Autumn Palette: Painting the Flora and Fauna of the North Cascades

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Autumn Palette: Painting the Flora and Fauna of the North Cascades
Program Series Learning Center classes and retreats
When Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:00 AM to Sun Oct 19, 2014 03:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Single Accommodations $555.00
Double Accommodations $370.00
Triple Accommodations $280.00
Clock hours 18.0
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"In art, as in any profession, knowledge is power . . . I must know the geology. I must know the rocks and the trees and the atmosphere and the mountain torrents and the birds that fly in the blue ether above me." — Thomas Moran

Hansa yellow, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, indanthrone blue, carbazole violet: join us for a weekend of art in the North Cascades during the glorious ripening of fall colors! Painters of all levels are welcome to learn techniques for painting our local flora and fauna, including pencil and watercolor sketches, using photographs and plein air and studio painting methods.

Seattle-based artist Molly Hashimoto will teach us how to sketch and paint ferns, firs, larches and pines. We’ll also learn methods for drawing and painting bugs, birds and mammals, taking advantage of the wonderful collection of specimens at the Environmental Learning Center. We'll gather inspiration by exploring the Diablo Lake neighborhood and taking an extended field trip to Washington Pass. Here, beneath the Golden Horn Batholith’s granite, we’ll take a short hike where we can view and paint the glowing larch trees.

When you’re not painting, soak up the autumnal ambiance of the mountains in view of Pyramid and Colonial Peaks, dine on healthful, organic, delicious meals prepared in our lakeside dining hall and rest in comfort at night in our guest lodges.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
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  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check
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