cushion as a seat. I would always recommend a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and drinking water. Binoculars may help you view an animal from a distance, which may lessen our impact on it. Also a camera may be helpful.

This class was also advertised as wildlife drawing and watercolor, so if you have watercolors, bring your existing supplies. If you are new to the medium, please consider from the list below. If you don’t wish to try out watercolor, bring any medium you are comfortable with. This is a drawing class, and really all that is necessary is a pencil and paper. We will experience adding other medias to our sketching.

Basic Materials:

Optional Materials:

Bring whatever media you are comfortable with: watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil... Watercolor is not mandatory, but the study will be fun if you had watercolors, so bring what you have!

Watercolor supplies:

Flower Morphology Lab

Materials Needed: a loupe of some kind, a notebook and pencils, a 6" scale

Materials Provided: dissecting needles, razor blades, flowers, and dissecting scopes

Scientific & Biological-Based Designs in Leather

Materials Needed: cash ($10 or $20) for lab supply fee, a sketch of a design with a botanical or natural history motif in one of the below mentioned sizes

Attendees can choose from ONE of the following projects:

Materials Provided: Instructor will provide all necessary supplies: tool sets, pre-cut leather, waxed thread, various liquid solutions, velcro closures and/or snaps. Participants may bring small buckles or other closure mechanisms if so desired.

Plein Air Chalk Pastels

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Art Supplies


A Note on Buying Pastels

Buy individual pastels. (Full sets contain many colors you will never use. It’s cheaper to buy what you need.) You may buy them loose from an art supply store or from a catalog. If you order from a catalog try The Jerry’s Catalog or Dakota Art Pastels.

If you do buy a set, choose a set that says it is for landscapes.

You must have a wide range of values. If you are buying your first pastels, buy every other number of a particular color. For instance, Rembrants, Ultramarine Deep 506,10, 506,8, 506,7, 506,5. Do not buy any of the darkest Rembrants (any number with a suffix ,3). These colors have black added in.

Rembrandts are much less expensive than the other brands, but they are also not as saturated in pigments. I personally use Rembrants for the underpainting and then switch to the rich, saturated soft pastels. I particularly love and rely on Sennelier, Great American Artworks, and Unison. Please bring any additional pastels you have from home. Make sure that the colors that you buy or bring are lightfast.

Do not buy all the colors listed below. Do feel free to add any additional colors to what is listed below. You will need some warm and cool colors and a range of light to dark values of white, red, blue, yellow, orange, green, violet, and brown.