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Thursday, September 12
 

7:00am PDT

Add-on (extra fee): Pelagic Sketching Trip with Debi Shearwater and Abby McBride
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

NOTE: ADDITIONAL $145 FEE REQUIRED AND SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED (YOU MUST REGISTER WITH AND PAY SHEARWATER JOURNEYS ASAP--do not delay! SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS). Join sketch biologist Abby McBride and veteran seabird guide Debi Shearwater for a boat trip to practice sketching pelagic seabirds and other wildlife encountered at sea. September is the absolute peak month of the entire year at Monterey Bay to observe marine life. Your trip will begin immediately upon departing from the dock with sea otters and California sea lions just outside of the harbor. Parasitic Jaegers pursue Elegant Terns along the famed Cannery Row area, once the home of the largest sardine cannery in the world. Black-footed Albatross, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Buller’s Shearwaters begin showing up as soon as we reach the edge of the Continental Shelf, and maybe the first humpback whales. Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Rhinoceros Auklet will be amongst the members of the alcid or auk family that we’ll seek out. Any number and variety of dolphins can be found during this time period, including: Risso’s, Pacific white-sided, Northern right whale, and common dolphins, along with Dall’s porpoises. It is possible that we may see blue whales or killer whales, too. The variety and abundance of marine life is at its peak during September!
DATE: Thursday, September 12
BOAT: Checkmate
DEPARTURE: Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey at 7 am (please be at least 10 mins early)
RETURN: about 3 pm
LEADERS: Debi Shearwater + team
BOAT FEE: $145 USD ONLY. CHECKS ONLY--NO CREDIT CARDS.
CAPACITY: The boat is an excellent boat with a head (bathroom). No galley. Please bring your own food in a small day pack. The boat can take 49 people by USCG rules and our group will share the boat with others who have already registered.
NOTE: No one under 12 years old. No pregnant ladies. We cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
TO REGISTER: Send your personal check or money order for $145/person with the name, address, phone & email of EACH person booking, as required by the U.S. Coast Guard to:
Shearwater Journeys
P.O. Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024

NOTE: Your spot is not confirmed until Debi receives your check in the mail and you receive a confirmation from her. PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. PLEASE TELL DEBI YOU ARE WITH THE WILD WONDER CONFERENCE. Due to Debi's travel schedule, please register and send your check prior to June 15 in order to receive immediate confirmation. After June 15, your confirmation will be sent after July 20.
CONTACT: Debi Shearwater. 831.637.8527 debi@shearwaterjourneys.com http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com

Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →


  Field Trip, Skills-building
  • Requirements All arrangements / information will come from Shearwater Journeys after you sign up with them.
  • Location Key Monterey

8:30am PDT

Special Teachers-Only Workshop: The Power of Observation—Scientific Illustration at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Limited Capacity filling up

SPACE IS LIMITED. THIS IS A FREE EXTRA WORKSHOP JUST FOR TEACHERS! The Power of Observation: Scientific Illustration for Teachers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). Join John Muir Laws and Mary Whaley (Teacher Programs Manager for MBA) for a special "teacher's day" at MBA. This special pre-conference workshop at the MBA is for teachers who want to enhance their instruction with field-based scientific illustration. Scientific illustration enables students to more deeply connect to the natural world. Join us to learn drawing techniques that help your students communicate their observations, their thinking and their understanding of concepts in an engaging and comprehensible way. We will discuss literacy connections and how to effectively critique student work. Develop your own observation and drawing skills along the way!

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →
avatar for Mary Whaley

Mary Whaley

Other, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mary Whaley has been the Teacher Programs Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since 2008. Her team reaches over 1,500 teachers yearly through conferences, long-term teacher institutes and workshops. She engages teachers in incorporating authentic science practice into the classroom... Read More →


  Classroom, Teacher training
  • Requirements Must currently be a public, private, or home school teacher; or a, nature journaling / art teacher. Morning coffee and snacks provided. Lunch on your own after 12:30, though you will be able stay the rest of the day to tour the aquarium.
  • Location Key #6 on event map

4:00pm PDT

CHECK-IN
Limited Capacity seats available

Check in between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the Mott Training Center to receive your badge and other materials.

  Check-In
  • Requirements Must have a copy of your receipt / Eventbrite ticket (electronic copy is okay). Please do not call the Mott Training Center with conference questions!
  • Location Key #1 on event map

8:00pm PDT

Welcome Event with Guest Speakers Obi Kaufmann, Abby McBride, Amy Tan, and other guests
Limited Capacity seats available

NOTE: PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND so we can get an accurate headcount. Thank you! We'll kick off the first Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference with special guest speakers Obi Kaufmann, Abby McBride, Amy Tan, and others.

Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →
avatar for Amy Tan

Amy Tan

Amy Tan wrote the introduction to John Muir Laws' next book (due out in 2020), and she will be sharing that with our conference audience. Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist.  She... Read More →
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

CoyoteThunder.com
Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and he spent most of high school studying calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Kaufmann’s... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
Ottertorium at Robert Down Elementary School - #5 on event map
  Welcome
  • Requirements Bring your badge to enter. Open to registered attendees only due to limited seating; do not bring unregistered guests, please!
  • Location Key #5 on event map
 
Friday, September 13
 

7:30am PDT

Check-In (Only choose if you can't check in on Thursday)
This is a check-in opportunity for those who can't make it to the check in on Thursday. Please sign up if you need this option. Thanks!

