Drawing the Natural World with Charcoal and Pastel

CityJoshua Tree
CountySan Bernardino (CA1192)
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Joshua Tree
San Bernardino (CA1192)
Tel 2019-10-19
Categoria Events
Drawing the Natural World with Charcoal and Pastel

Join Joshua Tree based artist Monica L. Mahoney in an immersive field sketching walk-about in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. Known for her expressive drawing style and knowledge of the native flora of the region, Monica will lead participants on a journey to capture the shades, forms, and vistas of the natural world using pencil, charcoal, and neutral tone calk pastel. Sharing her wealth of knowledge, Monica will guide an easy and informative natural-history walk in a spectacular private location in search of the objects and vistas that students will choose to draw. Students will explore the power of line quality, shading techniques, and using foreground, middle ground, and background shapes for creating strong, believable compositions. While the class is designed for the beginner, some previous drawing experience will be helpful.

Students will be given one to one attention as needed. The goal of the workshop is to sharpen skills while having fun and exploring how drawing brings us closer to nature and ourselves. The skills learned in this class are complimentary to the upcoming watercolor painting workshop in November. This class will be conducted at the exclusive Lost Horse Campground. Download the course outline:  Hike Level: Easy (Fitness Levels) If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here. Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park.
Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.  You can bring the completed form to the class. Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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