This workshop is designed for adult artists of all skill levels who never lost their childhood love to “go play outside.” Co-taught by naturalist Lynette Anderson and artist Pam Luer, participants will spend the day exploring the landscape which usually remains off-limits to the general public at Belwin Conservancy in Afton.
Saturday, April 8
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Looking closely at nature through both a naturalist’s and an artist’s eye, participants will learn about the plants, insects, birds, and animals they discover, and create sketchbook drawings of what inspires them. At this time of the year, participants may be able to hear the frogs calling, watch for early migratory birds, and see the seasonal changes at the pond, which is especially wonderful in the spring.
The day will begin indoors with presentations and demonstrations by both instructors, followed by a guided walk to explore the trails. Depending on weather conditions, students will be given ample time to work in their sketchbooks either out on the trails or back indoors. Both instructors will provide significant one-on-one attention to hone each student’s knowledge and talents, and enrich their experience.
No materials are provided; A basic materials list provided upon enrollment. Directions to meeting places will also be provided upon enrollment. Bring a sack lunch, a snack and dress for the weather.
About the Instructors
As a result of growing up on a family farm, instructor Lynette Anderson has been a curious observer of the natural world all her life. She has been sharing and teaching as a naturalist for over 35 years. Anderson believes strongly that time spent in nature can bring us new insights, stir our creative pot, and bring us the calm and healing so necessary in our fast-paced world.
Instructor Pam Luer has been a working artist for nearly 20 years. Her passion for teaching and being outdoors really took hold when she taught a six-week workshop for the Westwood Hill Nature Center last summer in St. Louis Park. Students were so enthralled and she was so inspired that her summer schedule has filled up with offers to teach at nature centers, resorts, and vineyards across the Midwest.