Tracing Forests and Seas:
Observing, Drawing and Writing Natural Histories and Landscapes of Fidalgo Island
Tuesday, July 5th + Thursday, July 7th from 10-3 PM
Combining observational drawing and writing we will explore the wooded and watery landscapes of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.
This two day workshop for all ability levels, explores the idea of fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice. What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Regardless of background, each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our abilities of “seeing” through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.
We will explore the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Yet “observational” drawing isn't about looking at a tree and making a perfect version of it in pencil. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field. Ultimately, participants will heighten their unique powers of investigation and reflection through creating a series of drawings and writings that merge poetry and documentation.
Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. It is geared to adults, though ages 13-18 are allowed with an accompanying adult or permission of the instructors.