8:30am PDT

Beginner's Nature Journaling: How to Get Started
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Getting started nature journaling can be intimidating. With more than 40 years of experience, Clare can help you get started and get over the fear of the blank page! Even if you've been journaling for a while, this will be a great refresher as well.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Nature Journaling for Educators
Limited Capacity filling up

A journal is a powerful tool for learning about the natural world. Classroom teachers, informal educators, homeschooling families, and outdoor field instructors can all use the practice of nature journaling to deepen children's ability to observe, wonder, and learn. Through model journaling activities, discussion, and lecture, we will learn how to include nature journaling in your classroom or program. The workshop will include key tricks and tips for engaging and managing students in the outdoors, setting students up for successful journaling experiences, and how to use journaling to meet educational standards and frameworks. Emilie is co-author with John Muir Laws of Opening the World Through Nature Journaling.

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Lygren

Emilie Lygren

Lawrence Hall of Science
Emilie Lygren is a writer, outdoor educator, and facilitator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology-Biology from Brown University and has more than a decade of experience as a writer and as an outdoor science educator. Emilie has developed dozens of publications and curricula... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

8:30am PDT

Pigments, Paint, and Observation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

At times the pigments in paints seem to make profound and apt analogies and interpretations of what lies in front of us, but at others it seems nearly impossible to capture the vibrancy of colors as seen in nature. In this workshop, come learn a little about the properties and histories of some of our favorite pigments, and learn a lot about how to use them through palette mixing and observation in the field. We will tackle how to work from earthiness on up to structural colors like iridescence, with an emphasis on how to minimize muddiness. While particularly suited for watercolor work, other color media can be integrated as participants wish.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Asilomar State Beach
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn techniques, prompts, tips, and different ways of seeing nature from one of the world’s most experienced and enthusiastic nature journaling instructors. “We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go.”

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Exploring Geology at Point Lobos State Reserve
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Millions of years of geology are represented at Point Lobos, where gorgeous Cretaceous granitic formations outcrop aside conglomerates deposited in underwater torrents that dumped into submarine canyons. Trace fossils of ancient marine life can be seen in the sandstones of the Carmelo formation. On this field trip we will learn about the geology and sketch the outcrops and rock types. Using a geologic map as an aid, we will use our drawing skills an a tool for interpreting and recording the landscape history of this beautiful and geologically dramatic state park.

Speakers
EU

Emily Underwood

UnderwoodIllustration.com
Emily Underwood is an artist and educator based in Central California. Blending her background in both science and art, she explores landscape histories through the mediums of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geology from UC Santa Cruz and... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Naturalist-guided Journaling in the Pacific Grove Area
Limited Capacity seats available

Join local naturalist and expert guide David Wimpheimer to get out exploring and sketching on your own — this is a field trip with a focus on discovery and journaling, not instruction. Be free and explore your creativity with an expert naturalist!

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Practice Quick-sketching and Sketchnoting
Limited Capacity seats available

Sketchnoting guru Mark Simmons will lead a local excursion to practice the art of quick, visual note-taking.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

UltimateMark.com
Mark Simmons is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, specializing in comics and graphic recording. He teaches figure drawing at the Academy of Art University, and has run classes in cartooning, sketching, and wildlife illustration for SF Bay Area institutions such as the Nature... Read More →


  Field Trip
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station 
Limited Capacity filling up

Mattias will lead a special session at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station with specimens from their collection. Founded in 1892, Hopkins is a center for marine research and classes in a wide array of ocean subjects. We will have a tour of the private campus and then do sketching of the landscape and of marine invertebrates in one of the classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Mattias Lanas

Mattias Lanas

MattiasLanas.com & TheFoster.org
Mattias Lanas grew up in Santiago, Chile, where family visits to the seashore fostered a love for natural history. After studying Earth Systems at Stanford, he completed the Science Illustration Certificate Graduate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. In fall 2019... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

10:30am PDT

Creative Lettering for Nature Journals
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Rather than focus on fine calligraphy, this class will be an opportunity to cozy up to letters, styles, and techniques and overcome the intimidation of using hand lettering on your journal pages. Explore ways to create cleverly crafted letters and words and see how well they play together with your images and layouts.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Brady

Deb Brady

Deb Brady is an illustrator, graphic artist, and avid nature enthusiast. Her day job is as a sign artist at Trader Joe’s, where hand lettering and layout of shelf signs and display boards (no computers) awoke a whole new respect for words, creative lettering, and styles, and made... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

10:30am PDT

Fifteen Ways to Hold a Brush (and why you need them all to paint a bird wing)
Limited Capacity filling up

In this technique-driven workshop, Obi will demonstrate and reproduce works from his books, displaying his method of wildlife rendering.

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

CoyoteThunder.com
Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and he spent most of high school studying calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Kaufmann’s... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

10:30am PDT

Sketching Marine Mammals of the Monterey Bay
Limited Capacity filling up

Christine will share her tips for drawing marine mammals from both the land and sea. Students will practice quick field sketching techniques and learn fun facts about such diverse marine mammals as Humpback Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, and California Sea Lions.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


Friday September 13, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Instructor-recommended supplies: paper and pencil. Your usual sketching gear.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

12:00pm PDT

Lunch: Click for details
Lunch is on your own. See materials for suggestions, or follow this link to pre-order box lunches to be delivered at Mott Training Center. You will go back to the EventBrite site, and add LUNCH to your cart, and then on the next screen, scroll to the bottom and click Box Lunches. Then you can choose from the 6 options for each day.

Friday September 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Lunch on your own.

