NEW! Mindful Nature Drawing & Watercolor Classes on Zoom

Summer Session:  July 2 – August 6 (6 weeks) Tuesday mornings on Zoom
10:00 – 11:15 AM  PST
Cost:  $75
Recordings only option:  $40 

Fall Session:  October 8 – November 12 (6 weeks) Tuesday mornings on Zoom
10:00 – 11:15 AM PST
Cost:  $75
Recordings only option:  $40

Simplicity, observation and creativity come together in this series of weekly drawing and painting classes inspired by nature.  Experience the healing properties of nature and art by following Elizabeth’s gentle guidance as we explore various drawing and painting exercises that are relaxing, fun and meditative.  Set judgment and expectations aside as you nourish your well-being in your own personal nature sketchbook.  Grow a garden in your journal experience joy in the process!

Classes will include:

  • Interactive conversation about plant symbolism and meaning (sharing is optional)
  • A variety of simple drawing techniques that anyone can master
  • Basic watercolor instruction with an emphasis on simplicity and using the materials you are most comfortable with.

All sessions are recorded and sent to students each week for viewing or reviewing on your own schedule.

Suggested supplies:  A sketchbook or spiral-bound pad of drawing or mixed-media paper.   Drawing pens with permanent ink, such as Micron Pigma pens or Faber-Castel Pitt pens.  Pencil and eraser.  Ruler.  Watercolors of any type…small travel sets are fine.  A detailed supply list is available here.

Contact Elizabeth at e.m.higgins@comcast.net to register.

Supply List: Nature Drawing & Watercolor

Suggested supplies for my Nature Drawing & Watercolor classes.  

A sketchbook or spiral-bound pad of drawing or mixed-media paper.  My favorite is the Canson Mix Media 98 lb sketchbook measuring 9 x 12 inches (above).  I also like the Canson Drawing Pad of 24 sheets of 80 lb paper (shown below).  The tablet below has thinner paper that still holds watercolor, but it will wrinkle more than the Mix Media sketchbook.

Drawing pens with permanent ink, such as Micron Pigma pens or Faber-Castel Pitt pens.  For the Microns, I like using 03, 05 and 08 wide tips.  Faber-Castel uses S, M, and L to designate their pen tips.  I also sometimes like using a water-soluble Paper-Mate Flair felt-tip marker in black.  I will demo this in a class, but you don’t need to have it. 

Pencil and a large eraser.  I use a regular #2 wooden pencil, and a large Mars plastic eraser made by Staedtler.

Ruler of any kind…you’ll use it to make straight lines.

 Watercolors of any type…small travel sets are fine.  Bring whatever you own, or invest in a small set of pan watercolors, such as the Winsor & Newton travel watercolor set.   

Summer 2024 Nature Journaling at Hoyt Arboretum

Fridays in June
June 7, 14, 21, 28
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Hoyt Arboretum is home to a global collection of over 2,200 species of trees from all around the world. Join me on the trails each week to visit many of these species as you explore their unique textures and colors. Close examination of bark, cones, seeds, fruit and leaves will bring new and exciting challenges to your art practice each week. Bring your love of learning and creativity; no previous nature drawing experience is required.

Registration is now open on Hoyt Arboretum’s website

Click here to register at Hoyt Arboretum

2024 SITKA Workshop: Time in the Forest

“Time in the Forest: Watercolor Journaling as Nature Connection”
A two-day workshop on September 23 – 24, 2024
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology on the Oregon Coast

I am thrilled to be able to return to Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in September to present my two-day workshop of nature connection, creativity and mindfulness in this transformative setting.  This two-day workshop will encompass a diverse range of techniques, including watercoloring, stamp-carving, drawing and writing.  It will take place in the Sitka classroom and also in the expansive nature preserve nearby.

Learn more and register here: Sitka Center Workshop Listing

Art Business Coaching

Personalized 4 – 6 session plans for artists seeking guidance, resources, accountability and support in developing their art-making or other creative career.  Available in-person or virtually on Zoom.  Contact Elizabeth for more information and to schedule at e.m.higgins@comcast.net

4 hourly sessions:  $240
6 hourly sessions:  $350