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April 2014
Free

Thinking Like A Naturalist

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Foster City Public Library,
1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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Learn how to get more out of every nature ramble. Developments in neuropsychology have opened doors in our understanding of the brain and cognition and how you can train yourself to see more and to be more curious about what you discover. Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study or to share with others. A perfect experience for teachers, home school parents, and anyone interested in…

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$50.00

Building Naturalist Skills: Nature Journaling and Observation

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Santa Cruz Arboretum,
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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“I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier Observation is a skill that you can hone by training and technique. Bringing these tools to bear in nature observation enhances the richness and joy of every moment in nature. Learn how to notice, how to tease and explore questions from nature, and draw meaningful relationships between observations and ideas. Keeping a nature journal is the single…

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$35

How to Draw Birds

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
West Marin School,
11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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Learn how to quickly and accurately draw birds in the field and from photo reference. In this class participants will learn the basics of bird anatomy and tricks to help quickly draw birds either for field notes or for the pleasure of sketching. Master the one-minute gesture sketch and learn tricks on how to draw shorebirds and waterfowl in preparation for an excursion to Bolinas Lagoon. Discover the basics of bird anatomy and quick field sketching. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Bring a sketchpad…

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$35

Field Sketching at Bolinas Lagoon

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a sketching field trip along the shore of Bolinas Lagoon, to learn and practice the fundamentals of sketching birds in the field. We will have opportunities to observe and draw waders, waterfowl, and songbirds. By drawing what you see, you will observe more carefully and will be able to remember the features of the birds you see. Learn tricks to see past the details to capture the essence of birds with posture, and proportions, and learn a revolutionary way of handling shading.…

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Free

Tilden Park Field Trip

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tilden Regional Park Environmental Education Center,
North of the intersection of Canon Drive and Central Park Drive., Berkeley, CA 94708 United States
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Join the Nature Journal Club for an adventure in Tilden Park. We will meet in front of the Environmental Education Center (EEC) and explore the park, sketching and writing about the plants and animals of the canyon and using techniques from our new naturalist toolbox to investigate and discover patterns in nature. Bring: your journaling kit, a potluck treat to share at lunch time, a fork and bowl. Optional: compass, binoculars, hand lens or magnifying glass, measuring tape. The main…

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May 2014
Free

Artist’s Reception- Field Sketches and Nature Journals

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tilden Regional Park Environmental Education Center,
North of the intersection of Canon Drive and Central Park Drive., Berkeley, CA 94708 United States
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Join us for a meet-the-artists reception and sketch fest at the opening of the Nature Journal Club’s first art show. Club members will exhibit examples of their field sketches and journals made with pens, pencils and watercolors. Mingle with the ever-friendly Nature Journal Club crowd and try your hand at sketching! Sketch paper and light refreshments provided. Some artwork will be available for sale.  The Bay Area Nature Journal Club is a diverse community of artists and naturalists, of all ages and levels, who meet to connect to nature through art. Learn more…

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Free

How to Draw Trees

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary,
376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees. Learn how to make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor. Explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings. Make close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone.

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How to Draw Trees

May 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Building 989 in the Presidio,
983 Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129 United States
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Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees. Learn how to make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor. Explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings. Make close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone. Building 989 is in the…

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How to Draw Trees

May 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Edgewood Park Education Center,
6 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City, CA 94062 United States
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Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees. Learn how to make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor. Explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings. Make close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone.

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How to Draw Trees

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California,
1000 Oak Street , Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees. Learn how to make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor. Explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings. Make close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone.

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