1:00pm PDT

Close Looks: Structure and Function with Hannah Hinchman
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We'll examine small, likely unfamiliar things, approaching them as architects. Asking the questions: why is that shape important? In fact, what is up or down on this thing? Basic curiosity, but looking close, and hypothesizing. Hannah is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books, including A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Hinchman

Hannah Hinchman

Moab Gear Trader
Hannah Hinchman is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books: A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, A Trail Through Leaves: the... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curiosity and Wonder with John Muir Laws and Fiona Gillogly
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Great for beginners! Join us and learn how to upgrade your curiosity, geek out with scientific wonder, build an inquiry toolkit, and find delight in the littlest things. Learn how to think like a naturalist with wonder, awe, and evidence. Discover how to ask more and richer questions and then how to follow those questions into a place of deep discovery, and how to propose answers from your own observations. These old-school naturalist skills will help you wean yourself off Google and look to nature to help solve the mysteries around you.  

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit and your curiosity
  • Location Key #2 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Insect Drawing Intensive
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn to observe and draw insects, tarantulas, and other terrestrial arthropods using living and dead models. Entomologist Stephanie Dole, PhD, will share her tips and tricks for drawing arthropods and capturing their defining characteristics in your journal. We will use museum displays of mounted arthropods to observe and draw still subjects, focusing on their details and surface textures. Then, we will work with living tarantulas, beetles, vinegaroons, millipedes, and other arthropods to practice observing and drawing living, moving animals. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Dole

Stephanie Dole

Beetlelady
Stephanie A. Dole, Ph.D. has been educating the public about insects since 1997. She has extensive experience as a scientist, educator, and researcher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Entomology from University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip, Carmel River: Drawing Landscapes with Clare Walker Leslie
Limited Capacity filling up

Drawing landscapes can be awesome and overwhelming. Clare will show you simple ways to break down the essential elements of a landscape that you can happily accomplish in varying amounts of time, whether 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours. Field sketching of a landscape can include words and just a small diagram. Lengthier landscape drawings entail more consideration of perspective, pencil markings, the "language" of drawing trees, rocks, grasses, water etc. The use of color -- colored pencil and watercolor -- in the field will be covered. (As Clare's training is European, equipment she used in the field is minimal and practical.) Local naturalist extraordinaire David Wimpheimer will help guide the group's discoveries. The mouth of the Carmel River is a diverse area that includes brackish marsh, conifer and oak woodland, sandy and rocky beach.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip, Point Pinos: Improve Live Drawing and Color Perception Skills
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Catherine draws on her 30 years of observation and teaching experience to tailor instruction to each participant's experience and needs, with emphases on improving live drawing skills and color perception. Come walk, look, and paint, furthering your individual approaches and techniques. Local naturalist extraordinaire David Wimpheimer will help guide the group's discoveries. Point Pinos has been a favorite area for birders for many decades. The rocky and sandy beach here are habitat for turnstone, oystercatcher and other shorebirds while cormorants perch on the dramatic rocks along the shore. Crespi Pond may offer ducks or other waterbirds while the adjacent cypresses provide cover for warblers, flycatchers and other land birds.

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Asolimar Beach--Natural History in the Tidepools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Asilomar State Beach is home to some of the most incredible tidepools on the West Coast -- bring your watercolors and sketchbook down to the water and learn more about the critters that inhabit this rocky environment! Practice quick gesture techniques, record details that can be used for identification, and observe the incredible diversity of adaptations for living between the tides. You will be encouraged to do a little bit of rock scrambling, so wear shoes that can get wet or choose to stay close to shore and observe from the edges.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Dingeldein

Andrea Dingeldein

The Local Naturalist
Andrea Dingeldein (The Local Naturalist) is a marine-focused science illustrator based in Pacific Grove. As a freelance illustrator, she works closely with researchers, marine laboratories, parks, and environmental organizations to create art that communicates scientific information... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Creative Field Sketching Prompts
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

On this field trip, we’ll explore Christine’s toolkit of creative sketching prompts to give you a bucket-load of inspiration so you’ll never run out of sketching ideas in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Instructor-recommended: A sketchbook and art supplies of your choice; additional handy tools include binoculars, a hand lens, and a camera/smart phone. Standard: Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Walk and Paint with Obi 
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Walk and Paint with Obi Kaufmann, naturalist, artist, and author of the California Field Atlas.

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

CoyoteThunder.com
Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and he spent most of high school studying calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Kaufmann’s... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

3:00pm PDT

How to Sketch Birds
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Lay down your bird basics in thirty seconds! Learn to capture the posture, proportions and angles of birds with a few, fast, efficient, strokes. Then relax and in the details from memory and a familiarity with key anatomical details.  

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Illustrating Geology: Exploring Local Geology through Maps and Cross-sections
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn to visualize and draw the rock formations that define our landscapes. Geologists do this by creating maps, cross-sections, and three dimensional diagrams to show the relationships between layers of rocks, faults, and other features. In this class we will look at maps of local geology and study samples of the rock types typical of the Monterey Bay area. Participants will then learn the process of creating cross-sections and stratigraphic columns and draw their own. This class will help you to better understand geologic maps and create your own geologic illustrations, providing you with the tools needed to better engage with geology in the field and record your observations on paper.

Speakers
EU

Emily Underwood

UnderwoodIllustration.com
Emily Underwood is an artist and educator based in Central California. Blending her background in both science and art, she explores landscape histories through the mediums of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geology from UC Santa Cruz and... Read More →



Friday September 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Sketchnoting! Fast Notes and Quick Sketching
Limited Capacity filling up

We all appreciate the power of combining written notes, field sketches, and diagrams in beautifully composed page layouts, but it's tough to get all that information down in mere minutes unless you have a hundred hands. In this workshop Mark will share some practical tips and tricks for speedy sketchnoting, laying out attractive and easily comprehensible pages, and capturing quick likenesses of fast-moving targets such as animals and guest humans.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

UltimateMark.com
Mark Simmons is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, specializing in comics and graphic recording. He teaches figure drawing at the Academy of Art University, and has run classes in cartooning, sketching, and wildlife illustration for SF Bay Area institutions such as the Nature... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

5:30pm PDT

Happy Hour – Journal Sharing – Mingling – Appetizers
NOTE: PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND so we can get an accurate headcount. Thank you!  Time to sip a glass of wine or tea, share your work of the day, mingle, tell stories, discuss techniques, grab a snack from our appetizer tables, and visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History store.

