The Lost Art of Field Sketching
Prior to the advent of cameras and Internet searches, fine artists, explorers, and people with an interest in the natural world used field sketching to carefully observe and record nature. Their illustrated journals and drawings informed larger canvases, while also deepening their appreciation of the plants, wildlife, and places they visited. During this session, we’ll practice the art of field sketching using ink and watercolor to hone your observational and artistic skills and deepen your understanding of and connection to the wider world around you.
Artist and educator Jean Mackay has been exploring and sketching nature for more than 25 years. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in Upstate New York, Jean’s artwork reflects a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. She is the author/illustrator of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook, published in 2020. Jean offers online classes through the Winslow Arts Center in Bainbridge, WA, and in-person workshops at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine and by request. Discover the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield on her blog, Drawn In; www.jeanmackayart.com