I have discovered that watercolor nature journaling profoundly deepens my experience in nature because of one simple fact – to draw and paint an impression of what I see, I am required to stop and pay attention whether it be for 10 minutes or 2 hours, and during that time my focus is on the wonder of nature whether it’s a decomposing leaf or a powerful waterfall.
During the morning two hours of instruction, we will explore color mixing, rendering plants and landscapes, and page layout. I will send you off each day with suggestions for your journals, and in the evenings, after dinner, we will share our explorations. The focus of these gatherings will not be on how beautifully you have rendered an object, but on what we can learn about your subject and experience through your pages.
Additional Supplies Students Should Bring to the Workshop: Be sure to bring a hat; a light-weight 3-legged stool (REI has these for about $20) or pad for sitting; close-up binoculars (Pentax Papilio 8.5 X 21): http://www.johnmuirlaws.com/store/pentax-papilio-close-focus-8-5×21-binoculars or magnifying glass; sunscreen, a backpack or over the shoulder bag, and most of all a sense of wonder!
Additional Required Supply Fee: $55 Required Nature Journal Kit. I have developed a very compact watercolor nature journaling kit that you can easily take with you wherever you go. The workshop is most satisfying when all are working with the same materials. Please bring cash or a check (payable to Kristin Meuser) with you to Emandal.
“Kristin’s Nature Journaling class was my first art class and I was feeling nervous and intimidated about even signing up. Kristin was very accepting of whatever we did and so non-judgmental- my fears never materialized. She gave us specific, manageable techniques and there was no pressure from her.There was time to relax and enjoy the river or hike or nap (or work on our drawings/journals)…I took the same ArtStays Class from her a second year and it was just as worthwhile and wonderful as the first time. Emandal is the perfect setting to try new things- a beautiful, relaxed kind of place with a community-feeling and lots of sharing with all of the ArtStays classes.” – Linda Owens
“I thoroughly enjoyed Kristin’s workshop on watercolor nature journaling. Kristin’s thoughtful approach for the daily lessons were perfect for both beginner or accomplished artist. She combined both technical instruction that was easy to understand, with a love of nature that is infectious to all who were present! The workshop was infused with the spirit of creativity as well as the sweetness of learning to be being fully present to observe the world we live in. She made the demonstrations on technique fun and easy to understand with room for our own contemplation and time alone experimenting with what we have learned.” – Cindy Wood
“I loved Kristin Meuser’s Nature Journaling class because: Being outside in nature is one of my favorite things, but when I combine it with making art, I am suddenly weighed down with STUFF. Kristin has devised a small, neat package of the basics, and shows you how to use it so you are not distracted by juggling. Her lessons are specific and simple; you learn how to see differently, capture colors and essences quickly and succinctly. The students in the class are from all kinds of artistic backgrounds, from beginners to accomplished artists–but we were all newbies to Kristin’s technique, and that was a great equalizer! Also, she will be your biggest cheerleader; her constructive criticism is gentle and encouraging. Being part of the Art Stay community is wonderfully supportive, stimulating, inspiring and FUN! And what could be better than to have your own fabulous chef and friendly staff to support you in your creative work? If you’ve never been to Emandal, words are inadequate; if you have, words are unnecessary. Take the leap! Come to Art Stay!” – Dale Wiley
About the Instructor
Kristin has been painting the land in various mediums for over 35 years. Several years ago her love of nature lead her to the Sierra Nevada Field Campus where she studied nature journaling with Jack Laws, watercolor with Andie Thrams and writing with Sarah Rabkin. Her career as a graphic designer gives her journal pages a sense of structured variety and a delightfully cohesive overall effect. She has been teaching watercolor nature journaling for the past 5 years privately and at art and retreat centers in California. Her work is found in private collections; it has been shown regionally, and has been represented by the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. For more information, visit: www.naturemeuse.com.