Class will be from 9:30-12:30 for the remainder of the session …sorry about the confusion last week 😉
Just a quick update…still waiting to find a final date for the Tree Workshop with Dick Rauh. I will announce a date as soon as something is settled.
For those coming to the Watercolor Color Pencil Class next week please bring watercolor brushes with you as well. You will need small round watercolor brushes…size 2 and 0 should be plenty for the class :O) Synthetic sable brushes are fine and only a few dollars a piece. To review other supplies go back to the original post
Dick has contacted me this past week with the difficult news that his wife of 64 years needs to be located in a place where she can get more medical care, because of this he needs to reschedule his event with us. I am trying to find a new date this Summer or in the early Fall. I should have a new date within the next few days and will let you all know as soon as I have it sorted out with Dick.
Refunds will be given for those of you who cannot attend the new date. For those of you who can still attend I will just carry your payment forward.
I have told Dick to not worry about us and take care of his lovely wife….the trees will wait and so will we :) I will post the new date as soon as I have one.
The house will be opened on May 16th during the Plant Sale. If you would like to have some of you work on display please bring me your framed piece with proper wire hanger this coming week. Deadline for drop-off is May 13th. 1-3 pieces per student :)
Spring is working hard to push through the remnants of winter and it is finally beginning to feel like Spring!
The last 6 week session before summer begin this week…..bring something that inspires you :O)
Watercolor Color Pencil class will be offered from June 10th to July 15th on Wednesday mornings from 10am-1pm. We will explore the possibilities and fun in using water soluble color pencils (Caran D’ash, Derwent, Faber Castell). You will need Watercolor pencils and 140lb hot press watercolor paper. A minimum of 5 people enrolled in class is necessary for the class to run. Should be fun :0)
Lasdon looked so beautiful in the fog this week, a magical day.
Below is the class description and supply list from Dick Rauh. Remember checks must be sent to me or given to me in class by May 23rd to attend the workshop. If you are mailing your check contact me via email for my mailing address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drawing Trees – Supply List and Class Description
My approach will be to emphasize an immediate eye-to-hand type of rendering using technical pens on water color blocks using Black Micron 05, 01, 005 and hot press blocks 10”x14” or 12” x 16”. Other sketchbooks and drawing materials are fine, the advantage of the blocks is their built-in support.
I also pick the technical pens because they come with their own ink supply- there are now a number of more flexible nib pens available with this feature- be my guest. If you are very unhappy working directly in pen and ink, I will make an exception, but you will miss the tension and excitement that comes from having to make a direct statement. (Believe me there are ways to fudge, even here).
Bring sketching stools (if you have one), hats, lunch and water.
We will meet in the classroom for a preliminary discussion of tree architecture, and generally, what to look for: ie the differences in the branching patterns of common local trees, the masses of leaf forms defined by light and shade, etc. I will try to help you apply these observational and sketching techniques to the broader field of nature sketching. I will provide you with information about some of the materials and books available to get you started on this useful and rewarding practice. The use of contour drawing technique will be explained, and its application to the sketching of natural forms. We will attempt to complete at least one drawing of a tree in pen and ink.
Look forward to sketching with you.
Spring is trying it’s best but winter is holding tight! Looking forward to the tiny spring bulbs pushing up through the ground. One of my favorite early spring bulbs that rises out of the leafy matter of the forest floor is the Trout Lily. This little flower takes 7 years to create it’s first bloom. If your ever lucky enough to see them carpeting the forest floor with their spotty leaves and tiny blossom don’t pick them…just admire this tiny protected flower :O)
Mesmerizing photos from Magda Wasiczek….enjoy wandering through her website :)
Melting snow will be giving all the daffodils and crocuses a deep drink as they prepare to break through the ground and announce warmer days ahead :O)
New 6 week class session begins this week as we finally move into spring…..