The Arts

The Arts

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Highly prized for the purity of their pigment, the vibrant color of pastel chalks has captivated artists for centuries. Because pastel technique can combine drawing and painterly styles, it is a perfect avenue for discovery. The summer light will help us sort out hue,...

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:00pm

Good storytelling involves elements of conflict, tension, climactic action, observational detail, characterization, and resolution that are not always found in nature writing. The wild world of Point Reyes and the drama of outdoor life offer countless opportunities...

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 4:00am

There is nothing better than walking out into the wilderness with canvas, paints and an easel prepared to soak in the environment and paint the wild landscape before you. Renowned plein air expert Tom Soltesz is leading a two day workshop where he will relay his...

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Celebrate the iconic landscapes and seascapes of Point Reyes National Seashore with renowned watercolor artist Mike Bailey. Start each morning braving the seashore’s smarting air and catching Summer sunlight as it begins to rise in the East and hit the land and ocean...

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Vertebrate animals share an evolutionary history that is visible when comparing their skeletons. This internal structure, once understood, provides a foundation for drawing the external features of a fish, reptile, mammal and more. During this light hearted day of...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Enjoy an entire weekend painting outdoors on rolling cliffs and wide beaches leading out to Drakes Bay. See why countless generations of people have been inspired by the vastness and sheer beauty of the ocean. Come and be motivated by the Historic Lifeboat Station and...

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will be using large washes to create the emotion of the beautiful sky over Point Reyes National Seashore using a limited pallet. Create colorful sunsets and the mysterious fog and mist swirling through the coastal wetlands and mountain ridges along with other...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 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, October 3, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm

Making art in wild places is powerfully transforming, yet can be so overwhelming. A series of studies designed to get us all working with ease in the wild will focus on forest subjects and the unique response and mark of each individual. During gentle forays outdoors,...

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Autumn is the perfect time to explore colored pencil techniques with all the beauty of the changing leaf colors, seed pods, gourds and berries. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing and layering color. Learn to create rich reds, browns and...

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 4:00pm

Point Reyes National Seashore is home to some of the most preserved historic barns and ranches idyllically located on the California coast

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2:00pm

This workshop will concentrate on the selection of a good subject, breaking it up into simple shapes & designing a solid composition. Paul strives for his students to learn & understand values through an initial thumbnail sketch. Each day Paul will do a demo...

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

For nature illustrators, watching a flower go from being pollinated to creating a fruit of some kind gives us another whole world of possibilities of objects to draw. We can incorporate these fruits, capsules, nuts, or pods into our pictures of our flower to add...

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will be using large washes to create the emotion of the beautiful sky over Point Reyes National Seashore using a limited pallet. Create colorful sunsets and the mysterious fog and mist swirling through the coastal wetlands and mountain ridges along with other...

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

Let's celebrate the end of winter by painting Spring Flowers, learn techniques to add shape, depth and drama by using smooth washes and lots of color.  Some knowledge of watercolor is helpful, but if you have taken the workshop before you are welcome to bring your own...