$170 – $180

Watercolor Field Painting: Exploring a Sense of Place Spring 2020

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Joshua Tree Visitor Center

6554 Park Blvd

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

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Join Joshua Tree based artist Monica L. Mahoney in a watercolor field painting immersion in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. Known for her Plein air watercolors of sweeping desert vistas and knowledge of the native flora and ecology of the region, Monica will guide participants in capturing the “Genius loci” or spirit of this special place. Students will tap into their natural observation skills and paint the landscape in field journals using basic watercolor and water-based pencil techniques. On Saturday, to warm up, Monica will guide students in recording sensory observations during an easy and informative natural-history walk in a spectacular private location. Students will then practice gesture and thumbnail painting as well as basic color mixing techniques while using value, tone, line, shape, and depth to capture the essence of the landscape. Sunday will allow for more/further immersive painting with longer sessions and one to one instruction as needed. This workshop is perfect for artists, novices, naturalists, campers, hikers and backpackers and all who are interested in developing their watercolor painting skills in the field. For all skill levels, the class is designed to have fun and explore how painting, sketching and journaling in Nature helps us see the world—and ourselves—with new eyes. Some previous drawing experience will be helpful but not required. All students will be given individual attention as needed. This class will be conducted at the exclusive Lost Horse Campground with the option to “car camp” on Saturday night.

Click to download the course outline: Watercolor Field Painting: Exploring a Sense of Place Spring 2020

Hike Level: Moderate (Fitness Levels)

If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park and camping reservations which can be made at recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel, please notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted after the seven-day date. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration alone for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations. Course fees only cover a portion of Desert Institute program costs.

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