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

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Nature Sketchbook Workshop

Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00AM to 3:00PM

Instructor: Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more.

What better way to learn to draw the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' surroundings than under the guidance of a professional artist who specializes in natural-based designs? Begin class with a nature walk alongside a horticultural staff member of the Gardens who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Gardens. At the same time, with Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. You will learn how to closely observe nature which will not only help you grow as an artist but expand your experiences in nature as well.

This all-day workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while “on the go” – in your backyard, park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Either bring your own supplies (see below) or purchase supplies from Racines Office & Art Supplies (350 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437) for a 10% discount.

No experience necessary, class size limited to 12 participants.

$60 member/$90 non-member, includes Gardens admission for the day

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, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. Some of Pam's favorites include: Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic and Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with.

  • Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H

  • Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection)

  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these online, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container.

  • Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.

  • Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you’ll be moving about with your gear!

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


Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Schedule Details: Sunday, August 12 for 10:00 AM to 3:00PM (10:00AM - 12:00PM intro and 1st assignment; 12:00 - 12:45 lunch break, bring your own or dine at Rhody's Café; 12:45 - 3:00 2nd assignment and wrap-up)

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Instructor: Pam Luer

Payment Information: Class cost is $60 for members; $90 for non-members (includes Gardens admission for the day). 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