Field Trip: Nature Journaling with Watercolors
A nature journal with words and images becomes a personal response to travels and a wonderful memory. Actively record direct observations--what you see when you see it. Prepare for your swan tours with watercolor materials, techniques and ideas. We will have an hour of classroom instruction and then head out to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge. We will settle with camp chairs, painting materials, and snacks. Emphasis will be on small, quick paintings. Class is open to anyone, any level. Come to get started or to adapt a new approach. Bring your own materials or borrow ours.
Field Trip Leaders
Darlene Southworth, affiliated with Ashland Art Center
Special note about the field trip
A special note about Field Trips Please arrive at the location indicated 30 minutes prior to your scheduled event. This will allow us time to check you in and ensure the trip leaves promptly. We ask that you follow your field trip leader from the meeting location to the final destination. Anyone arriving after the field trip leader has left may not be able to join the group. Most field trips will be limited to the first 20 reservations. Walk-in registration may be available for some events during the weekend of the Festival. Weather may change a trip's itinerary, but most trips will be conducted rain or shine. Bring portable chair and your own materials: a few water media pigments, paints in a small container, watercolor pencils, watercolor brush, watercolor paper (140 lb) is a small book or 4x6 block or small pieces of paper, small plastic dish or jar for water. OR pay $5.00 material fee for painting kit. Please also check out the Tips & Etiquette below to help you enjoy your day to the fullest.
Tips & Etiquette for bird watchers
To make your trip more enjoyable for yourself and others, we ask you to please use these following etiquette tips:
- Wear clothing suitable for the weather and area you'll be hiking in. It's practical to layer clothing to accommodate fluctuations in temperature. Wear comfortable shoes that have a good grip and are waterproof when necessary. You may want to take sunscreen, a hat or rain gear.
- Bring binoculars or a scope for a better viewing experience.
- Bring water on long outings to stay hydrated.
- Bring a Field Guide if you are interested in learning more about the birds you see. If you are a beginning birder, look for a guide that specializes in birds of northern California.
- Be courteous to other explorers. Stay with your group and pay attention to your trip leader. Walk quietly and slowly. Do not disrupt animals or damage their habitats (breaking branches, trampling vegetation). Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices. If you are taking children with you, explain to them proper etiquette before the trip. Always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding communities in the eyes of the public.
- Tune up your senses and listen carefully. Scan the horizon and tree canopies. Look to the ground for prints, feathers and other traces of wildlife. Please remove litter and leave natural items where they belong. This will keep it enjoyable for others when they visit.
- No dogs or pets allowed on any California Swan Festival event, workshop, or program. Please leave Fido with friends or family and not in the car during a field trip.