The Arts

The Arts

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm

As winter deepens and Solstice approaches, take a long breath before the holidays: join us for this peaceful and focused writing workshop. The theme is solstice, traveling through darkness, turning towards light. We'll walk on beaches and trails, and gather around the...

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Perspective, at beautiful Point Reyes, can be achieved with three easy techniques. Learn them and use them to give your paintings distinct distance and dimension. Beginner to experienced painters will benefit from doing mini sketches in the morning and practicing...

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Make your own holiday cards of woodblock prints in one fun filled day. Learn the art of designing, carving and printing from woodblocks. In this workshop Joan will simplify the process, so you end the day with gorgeous holiday cards and the knowledge to reproduce the...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where else besides Point Reyes can one find the rich history of dairy ranching, the allure of the Pacific Ocean, black sand beaches and the call to sketch and paint a beautiful peninsula made of dramatic cliffs? The beginner or the experienced artist will find an...

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

What is the silhouette of a sandpiper and how do they interact with the sand and surf? We will discuss this topic and sketch and paint numerous marine themed studies in the morning to grasp our answers. In the afternoon we will use these to inform a great composition...

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 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...

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Pears, berries, grapes and other fruit are delightful subjects for the sometimes bleak days of winter. Learn the basics of using colored pencils or discover some new techniques using watercolor pencil and marking pens and impressed lines. Discover some new pencils and...

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

Please note: This class meets March 7 & 8, from 9am - 4pm each day. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come draw the first flowers of spring-camellias and tulips, daffodils. Colored Pencils are a fun, safe and portable way to express oneself artistically. They are slow, calming and meditative, easy to use for the beginner and challenging for the advanced artist....

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

This workshop is a safe space where beginners and experienced journalers alike gain the skills to create pages that recall and deepen the experience of a day in nature. You will learn how to mix a wide range of nuanced colors using a very select and limited palette,...

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will learn how to split and trim willow to prepare weavers, and then begin a Paiute-style trinket basket, with a foundation of whole native willow shoots. Decorative stitches of redbud or bracken fern root may be added. Students can choose whether to use a one or...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Chiura Obata painted and instructed art at UC Berkeley in the 1930’s. His Sumi brush painting which depicts a single Oak Tree hangs in the Faculty Club on Campus. It will be our inspiration to paint twenty-five versions of this still standing live oak tree. We will...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

The 1995 Vision Fire burned over 12,000 acres, including dozens of homes. Yet from the ashes rose new life: proliferating blooms of long-absent plants, clouds of native butterflies, even a previously unknown species of moth. In fact, Point Reyes’ bishop pine forests...

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Point Reyes in the spring will ensure splashes of color in every hue across the landscape. Contrast this with historical buildings, early morning mist with afternoon sun and the study of light and color takes shape. In this workshop we will explore the color and light...

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 4:00pm

Surrounded on three sides by water, the Point Reyes National Seashore peninsula juts out into the vast Pacific Ocean to greet passing ships and warn them of her rocky cliffs. Join Birgit O’Conner in exploring this rich history through painting scenes of boats on the...

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 2:00pm

This class will focus on observing different qualities of light and color in nature, and how they translate into painting. Reflected light in shadow, atmospheric color and light, time of day, as well as a breakdown of the behavior of light on water, are some of the...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to Monday, May 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

This retreat has inspired writers for eleven years, and it provides a quiet time away from our busy lives, a time to write in community and in the wilderness. It also offers morning workshops on poetry, essays with writing prompts, discussion of form and writing about...

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 4:00pm

Please note that this class meets June 13 & 14, 9am - 4pm each day

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