the Mojave National Preserve including the newly re-opened Mitchell Caverns. Course fee includes the entrance fee for the caverns. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Class size is limited to 12 participants. Hike level: Moderate
Plein Air Painting Workshop with Oils
Sat, Apr 9, 8:30 AM – Sun, Apr 10, 3:30 PM / $155
This workshop will help you to simplify and organize what you see, and go on to create satisfying, dynamic paintings with strong, logical dark and light patterns. Topics will include composition, focal point, perspective, value (dark and light), underpainting, painting ala prima (layering wet paint without making mud), color theory, mixing paint, and more. Each session will start with a demo painting as Jessica explains her step-by-step method. This class will be conducted at the reserved Lost Horse Campground with the option to “car camp” with the instructor on Saturday night. Class registration includes camp site reservations (optional).
Capturing Joshua Tree Landscapes with Acrylics
Sat, April 16, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM / $110
In this one-day class, you will focus on observations, setting an intention for the day, and learning the process of acrylic landscape painting. Janis Commentz is known for her color-intense palette and loose brush strokes. The morning will begin with basic instruction on the process and introduction to materials. Topics will include laying out your palette, color mixing, how to observe the landscape and translate it into an image, tips to see patterns of lights and darks, and planning a successful composition.
Discovering Color in the Desert Landscape:
Creating Vibrant Oil Paintings
Sat, Apr 16, 8:30 AM – Sun, Apr 17, 4:00 PM / $155
By beginning each class with short walks focused on close looking, we will search for colors and color