Friday September 13, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (#7 on event map)
  Socializing
  • Requirements Bring your badge to enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks. 
  • Location Key #7 on event map

8:00pm PDT

Evening Keynote Talk with Clare Walker Leslie
Limited Capacity seats available

NOTE: PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND so we can get an accurate headcount. Thank you!  Clare Walker Leslie will give a talk and sign books after the event. Clare grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means of connecting both herself and her students with where we live, season by season and year upon year. Self taught as a naturalist, she has used her own ongoing nature journals, since l978 (and now numbering 50), as a method for continuing her study of nature outdoors, no matter where she is–city, country, her home, far away. She has taught at Williams College, Harvard’s Landscape Design Program, College of the Atlantic, Antioch New England, and many Audubon Centers, and is a member of the National Guild of Scientific Illustrators and the international Artists For Nature Foundation. She teaches nature drawing, field nature study, and nature journaling, helping all ages to better connect with their own local places. She is the author of 13 books, including Drawn to Nature: From the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie; Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You; Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning; The Art of Field Sketching; A Year in Nature: A Memoir of Solace; and The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You. Her books are used internationally with several now in foreign translations, demonstrating that the love of and curiosity for nature is an international language.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


Friday September 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Ottertorium at Robert Down Elementary School - #5 on event map
  Keynote
  • Location Key #5 on event map
 
Saturday, September 14
 

8:30am PDT

Close Looks: Structure and Function with Hannah Hinchman
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We'll examine small, likely unfamiliar things, approaching them as architects. Asking the questions: why is that shape important? In fact, what is up or down on this thing? Basic curiosity, but looking close, and hypothesizing. Hannah is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books, including A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Hinchman

Hannah Hinchman

Moab Gear Trader
Hannah Hinchman is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books: A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, A Trail Through Leaves: the... Read More →



  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes
Limited Capacity filling up

Author of Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning and three other books on specific techniques for drawing nature anywhere, Clare will guide you with demonstrations and your own drawing explaining her long used tips for drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes -- in one short hour and a half! Trained in England and classically experienced, Clare will help you gain confidence in some basic but well established ways for either beginning or developing your drawing (including the always faithful Blind and Modified Contours and Gesture Drawing exercises.). Although pencil and pen will be used, colored pencil and watercolor are encouraged, as is the copying of good field guide illustrations, photographs, and museum mounts (if possible).

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Reflections and Other Tricky Things About Water 
Limited Capacity full
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Why is water so difficult to paint? How do you sketch something that’s always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have developed, figure out some strategies for analyzing what we’re seeing and do some simple exercises. 

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Wigham

Laurie Wigham

LaurieWigham.com
After nearly three decades doing graphic design and illustration in the tech industry, Laurie Wigham fell out of love with the computer and went back to making art without an undo button and getting ink stains on her fingers. She set up the SF Sketchers Meetup group 7 years ago and... Read More →



Saturday September 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip, Laguna Grande: Improve Live Drawing and Color Perception Skills
Limited Capacity filling up

Catherine draws on her 30 years of observation and teaching experience to tailor instruction to each participant's experience and needs, with emphases on improving live drawing skills and color perception. Come walk, look, and paint, furthering your individual approaches and techniques. Local naturalist extraordinaire David Wimpheimer will help guide the group's discoveries. Laguna Grande lake and freshwater marsh area is in Seaside adjacent to Monterey. There are a variety of birds, from flycatchers and warblers in the willow and eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Virginia rail. Gulls, ducks and raptors also frequent the area.

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


  Field Trip
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Asolimar Beach--Natural History in the Tidepools
Limited Capacity filling up

Asilomar State Beach is home to some of the most incredible tidepools on the West Coast -- bring your watercolors and sketchbook down to the water and learn more about the critters that inhabit this rocky environment! Practice quick gesture techniques, record details that can be used for identification, and observe the incredible diversity of adaptations for living between the tides. You will be encouraged to do a little bit of rock scrambling, so wear shoes that can get wet or choose to stay close to shore and observe from the edges.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Dingeldein

Andrea Dingeldein

The Local Naturalist
Andrea Dingeldein (The Local Naturalist) is a marine-focused science illustrator based in Pacific Grove. As a freelance illustrator, she works closely with researchers, marine laboratories, parks, and environmental organizations to create art that communicates scientific information... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes suitable for tidepooling / water, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Carmel River Beach--A Beachcomber’s Nature Journal
Limited Capacity full
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Join us in a morning beachcombing saunter down the picturesque Carmel River beach. We will collect and sketch all kinds of tidal treasures that will teach us about California’s coastline. We will also take an opportunity to paint/sketch the spectacular local landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Mattias Lanas

Mattias Lanas

MattiasLanas.com & TheFoster.org
Mattias Lanas grew up in Santiago, Chile, where family visits to the seashore fostered a love for natural history. After studying Earth Systems at Stanford, he completed the Science Illustration Certificate Graduate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. In fall 2019... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Creative Field Sketching Prompts
Limited Capacity seats available

On this field trip, we’ll explore Christine’s toolkit of creative sketching prompts to give you a bucket-load of inspiration so you’ll never run out of sketching ideas in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Point Lobos
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn techniques, prompts, tips, and different ways of seeing nature from one of the world’s most experienced and enthusiastic nature journaling instructors. “We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go.”

