Saturday, August 27, 2022
a tool for discovery
A two-hour workshop with Barry Van Dusen
Over the last forty years, nature artist Barry Van Dusen has filled more than a hundred field sketchbooks with thousands of drawings of birds, plants, mammals, landscapes and other nature subjects. Field sketching is Barry’s way of exploring the natural world, and his primary tool for developing his skills as a naturalist and an artist.
In this outdoor workshop, we’ll discuss the basic tools for field sketching, including drawing and color mediums as well as optical aids. We’ll explore various drawing approaches – schematic, contour, gesture and tonal drawing. You’ll learn how your sketchbooks can become a personal nature diary, and can function as a “science lab” – enhancing your knowledge of botany, comparative zoology and more. The sketchbook is also the perfect place for artistic experimentation, as well as a great place to hone your design skills.
Please bring a drawing sketchbook (9” x 12” or larger), a few artist pencils (preferably 2B or 3B), a pencil sharpener and some erasers. Watercolor kits are also welcome!
This program will take place outdoors at the Old Manse with an open air tent available in the event of light rain. In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated to registered guests via email.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required