Nature Art - Field Sketching Prairie Plants

photo: Carolyn Byers

Come join us for a morning sketching prairie plants surrounded by the beautiful Schurch-Thomson Prairie! This class is for people with little art experience or for artists who want to grow their skills drawing plants. We will warm up with gesture drawings and contour line drawings of prairie plants. From there, we’ll practice breaking down plants into simple shapes, working on getting accurate proportions and making plants look 3D. Next, we’ll explore ways of adding detail, texture, and creating focal points. The last part of class will be spent making a drawing of one plant using our new skillset. There will be time for Carolyn to work with participants individually to answer questions and provide feedback on their work (if they want!) Carolyn is also excited to share her knowledge of grassland birds, nests, and plants with everyone as we draw. 

Instructor:  Carolyn Byers - Artist, Green Sparrow Arts

Recommended art supplies: All you need for this class is a pen or pencil, paper, and a hard surface to work on. This could be a #2 pencil, 10-15 sheets of computer paper, and a hardcover book. It could be drawing pencils, fountain pens, and a sketchbook. You may bring whatever materials excite you! We will focus more on drawing the lines of a plant and less on adding color, but you are also welcome to bring watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, etc. Remember, whatever we bring in we will bring out, including pencil shavings and water from dirty brushes. Please plan ahead!

Other supplies: Please bring whatever you will need to be comfortable outside in a prairie for a morning. Long pants, close-toed shoes, and sun protection are recommended. Water, a snack, and something to sit on (folding lawn chair or small blanket) are encouraged! 

Accessibility: This class will involve limited walking at a slow pace. We will likely walk the fairly even, mowed path until we reach an exciting patch of plants. Participants will walk into the prairie to select a plant to draw, and bring it back to the path. We will likely pause in an area for 30 minutes or more to learn and draw, so a chair or blanket to sit on is recommended. Total distance covered is expected to be about 1 mile. 

In case of rain: We will still collect plants out in the prairie but will spend our time drawing in the barn. This space is large and will be breezy if we leave doors open. 

Class size: Limit 20 people.                 Cost: $20


This event is part of the Wisconsin Land Trust Days events calendar. 

August 14, 2022 at 9:00am - 12pm
Mounds View Grassland barn
8624 Reilly Rd
Barneveld, WI 53507
United States
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Tim Hansel · · 608-692-8049

Will you come?

$20.00 Tickets