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Practice Quick-sketching and Sketchnoting
Limited Capacity seats available

Sketchnoting guru Mark Simmons will lead a local excursion to practice the art of quick, visual note-taking.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

UltimateMark.com
Mark Simmons is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, specializing in comics and graphic recording. He teaches figure drawing at the Academy of Art University, and has run classes in cartooning, sketching, and wildlife illustration for SF Bay Area institutions such as the Nature... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

10:30am PDT

Cartooning Natural History
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Have you ever noticed that an animal interaction or landscape process is better represented by a series of images rather than a single drawing? Would you like to be able to present your observations of the natural world in narrative form? Then this class is for you! We will explore the art of natural history cartooning by looking at examples, and discussing techniques for layout, graphic composition, wording and lettering. Come prepared with a nature story you would like to tell or a pages of your sketchbook that show observations over time. 

Speakers
EU

Emily Underwood

UnderwoodIllustration.com
Emily Underwood is an artist and educator based in Central California. Blending her background in both science and art, she explores landscape histories through the mediums of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geology from UC Santa Cruz and... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Sketching gear.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

10:30am PDT

Information Presentation and Systems Thinking: Telling a story in a map
Limited Capacity filling up

In this application-based workshop, Obi will discuss and demonstrate the modes of his technique behind his style of both cartography and ecological modeling.

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

CoyoteThunder.com
Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and he spent most of high school studying calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Kaufmann’s... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Sketching gear.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

10:30am PDT

Sketchbiologizing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sketch biologist Abby McBride leads this workshop focused on wildlife sketching and roles it can play in science and conservation. Abby has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. She recently returned from a year-long Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, sketching seabirds and writing stories about seabird conservation for National Geographic

Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Sketching gear.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

12:00pm PDT

Lunch: Click for details
Lunch is on your own. See materials for suggestions, or follow this link to pre-order box lunches to be delivered at Mott Training Center. You will go back to the EventBrite site, and add LUNCH to your cart, and then on the next screen, scroll to the bottom and click Box Lunches. Then you can choose from the 6 options for each day.

Saturday September 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Lunch on your own.

1:00pm PDT

Composition and Layout For the Journal Format
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The key to dynamic compositions in nature journal pages may well lie in throwing out all conventional compositional rules and worries about making “finished” pages -- but how does one do that and still end up with interesting page layouts? In this workshop, individually tailored exercises and instruction will be given to participants to help gain control of your pages by letting go of preconceptions and strategies, then honing existing strengths. Bring your field journal and preferred media; scrap paper will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Author of Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning and three other books on specific techniques for drawing nature anywhere, Clare will guide you with demonstrations and your own drawing explaining her long used tips for drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes - in one short hour and a half! Trained in England and classically experienced, Clare will help you gain confidence in some basic but well established ways for either beginning or developing your drawing (including the always faithful Blind and Modified Contours and Gesture Drawing exercises.). Although pencil and pen will be used, colored pencil and watercolor are encouraged, as is the copying of good field guide illustrations, photographs, and museum mounts (if possible).

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Whole-Brain Techniques for Improving Your Drawing Skills at Any Level 
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Prepare to be inspired and challenged in this hands-on workshop that includes lots of quick drawing exercises to level up your representational drawing skills. We’ll practice both left and right brain techniques to hone your observational skills, strengthen your hand-eye coordination and bust free of creative blocks.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Instructor-recommended supplies: paper and pencil. Your usual sketching gear.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Asolimar Forest — "Obscure Field Guides" with Hannah Hinchman
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Hannah Hinchman, one of the most experienced nature journalers today, to explore your own "Collections," of which you are the curator and the only person who is the expert in this odd field. Local naturalist extraordinaire David Wimpheimer will help guide the group's discoveries. The Asolimar pine and oak forest form an important habitat for nesting and migratory birds. The former includes Western Bluebird, Pygmy Nuthatch, chickadees, towhees, wrens, sparrows, Acorn and Hairy Woodpecker. The resident species are joined by migratory birds such as Townsend's Warbler, Pacific Slope Flycatcher Western Wood Pewee and others.

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hinchman

Hannah Hinchman

Moab Gear Trader
Hannah Hinchman is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books: A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, A Trail Through Leaves: the... Read More →



1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Mapping the Dune Habitats of Pacific Grove
Limited Capacity filling up

Ongoing efforts in Asilomar State Park have restored an overused landscape to a thriving sandy dune habitat. Some of the species that have benefited from this effort are the Menzies’ Wallflower, Tidestrom’s Lupine, and the Black Legless Lizard. In this class, we will explore and map the dune habitats of Asilomar, walking and recording the landscape from the shoreline to the Monterey Pine Forest, creating plan view maps and cross sections. Along the way, we will learn about dune forming processes, the flora and fauna characteristic of this habitat, and the restoration efforts both completed and underway.

Speakers
EU

Emily Underwood

UnderwoodIllustration.com
Emily Underwood is an artist and educator based in Central California. Blending her background in both science and art, she explores landscape histories through the mediums of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geology from UC Santa Cruz and... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Nature Journaling with Marley Peifer
Limited Capacity filling up

Join naturalist, artist, and educator Marley Peifer for an exploration of the wilds around Pacific Grove to focus on building your nature journaling skills.

Speakers
avatar for Marley Peifer

Marley Peifer

The Nature Journal Show / MarleyPeifer.com
Marley Peifer is an artist, gardener, tracker, and educator. He longs for the reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. He is passionate about learning, teaching, and fine-tuning awareness in nature. Few realms are untouched... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Sketchbiologizing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sketch biologist Abby McBride leads this field trip about experiencing art and science in the world around you while capturing it through sketches. Abby has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. She recently returned from a year-long Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, sketching seabirds and writing stories about seabird conservation for National Geographic.


Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Walk and Paint with Obi 
Limited Capacity filling up

Walk and Paint with Obi Kaufmann, naturalist, artist, and author of the California Field Atlas.

Speakers
avatar for Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann

CoyoteThunder.com
Obi Kaufmann grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, and he spent most of high school studying calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo, mapping its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Kaufmann’s... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Small-scale Perspective
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Unlike urban environments, the irregular landscapes of nature don't require a mastery of linear perspective. But when we're drawing objects within the natural world such as trees, flowers, animals, bones, and shells, the basic principles of perspective can help us capture their scale and three-dimensional volume. In this workshop we'll attempt to make perspective drawing easy and fun, and see how it can be applied to a variety of cool and surprising subjects.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

UltimateMark.com
Mark Simmons is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, specializing in comics and graphic recording. He teaches figure drawing at the Academy of Art University, and has run classes in cartooning, sketching, and wildlife illustration for SF Bay Area institutions such as the Nature... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

3:00pm PDT

What’s in a Sky?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What blue paint colors are in that sky, and how can you mix those cloudy grays? What’s one color you’ll never see in a sky, even in the most lurid sunset? How can you show the sun breaking through the clouds, and what happens where the sky touches the land? Laurie will attempt to answer these and other questions with a grab bag of painting techniques, field observations, solutions from other artists and random tips.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Wigham

Laurie Wigham

LaurieWigham.com
After nearly three decades doing graphic design and illustration in the tech industry, Laurie Wigham fell out of love with the computer and went back to making art without an undo button and getting ink stains on her fingers. She set up the SF Sketchers Meetup group 7 years ago and... Read More →



Saturday September 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

3:00pm PDT

You Can Draw It! Intro to Fast Sketching
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Drawing is a skill that anyone can develop with practice. In this workshop we will frame a growth mindset and explore six principles that will accelerate your learning and help you draw faster and better, while having more fun!

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

5:30pm PDT

Happy Hour – Journal Sharing – Mingling – Appetizers
NOTE: PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND so we can get an accurate headcount. Thank you!  Time to sip a glass of wine or tea, share your work of the day, mingle, tell stories, discuss techniques, grab a snack from our appetizer tables, and visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History store.

Saturday September 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (#7 on event map)
  Socializing
  • Requirements Bring your badge to enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks. 
  • Location Key #7 on event map

8:00pm PDT

Evening Keynote Talk with John Muir Laws and Fiona Gillogly
Limited Capacity filling up

NOTE: PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND so we can get an accurate headcount. Thank you!  Fiona Gillogly will give a brief opening talk before John Muir Laws' keynote address. John Muir Laws, aka Jack Laws, will sign books after the event. Jack is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science. His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack teaches techniques, and supports routines that develop these skills make them a part of everyday life. In 2009, he received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in Environmental Education. He is a 2010 TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow with the National Audubon Society. He was the 2011 artist for International Migratory Bird Day. He has written and illustrated books about art and natural history including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (2016), The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide (2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007), and The Laws Pocket Guide Set to the San Francisco Bay Area (2009). His latest release is Sierra Wildflowers: A Hiker’s Guide (2019). He is a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his “Naturalists Notebook” column. He is the primary author and editor of the curriculum: Opening the World through Nature Journaling. This free teaching guide is kid tested and teacher approved and integrates science, language arts, and visual arts through keeping a nature journal. He is the founder and host of the Bay Area Nature Journal Club, which has 8,000+ members, and he offers monthly free nature sketching workshops, field trips, and events, connecting people with nature through art.

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


Saturday September 14, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Ottertorium at Robert Down Elementary School - #5 on event map
  Keynote
  • Location Key #5 on event map
 
Sunday, September 15
 

8:30am PDT

Minimalist On-the-Go Sketch Kit: Simplifying Your Gear & Paints
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you find yourself struggling to carry a bulging field bag, filled with too many supplies you almost never use? Are you sometimes hamstrung because it takes you so long to set up your sketching gear that you don’t stop and capture small and delightful details? This class will be like a diet for your field sketching kit! Roseann has been keeping nature journals for 40 years, and has refined her gear to a light-and-fast stand-up field sketching kit comprising her easy-to-make (and inexpensive) field journal, a fountain pen, a single brush, and a mini paint kit with cyan, magenta, yellow, burnt sienna, and a dark blue (indigo or indanthrone). She’ll share her ideas and get you started with easy color-mixing with just 3-5 colors. Lighten your load, de-clutter your gear, and focus on what you love: observing, sketching, and painting.

Speakers
avatar for Roseann Hanson

Roseann Hanson

Exploring Overland
For more than 30 years, Roseann Hanson has worked around the globe as a guide, journalist, and conservationist. Her work has involved thousands of miles of overlanding on four continents. She is an elected National Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society; founder... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

8:30am PDT

Nature Journaling Across the Globe
Limited Capacity filling up

Christine will share journal pages from her adventures in such diverse environments as Alaska’s arctic tundra, Guatemala’s central highlands and Borneo’s lowland rainforests. She’ll share tips on tools, techniques and subject matter so that you can benefit from both her triumphs and tragedies in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Instructor-recommended supplies: paper and pencil. Your usual sketching gear.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

8:30am PDT

Nature Journaling Mindset: Tip, Tricks, Techniques for Growth, Learning, and Motivation
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you think you can’t draw? Is your perfectionism a problem? Do you want to spend more time actually nature journaling? Do you struggle with self-judgement or compare yourself harshly to all the “better” nature journalers? If any of these sound familiar you will benefit from this workshop. Over several years Marley has been developing and testing psychological strategies to help you achieve your nature journaling goals, learn faster, and feel better about your awesome self.

