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Natural Encounters


Class Material Fee

4 Weeks


About the Course

In this unique experience, discover ways to ‘see’ into the natural world through sketches, observation, memory and word.

We will begin by making a simple but elegant hand crafted journal which will serve as a touchstone or safe place to explore what we experience when working with natural objects.

Next, we will venture out into the field, sustainably gathering a small collection of pieces that appeal to our individual senses and aesthetic.

Back in the studio (or on location in the field) students employ various sketching and painting techniques using different tools to capture the essence of the objects we have in our own individual collections. If desired, add a simple poem or collection of descriptive words to your sketch, including the location in which they were found. All are invited to share their collections with others.

Students emerge from the workshop with new skills of ‘seeing’ instead of looking;  a collection of their own illustrated interpretations of the natural world and a heightened appreciation of our environment.

Your Instructor

Sondra Holtzman

Sondra Holtzman

Sondra Holtzman is an artist, record keeper of an evolving life, and idea engineer living in Bend, Oregon.

She studied fine art at Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts and gleans the lion’s share of her inspiration from the natural world, inviting the viewer along on a journey of curiosity and exploration.

Together with business partner and close friend Katie Wendel, Sondra conducts wine and watercolor excursions all over the world. A professional artist for over 30 years, she conducts painting workshops in the Pacific Northwest and works with students on a one-on-one basis.

For Sondra, the true joy of being an artist lies not only in the joy of creating but in the sharing of her passion with others, helping them to discover their own artistic voice.

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