Looking forward to seeing everyone next week 🙂 Ward Pound Ridge is in full early fall beauty!
For those returning please start looking for subjects that inspire you and bring them to class. For new students just bring your supplies for drawing as seen on the supply list. Don’t forget we are having classes in the afternoons from 1-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 10-1pm on Saturdays. Classes will be held in the Nature Museum. When you arrive at the gate just let them know you are in the class so you can enter without a park fee.
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 🙂
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.
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)
Most of you have heard me rave about Dick Rauh, his incredible talent, his generosity as a teacher and his contributions to the world of botanical art. With the friendly prompting of my student Lynda a workshop has finally been arranged!
Saturday, June 6th from 10am to 3:30pm
$50.00 for the day, deadline for payment on May 23rd (no refunds)
Supply list will be posted a few weeks prior to the date.
Should be a wonderful day of sketching trees at Lasdon with the master!
Classes will be beginning the first week of February. Please note the new start date in your calendars :o) Check the class section for dates.
Please contact me via email email@example.com to let me know which days you will be attending. Wednesday’s classes fill up quickly so please let me know soon so you will be guaranteed a spot…the class will close at 10 students.