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Nature Journaling 101

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

So you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit. Join us for a workshop to help you see the possibilities of what a journal can be and how to move from new years resolutions to a life changing habit. If you already have a journal kit, bring it Read More

$20

How to use Gouache in your Nature Journal

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Gouache is an opaque water based paint. You can use it as a stand alone method to add color to your nature journal or as a supplement to a watercolor kit. When used on toned paper, it creates bold highlights and a dynamic value range. In this workshop, we will explore field tested techniques to Read More

$20

Two ways of drawing (NJC Workshop)

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

When I draw, my brain flickers back and forth between two ways of seeing and thinking about my subject. On one had, I analyze the structure and play upon my knowledge of anatomy. On the other, I ignore the structure and attend to what I really see. I break down complex subjects into simple shapes. These Read More

$20

How to Draw Reptiles and Amphibians

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Learn the fundamentals of reptile and amphibian anatomy that are important for field sketching. Discover the features that are critical for identification and how to include them in your drawings. Learn tricks to suggest scales without drawing every one and how to show the moist skin of amphibians.  

$20

Introduction to Watercolor

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Learn tricks and methods to handle watercolor in the field. With a few logistical tweaks, watercolor is a portable, compact, and easy to use field system. We will explore color theory and why mixing with red, blue, and yellow is a sure-fire way to make mud. There are some tricks that make it a lot Read More

$20

Colored Pencils For Field Sketching

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Colored pencils are a terrific and easy to use tools for drawing in nature. Learn how to get the most of a small set of colored pencils and create a fast, portable, intuitive, and inexpensive sketching system. Learn how to apply and combine colors to create rich hues and smooth gradients. Learn to choose colors and Read More

$20

The fundamentals: essential drawing techniques

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Drawing is not a gift or a talent. It is a skill that everyone can learn. In this workshop we will break down the essential drawing techniques that everyone should know. These methods are easily learned and are used all the time by professional and beginning artists. Learn how to draw straight lines and round circles. Unlock Read More

$20

The fundamentals: Pencil Technique

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

You can load your journal kit with expensive and fancy tools but few are as universal, versatile, handy and reliable as a graphite pencil. Learn how to get the most mileage out of your pencils and practice fundamental drawing skills. This workshop will establish a platform for work with any subject. We will investigate pencil Read More

$20

How to draw butterflies, dragonflies and the insects of summer

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Bugs are fun and they are everywhere! Learn how to draw insects and spiders in quick field studies. Develop these drawings into careful studies. Learn important anatomical characteristics to look for and to make your drawings more accurate. Learn the top mistakes that everyone makes and how to avoid them. We also will explore how Read More

$20

Thinking Like A Naturalist

Foster City Community Center 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA

Learn how to get more out of every nature ramble. Developments in neuropsychology have opened doors in our understanding of the brain and cognition and how you can train yourself to see more and to be more curious about what you discover. Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you Read More

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