September classes…some changes are coming 😊🎨

August is here with the summer heat, thunderstorms, farmers markets, BBQs, travel, family and friends. I’ve been getting lots of painting done and enjoying spending two day weekends with Andrew 🙂 We are kooking forward to returning to Cape Cod in September. I have made a friend on the cape who is also a painter. She knows all the good spots for breaking out the easel so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and painting together. Most of all I look forward to spending time with Andrew, to breakfast on the little deck overlooking the bay, walking the dogs on the beaches, eating lots of lovey fresh seafood and whale spotting. 🐋🦐🐠🌊🐶👫⛱☀️

The next season of classes will be timed a bit differently. Many of you prefer a shorter break in January and some want to continue classes in June. So I have decided to create a new schedule. We will continue with 6 week classes but instead of having a long January break I will divide each 6 week session with a two week break between sessions. Classes will run from the end of September until the end of June. See “Classes” for the new schedule 🙂

The Saturday classes will be held outside as weather allows. The Fall and Spring sessions can bring lots of opportunities for painting the changing seasons :O) As winter sets in we will take the class inside for botanical art 🌱

Class sizes are limited to 6 people. Please sign up early so your are sure to secure a place in the class of your choice.

Painting done while teaching plein air this summer
Back Meadow, Muscoot Farm oil on paper

Classes this summer…

June classes:  I need to have some idea of attendance from day to day.  Please email me by 9pm the night before Wednesday Classes and/or Thursday Nature Journaling.  If anyone is coming and has forgotten to email be sure to contact me in the morning to be sure class is on for the day.  Tomorrow we will be meeting at 10am-1pm…to draw Lasdon Park , please be sure to let me know if your are attending :0)

Exciting news!  For those who haven’t heard the Conservatory is finally going to be a reality!!!!! After years and years of raising funds it is finally happening!  While at Lasdon this morning I saw the boundary stakes marking the foundation area…so exciting 🙂  It is to completed this Fall…what a beautiful addition to Lasdon Arboretum.

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Summer changes …..

Changes this season…changes in classes and nature journaling.

This June I will be offering 4 more botanical art classes in the month of June.  Class will be on Wednesdays from 10-1pm on June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.  The 4 week session will be $150.00 and those who want a drop-in option they will be $35.00 per class (drop-in option only available to previously enrolled students).

Nature Journaling will also be changing this year….  Kitchawan Farm has gone through some reorganization and is now being farmed by a NYC restaurant, so this summer we will be trying something different.  I was so inspired by Dick Rauh as I know so many of you were I thought this would be a great venue to carry on and draw our park. Looking at the lovely trees and surroundings of Lasdon I was reminded what a beautiful park we have….so this summer we will meet and draw the trees, the formal gardens and many of the beautiful views and structures of the park. So get out your camp chairs, sun hats and pens and watercolor pencils…and get ready to sit under some shady trees and draw Lasdon Arboretum.

For those of you that missed Dick’s tree workshop here are some photos of our day…Dick Rauh guided a wonderful workshop with his energy and enthusiasm, as always he was an inspiration to everyone that had the honor of sharing the day with him.  Thank you Dick for being our teacher for the day 🙂

Nature Journaling classes at Lasdon Park will be $20.00 per class…pay as you go. The first class will be on Thursday, June 7th. and will run for 6 weeks. Supply list at the bottom of this post. They will be held on Thursday mornings from 10-1pm. Rainy day adjustments will be made via email the night before class.  We may also visit other venues over the course of the summer 🙂

NATURE JOURNALING SUPPLY LIST

Essentials:

Back pack or bag to carry supplies.

Journal 9×11 or 9×5 journals or in this general size, these journals can be bought at any art store.  Paper should be acid free with heavier paper that accepts watercolor this will allow you more freedom to apply color. You may also use cold press watercolor paper journals for those of you who would like to work with watercolor pencils 🙂

Fine tip marker (micron .005-.01 and 1 are my favorite) there are many fine tips on the market, make sure they are permanent ink. There are also sets of microns available that you can purchase…just be sure that they have some fine points in the set.

Ninji Watercolor Brush great for the field if your using watercolor. They come in multiple sizes..fine, medium and large…I have one of each 🙂

Drinking water and lunch or a snack.

Camp stool and a hat to shade from the sun.

Optional: 

Pencils (preferably a HB) Mechanical pencils with tiny leads are easy for the field because there is no sharpener needed and bring and eraser if you will be working in graphite.

A small selection of color pencils or watercolor pencils if you want to introduce colors into your studies. A water brush if you would like to create washes or bring a brush and small container of water if you don’t have a Ninji Water Brush.

Some paper towel squares.

Small clear ruler to add to notes about size of your subject.

A magnifying  glass to see details or a loop.

Above all come ready to enjoy your day =)

Supply list for Dick Rauh Workshop

Dick Rauh’s Workshop is on May 21st from 10am-3pm. So happy to welcome him to Lasdon Arboretum for the day.  I am reposting his class description and supply list so you’ll  be ready for the day :O)  If you haven’t already paid me please mail your check to me or bring your payment to class on May 21st.  If you are mailing your check contact me via email for my mailing address. lauragould@mac.com Check should be made out to Laura Gould.

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 something to sit on, a camp chair or stool, hat, lunch and water.

We will meet in the classroom in the main house for a preliminary discussion of tree architecture and generally what to look when drawing trees: i.e. 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.

Dick Rauh