How to Draw A Forest (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

Important: Note the new time for this workshop. We now start a half an hour earlier. See you there! Into the Woods! Just as you do not draw a tree by drawing a lot of leaves, you do not draw a forest by drawing a lot of trees. Learn how to suggest the feeling of Read More

Drawing Trees: Evergreens and Broad-leaved Trees (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

This month we look at the whole tree. How do you draw overlapping branches, trunks, and foliage. We will take a close look at quick methods for suggesting leafy foliage and dense pine needles without getting lost in a leaf by leaf dissection. Learn how to use a flat brush to create foliage effects. This Read More

Drawing Trees: Leaves and Branches (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

Let's Draw Trees! Over the next few months we will explore ways of drawing trees. This month we start up-close with leaves and branches. Fall is a fun time to look at leaves and after the leaves have fallen, each species has unique leaf scars and buds. Say goodby to the generic branch under the Read More

Sketching Skulls & Bones (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

At once creepy and fascinating, the wonderful world of skulls and skeletons lies just below the surface of the living world. With the Halloween spirit still haunting us, and the dark winter nights setting in, now's the time to face our fears and seek out new insights from the realm of bony relics! In this Read More

Leaves of Grass Workshop (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

"Oh, good scholar, I say to myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these— the untrimmable light of the world, the ocean’s shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?"  Mary Oliver Once you see the beauty of grass, you can lose yourself for hours in a vacant lot or quiet prairie. Learn how to make a careful scientific Read More

Creative Lettering for Nature Journaling (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

Have you wanted ways to add creative lettering to your Nature Journal pages? Learn "you can do it" techniques from a real master. All ages and experience levels are welcome.  No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation. This class will be held in room SM36 at West Valley College. The closest parking lot is lot #2. You can purchase Read More

The New Bird Drawing System (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

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 Read More

The Secret of Interlocking Shapes (Saratoga)

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

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 Read More

How to Draw Wildflowers

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

Sketch Wildflowers in the Field! Learn to draw the beauty you see. Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) will teach some basic techniques to help you quickly and accurately draw plants, either for field sketching or careful botanical illustrations. This event is a part of the Wildflower Show. An annual event that brings in specimens of 600 Read More

Santa Clara Wildflower Show Field Trip

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA, United States

Join the Nature Journal Club at the Santa Clara Valley Wildflower Show. Wildflower Shows are incredible events. For days before, teams of botanists scour the Bay Area and beyond for fresh specimens of wildflowers. These they bring to one room, all labeled and organized. You can easily compare species side by side and become a Read More