A way to relax your mind and understand the world around you! In this workshop, students will be introduced to using mindful focus to observe and record what they see in the outdoors. There will be a brief introduction with examples for inspiration. Then, the class will take a walk to look at nature. Instructor will stop at a suitable place for students to find their own spot to focus upon and draw/paint/write. Class will then regroup and share their work in a guided group review session. Former drawing experience is helpful but not necessary. This class is more about focusing on the world around you rather than achieving artistic skill. This is an indoor/outdoor class.
Students should bring their own sketchbook and drawing tools of choice (pencils, pens, traveling watercolor set) and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water and a snack. Class won’t be held in rain or snow.
Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer is an artist and hiker and a former board member of Somerville Open Studios. She has been the Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon and Acadia National Parks, and has received Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. She shows her work in many regional and national exhibits and has taught in various art and fine craft schools. Her own artwork focuses on wildlife and the effects of climate change.