Field Sketching Workshop

April 1, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Love birds?  Like to draw?  Join local artist E.M. Corsa for a field sketching workshop at Sylvan Heights!

Field sketching is the art of drawing what you find in a natural habitat without worrying about the end result. It is a rewarding experience anyone can do using familiar shapes, studying light direction and using tips such as pencil sighting. Drawing slows you down, making you look again and again so you begin to see what's really in front of you instead of what you think you are seeing. By sitting quietly in one spot for a time, nature will resume, and you will see and hear things you would never experience otherwise. I believe you learn best by observing nature directly instead of working from photographs. And remember, this is for fun first and foremost!

When you look back on your sketches you will recall the feel of sunlight on your shoulders, the songs of the birds and the splash of the frogs as they launch into the water. You will learn about the habits of the local wildlife and develop a new appreciation for the world around you. The best part is, you'll be able to take what you've learned back home and explore your own backyard in a whole new way. You will never look at that tree, bird or flower in the same way again.

$45 per person, $40 for Sylvan Heights members

To register, email E.M. Corsa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adults (ages 18+) only. Only 12 spots available - register soon!  Cash or check payments only.


About the Artist

E.M. Corsa - Fanciful Nature Artist


What to bring:

Sketchbook: I use a spiral bound one so it can lay flat while I'm working, but any kind will do. if you prefer use loose sheets of paper on a clipboard. Be sure your paper or book is 8 by 10 inches or larger. Sketchpads can be purchased inexpensively at your local department store.

Drawing Tools: pencil and sharpener, pens, markers, whatever you are comfortable using. My kit consists of a variety of artist pens, water soluble graphite and watercolor pencils, crayons, ball point pens and Papermate mechanical pencils. These are great because they never need sharpening. I don't believe in using erasers; this sketchbook is for your eyes only; no need for everything to be perfect.

Large Rubber Band or Hair Band (optional) for securing sketchbook pages in the wind. Believe me, you'll be glad you have this.

Cushion, Blanket or Portable Stool : It makes working outside much more comfortable rather than sitting on the ground.

A Wide-Brimmed Hat on a sunny day is a necessity to shade your eyes from the glare on white paper.

Fingerless Gloves in cold weather. I buy inexpensive knit ones and cut the fingers off.

Water and a snack if desired.

A Sense of Humor. We will be out in nature, anything can happen! And that's the beauty of it.