Fast Sketching: Mammals (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

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 Read More

The Color Purple… Color Theory that Works (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

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 Read More

How to Lead Nature Journaling Activities for Teachers and Group Leaders (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

Are you a school teacher who would like to lead nature journal activities in your classroom? Perhaps you are a home school parent who would like to extend and enrich your current journaling activities. Are you interested in starting (or are already leading) a nature journal club in your area? Or, you could be a Read More

The Five Minute Landscape (Fremont) Copy

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

In this workshop we  will explore landscape drawing on the run- how to draw and paint a landscape in five minutes or less, while standing up, in wet weather. Learn how to see basic shapes, simplify values, and discard unecessary detail. I will demonstrate several techniques including water soluable pen, aquash pencil, limited palette watercolor, Tombo pen, and Read More

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

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

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 Read More

Splash and scribble: wet watercolor and aquarelle pencils (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

Working with wet watercolor and aquarelle will help your journal sketching become more lively and spontaneous. Instead of carefully drawing lines and then coloring them in, we’ll invert the process, splashing down loose watercolor and then drawing into it to define shapes. We’ll also explore some special effects you can get with wet-on-wet watercolor. This approach Read More

Perspective for Nature Journaling- Fremont

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

Special guest lecture with instructor Mark Simmons Perspective allows us to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on the flat page. Though it may seem intimidating, a basic understanding of perspective gives us a bag of tricks that we can use to add a sense of depth and distance to our scenes, and convincing volume Read More

No-fear Watercolor Techniques for Field Journaling -Fremont

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

Watercolors are a fast and versatile way to get color into your sketchbook or journal. But many of us have been frustrated with the mechanics of getting our paint to do what we want or watched a sketch drown in a puddle of murky brown paint. Have you been frustrated by your watercolors when field Read More

Field Sketching Basics- Fremont

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

So you want to draw but have not picked up a pencil since elementary school? This workshop is geared for the raw beginner who is terrified of sketching and is convinced that they can not draw. You can learn to draw. This workshop will show you how to begin. In this workshop you will learn: Read More

Introduction to Nature Journaling- Fremont

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont, CA

Have you always wanted to keep a nature journal or are you looking for ways to make your nature journaling a richer experience? In this workshop we will explore fundamental principles to jumpstart and extend your journaling practice. You will learn: Why to keep a nature journal and see examples of many ways to practice. Read More