Watercolors in the Wild: Sierra Flora

General Description:

This in-depth art retreat for all levels will give clear start-to-finish instruction on the methods, materials, and magic of painting with watercolor to reveal the unique beauty, palette, and complexity of Sierra flora. Discussions, demos, and step-by-step exercises will cover paint brands and pigment properties, paper choice and preparation, types and care of brushes, effects of gum arabic and ox gall, color theory and paint mixing, wet into wet and glazing, working in layers, tips for customizing your own field kit, and framing and other finishing options. Forays to Lakes Basin, Yuba Pass, and around Camp, will allow time to sink into the mountains, identify and study early summer wildflowers, and practice new painting strategies designed to demystify watercolor and empower your own creative process. Our days will end with optional painting during the sunset hour. You’ll take home one completed panel-mounted painting and an impressive collection of studies for future reference and inspiration.  

Instructor
Andie Thrams is a painter and book artist with a lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations. Her work is widely exhibited and is held in both private and public collections including those at Yale University and the University of Washington. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California at Berkeley and, in addition to Field Camp, she teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, Sitka Center for Art Ecology and many more. She is currently creating a series of unique artist's books called In Forests. The In Forests books, which record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into wild forests from California to Alaska, are a contemporary hybrid of the illuminated manuscript and the field journal. More may be seen on her website: www.andiethrams.com

Class Schedule
Please plan to arrive at Field Camp on Saturday, June 14, and allow plenty of time to find your way to your tent, unpack, and settle in. The first class meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. late Saturday afternoon on the deck just outside the Dining Hall. Each day we'll spend a varying combination of time indoors, in the field, and around Camp, with optional informal sunset painting after dinner. Our walks will range from 1/4 mile up to 3 miles over moderate terrain. Our final meeting will conclude by early afternoon on Thursday.

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