Sketch Class Results October 2011

A perfect midwest autumn scene: blazing reds, golden yellows and subdued browns. That's what greeted us this crisp (downright cold) autumn morning as we met to converse with nature. Our mission was to take a short hike and find at least three different leaves which spoke to us. We met at the fire pit circle and … Continue reading Sketch Class Results October 2011

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A Year in Review – The Little Red Schoolhouse Sketch Class

I am happy to present:  A Year in Review...the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center Sketch Classes. I am so very proud of every single person who showed up to paint. Some were afraid, not having painted ever in their lives. Some were confident being seasoned artists. All were one however, not viewing one as better than … Continue reading A Year in Review – The Little Red Schoolhouse Sketch Class

Free Museum Day Saturday 09-24-11

This Saturday only (9-24-11), museums around the country are participating in Free Museum Day hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. You must choose your museum, have the ticket emailed, and print. Good for two people in a household. Click here for ticket info. Not only can you go to a museum for FREE, but in the morning … Continue reading Free Museum Day Saturday 09-24-11

August 2011 Sketch Class Results

The group, 10 including myself, was the biggest we've ever had and on a morning like this one, it couldn't have gotten any better; The sky: pure blue, the temps: perfectly mild, and the artistic fellowship while connecting with nature: magnificent! We decided to hang out by Long John Slough and sketched the trail and background. … Continue reading August 2011 Sketch Class Results

July 2011 Sketch Class Results

July's sketch class was a success. We had such a wonderful artistic fellowship while discovering nature. After a short walk from the nature center, we settled in by the slough to take in the amazing view. The dead trees across the slough caught my eye, so some of us decided to paint this scene. Here … Continue reading July 2011 Sketch Class Results

Sketch Class Results May 2011

Saturday we woke up to a very threatening sky. Dark and ominous. Ready to unleash buckets of rain? We didn't know...but we took our chances anyway. And OH BOY I'm glad we did, because the rain held off right up until the end! Whooo Hoooo! Sketch class, here we go! This is the scene we decided to sketch. … Continue reading Sketch Class Results May 2011

Sketchbook Hiking: McClaughrey VIDEO

Do you want to go on a hike with me at McClaughrey Springs Woods? We'll find some woodland wildflowers and after that, I'll show you a real easy step-by-step watercolor sketch. I know you can do this one! I'll give you techniques to take a complicated landscape and create a simple watercolor for your journal. … Continue reading Sketchbook Hiking: McClaughrey VIDEO

Sketch Class Results April 2011

Little Red Schoolhouse Sketch Class April 2011Amanda, Scott, Michelle, Amy, Lori, Alanna (kneeling), myself, and Sue Wow! What a class!!! Finally blessed with a perfect warm day to do some watercolor sketching, the group headed out on the White Oak Trail in search for woodland wildflowers...and oh boy, did we find a treasure of them! Mesmerized … Continue reading Sketch Class Results April 2011

Free Watercolor Sketch Class this Saturday

Saturday April 30, 2011 9am-12pm Little Red Schoolhouse Learn how to make a quick, simple, watercolor sketch after a short hike in the woods. This is a free class! Dress for the weather. If it rains we will still hike outside but paint inside. It's fun and not as hard as you think. I will walk you through it … Continue reading Free Watercolor Sketch Class this Saturday

Sketch Class Results March 2011

03-26-2011 25°F  cloudy, cold, windy We take a short hike on the White Oak Trail before we paint, even though it is terribly cold with a persistent wind, we desperately want to connect with nature. In search for Spring Beauty wildflowers we come up short, instead we find a partially frozen stream with razor-sharp shards of ice and geometric … Continue reading Sketch Class Results March 2011