Speakers
avatar for Marley Peifer

Marley Peifer

The Nature Journal Show / MarleyPeifer.com
Marley Peifer is an artist, gardener, tracker, and educator. He longs for the reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. He is passionate about learning, teaching, and fine-tuning awareness in nature. Few realms are untouched... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Asolimar Beach — "Obscure Field Guides" with Hannah Hinchman
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Hannah Hinchman, one of the most experienced nature journalers today, to explore your own "Collections," of which you are the curator and the only person who is the expert in this odd field. Local naturalist extraordinaire David Wimpheimer will help guide the group's discoveries. This walk along the Asilomar State Beach coast trail will focus on shorebirds, gulls and cormorants. Common birds include Whimbrel, Black Turnstone, Willet and Black Oystercatcher. Songbirds in the nearby coastal scrub include Western Meadowlark, Song Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Black Phoebe, Song and White-crowned Sparrow. Several raptor species may be in the area as well.

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Hinchman

Hannah Hinchman

Moab Gear Trader
Hannah Hinchman is a freelance artist, writer, and calligrapher who has been keeping journals for more than 35 years. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she is the author of three books: A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, A Trail Through Leaves: the... Read More →



8:30am PDT

Field trip: Carmel River State Beach
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn techniques, prompts, tips, and different ways of seeing nature from one of the world’s most experienced and enthusiastic nature journaling instructors. “We live in a world of beauty and wonder. Train your mind to see deeply and with intentional curiosity, and the world will open before you. Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go.”

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Improve Live Drawing and Color Perception Skills
Limited Capacity filling up

Catherine draws on her 30 years of observation and teaching experience to tailor instruction to each participant's experience and needs, with emphases on improving live drawing skills and color perception. Come walk, look, and paint, furthering your individual approaches and techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

8:30am PDT

Field trip: Sketchbiologizing
Limited Capacity filling up

Sketch biologist Abby McBride leads this field trip about experiencing art and science in the world around you while capturing it through sketches. Abby has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. She recently returned from a year-long Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, sketching seabirds and writing stories about seabird conservation for National Geographic.


Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; mornings can be chilly, so dress warmly in layers; also, bring water, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks (you can pre-order box-lunch to pick up after class at Mott).
  • Location Key #3 on event map

10:30am PDT

Creative Lettering for Nature Journals
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Rather than focus on fine calligraphy, this class will be an opportunity to cozy up to letters, styles and techniques and overcome the intimidation of using hand lettering on your journal pages. Explore ways to create cleverly crafted letters and words and see how well they play together with your images and layouts.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Brady

Deb Brady

Deb Brady is an illustrator, graphic artist, and avid nature enthusiast. Her day job is as a sign artist at Trader Joe’s, where hand lettering and layout of shelf signs and display boards (no computers) awoke a whole new respect for words, creative lettering, and styles, and made... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

10:30am PDT

Drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Author of Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning and three other books on specific techniques for drawing nature anywhere, Clare will guide you with demonstrations and your own drawing explaining her long used tips for drawing Birds, Animals, Plants, and Landscapes -- in one short hour and a half! Trained in England and classically experienced, Clare will help you gain confidence in some basic but well established ways for either beginning or developing your drawing (including the always faithful Blind and Modified Contours and Gesture Drawing exercises.). Although pencil and pen will be used, colored pencil and watercolor are encouraged, as is the copying of good field guide illustrations, photographs, and museum mounts (if possible).

Speakers
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

10:30am PDT

Reflections and Other Tricky Things About Water 
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Why is water so difficult to paint? How do you sketch something that’s always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have developed, figure out some strategies for analyzing what we’re seeing and do some simple exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Wigham

Laurie Wigham

LaurieWigham.com
After nearly three decades doing graphic design and illustration in the tech industry, Laurie Wigham fell out of love with the computer and went back to making art without an undo button and getting ink stains on her fingers. She set up the SF Sketchers Meetup group 7 years ago and... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

12:00pm PDT

Lunch: Click for details
Lunch is on your own. See materials for suggestions, or follow this link to pre-order box lunches to be delivered at Mott Training Center. You will go back to the EventBrite site, and add LUNCH to your cart, and then on the next screen, scroll to the bottom and click Box Lunches. Then you can choose from the 6 options for each day.

Sunday September 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Lunch on your own.

1:00pm PDT

Cartooning Natural History
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you ever noticed that an animal interaction or landscape process is better represented by a series of images rather than a single drawing? Would you like to be able to present your observations of the natural world in narrative form? Then this class is for you! We will explore the art of natural history cartooning by looking at examples, and discussing techniques for layout, graphic composition, wording and lettering. Come prepared with a nature story you would like to tell or pages of your sketchbook that show observations over time.

