The Arts

The Arts

Saturday, February 27, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Pears, berries, grapes and other fruit are delightful subjects for the bleak days of winter. Learn the basics of using colored pencils or discover new techniques using watercolor pencil, marking pens, impressed lines, and ways of creating vibrant color. All levels...

Sunday, February 28, 2016 -
9:30am to 3:30pm

Whether you are a budding photographer or a seasoned shooter, learn what makes a photo captivating and emotional. Train your eye to seek out pleasing textures, compositions, colors, textures, moods, and tones. Explore seven qualities of light to enhance your vision. ...

Saturday, March 19, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

In this work- shop students are always amazed with the outcome of their paintings. Birgit guides you step-by-step through the painting process and shares her techniques of how to simplify and create realistic rocks, sand and beach glass and other treasures you find...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Chiura Obata painted and instructed at UC Berkeley in the 1930’s. His painting of a single tree will be our inspiration to paint twenty-five versions of this still standing tree. We will discuss Obata’s history, legacy and brushwork, and paint outdoors. Join this...

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:00pm

We feel Point Reyes in our hearts and our souls but how do we express that? We’ll use Photoshop, and perhaps Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, to improve our images. In particular, we’ll explore painterly and texture techniques to give your images that unique look....

Saturday, April 2, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Hagmaier Ranch has beautiful scenes for painting outdoors-trees, ridge lines, wild flowers, barns and history of Point Reyes National Seashore. Experienced painters or beginners are welcome. Bring the medium of your choice and Joan will demonstrate mixing color notes...

Saturday, April 9, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

We will examine a variety of California Indian style baskets and practice splitting willow shoots, and then begin a small open-weave basket. Such baskets were the main utility vessels of traditional life in some areas of California and Nevada, and for which Euro...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:30am

Give yourself a luxurious stretch of time to write in one of the world's most inspiring locations. New and experienced writers in all genres are welcome in this supportive workshop. Our adaptable theme is writing about place: not only geographical terrain, but also...

Saturday, April 16, 2016 -
6:15am to 5:30pm

Seeing an animal is one thing, photographing it is an entirely different and exciting challenge. In this workshop we will cover the process of taking better pictures of Tomales Point wildlife through direct practice in the field. Topics include composition, exposure,...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 2:00pm

How do you convey the spirit of a day in your nature journal? Join this fun filled class with Kristin Meuser and explore basic color mixing, sketching techniques and ideas for page layout to organize your impressions and bring your day to life for years to come. You...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 2:00pm

Join poet Patti Trimble for this special writing weekend at beautiful St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa. Patti presents workshops on: writing craft, old and new forms of poetry and short prose, and contemporary practices of writing in and about nature. We...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Photography has the wonderful ability to record things quite differently than we see them, and sometimes to record things we can’t see at all. This weekend will introduce you to a wide range of creative possibilities, lovely low-tech ways of giving your photos a new...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00pm to Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

The coastal bluffs at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore have some of the most spectacular wildflower blooms in the world. The unique and varied flowers gives the coastal bluffs burst of color and personality. In this workshop we will work with the themes...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:00pm to Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

If you are passionate about outdoor photography, and want to push your skills and vision, come explore less-traveled Point Reyes locations. Field session focus will be on visual assessments of subject and lighting conditions, or working creatively in situations where...

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

Extra-low tides at sunrise, a full moon rising and setting, and a chance to photograph the Pt. Reyes lighthouse lit after sunset: These and other special conditions occurring this weekend will allow you to photograph some of the seashore's most beautiful coastal...

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 4:00pm to Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 2:00pm

Jutting more than thirty miles out into the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore is a spectacular, world-class place to photograph nature. This three-day weekend workshop is hosted in the unique and historic Coastguard Boathouse near the outermost cliffs of...