Sketching in the Garden

In this class, we'll work on cultivating our 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. After an overview of materials, techniques, and a quick demo, we'll head out into the garden to draw! Instructor will be on hand to help guide our garden artists when needed with composition, technique, or direction. All levels of experience are welcome.

Instructor Profile: 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. 

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. Instructor will provide an array of sample materials if students want to try out/experiment with different media during the class. 

Recommended: Hat, sunscreen, water bottle, camp chair/stool or blanket/mat for comfortable sitting in the garden.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9:30am to 11:30am

Alan Chadwick Garden
239 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Invited Audience

General Public


Arts & Culture


Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

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