Nature Journaling at Hoyt Arboretum

In-person Nature Journaling is back!  Join me at Hoyt Arboretum for these 90-minute workshops in which we connect to nature through creative expression in our journals, whether that be with drawings, photos, personal thoughts, memories, lists and poetry. Make new friends who share your love of nature, and enjoy a peaceful time away from the busy, bustling urban world.  No experience is necessary. These classes are hosted by Hoyt Arboretum and you will need to register on their website at https://www.hoytarboretum.org

July dates:  Tuesday mornings
July 6, 11:00 – 12:30
July 13, 11:00 – 12: 30

August dates:  Thursday mornings
August 12, 11:00 – 12:30
August 19, 11:00 – 12:30
August 26, 11:00 – 12:30

 

NEW! In-Person Studio Playshops

Sunday afternoons in Elizabeth’s downtown Hillsboro classroom
August 15, 29, September 12, 26   1:00 – 3:00 PM
$40 per session includes supplies and snacks

Attend one or several of these creative sessions designed for inpiration and exploration.  Try something new and go home with a personal creation of your own that you will be proud of!  Elizabeth provides all of the materials needed for each class, and her quaint classroom seats four students comfortably with lots of room to get messy! Contact Elizabeth at e.m.higgins@comcast.net to register.

August 15 Watercolor Basics

Learn to mix luscious hues from professional tube watercolors and have fun painting a pre-printed illustration of your choice from the “Splash of Color” collection by Liz Libre.  Elizabeth will teach you how to mix an array of colors from the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, and how to apply paint to paper using the direct method and the wet-into-wet method.

August 29 Print-making with Gelli-Plates

Enjoy one of the easiest and most fun methods of printmaking by using the Gelli-plate to create colorful printed papers for use as stand-alone prints or papers for collage projects.  Prints are made by rolling acrylic paints onto the plate, pressing designs and patterns into them, and then lifting the paint with various types of paper to create an array of surprising and unique results.


Here is a short video of the Gelli-Printing process:


 

September 12  Painted Paper Collage

Cut and glue colorful pieces of painted paper to create cards or a piece of collage art you can display in your special place at home.  If you have attended Elizabeth’s prior Gelli-print class, the papers created in that workshop will be perfect for this class.  You may also use papers from Elizabeth’s extensive stash.

September 26 Watercolor Stamp Carving

Using the Speedball carving tool and Speedy-Cut rubber plates, you will create and carve one to three rubber stamps that you can use over and over again to stamp on greeting cards, to use in art journals, or to decorate papers and notebook covers.  In class we will stamp with watercolor paints, which yields a beautiful soft and hand-made effect.

 

NEW! Nature’s Colors: Watercolor for Nature Journaling (Zoom Class)

STARTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
Thursday mornings 10:00 – 11:15 AM PST on Zoom
September 9, 16, 23 and 30
$60

In this 4 -week series of very beginner-friendly classes, students will learn the basics of mixing and painting with watercolor paints in popular colors for nature drawings.  Using just a few paints, we will focus on creating a range of nature-inspired colors using the three primaries of red, yellow and blue, as well as learning techniques for applying paint to paper.  Each week will be dedicated to creating a range of hues within a color family:  gorgeous greens, beautiful blues, vibrant reds and oranges, and luminous neutrals.  This class provides an excellent foundation for my nature journaling classes.  Suggested supply list available, or use what you currently have after discussing with instructor.  To register, contact e.m.higgins@comcast.net

 

Nature Journaling with Watercolors (Zoom Class)

NEXT SESSION STARTS SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST on Zoom
4 sessions, $40
Class meets September 7, 14, 21 and 28
All sessions are recorded for the option of viewing later

Gain basic watercolor skills and knowledge about color mixing as we explore the color wheel while sketching and painting a variety of plants and flowers commonly seen in our natural surroundings.  Instructor will provide a subject to focus on each week via Zoom as she guides students through basic drawing, painting and journaling techniques.  No experience necessary.  Recommended supplies:  pencil, pens, paper or sketchbook, watercolors and a paintbrush. Instructor will provide suggested supply list upon registration. Each weekly session will be recorded and sent to students who are unable to attend the live class. Contact Elizabeth via email to register:  e.m.higgins@comcast.net.

 

Intermediate Watercolor (Zoom Class)


NEXT SESSION STARTS SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Fridays at 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST – Zoom
Meets September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8
5 weekly sessions, $75
All classes are recorded for the option of viewing at a later time

This class is the next level after my beginner level classes and requires a basic knowledge of watercolor painting techniques. Gather your paper and paints, and enjoy the presence of other students as you take time from your day to enjoy the calming nature of watercolor painting. Continue to develop and practice your basic watercolor skills and discover your personal style while following weekly painting tutorials that will guide you through the completion of a different painting each week.  Follow along with Elizabeth as you explore line, shape, pattern and other elements of design while painting a variety of topics, including still-life, flowers, landscape and abstract composition. Each live session runs 90 minutes and is recorded for those who wish to view at a later time. Basic supply list will be the same as my previous classes and will be provided to new students by the instructor.  Email e.m.higgins@comcast.net to register.

Virtual Private Art Parties via ZOOM

Gather your friends wherever they may be and connect via ZOOM to have fun creating together, while apart! Elizabeth can design a custom event for your family members, group of friends, or kids’ birthday celebration. Choose from painting, nature journaling, collaging, and/or drawing.  Elizabeth will set your group up on a Zoom meeting, provide you with a basic list of necessary supplies, and guide you through an interactive art experience suitable for all ages and skill levels.  Rates start at $85 for an hour-long activity for up to eight people.  Contact Elizabeth at e.m.higgins@comcast.net to bounce ideas and get further information.