Songbird Sketching (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Would you like to sketch the birds at your feeder and garden? Learn basic techniques to get the bird on paper while it is still in front of you and how to fill out the drawing from memory and reference once it has flown the coop. In this workshop we will explore drawing songbrids from

Drawing Birds: getting the details (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

When the bird lands in front of you, you must be ready to get the basic form on paper with a few lines. This was the focus of last month's workshop which you can view here. But what do you do then? Once you have this basic shape you are ready to fill in the

How to draw Marine Mammals (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to help you sketch marine mammals as you see them in the field. Whether you draw from shore or head out whale watching, this class will help you capture the moments on paper. Learn relevant anatomy for artists and field sketchers to help you draw

Fast Notes & Quick Sketching With Mark Simmons (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly" -- Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7 Shakespearean tragedies usually don't involve a lot of nature journaling, but we've all been in situations where there's some fleeting image or precious information we'd to jot down as quickly as possible. By writing

Color Gets All the Credit, Value Does All the Work (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Want to get more of a pop from your watercolors? Wish they were easier to use? Would you like an adaptable system to help you get your paint down on the paper? It is easy to get wrapped around the axle about accurately matching a color. With practice and work you can learn to match

Drawing Fundamentals: Gesture & Negative Shapes (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Start the Nature Journaling New Year with a look at the most important skills for getting an image on the paper. Using gesture sketching and negative shapes together allows you to block in basic shapes and see fundamental masses. Once you have this down, the details, color, and value can drop onto a framework that

Reflections and other tricky things about water (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Why is water so hard to paint? How do you sketch something that's always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have used, develop some strategies for analyzing what

Watercolor ABC’s (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Do you want to get started with using watercolor in your field sketches? This is the class for you. In this workshop I assume no background using watercolors and will cover the essentials to get you started, so that you can quickly and easily apply watercolor to your work. In this workshop you will learn:

The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we will explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Bring your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. We will explore: Using a resist. Drybrush effects.

The Secret of Interlocking Shapes (Burlingame)

Burlingame Library 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

Twisted, leaves, curled petals, resting mammals with folded legs, duck yoga- some complex shapes are difficult to see, understand, and draw. In these cases I return again and again to principles that simplify the subject and make them easier to transfer to paper. Learn how to use this technique to help you draw everything from