3/13/20 Drawing Big Birds in Flight: Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Nature Journaling is a tool to enhance your exploration and appreciation of the natural world. 

John Muir Laws guides us through various techniques, such as using diagrams, written notes, and quick sketches, to enhance our ability to observe and record what we see on our travels. Every month, nature aficionados of every age and every level join us as we explore a technique or tool that can be used right away.

Join Naturalist John Muir Laws at the EcoCenter for a Nature Journaling workshop once a month. Whether you are new to Nature Journaling, or you are a veteran, this workshop is accessible and helps anyone use a notebook and pencil to deepen their connection to nature and observation skills when they are enjoying the outdoors.

The workshop will happen at the same time each month, but the topics will be different. All ages and experience levels are welcome. See the Nature Journal Club website for more details.

Upcoming dates at the EcoCenter on Friday after the second Tuesday from 2:30-4:00 pm:

in March: Drawing Big Birds in Flight

Large birds tend to soar on locked wings. As they catch a thermal, they pass overhead again and again, showing you the same angles and views. In spite of this, they are challenging to draw if you do not understand the basic structure, wing angles, and foreshortening principles. In this class, we break down wing fundamentals and foreshortening with hands-on foldable models, learn how to understand and the basic angles that we see all the time and unexpected and counterintuitive angles that you never dared to draw.

Enjoy a walk in the Baylands after class to spot the Harrier looking for prey at dusk.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.  No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

Coming up April 17: It’s not easy seeing green

Aa special watercolor workshop with guest lecturer Laurie Wigham.
Imagine that you’re sitting in those blue chairs, getting ready to paint all the different greens in the forest. Would you pick a blue and a yellow and see if that would mix them all? (Which blue and which yellow?)
Or would you start with a pre-mixed green and nudge it in different directions? (Which green? Have you ever stared at the Daniel Smith color chart, hoping that you could find just the right tube of green to make it all easy?)
In this class, we’ll look at those questions and more of the tricky issues around painting greens. How can you capture the glorious explosion of color in a spring meadow with ordinary paint? What about those lichens that look like they were painted on with day-glow colors? Do those deep forest shadows go-to black, and is sage green more of a purple or a blue? And what’s the rookie mistake almost everybody makes when starting to mix greens?
We’ll talk about some color-mixing theory, look at why you might want to buy some of those special tubes of green paint, and get in some practice matching the colors of leaves. We’ll also cover some strategies for painting different landscapes, like how to get a mix of textures in a distant forest or the barely-there shimmer of greens in the desert.