DRAWING AND/OR PAINTING THE ASPEN GROVE
Students will begin this course at the scenic Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve with a walking tour and introduction to aspen tree ecology with Jeanine Moy, Director of the Vesper Meadow restoration project. Following the Vesper Meadow walking tour, Deb Van Poolen will provide students an introduction to drawing and painting the landscape outdoors and in the studio. Deb will demonstrate and teach students how to use a tool called the “viewfinder” as an aid in the process of creating compositions. Students will sketch and photograph the aspen grove at Vesper Meadow and then work further on their drawings and/or paintings at the Green Springs Clearing. Students will be invited to work in pencil, watercolor or acrylic. Deb’s instruction in basic composition will apply to all three mediums.The focus of this course will be for students to create simple compositions which communicate the uplifting feel of an abundantly golden aspen grove. See Deb’s simple yet powerful watercolor painting of aspen on the left.
LOCATION: This course will be held at two locations: The first half of the class will be at Vesper Meadow located 16.5 miles from Ashland; the second half of the course will be at the Green Springs Clearing studio located 16 miles up Hwy 66 from Ashland. If needed, transportation can be provided between the two locations.