Creating Art from a Naturalist's Perspective

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Creating Art from a Naturalist's Perspective

Join Alyson Singer, a Crossroads' artis, naturalist and former NPS Park Ranger for a 2-day workshop where we will get outside and explore while observing nature from an artist's perspective. Learn basic birding techniques and create art which reflects our observations and connection to the natural world. On Day 1 (Saturday), we will head to Phillips Lake to do some hiking, birdwatching, sketching and some general discussion and reflection on what we observe. On day 2 (Sunday), we will head into the studio to create original works of art based on our observations from nature.

Sunday's class will meet from noon to 4:00 in Crossroads downstairs classroom which will give you time to draw and paint from your Saturday's sketches.  

Instructor: Alyson D. Singer

Dates: June 10 and 11, 2023 

Last day to Join class: May 27, 2023

Times: Saturday 9am - 3pm; Sunday 12:00-4pm

Age: 18+

Class Size: Minimum # of Students: 3, Maximum 10

Cost: 135 members, $202.50 non-members

Location: Saturday:  Phillips Lake -Union Creek Campground

                Sunday: Crossroads, Downstairs Classroom


Required: Day 1: Outdoor clothing (layers); hat, sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, water (at least 2 liters), pack lunch, camp chair, sketch pad + drawing utensil(s).

** Participants must provide pertinent medical history to Instructor 2 weeks prior to course start.

Instructor is a wilderness First Responder. **(For safety of participants in a somewhat remote area; please provide if you have: asthma, history of anaphylaxis, heart condition, diabetes, or any other condition that could be life threatening if not addressed urgently). This will be kept confidential. Purpose is to keep entire group safe, and no one will be excluded upon disclosure. Instructor may inquire for more information before start of course.

Optional:  Merlin bird app (preloaded onto smart phone), Plant Identification app (preloaded onto smartphone), binoculars (some will be provided to share), spotting scope, camera, magnifying glass (some will be provided to share) Bird ID book (some will be provided to share).

Required: Day 2: drawing/painting supplies (artist choice), choice to use 1-3 small canvases/surface of choice or 1 med/large size.

Skill Level Requirements:  Be able to walk easy/moderate trail 1-3 miles, varied terrain. Be able to sit/stand in one spot for at least 20 minutes at a time. Be able to sit quietly and independently for up to 30 minutes. Be able to be outdoor for up to 6 hours in hot sunny, buggy conditions 


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