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

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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

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

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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 Five Minute Landscape (Fremont) Copy

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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

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

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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

The Color Purple… Color Theory that Works (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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 (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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

Drawing Mammal Heads and Faces (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

Did you ever draw a cow that looked like a dog? Learn basic principles of drawing mammal heads and faces that solve the most common problems artists encounter.  Discover the importance of eye placement and shape. Learn the primary muscles that make prominent bulges and masses on the head. Study the dynamics of common animal

Drawing Mammals: the final details (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to round out our exploration of mammal anatomy, structure, and drawing techniques. This will be a fun draw along lecture so bring your sketchbook and pencil. In this workshop we will: Explore ways of rotating a simple mammal model in your head so that you can draw the

Songbird Sketching (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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 (Fremont)

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Freemont

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