Sketching Nature


4 classes (show schedule)
Mon, Apr 17, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mon, Apr 24, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mon, May 01, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mon, May 08, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton


Jan Ruby-Crystal - Artist






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

As spring emerges all around us, from the smallest buds to expansive fields of bloom, we will celebrate nature's rebirth by creating artwork along the trails at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Each class will begin with a group lesson which will include compositional skills and drawing/painting techniques, followed by individual work time where I will offer individualized guidance. We will have opportunities to look at and discuss artwork done in class and at home.

We will focus on understanding the basics of composition and the importance of tonal work in developing strong spatial qualities in your artwork. Your journey will include experimentation with line, shape, color, value, and texture and how they can be brought together in ways that feel true to your artistic goals and unique vision. You will learn how to explore a scene and capture what you especially like about it. We will practice several meditative techniques to center and clear our minds for our creative experiences. The work you do can be realistic, more abstract, or simply fanciful. The skills you will learn can be used in your own personal way.

Instructions and Directions:

Please pay the full amount to register for the class if possible. No refunds after April 10. Before April 10 we will refund except for the $50 nonrefundable deposit. Dress to be outdoors with closed toed shoes and long pants and bring insect repellent. A suggested simple materials list will be included in your confirmation email. You'll need a folding chair and the ability to carry your art materials outdoors.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Email [email protected] for more information.