All materials provided (notebook, paper, clipboard, media, tools)
Students spend the morning in two rotations: one group studies technique with an artist in the Education Center, the other group moves around the outdoor campus practicing sketching in the field. The groups swap places in midmorning. After lunch students assemble their notebooks and learn how to weave found materials into the notebook cover. A sharing circle is often follwed by a self-guided walk around the refuge to find more weaveable materials, depending on time. Resulting notebooks belong to the students.
Emphasis is on careful observation (micro & macro) and recording techniques in science notebook format. Teaching Artist Jenny Rieke teams with a variety of local visual artists to offer a different session each week, focusing on media ranging from pencil, pen & charcoal to water colors, pastels & native fibers. Students will study the ﬂora & fauna of the shrub steppe & wetland habitats, interpreting their observations by practicing skills, techniques & expression.