Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Nature Sketchbook Workshop

Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29
10:00AM to 3:00PM

Instructor Pam Luer, is an artist and instructor whose work focuses on maintaining her connection to nature through art making. She will be guiding your sketchbook practice for the weekend at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 

This two-day workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while on the go, in your backyard or on your next trip. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Put your skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. With a dose of slow observation and a handful of drawing tools, you will be able to find that flow and connect to our living, breathing, blooming garden by the sea through your sketchbook.

This workshop is for all levels of experience. Whether you are an artist who wants to gather up a small selection of tools from your studio to work outdoors, or a beginner who longs to learn a new skill while enjoying the intimacy of drawing from nature, this class is for you.

Pam will help participants observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. Observation is key. By learning to closely look at your subject you’ll grow as an artist and expand your experience in nature.

Visit Pam’s website to take a look at her work and what previous students have to say about her workshops. You’ll find a couple very short testimonial videos on her workshop page to help you get an idea about the class in general. 

Bring your own supplies (supply list provided below) these items can be purchased locally at  Racines Office & Art Supplies (350 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437).

No experience necessary, class size limited to 15 participants.

$100 MCBG member/$140 non-member, includes Gardens admission for both days


Bring your own, or purchase your supplies from Racines Office & Art Supplies (bring your list in and receive 10% off the supplies listed below).

Sketchbook: 9 x 12 or smaller, the paper should contain at least 25 % cotton content.
Some of Pam’s favorites sketchbooks include:

  • Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic 
  • Strathmore 400 Series
  • Stillman & Birn the Delta series

If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with.  Fit them inside your sketchbook.

Pencils: Collection of graphite drawing pencils, 6B – 4H

Derwent Watercolor Pencils: The small collection of 12 will be plenty. We will be building a palette on our sketchbook pages.

Pentel Art Aquash Water Brush: (optional) A couple small brushes and a water container. The water brush is easy to use. You actually fill them up with water.

Various markers or pens, fountain pens if you have them.

If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette.

Backpack or personal bag. Keep everything portable and easy. We will be on the move with our gear. I also recommend a small camp chair that folds into your backpack. 

Our goal is to keep your tools portable in order to make the world your studio.


Start Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

End Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Instructor: Pam Luer

Payment Information: Class cost is $100 for members; $140 for non-members (includes Gardens admission for both days). Payment is due upon sign-up. Please note, all workshop fees are non-refundable unless the workshop has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. Sign up by phoning 707-964-4352 ext. 16 or stop by The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.


Contact: The Garden Store

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Contact Phone: 707-964-4352 ext 16