Sketching in the Garden

In this class, participants will work on cultivating observational skills and artistic talent with inspiration from the Alan Chadwick Garden. Starting with a short presentation about a variety of approaches to field sketching and journaling, we'll take a look at several different examples of how to create a successful sketchbook page composition with an overview of materials, techniques, and a quick demo. All levels of experience welcome.


Materials Needed:
Sketch journal with paper suitable for wet and dry media, at least one of the following: watercolor kit/waterbrush, pencil/eraser, and/or fine-tipped ink pens such as micron pigma. For the in-person component on August 7 at the UCSC Farm, the Instructor will provide an array of sample materials if students want to try out/experiment with different media during the class.

Instructor Tina Fuller Somers is a Santa Cruz native with a deep appreciation for the outdoors, science and art. She holds a BA in painting from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and a Master's certification in science illustration from UC Santa Cruz Extension program. In her 12 years of experience as a science illustrator and graphic artist/designer, her work ranges widely from detailed educational illustrations to logo and wedding invitation design as well as large scale murals. Clients include the Lyon Arboretum of Oahu, The Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and Patagonia. Her most recent work and progress can be found at or @hawkandhammergram on Instagram.

Wednesday, August 4 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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