Speakers
EU

Emily Underwood

UnderwoodIllustration.com
Emily Underwood is an artist and educator based in Central California. Blending her background in both science and art, she explores landscape histories through the mediums of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geology from UC Santa Cruz and... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Orange is a Green’s Best Friend (or Orange is the New Green)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this workshop, we will assess greens in landscapes and plants and explore the use of greens and their complementary and neighboring colors with the aim of developing palette fluency and familiarity. In the field, whether approaching landscape or botanical painting, understanding how to layer or contrast greens with other colors leads to less muddiness and more color sophistication. Come practice! Plant specimens and source materials will be provided, or bring your own.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and has taught painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions throughout the 27 years she has been a professional... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Sketchnoting! Fast Notes and Quick Sketching
Limited Capacity filling up

We all appreciate the power of combining written notes, field sketches, and diagrams in beautifully composed page layouts, but it's tough to get all that information down in mere minutes unless you have a hundred hands. In this workshop Mark will share some practical tips and tricks for speedy sketchnoting, laying out attractive and easily comprehensible pages, and capturing quick likenesses of fast-moving targets such as animals and guest humans.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

UltimateMark.com
Mark Simmons is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, specializing in comics and graphic recording. He teaches figure drawing at the Academy of Art University, and has run classes in cartooning, sketching, and wildlife illustration for SF Bay Area institutions such as the Nature... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Botanical Sketching in the Field
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn to create detailed and interesting botanical studies of plants in the field. You don't need botanical training -- anyone interested in drawing/painting plants is welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Mattias Lanas

Mattias Lanas

MattiasLanas.com & TheFoster.org
Mattias Lanas grew up in Santiago, Chile, where family visits to the seashore fostered a love for natural history. After studying Earth Systems at Stanford, he completed the Science Illustration Certificate Graduate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. In fall 2019... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Creative Sketching Prompts
Limited Capacity filling up

On this field trip, we’ll explore Christine’s toolkit of creative sketching prompts to give you a bucket-load of inspiration so you’ll never run out of sketching ideas in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Elder

Christine Elder

SciLuminart Studio
I'm a naturalist, educator, and illustrator from Oregon. I teach nature sketching classes for both youth and adults locally as well as online. After the pandemic subsides, I hope to resume leading sketching retreats to Central American destinations.


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Drawing Landscapes with Clare Walker Leslie
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Drawing landscapes can be awesome and overwhelming. Clare will show you simple ways to break down the essential elements of a landscape that you can happily accomplish in varying amounts of time, whether 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours. Field sketching of a landscape can include words and just a small diagram. Lengthier landscape drawings entail more consideration of perspective, pencil markings, the "language" of drawing trees, rocks, grasses, water etc. The use of color -- colored pencil and watercolor -- in the field will be covered.( As Clare's training is European, equipment she used in the field is minimal and practical.) Local guide extraordinaire David Wimpfheimer will join the group to as an expert naturalist in the Pacific Grove landscape.

Speakers
avatar for David Wimpfheimer

David Wimpfheimer

The California Naturalist
David Wimpheimer is a naturalist and a biologist with a passion for the birds and natural history of the West. During his twenty years of expeditions, he has led numerous local classes for the Point Reyes Field Institute, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the California Academy of... Read More →
avatar for Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie

ELI Master Artist and Workshop Leader, ClareWalkerLeslie.com
Clare Walker Leslie grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Carleton College. Since then, her career has evolved by combining the study of nature and drawing / writing / painting / teaching as a means... Read More →


1:00pm PDT

Field trip: Nature Journaling with Marley Peifer
Limited Capacity filling up

Join naturalist, artist, and educator Marley Peifer for an exploration of the wilds around Pacific Grove to focus on building your nature journaling skills.

Speakers
avatar for Marley Peifer

Marley Peifer

The Nature Journal Show / MarleyPeifer.com
Marley Peifer is an artist, gardener, tracker, and educator. He longs for the reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. He is passionate about learning, teaching, and fine-tuning awareness in nature. Few realms are untouched... Read More →


  Field Trip, Practicum
  • Requirements Your sketching kit; water, hat, layers in case the weater is cold, sunscreen, walking shoes, snacks.
  • Location Key #3 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Insect Drawing Intensive
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn to observe and draw insects, tarantulas, and other terrestrial arthropods using living and dead models. Entomologist Stephanie Dole, PhD, will share her tips and tricks for drawing arthropods and capturing their defining characteristics in your journal. We will use museum displays of mounted arthropods to observe and draw still subjects, focusing on their details and surface textures. Then, we will work with living tarantulas, beetles, vinegaroons, millipedes, and other arthropods to practice observing and drawing living, moving animals.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Dole

Stephanie Dole

Beetlelady
Stephanie A. Dole, Ph.D. has been educating the public about insects since 1997. She has extensive experience as a scientist, educator, and researcher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Entomology from University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan... Read More →


  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #2 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Sketchbiologizing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sketch biologist Abby McBride leads this workshop focused on wildlife sketching and roles it can play in science and conservation. Abby has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. She recently returned from a year-long Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand, sketching seabirds and writing stories about seabird conservation for National Geographic.


Speakers
avatar for Abby McBride

Abby McBride

Sketch biologist
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist who writes and illustrates stories about science and nature. She has a biology degree from Williams College, a science writing degree from MIT, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. After college Abby took the obvious career... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Asilomar Triton Classroom (#4 on event map)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit.
  • Location Key #4 on event map

3:00pm PDT

Waterbrush Watercolor for Everyone
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you wanted to add watercolor to your journal? Here is a watercolor class that makes no assumptions and no judgments. The waterbrush is a wonderful and unassuming little tool that has revolutionized the way I paint. Learn how this little brush simplifies all your basic watercolor techniques. Bring your paints, journal, and if you have them, a large, fine point, Pentel Aquash water brush and a Flat Kuretake Fude Water Brush Pen.

Speakers
avatar for John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science. From an early age his parents instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature. Over the years, that love has grown to a commitment to stewardship... Read More →


Sunday September 15, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Mott Whitehead Classroom - #3 on event map (enter bldg. SE corner)
  Classroom, Skills-building
  • Requirements Your sketching kit, and if you have them: a large, fine point Pentel Aquash water brush and a Flat Kuretake Fude Water Brush Pen
  • Location Key #3 on event map