$250 – $280

Watercolor Nature Journaling: Sky, Land, and Sea

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$250 Member Price / $280 Non-Member Price

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The Historic Lifeboat Station is nestled in a cove near Chimney Rock and provides a quintessential location for exploring the landscape elements of sky, land, and sea. Join the class for a unique opportunity to bring these elements to life and commit them to memory in your nature journal. You will learn to quickly sketch and paint these elements using thumbnail images that give you practice indoors before venturing out into nature with your compact kit, where awareness of your senses brings depth to your pages. Writing and page layout will also be introduced as we delve into the representation of this amazing landscape.

Friday night we will get acquainted with each other and our kits, focusing on color mixing.

Saturday’s activities will include hands-on exercises for sketching and painting sky, land, and sea.

Saturday evening will be spent sharing our journals and receiving tips on page layout.

Sunday we will spend the day combining the three landscape elements, with an eye to enriching the page with notes and prose.

Instructed by Kristin Meuser

-Accommodations included at Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

Is this event rain or shine? We use National Park advisories to determine whether or not the class will run. Click here to check out current weather conditions!

Class Cancelation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancelations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.

Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock

Clem Miller

The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.

The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.

The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.


  • Ample working / studio space
  • Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
  • Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge and commercial range/over
  • Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
  • Central heat
  • Projector

What to Bring:

Personal Gear

  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, camp-style mattress only)
  • Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
  • Ear plugs (to avoid distraction while writing and in case of snorers/elephant seals)
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Three legged stool or foam pad
  • Messenger bag for carrying supplies

A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.

Art Supplies

**$55 kit fee required payable to instructor on the first day of class. Students who have taken Kristin's classes in the past may bring their own kits. No substitutions please.**

To get you further prepared for the class, here are some (optional) readings:

  • Law's Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
  • Law's Guide to the Sierra Nevada

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