I am honored — and very excited — to be teaching a two-day workshop at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the most remarkable ecosystems in the Gulf Coast region. Set for Friday and Saturday, May 9 – 10, this wonderful event is co-sponsored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and is called Artist-Naturalist Workshop: An Introduction to Botanical Art. It’s designed for anyone with a interest in the natural world, regardless of art experience.
In addition to sessions on field drawing, basic botanical art techniques, drawing microscopic plant material, working with watercolor and colored pencil, and art journaling, we’ll also go on a daily plant walk (one day freshwater habitat, the next day saltwater habitat) and see the estuary up close during a sunset kayak paddle. My co-instructors, coastal ecologist Jen Buchanan and WAMA education director Melissa Johnson, bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to our schedule. This will be a creative adventure that will sharpen your powers of observation and change the way you see (and draw) plants. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Participants may spend the night Friday — Grand Bay NERR has dormitory accommodations — and both breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday. If you live in the area and prefer to go home at night, that’s fine, too. The cost of the two-day workshop is $95 (or $85 for Walter Anderson Museum members) and the number of spaces is limited. This event is expected to fill very quickly. The complete itinerary for both days, plus additional info and a registration form, can be printed by clicking this link:
To sign up, call Melissa Johnson at 228-872-3164.