Sandhill Cranes: Using shape, structure, and light to draw what you see (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

his workshop is not about drawing Sandhill Cranes. It is about how your ability to draw anything improves when you understand what you see and train your eye to capture critical negative shapes, gestures,  and angles. We will start with a detailed look "under the hood" of the Sandhill Crane so we all have  a

The Color Purple… Color Theory that Works (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

Let's reinvent the wheel in this hands on color mixing workshop. If you learned that red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors you have been sold a bill of goods that is guaranteed to make muddy colors.  Learn a better color triad that will help you easily mix the colors you want when you

Fast Sketching: Mammals (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

Learn techniques to quickly and accurately draw mammals in the field. This workshop will focus on understanding key points of mammal anatomy that help you pose and draw mammals from any angle.  Learn how to: Understand basic mammal skeletal structure and the key differentiations between major groups. Simplify complex muscle masses to essential lines. Rotate

Intentional Curiosity (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Curiosity is not a trait you are born with. It is a skill that you can develop and refine with practice.It is more essential than any

The New Bird Drawing System (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

For years I have taught the same system to quickly sketch birds in the field. Over the last few months my approach has changed radically. I think I can now get you drawing better birds with fewer lines. This refined system will help you get the basic bird shapes with less trouble and will avoid some

Safari Sketching (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

Before the Nature Journal Club field trip to Tanzania (or your visit to the zoo), let's take a look at a few last details (not covered in our April class) that will help you draw African animals and landscapes. This is a bit of a grab bag of ideas. Even if you are not off

Watercolor Pencils for Botanical Painting with Claudia Stevens (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

  Join Botanical Illustrator Claudia Stevens and the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5-hour workshop.  Through step by step demonstrations, you will learn foundation techniques and skills to carry into their next level of your art.  Bringing art to science: observation, attention to detail and plant structure, measurement, recording data, and accuracy.  Learn how to

A Waterbrush is a Field Sketcher’s Best Friend (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

The waterbrush is an amazing little tool that revolutionized the way I paint, sketch, and journal. They make the logistics of watercolor, watercolor pencils, water-soluble pencils, or water-soluble pen washes easier in the field. In this class, you will explore techniques with watercolor and soluble pens and pencils that will help you quickly add color

How to use Watercolor Pencils with a Waterbrush (San Francisco)

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

Watercolor Pencils are a great way to add color to your field sketches. Applying the pencils is intuitive and the waterbrush makes field application easy. However, watercolor pencils can perform in unexpected ways that can be frustrating. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with watercolor pencils to get a variety of effects

Nature Journaling Mindset (San Francisco): UPDATE! EVENT CANCELED

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco

IMPORTANT NOTE! THIS EVENT IS CANCELED! Join Guest Teacher Marley Peifer as he explores the nature journaling mindset. Do you think you can’t draw? Is your perfectionism a problem? Do you want to spend more time actually nature journaling? Do you struggle with self-judgement or compare yourself harshly to all the “better” nature journalers? If